Himanshu Jain, 21, wanted to become an engineer. Today, more than a year after the Mayapuri tragedy he is not looking forward to anything.
He has a lingering fever, his platelet count has gone down, he cannot step outdoors as he has to keep away from heat and dust, and he is suffering from depression.
On the fateful day, Himanshu was sitting in a cot a few metres away from the scrap yard and minding his shop. Typically he would have been studying for his engineering entrance test. However, that day his father, co owner of the shop, where the radiation leak was first detected, and his brother were both out of town.
"It was his bad luck as I used to sit on the shop on a regular basis…The impact of the incident is obvious. He is unable to lead a normal life," said his brother 25-year-old Deepak.
"He was quite depressed after being unable to sit for the entrance exam. And when he was still in hospital my mother died of shock. We had to get him discharged to attend the funeral," added Deepak.
The family shut shop for the next few months as no labourer wanted to work at their scrap yard, but eventually they returned.
Himanshu, who is currently helping with the family business, was not available for comment.