“Apart from no information about the plane, what hurts most are conspiracy theories,” said Pralhad Shirsath, husband of Kranti Shirsath, a resident of Pune who was on the missing flight MH 370.
He returned from Malaysia on Wednesday.
Pralhad, employed in North Korea, said, “I called Kranti to North Korea. Since she stayed in Korea earlier, we have friends there and we thought of staying together for the last time, as my contract was ending, before moving here. The last conversation I had with her was when she reached Kuala Lumpur,” said Pralhad, breaking down.
Their son Rahul who is in class 11 has an exam on Thursday but has hardly touched his books. “I can’t study now,” he says before adding, “Everything is messed up. It’s too hard.” Rahul gets updates on the search operation on his tablet. “There are too many conspiracy theories. I wish there was some information. How can nobody have any information?” said Rahul.
Pralhad said waiting for information is the hardest part. “The situation in Malaysia is tense. Families are waiting but there is no concrete information,” said Pralhad. “I met Sanved Kolekar there. His family is in that plane. As soon as there is any information, I will go back,” added Pralhad. “The Malaysian Embassy, Malaysian Airlines and the Indian Embassy have been helpful. We get updates on search 2-3 times a day,” said Pralhad.
Rahul sits in his room upstairs away from the crowd gathered at his house. “I heard some people were able to hear passengers’ phone ringing. I tried calling my mother. She has a normal phone and not a smartphone. But it was switched off,” said Rahul.
“There are so many people here. All are crying. I will not cry,” said Rahul, who is 16 years old.