Tarishi Jain, Faraaz Hossain and Abinta Kabir were friends for long who shared many things in common. They were together in death too.
The three were among the 20 people killed on Friday night at the Holey Artisan Bakery where they came together for one last time.
“They might have been at the cafe for three hours…maximum. Then it was all over for the three friends,” said an acquaintance of the father of one of the slain youngsters. He did not wish to be identified.
Nineteen-year-old Tarishi — the only Indian killed in the terrorist attack — was on a holiday in Dhaka from the University of California, Berkeley, in the US. So were Faraaz and Abinta, both of them Bangladeshi citizens studying at Emory University in Georgia.
Tarishi’s father Sanjeev Jain is in the garments business and the family has been based in Dhaka for close to two decades. Her family hailed from Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Members of the extended Jain family based in Firozabad described Tarishi as a cheerful girl who was loved by all.
“She was a lovely girl and fond of smiling and was loved by the whole family. It is hard to believe that she met such an end,” said Rajeev Jain, her father’s brother.
Shashank Singhal, a childhood friend of Sanjeev, remembered Tarishi from her visit five years ago to Firozabad, where even basic amenities are still a luxury.
“But Tarishi adjusted well to the city where her father was brought up.”
Tarishi studied at American School in Dhaka, where she was known for her badminton skills.
Her Facebook profile said she was a member of the International Students’ Association at Berkeley. Her brother Sanchit is studying engineering in Canada.
Photographs posted by her showed her with friends and family, smiling and apparently happy, from past vacations in Switzerland and Turkey.
In a June 24 post last year, Tarishi wished her mother on her birthday. “To the most selfless, compassionate, and devoted mother...,” she said in a caption under a photograph with her mother.
According to her profile, she enrolled at the Berkeley institute in 2011 and was awarded an internship by the Eastern Bank Limited of Bangladesh this year.
(With inputs from HTC, Agra)