Mumbai, Jul 18: It's been a week since the serial blasts rocked Mumbai on July 11. Mumbai has received its share of attention but the sleepy hamlet of Vasai, which lost 64 of its residents to the blasts, has been ignored even by the local MLA.
The waters and the fields might look calm and serene but that's definitely not the case with the lives of the people of Vasai.
With so many lives lost in the recent bomb blasts in Mumbai's local trains almost everyone in Vasai knows someone who is no more.
The D'Souzas have lost their breadwinner, 36-year-old Manuel D'souza, and all they have left are some pictures from the happier times.
"He was the sole support of the family and it is an inconsolable situation. It's very difficult. But still we are trying to re-cope with the situation and we are saying it is the will of God," Manual’s brother-in-law and catholic priest, Fr. Stephen Almeida said.
The one's hit the hardest are the D'Souza children. While the son is indisposed, the daughter is yet to comprehend the situation.
"I don't think they have understood they have lost their father, especially the small child who is two years old. Every evening he takes the mobile in his hand and says dad come fast we have to go out. His daughter I think must have got the slightest indication," Almeida said.
Vasai is just 51 kilometres from Mumbai but it seems that this distance is too far for politicians to traverse because while the rest of the city has been overrun by VIPs, not even the local MLA has bothered to pay a visit to the grieving families of Vasai.
And for now, the bereaved families including the D'Souzas are not waiting for any such visit, instead they are trying to move on with life even if it may be into an uncertain future.