The victim of 26/11 Mumbai attack
Nivedita Shinde still writes letters to her father, nine years after he died, often signing off with an “I love you, dad”. Nivedita, 23, lost her father Shashank Shinde, then senior police inspector with the Government Railway Police (GRP), at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on November 26, 2008. “I write a letter to him on his birthday every year, and on Father’s Day. In these letters I express everything that I am feeling and I tell him about what’s happening in our lives. It is the only way I have to communicate with him,” she says.
Nivedita was 14 at the time of the attacks and recalls in detail how the incident affected her teenage years and her life in school. “When my friends would talk about their fathers, I would imagine how different things would have been had he been here to support us. I would visualise him being proud of my achievements. That’s when I started writing letters to him, to vent what I felt,” she says.
In the second edition of 26/11: Stories of strength,26 young Men and Women share their lessons in humanity as they pick up the pieces.
Writer : Neha Kulkarni
Express photo by Pradip Das
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