“This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African American President. And, in a tragic event, that’s a remarkable statement about the country.” – Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour.
Mumbai, the city formerly known as Bombay (India) suffered another tragic terrorist attack on November 26, 2008. Mumbai is not a stranger to terrorism but this attack on and around the Taj Mahal hotel, a 105-year-old landmark near the water’s edge, which is a national symbol and an icon, has definitely struck a nerve with anyone who’s visited the beautiful hotel. I’ve been to that hotel many times and it was always such a wonderful experience. This is a real tragedy and my thoughts and prayers got out to everyone who lost someone they loved.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out Pakistan was involved in this in some way and I hope this doesn’t turn into communal violence as this will only perpetuate the problem and allow the terrorists to achieve their goal. Let’s all hope and pray for calm, peace and justice.
Here are some pictures I took off the Taj Hotel and the Gateway of India during happier times while visiting India in 2003.
My mom called me yesterday from the hospital with some terrible news. My father has suffered a massive heart attack and has passed away. My father was 67 years old and in relatively good health. He had suffered another heart attack 12 years ago but had really turned his life around after that event.
My father was a wonderful man who was loved by everyone that met him. He was the best father my brother or I could have ever asked for…. He was kind, loving and a gentle soul that loved life and always set a wonderful example for my brother and I. My brother and I loved him so much and we are going to miss him so much. Life just won’t seem the same without him and words can’t describe the sadness we all feel. He was a wonderful husband, friend and partner to my mother and they loved each other tremendously.
Dr. Suresh M. Carpenter (1940 – 2007)
Update: (Nov 3, 2007)
Thank you to everyone who has called, written, and emailed with their condolences, thoughts and prayers. My family and I really appreciate the kind words, prayers, moments of remembrance and the wonderful stories you’ve shared about our father. We are all doing well, given the circumstances but all of the support we’ve received from friends and family has been instrumental in helping us deal with our loss.
A lot of you have asked about sending flowers and while we really appreciate the thought, I think my dad would have preferred a donation to further Parkinson’s research. My mom suffers from Parkinson and my dad wanted to see a cure for Parkinson in his and her lifetime. I don’t want anyone to feel compelled to do anything or give anything but if you want to send flowers, we would rather you donate to one of the many wonderful Parkinson’s research and support organization. I am rather partial to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and would encourage you to donate to help cure Parkinson’s.
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