Nirmala Thakare, 30, lost her husband to July 11. The young widow has no idea how she is going to bring up her four-year-old son, Nikhil, after the deadly blow delivered by the blasts.
Nirmala’s husband Ramayya, who used to work with the Citizen Credit Bank in Cola- ba, was unable to save a single penny as he was also supporting the families of his two unem- ployed elder brothers back in the village besides his own, all on a limited salary.
The Vasai resident always re- mained attached to his roots though he lived in the city to earn a living, and used to visit his village in Dahanu every weekend.
Ramayya Thakare was killed in the Bhayandar blast as he was returning home on that fateful day.
Days after, Nirmala still can’t believe her husband will never return home and that they are left with no support. Till her husband was breathing, she had no worries as he had handled all his responsibilities extremely well.
“Life without my husband seems impossible but I have to live for my son,” Nir mala says.
So real is the sense of disbelief that her husband is no more that her eyes constantly keep moving to the door and staring at it.
“My husband was the only earning member of a huge family. I always wanted to work but my husband did not permit me, instead always telling me he was still alive to fulfil all my wishes,” she says.
Her husband loved farming and wanted her to learn and then help him cultivate crops during his vacations, said the shattered Nirmala. She says still has these mad hopes springing up in her mind that her husband has in fact gone on a long trip to his village and will return some day, or that someone will wake her from her sleep and tell her that these days have been nothing but a nightmare.
Although the school where her son stud ies is willing to support his education, the house loan and their day-to-day expenses still are a big concern. “I will never leave this house and shift back to the village as this house was my husband’s dream and he would never have liked me to leave it and stay elsewhere,” Nirmala says.
CAN YOU HELP?
Nirmala Thakare is a trained Nurse. She would like to work on a fixed timings basis, preferably at a desk/clerical job. She has no past work experience.
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