Dilsukhnagar, Mirza had thought, had a more cosmopolitan atmosphere and he would be away from danger here.
"It's all fate. He wanted to change his fate by changing localities, but whatever has to happen happens," said Mirza's relative Mohammed.
Similarly, Vijaya Kumar and Raj Sekhar, two students had sauntered down from their crowded room to the tiffin centre to have tea. Both were chatting near the tiffin centre and received the full impact of the blast and died on the spot.
Subha, a government employee, had gone for a dental check-up to the clinic near Konark Theatre. "As I was waiting for my turn, I heard a massive blast and before I could comprehend, the roof collapsed," she said.