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‘Full of life,he wanted to return home to Nepal’

It was only a day before the bomb blast that 57-year-old Shunyam van Steveninck,a Dutch painter,had met her friend Gokul Nepali,a waiter at German Bakery.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
February 16, 2010 2:14:30 am

It was only a day before the bomb blast that 57-year-old Shunyam van Steveninck,a Dutch painter,had met her friend Gokul Nepali,a waiter at German Bakery. Gokul had given her his address in Bagmati district of Nepal and wished her a good life. That was the last time they met.

The 19-year-old was among those killed in the blast; the bomb went off as he touched the unclaimed bag lying below a table at the eatery.

Shunyam,who has been visiting Osho International Meditation Centre for the past 26 years and been a regular at the eatery,says,“I’ve made several friends here and no terror attack will ever make me bid adieu to my second home.”

She visited the morgue to pay her last respect to Gokul. “My husband Vigyano and I were trying to locate Gokul at three to four hospitals on Sunday only to discover that his body is now lying in the morgue. No one has claimed it so far and I hope the police get in touch with his family in Nepal,” says Shunyam.

Shunyam also visited Shrikrishna Thapa and Paras Rimal,Nepali waiters at the bakery,admitted in a city hospital with injuries. Thapa,who has completed 10 years at the bakery,remembers Gokul as a hardworking boy. “Yes he is married and wanted to go back to Nepal. But his family is very poor,” says Thapa.

Shunyam reiterates,“I just met him a day before the bomb blast at the bakery where he works and he was so full of life and waiting to go back to Nepal to meet his wife.”

“He shook our hands and wished my husband and me a good life. He even gave me the address of his native place in Nepal and told me to visit his wife,” she says. “I cannot believe Gokul is dead.”

She now plans to meet his other Nepali friends who stay near ABC farms at Koregaon Park so that they can inform his wife.

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