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Travel | The Essence of Life

  By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager10 March, 2012   Recently, I visited the city of Pune, India and walked past the rubble of the German Bakery in Koregaon Park. The bomb blast at 7:15 pm on February 13, when the bakery was milling with people, left a 6’ x 4’ hole in the wall. The German Bakery, like Leopold Restaurant in Mumbai, is mentioned in the Lonely Planet tourist guide, and therefore patronized by many backpackers. Among the many victims in the blast were five friends who had gone to the bakery to celebrate a promotion; none of them are alive today.   Another victim, 23-year-old Aditi Jindal, fought for her life for 14 days before succumbing to her injuries. A close friend said, “It is a very sad moment and it is difficult to believe that she is not …