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Pune Students Recall Their Visits to German Bakery

Students of Pune’s Bharati Vidyapeeth (Masters in Social Work) say life is uncertain.

Plus: Mourning a Nepali waiter who died in the blast

It was during the New Year eve; I had visited that place and had interacted with the cashier of the German bakery. When I came to know about the blast in the same place, I was really shocked. Suddenly, I went to watch the news channels. The place shown in the T.V. was really terrifying and disheartening. May god give strength to the family and their relatives of those who lost their life and got injured. May their soul be rested in peace in heaven. by Pratiksha Shrestha

It is rightly said that future is uncertain, so we should make the best of our presence. I am saying so, because today staying in the city of Pune where bomb blast took place and witnessing all the chaos feels really terrifying. Today I recalled that day when I and my friends visited German bakery on the new year eve to celebrate and today the same place has been destroyed and many innocents have victimized, but, I would just pray to god almighty to save the people and give strength to those people who have lost their near and dear ones and may the soul rest in peace who are no more amongst us. by Fatima Sayed

I am deeply shock with what happen in German bakery. I along with my friends used to visit that place once in a while. I am doing my research project on Nepali people and I was to go there for my data collection, but unfortunately, this happened. Our life is so uncertain. Anything can happen to us at any instant. So, at this hour of distress, I would like to express my heartfelt condolence to the family who have lost their dear ones and speedy recovery to those who are injured. May the departed soul rest in peace. by Abani Dhewajoo

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

By Anuradha Mascarenhas in the Indian Express
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 (Padewa), a waiter at German Bakery. Gokul had given her his address in Bagmati zone 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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1. When India suffers, Nepalis share the pain: Blast at German Bakery, Pune

Blast at German Bakery, Pune

When India suffers, Nepalis share the pain

1. There was a Nepali in Hotel Taj Mahal’s kitchen on 26/11/2008. Another Nepali was serving guests at Leopold Cafe, on that fateful day. He was injured in the attack.

2. When several Indian soldiers came under a deadly avalanche in Kashmir recently, a Nepali rifleman serving in the Indian army’s Gorkha Rifles was among those who died.

3. A Nepali working at German Bakery, Pune is suspected to be among the nine dead in yesterday’s blast. Four Nepalis were injured. The Bakery is run by a Nepali where 70 of his compatriots work. Keep on reading for details

injured nepalis at german bakery, pune, india
Click to enlarge. At least four Nepalis were injured and one is suspected to be dead in the German Bakery bomb blasts in Pune, India

german bakery, pune, india. torn apartFour Nepali nationals have been injured in the deadly German Bakery blast in the Indian city of Pune on Saturday (yesterday) that killed nine people. The nationality of one of the dead could not be ascertained, but his name is said to be Gokul Nepali. Some workers at the Bakery said that their colleague 32-year-old Gokul Padewa from Nuwakot district in Nepal have been missing since yesterday. Padewa was inside the Bakery when the bomb exploded. It was not clear till late Sunday (today) if Gokul Nepali and Gokul Padewa were the same person.

At least 55 people were injured in the incident. The injured Nepalis work at the Bakery that is run by their compatriot from Nuwakot district in central Nepal. Two of the injured–Paras Rimal and Manish Shrestha–hail from Nuwakot, while Ganga Magar and Pravin Panta are from Bara and Kathmandu respectively. Paras was undergoing treatment at local Sassoon Hospital until late afternoon today.

The Hospital sources said they could not verify Gokul Nepali’s address. Also, the name and address of two other dead persons has not been known.

A total of 70 Nepalis work in the Bakery that is popular among foreigners who go to the nearby Osho Ashram. a Jewish Chhabad house and a synagogue are half a kilometer away from the bakery.

A few Nepalis who tried to meet owner of the Bakery, Gopal Karki, said their effort was futile. “May be he is too busy helping police in investigation,” said a Nepali living in Puna. Originally opened by a German, the Bakery is being run by Karki for the past 25 years.

nepalis at german bakery, pune, india
Click to enlarge. Seventy Nepalis work in German Bakery that is run by a Nepali. Pics by Rudra Bahadur Thapa