"Many of our houses are damaged and we don't know who to blame, the government or the LTTE. We are caught in the middle and are suffering. We can hide from the (small arms) fire but it is difficult to escape the shelling."
"Our lives are on hold. It's affected us physically, psychologically and financially. The emotional scars run deep. My father died of his sorrows three years ago of a broken heart and my mother cries all the time. Her anguish is unbearable for me."
"I think the general mood pervading among us journalists is basically the same as it has been -- that being killed is part of the hazards of the job."
"I lost my mother and my niece. I saw the body of my niece only, not my mother's. And I didn't have the chance to arrange a proper funeral for them. I still have not received any help from authorities."
"With no electricity and such fantastic weather, the youngsters decided to not let all this come in their way of fun and began playing games outside on the rooftop. The men, too, joined them while all of us women began frying 'pakoras' (potato dumplings) and serving tea. The merriment lasted till four in the morning."
"I cannot change this destiny; I only can accept it honestly. It is Allah's will. Something good is behind this disaster. I have become stronger and more patient."
"Please do something fast to save my life; they might execute me anytime now."
"This randomness makes the violence especially frightening. It is meant to intimidate you and make you feel extremely vulnerable. But beyond that, it poses no real challenge to the political system or to Indian democracy."
"There is tension and anxiety when you see so much security in the city, but it has now become a necessity given all these attacks."
"All we want is peace and these attacks have shattered our hopes -- this is really unfair and cruel, I can't understand why the international community is not doing anything about it."