14 Hours: An Insider’s Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack

by Ankur Chawla

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2065-6
  2. Pages: 176 pages
  3. Date: November 2012


‘Working in a hotel prepares you for many things, but not this.’
26 November 2008. The world watches in horror as Mumbai is ripped apart by
coordinated terrorist attacks. Among the locations targeted is the century-old
iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba. By the time the siege ends, the hotel
has suffered severe damage—and dozens have lost their lives.
In 14 Hours, we encounter for the first time a full, eyewitness account of the
shocking tragedy—from Ankur Chawla, an operations management trainee with
the hotel in 2008. A stark and compelling narrative, this is the story of a man
who battled immense fear and peril to emerge a survivor.


Ankur Chawla went to school in Delhi and then graduated from the Institute
of Hotel Management, Shimla. He was selected as an operations management
trainee with the Taj Group of Hotels. He has worked at different Taj properties,
including the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, for almost five years. Ankur has, over
the years, also played musical instruments such as the tabla and drums, participated
in theatre, acted in documentaries and undertaken several public-speaking and
marketing engagements. He currently holds a managerial position in the food
and beverage department at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi.

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