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Taj Talking

 Voices from the Taj

Tina Brown for NPR’s Morning Edition discusses survivors and The Siege


‘At the Oberoi, they asked me to change my name. I turned down the job and went to the Taj,’ Hemant Oberoi, the Taj’s Grand Executive Chef.


Room 253 – Newly-weds Amit and Varsha Thadani contemplate how they arrived at the Taj


Tequila Pani Puri – Amit Thadani contemplates the wedding reception he and Varsha planned for the Taj’s Crystal Rooms.


There was a strong smell of gun-smokeAmit and Varsha Thadani find themselves trapped.


Room 632 – KR Ramamoorthy, distinguished banker, is about to become a hostage


Journalist Bhisham Mansukhani arrives at the wedding on his schoolfriend Amit Thadani.


Then the glass panel above our heads shattered – Bhisham slammed to the ground by live-fire into the Crystal Room.


‘Dude there’s a big shooting going on.’ Bhisham get’s evacuated to the Chambers private club.


‘We’ve just served the wine and then we hear gunshots.’ Mallika Jagad, the Taj’s Assistant Banqueting Manager.


‘Knock knock,’ Ram recalled, ‘you get a knock and a polite voice says, “Room Service.” Room 632 – KR Ramamoorthy is taken prisoner



‘Jumping on her enormous bed, Sabina [Seghal Saikia] had this home alone moment,’ friend and broadcaster Savitri Choudhury recalled.



Andreas Liveras, owner of the super yacht Alysia, talks of his passion for boats, before he became enmeshed in 26/11, where he was killed by LeT gunmen