16 lives, countless dreams

One man's family thought he was away with friends and would return in the morning. A tea stall worker who told his employer he was going to answer nature's call never returned. A jalebi stall worker who went out for a cup of tea was found on Friday in Hyderabad's Osmania Hospital morgue. Some were students out to buy study material.

In some cases, families learnt of the death of their loved ones through voices of strangers who had found their cellphones. In some cases the police called or the hospital called.

For the 16 people who died in the twin blasts in Hyderabad on Thursday, and their families, death came suddenly and silently. The Indian Express pieces together the stories of the victims.

1 Padam Kulkarni, 50,

jalebi stall worker

He was jobless for months in his hometown Bhalki in Karnataka's Bidar district when a Hyderabad acquaintance from his hometown called Kulkarni to work at the Dwarakmayee Jalebi Store, about 100 metres from one of the blast sites. He came to Hyderabad barely 15 days ago.

"His stall owner called me and said that he went out for a cup of tea in the evening and never returned and that there was a blast. I began enquiring at the hospitals. No one at the hospitals reported finding any one by the name Padam Kulkarni,'' said Dagadu Rao Yadav, the man who brought Kulkarni to Hyderabad.

Yadav said he then visited the hospitals where the 16 dead and 91 injured were shifted and finally found Kulkarni in the morgue of the Osmania Hospital Friday morning. "He was a father of five four daughters and a son. Three of his daughters have been married off. He was a poor man,'' said Yadav.

2 Swapna Reddy, 30,

MBA student and cashier at the

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