AARUSHI’S FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS RE­CALL A ‘BRIGHT AND BUBBLY TEENAGER’ 9 yrs on, fond mem­o­ries abound Ten­ants talk about life in Tal­war home

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - A close friend of Aarushi from her school

who was there when Aarushi was study­ing, said, “As far as I know, Aarushi was a very happy and lively girl. It’s dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that she could have com­mit­ted sui­cide. What­ever hap­pened was re­ally un­for­tu­nate.”

Sim­i­larly, another fam­ily friend of the Tal­wars’, Rad­hika Chad­dha rec­ol­lected her last mem­o­ries of Aarushi, when they watched

to­gether. “We are very close to the Tal­war fam­ily. We would go out to­gether for din­ners and out­ings. A few weeks be­fore the in­ci­dent we had gone out along with my daugh­ter to watch the movie. I re­mem­ber her as a very gen­tle, happy young girl. This was the sad­dest thing on earth that hap­pened to the fam­ily,” said Chad­dha.

Her friends and class­mates who are still griev­ing, said, noth­ing has changed even af­ter nine years as Aarushi is con­stantly in their thoughts. “Nine years have gone by, and ev­ery day we miss Aarushi and think of her or how she would have re­acted to sit­u­a­tions,” said one of her close friends, who did not wish to be named.

She re­mem­bered Aarushi as an all rounder, adding that Aarushi was the only one in their group to hold a ‘blue blazer’ — a ti­tle given to stu­dents who score over 85 per cent for three years in a row.

—DNA

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