By then my friend's curiosity had turned into a mix of awe and reverence for the undying spirit of the city. His walk around the terror spots, the meetings with the survivors, their accounts of the attacks had helped him understand the city better. In both Anthony and Gujar he had experienced an extraordinary reserve of resilience.
Indian boy mirrors plight of millions of kids
On our way back we notice a meeting of a minority group denouncing the terror attacks. Many more such programmes and prayer meetings have been lined up by all communities.
Mumbai will not allow itself to forget this tragedy. It had been violated far too many times to take things lying down - the communal riots in 1992-93, the serial blasts in 1993, the train bombings in July 2006. The city is united more than ever in its fight against terrorism.
Image: A satellite view of Mumbai's central harbour. The Gateway to India monument is at center with the Taj Mahal hotel, with pool in the left of the picture. Photograph copyright Associated Press. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.