Besides being discussed on news channels and websites, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s health was the subject of speculation by netizens on social networking sites like Facebook and micro-blogging site Twitter.
Vikas Sangle, a Facebooker, uploaded ‘Thackeray’s health remains a bigger mystery than the Bermuda Triangle...’ as his status message. Commenting on the ailing supremo’s health condition, some Facebookers reminisced about the role he played in Maharashtra in the ‘80s.
Mumbaikars got edgy about the security situation in the city. On Twitter, an editor of a lifestyle magazine tweeted, "Can we expect the Bombay police to deal with any possible violence with the same firmness they showed at Azad Maidan a few months ago?"
Concerned about the empty roads and closed shops in the city, Shobha SV, a tweeple, wrote, "The worry is the violent madness that Shiv Sainiks have displayed in the past. I really hope nothing of that sort happens this time."
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan), commenting on the reason for his midnight visit to Matoshree, said, "When I was flown in to Mumbai from Bangalore in a semi-conscious state after the Coolie accident, it was his ambulance that took me to Breach Candy."
"I was fighting for my life then. He came to visit me in the hospital with a cartoon he had drawn — Yamraj defeated! Yamraj, the God of Death, defeated by me... (I) wish I was as proficient a cartoonist as he (was)... I would draw that for him," added Bachchan.
Singer Lata Mangeshkar, who is known to have close ties with the Thackerays, tweeted, "I am extremely disturbed and concerned about the critical health of Shri Balasaheb Thackeray."
Others like Soma Ghosh who seemed to be concerned about the city, wrote, "Breathe, Bombay, breathe. You don’t need permission to do so. Let life be as usual, mundane and boring."