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The void that can never be nulled…

Posted on: June 3, 2015

It has been a year since you left us. As I wade through memories and try to think of your many attributes that has shaped my being as well, I am flooded with recollections of trivia and enduring etchings.
One of the most remarkable traits in you (and indeed in all my uncles on the paternal side) is adherence to maintain punctuality. On a working day, if I would see you walking out of the gate headed towards your workplace, the clock must unfailingly be reading 9:30 am. I also recall that many years ago when I was in my III or IV standard, on a particular night I was keeping unwell. You kept awake the whole night monitoring my conditions when the following day you had to attend office.
I remember lovingly those days when there was a load-shedding in the house, primarily because you used to belt out some really mellifluous numbers in the dark. I particularly enjoyed the songs of your favorite singer Hemant Kumar like “Runner”, “Jane Woh Kaise Log they jinko…” besides several others. How I regret not having recorded any of those songs in your voice…
You were a member of the film society of Shillong, and generally watched the World Classics mostly on Sunday morning shows. It was when I heard of Godard, Jiri Menzel, Kurasawa & Polanski for the first time. Knife in the Water, Wild Strawberries, Breathless, Rashoman – these names stayed with me since childhood. You enjoyed Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Gautam Ghose as well and raved about Sanjeev Kumar’s acting prowess, some of Pramathesh Barua(Devdas), Uttam Kumar (Tasher Desh) & Amitabh Bachchan(Namak Haram). In your later days, you had developed a liking for Ajay Devgan and praised his acting ability.
Besides family, music and cinema, sports and food were your other loves in life – you relished and appreciated the quality fare in them. I could go on endlessly, but for now I would pause. Your grandson Bonbon misses you much – I caught him unaware on a moment where he was holding your photo in an embrace the day all alone in a room when we were performing the rituals for the first anniversary of your departure. Ma, I, Raj and other members of the family also remembers you with fondness.

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Praying for your happiness wherever you’re now…
Batul

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