Though I am not new to receiving news of dearly departed, though I have lost grandparents from both sides with whom I made fond memories, nothing felt more like a rip in my heart than the news I received this morning.
A friend, a gentlest soul, who evokes memory of manly-mirthful giggles, beautiful smile that comes from his eyes- even when in deep physical pain.
A man who most of the time talkes with the cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, talking to everyone fondly, disciplining with a smile, addressing even the office peons with fondness, addiction to coffee- not all kinds only the filter-decoction variety.
A man who would drive a pregnant friend all across the east corner of the city before driving himself to the west corner to his home even amidst excruciating pain of his own.
A man whose home was always open to all, whose wife always served food for all, whose heart always accepted all and whose first response to friend’s phone calls was always an ever ready, endearing and inviting ‘Sollunga’, meaning ‘yeah, tell me’- Made me feel like he was there for me every time and anytime I called him.
With a heavy heart, I am going to call his personal mobile one more time on Sunday (after giving his grieving family a day or two of privacy). I know someone will answer it for sure, but it will not be the ‘Sollunga’- NEVER EVER!
meet Ricthie Parker, TDPP’s Hero of the Year!
To Dr. Ars, Ayesha and family, To Mustafa-Ayesha & family, to Khadhija & family and all other yet to be friends of TDPP..
seek peeps, seek and ye shall find it all…..With this single significant achievement alone, he has served and saved millions! What a blessing! All the grumbling critics will crumble away when they seek the medical attention they need without declaring bankruptcy or losing their mind worrying about the mounting expenses. What a blessing indeed!
…..and it’s official: The Chutty-Chetty gals have all signed in, 4 of us contesting and 1 gets the judging gavel. Her words are final and she has kicked off the contest. From July 22, 2013 to December 31, 2013 we strategise, work hard and document the results and then celebrate all our successes together. Yup, we the CC-gals are on a roll here….
And we are on! All 5 of us ‘Chutty-Chetty Gals’ from our family are on to an international contest: 7 Minutes each day for 6 months dealing with 5 Hot-spots, 4 Contenders/3 Countries or maybe 3 Contenders/2 Countries, 2 Criterias and 1 Mighty-Win-Win!
We are the Chutty-Chetty Gals and we will do ourselves proud!
Wish us luck!
Published: July 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM
WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama, in tough talks with Hamid Karzai, may speed up U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and leave none behind, officials said.
The New York Times, quoting U.S. and European officials, reported talks with the Afghan president are frustrating Obama and as a result, the U.S. president is giving serious thought to bringing U.S. troops home before the end-of-2014 deadline and considering the “zero option,” which would leave no U.S. troops in the country, the newspaper said.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/07/09/Report-Obama-considering-speeding-up-Afghan-pullout/UPI-39431373367316/#ixzz2YvjTJ1uo
And of course just bringing them home is not the be all, end all….it’s just another beginning of a very important phase of their lives…..-
and also shelter for those in need…..