Tushar Shah, 40, and Sandeep Shah, 38, were standing together when a blast ripped through Opera House on Wednesday evening. No one knows if they were acquaintances or merely two people pushed together in a crowded place. But 15 minutes later, once the smoke settled, their bodies were found lying next to each other.
A devastated city, which witnessed 17 funerals on Thursday, saw citizens reach out to each other in times of pain.
“We are looking for Sandeep's family so that we can just talk to them and stand with them through their tough time,” said Varsha Shorff, Tushar’s sister-in-law.
In Ulhasnagar, three children mourned the loss of their father Lalchand Ahuja, 61, who was found with nine Rs5-lakh lottery tickets in his wallet. “He bought the tickets hoping to win enough money to marry off my two sisters,” said Kumar, his son.
Several dreams breathed their last in the blasts. Premraj Soni, 45, was to go to Jodhupur to organsie his daughter's November wedding, but the Zaveri Bazaar blast cut that dream short.
Several such heart-rending stories echoed across the city as people readjusted their lives to yet another attack.