Sukhaana manaleni vikaasam endukani
(What's the use of an Independent State if there's no good governance
Adavi neethi maarinda enni yugalaina?
Veta ade vetu ade naati kathe antha
Nattaduvulu nadi veedhiki nadichoste vinta?
(Though old caves are replaced by marble structures
Has the jungle law changed even after many centuries?
The hunt is the same, the hunted are the same, it's the same old story everywhere
Is it a surprise if jungles march on to the streets?)
These words of wisdom by Telugu lyricist Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry kept coming to my mind as I sat glued to the television, horrified, watching live updates of 'Breaking News: Mumbai in terror'. I'm not from Mumbai. And, I had never been to Mumbai, except for the one time I was forced to go, just after my marriage on our way to Goa for honeymoon, when Mumbai was still Bombay.