Fun-loving and friendly - that’s how 37-year-old Rashila Thakkar is fondly remembered by her acquaintances.
On June 1, the resident of Subhash Nagar in Ghatkopar, drowned in Sikkim’s Teesta River while on a 10-day trip to northeast.
Thakkar, along with her husband Hitesh (40) went for a vacation with a 12-member team of relatives and friends. Thakkar was a housewife while Hitesh worked as a salesman in a private agency at Marol in Andheri (East).
“Her family has been staying here for 10 years but not on a single occasion did Rashila have a fight with anyone. We were in good terms and would often chat with other neighbours in the evening,” remembers Neelam Dubey (54), the victim’s neighbour.
On May 24, while leaving for the trip, Thakkar excitedly informed Dubey and other neighbours about her vacation and that she would return on June 3.
Another neighbour said: “During their ten-year stay in the locality, this was the first time that the couple went for such a long vacation.”
“She loved children, but didn’t have any of her own. She had therefore taken her nephew along with her,” Dubey added.
Thakkar was the second of the four siblings (including two brothers and a sister), all married. While her bothers stayed at Marol, her sister resided in Ghatkopar.
Hearing about her death, relatives gathered at her house. “Ishwar, Rashila’s younger brother who was also a part of the tour group, informed me about the incident on Monday evening. I do not know what went wrong. I learnt that nine members of the group, along with local guides, got into a boat. Something went wrong and it capsized mid-waters,” said Kanubhai Thakkar (55), victim’s brother-in-law, who resides in the vicinity.
The family is waiting for the arrival of the body, which is expected to reach Mumbai by late Tuesday.
The tour group consisted of Thakkars’, the family of Ishwar (the victim’s brother) and two families of Hitesh’s office colleagues.