As he turned and left the self-service counter of German Bakery, holding a coffee tray to join his fiancee Amrapali at the table, a loud explosion and dark smoke blurred his vision.
It took a while for Vilas Shigvan to sense the situation and he frantically rushed towards his girl who was lying on the floor of the eatery with serious injuries.
With his head spinning after banging against the falling debris, Vilas mounted Amrapali on his shoulders and ran out to look for help as utter chaos prevailed on the bustling North Main road strewn with severed limbs of victims' bodies.
In absence of any conveyance, the young man started taking desperate strides towards the Budhrani hospital in the vicinity in a scene that seemed to be carved out of a movie.
He stopped one rickshaw on the way but found another injured being carried in it. Finally another rickshaw obliged him and Amrapali was taken straight to the hospital and admitted.
With both their cell phones lost in the blast, he used the hospital phone to contact relatives who reached the hospital, at times, driving over footpaths to save time.
Vilas, though happy that they both survived the ordeal, still has haunting memories of raised hands of helpless victims lying on the street, waving to catch attention and taken care of.