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They came to Pune for peace, better life

india Updated: Feb 17, 2010 01:02 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

Tragedy connected Pune with Italy and Iran.

Nadia Macerini (37) left the US after 9/11 to see the world and find peace in yoga and meditation. The blast on Saturday cut the Italian’s life short.

Macerini came to Pune in January for six months to learn and teach yoga. She had earlier visited the city five times.

“She loved Pune and India more than anything,” said Frederic Feliciano, her sister Cynzia Macerini’s boyfriend, from Italy on Tuesday.

Nadia’s last post on her Facebook profile, just 24 hours before the blast, read ‘Home Sweet Home’, referring to Pune.

Nadia’s family, which lives near Florence, got the tragic news on Sunday morning from the local police.

“The body, the consul tells us, will come in a few days, maybe by Sunday,” Feliciano said.

The Italian consulate in Mumbai told Hindustan Times that it was processing the papers for sending the body to Italy.

The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis on Tuesday held its first class after its Iranian student, Saeid Abdolkhani (25), lost his life in the blast.

“We missed his smiling face today; it was difficult to not think about him,” said Mohammed Jamil (20), who has come from Yemen.

Abdolkhani had a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, and was honing his English skills to enrol for master’s at Pune University next year. His body has been sent back to his village in western Iran.