Mumbai Gets Back on Its Feet

The city returns to business as usual after terrorist attacks
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2009 6:41 AM CST
People are seen in the newly-reopened Cafe Leopold, a famous tourist restaurant and the scene of one of the first attacks last week, in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.    (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – For those who need proof of Mumbai's resilient spirit, look no further than Cafe Leopold, writes Saritha Rai of GlobalPost. It still bears bullet and grenade scars, but it is nevertheless jammed every day with tourists and local residents. "Leopold, the site of the first terrorist attack on the night of Nov. 26 and where eight people died, has come to symbolize Mumbai’s chutzpah," writes Rai.

In fact, Mumbai as a whole "is slowly teetering back to its feet." The attacks tried to put a dent in the city's new confidence, at a moment when Indian conglomerates are increasingly going global. The terrorists targeted establishments frequented by foreigners, making doing business with India seem like a dangerous prospect. But, like Cafe Leopold, the citizens of Mumbai are eager to return to business as usual—tourism may have slowed, but Mumbai refuses to do the same.