"Life has to go on. If we stay at home, cowering in our houses, the bombers will have won."The sentiments could have been those of Londoners, back in July. Instead the voice was that of a young woman in Delhi, interviewed on Sunday, the day after the three bomb attacks in the city which killed more than 60 people
In the case of the Delhi bombs, the purpose was even more obscure than usual.
But there was nothing obscure about the television pictures of the victims: it looked like London all over again.
For the survivors, and for the relatives of those who died, nothing can ever be the same; but everyone else in a busy city has to get on with his or her life.
Like the people of London, Madrid and New York, Delhi will get back to normal surprisingly fast. That is what happens in big cities.