Thiruvananthapuram: 11-year-old Kishore and his 14-year-old sister Krishna lost their parents in the massive fire at Kerala's Puttingal Devi temple on Sunday.
Kishore heard his father shout for help with his head bleeding, surrounded by bodies. The 11-year-old also saw people desperately trying to save his mother, but both the parents died.
"Kishore came crying loudly: 'save my father save my mother'. They like studying and football but we'll have to stop the girl's football. Who will bring her home when it is dark? The house is also on loan," said their 69-year-old grandmother Sarasuamma.
Krishna, the elder one, has been putting on a brave face. Battling her sorrow, she says she is now sure that she wants to be a doctor and save lives.
"It was my mother's desire that I become a doctor. I was scared that I would have to give up my studies because of financial restraints, so at least my brother can study," she said.
The 14-year-old has come to terms with her grandparents' decision of not allowing her to train in football anymore. Though her parents were tea sellers, her mother saved up money for her daughter and son to train in football with a private coach for a year, so the children could join the school team. But their grandmother says she is old to escort the daughter back home after practice, in the dark.
The child welfare committee has come forward to sponsor the children financially, their education, health and any need.
C Antony, Child Welfare Committee Chairperson for Kollam, told NDTV, "We will financially help the children with everything - including their education. Aid will be need based, so there won't be any restraint."
At least 110 people died and more than 1000 were injured after a stray spark landed on a cache on fireworks at the Puttingal Devi temple on Sunday, leading to a massive explosion and fire.