Thoughts from Mumbai . . .

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My wife and I arrived in India on November 23, and I was preparing to speak on Christian Science healing in several cities when, like millions of others, I found myself praying as several terrorist attacks in Mumbai were taking place.

Then, wishing to express solidarity with the citizens of Mumbai, I traveled to their city as planned this past Sunday. I’m writing this from a small hotel perhaps a kilometer from the magnificent Victoria Terminus, now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, train station, which is one of the sites where the attacks occurred.

I’ve noticed that one feature of this city’s atmosphere is compassion for those who’ve lost loved ones. But it’s also plain that terrorists are not going to stop the irrepressible momentum of this vibrant place. Mumbai hums with energy like an industrial motor, and is considered to be the cultural and cinematic center of India—a country which has exhibited a blistering 8 percent economic growth for about the last ten years.

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