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A Year Later...

Lane of death: A headless idol in Anjar marks the spot where a whole R-Day convoy of schoolchildren went under

A Year Later...
A Year Later...
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When the joy of life is replaced by the grief of survival, you either turn frostily stoic or gamely cynical. So it is with Dhansukhlal Dholakia, Bhuj's sprightly cynic. Sitting on the steep stone steps of the old city ramparts where wiry peddlers and dust-caked whores sell their heroin and bodies by night and avuncular retirees congregate for their talkathons in the mornings, the 71-year-old primary school teacher wonders how so many things could have gone wrong with his life. His wife, Yogeshwari, died nine years ago, felled by cancer. Father and son Hiten, a bright young physics major, moved into their own home which Dholakia bought in the congested old city for Rs 3.5 lakh after cleaning out his savings. Hiten made enough money giving tuitions to keep the home fires burning; and the convivial Dhansukhlal pottered around town, the inveterate retiree socialiser. This was till their five-storey apartment building came crumbling down during the killer-quake on Republic Day and drowned Hiten in rubble. Dhansukhlal rushed back from a social chore, and took out his son from the debris...
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