Shilpa Shetty in tears
Shilpa Shetty with boyfriend Raj Kundra paid a visit to Wasabi, the Japanese restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel almost two months after the terror attack. No sooner Shilpa stepped into the hotel lobby, she got nostalgic and got back to her old days when she often came here for food and it was served by the same waiter. Tears rolled down her cheeks when she saw Ronald in fit and fine condition.
"I had tears of joy when I met Ronald, the Mangalorean waiter who's always served me, spoken to me in Tulu, my mother tongue, and always made me feel at home. I had a sigh of relief when I saw him," Shilpa posted on her blog.
Speaking about the view and hospitality of the hotel, she said, "The hotel still looked a beauty, the only major change being the security that had been beefed up. Entering the hotel lobby brought back a whole lot of mixed feelings - nostalgic, some happy, some not… But by the end of dinner, it was all worth it. Nothing's changed, the menu, the quality, the service and above all the spirit and positivity.
"It was heart-warming to see the beaming faces of the hotel staff and the warmth they extended. This was my first step towards getting over the deep pain and fear that 26/11 left on me," she wrote.
"I will always be haunted by a lot of memories, but the irony is that some things will always be the same - Wasabi, my favourite restaurant and Mumbai, my favourite city," she concludes.