2005 blast victims get on with life, positively

Updated on Sep 18, 2008 12:46 AM IST

Diksha Poddar, 14, wants to be a doctor because she wants to return to humanity what she received from the ‘noble profession’ three years ago, report Rhythma Kaul/ Nivedita Khandekar.

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Hindustan Times | ByRhythma Kaul/ Nivedita Khandekar, New Delhi

Diksha Poddar, 14, wants to be a doctor because she wants to return to humanity what she received from the ‘noble profession’ three years ago.

When the bomb went off in Sarojini Nagar in October 2005, Diksha was injured, her father Vinod lost a leg, and her little brother Karan lost his life. To this day, Diksha remains grateful to the doctors at Safdarjung Hospital for the way they treated her and her father.

“They took good care of us, I also want to help others in need when I grow up,” she says emphatically.

Surprisingly, this class IX student of Central Academy School, RK Puram, bears no hatred towards the perpetrators of the blast. “They are ignorant people…” she says.

Manisha’s buried her pain

Manisha was nine when she lost her parents, Michael and Sunita, and elder brother Elvin in the Sarojini Nagar blast. But this class VI student seems to have erased them from memory. “Monty bhaiyya… I don’t remember anything about him. I don’t remember anything about my parents either,” she says.

Manisha, a student of Arwachin International School, lives with her grandparents in Dilshad Garden, and she’s dearly attached to them. “My grandparents take so much care of me, I hardly miss my parents,” she says.

But it could be just a brave face assumed by a girl way too mature for her years, feels grandfather Bhagwan Das. “She gets sentimental whenever there is an emotional scene about a mother and a child on TV,” he says.

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