Bharat Shetty sat in the Kabob Corner restaurant in Artesia on Wednesday and watched the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai burn.
"This place is so beautiful," he said, as he watched CNN footage of the terrorist attacks that killed at least 78 people and injured more than 200 others. "When we were in college we used to go hang out there. There was a disco on top."
Shetty, who left Mumbai for the United States in 1989, said he was in the city last November and stopped by for a beer at the massive Victorian-style hotel. He said he recognized many of the locations that were targeted by the gunmen as the images flashed on the television screen: Cafe Leopold, the Oberoi Hilton, the railway terminal and the Taj Mahal hotel.
His daughter in Boston called to check on him: "Dad, how do you feel?" she asked.
"I feel sad," he said.
Shetty, 49, was one of several patrons and merchants in Artesia's Little India on Wednesday who expressed grief and dismay about attacks directed at U.S. and British tourists.