On 11/7, Mohua Das first heard of the train blasts when she visited a shopping centre near her Kandivli (E) home.
At that time, the 28-year-old had no idea that her husband, 35-year-old Somnath Das, was one of the victims, even though she had just spoken to him around 5 pm, when she asked him to “buy some sweet corn”.
Somnath, a consultant with the Norman Ross company for 14 years, had been at Churchgate at that time and had told her "he would be home soon".
Mohua first began worrying when Somnath’s colleagues called around 9 pm, asking her if he had reached home.
When they found out he hadn’t, they began hunting through the hospitals, searching for Somnath. Even then Mohua did not lose hope. "I waited for him the whole night," she says, adding, "I thought that he might be injured; I never expected this." Mohua finally came face to face with the fact of her husband’s death when she claimed his corpse from KEM Hospital, where it was tagged as one of the victims of the Mahim blast.
Her daughter, eight-year-old Sheona, reacted to the sight of her father’s body by saying, "You didn’t let me speak to him when he called last." Recounting this, Mohua says, "How was I to know he would never speak to her again".
The reality of the situation still has to sink in for this qualified schoolteacher from a local nursery school.
"I am alone now; I still can’t believe it," says Mohua, who recalls her husband as a "lively, friendly person who was dedicated to his work".
Mohua is also now anxious about Sheona’s education and the family finances.
"Till my husband was alive, there was no problem," she says, adding, "But my salary is not enough for us to live on." Sheona’s school fees alone are around Rs 1,350 per month.
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Profession: Nursery school teacher
What she needs: A job that pays better. She is a BSc graduate. She has completed a PPTC (teacher’s training course) and has basic computer knowledge.
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