The curveball you couldnt dodge :(

Dearest Anubha …. your eyes in this life won’t read this but I know this will reach you and you will read it. When your mother Nishi posted in our group on Sunday that you were admitted in the hospital, Krishnan and my heart sank. We knew what you were going through and hospitalization was not good news but knowing your spirit and zest for life we were still hopeful that you will pull through. Then today in the afternoon, Nishi let us know that you had left the nest and flown away to the other shore.

Your mother was the best dodge ball player in school. She would be the one left in the circle after all others were out, but life threw such a curveball at you, that you couldn’t dodge in time. We have all been praying and sending good wishes your way, but your work was done and your time had come. Be well and whole again…

I met you as a 11 year old, the same age as your mother and I were when we had met in 1980. The coincidences didn’t end there – Nishi and Vinay share their anniversary with my parents and Nishi is always extra special for my mom. Thats why I knew you will want idlis when we came and met you in November even without your telling me. I missed meeting you in December when Krishnan met you as I fell sick, but am glad you could have your long discussion with him. We still need to debate about Aurangzeb though !!

Anubha, I want you to know that we all think of you as the gutsiest young girl in the whole world …. your zest for life is a lesson for all of us uncles and aunties. I also want you to know that your parents and Jyoti are composed and are dealing with your absence with lots of courage, just as you wanted them to. You know, the year that started today, 2020 will be the 40th year of our friendship, Nishi and all of us from KVHV and two of our children, Taaha and you, have left us sooner than you should have …

As I hugged my friend Nishi today, we both broke down, because we miss you so much already, a void that can’t be filled. Till we all meet again on some crossroad of life, Farewell Anubha. We shall prevail, your parents and Jyoti will celebrate your life just as you want them to and as we agreed in November, on your birthday this year, we will have a “idli” party. Be there in spirit.

Om Shanti, Anubha… 1997-2020


5 thoughts on “The curveball you couldnt dodge :(”

  1. Very touching.

    My sympathies are with the parents of Anubha who had to see their daughter go at the age of 23. Very unfortunate.

    Om Shanti

  2. She is the bravest and the best. We are all so fortunate to have been with this ray of sunshine. Much strength to Jyoti, Nishi and Vinay. This made me cry Bindu. We have been through much together – all of us and all the love and condolences from Sid, Himadri and Pankaj. A rare rare soul. πŸ™‡πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‡πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‡πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’•

    • So true Anu. Just feeling so sad … whatever rationale we apply to explain why this happened. Can’t imagine what Nishi, Vinay and Jyoti are going through ! Just praying for them.


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