With little or no charm left for Fairs, Festivals and festivities , call it age factor or whatever, even Diwali seems just another day that comes and goes.Age appears more than a mere number for me. This time Covid did cast a shadow on the festival , notwithstanding the sound of crackers permeating and filling the environment that seemed to belie this.
On top of everything, came the shocking news of the sad demise of Sudha Mahajan, not only an active member of the Group , but also a neighbourhood kid. Thanks to this Group, for me it was a reunion with her and her other siblings Navinender Gupta ji & Raksha Kaistha di, after 56 years.
As we all members of the group know , Sudha Mahajan had been quite regular with her posts. Well versed both in Hindi and English, she came across as a wonderful writer. Her posts featuring the minutest details like kitchen paraphernalia, recipes, the condiments used exhibit her keen observation.The Black & White pictures so assiduously preserved over such a long time,and posted in the Group brought alive precious childhood memories. Govind Sisodiya's comments on a related post inform that she was battling cancer reveals another shocking fact. There was no such indication in her posts which were so full of positivity and ebullience. A bright and serious student, she actively participated in extra curricular activities and went on to do M.Phil in History. Her posts reveal that post marriage she had been in teaching too .
Her passing away is a shock to many others besides her family and other siblings .This is a personal loss to me as we grew up and played together as kids.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and the next of kin !
May the Almighty give courage to all bereaved to bear the loss !
They say , we part to meet again, but just the opposite has happened .
We met to part and never to meet again !
Adieu, Sudha Mahajan or Sudha ji ,as we called you back then !!