Over 200 students of Fergusson College, all dressed in white, organised a peace march in memory of their college mate Anindyee Dhar on Wednesday morning.
People who knew her said there could not have been a better way to bid adieu to the twinkle-eyed 19-year-old, who died in the blast at German Bakery last Saturday.
“Anindyee was bold, fun-loving, outspoken and believed in peace. This is our way of showing that we will not tolerate terrorism anymore,” said Ishani Dasgupta, who studied with Anindyee in her first-year Bachelor of Arts class.
Another classmate, Oiendrila Burman, said Anindyee came to Pune only eight months for her degree, but it felt like a very long association. “Anindyee was a very enthusiastic person and had many dreams. Only last week I had told her what a nice human being she was and that she should always remain the same,” Burman said.
Holding candles and placards reading ‘We will not tolerate terrorism’, ‘Hatred-War-Victims. Break the cycle’, the students first gathered around a photograph of Anindyee and were addressed by their French teacher Jaya Gadgil. “Anindyee was a beautiful, charming girl who fell prey to this senseless attack. Let’s pledge to fight terrorism,” Gadgil said.
The group then walked from Fergusson College Road to Jangli Maharaj Road, in the heart of Pune.
In love with her camera
Anindyee was an avid photographer and was pursuing a one-year certificate course in photography. She wanted to be a photographer or film director. “She would photograph anything she saw. She even made an album called ‘Through my eyes’, which she shared with her friends,” said Triveni Raina, her classmate.
Her classmate in the photography class, Revant Bhatt, said she was the life of a recent trip to Mahabaleshwar. The last time the class met her was on Friday, when they had a class on night photography.
“She was very enthusiastic, mature… She was put on a project — ‘Capturing life in Pune’ — which was going to commence soon,” said her photography teacher Dr Mahamuni Shankar.