Jalsa, Mumbai Dec 21/22, 2012 Fri/Sat 2:03 AM
The day has passed, but the memory lives on. December 21st my Mother left us for the eventual adventure of our lives. Her memory lives with us, her soul with another celestial being. I have been not too expressive throughout the day ; the family has remained together and huddled for most of the time. The children have been posting pictures of Ma on their face pages on various communication devices, and Jaya who came in from Parliament and Delhi by the late evening flight, brought in my Mother’s favorite flower - the Nargis !
She loved this particular flower. It grew wild in and around our homes that bore some semblance of winter, for that is when it flowered. And tonight it brightens up various sections of the house and my bed side. When I shall retire, Mother shall be with me through the night … !!
There she is, in her classic best, dark glasses and all - an exclusive ornament in somewhat conservative Allahabad, seeing off my Father as he travels to England, to Cambridge for his study on Yeats and his thesis on it, which he succeeded and secured a PhD. Ma had travelled with my Father to Bombay, then, to see him off at the airport, on an AirIndia four engined propeller aircraft, perhaps called the Constellation. This was 1952. I am 10, in the foreground, with my most favorite bush shirt, designed and colourful, a suggestion and gift by my Mother, chewing my thumb nails, a habit that I did not get rid off for several years.
Garlanded, my Father bears the joy of being able to fulfil his desire to study the poet WBYeats .. with my specs on these days, many feel I look like him. I should. Or perhaps look like his Father, for as I have narrated before, I was supposed to be the incarnation of my Grandfather. So my Father believed.
Both, now gone.
All the prayers are silent … nothing demonstrative … they would have felt the same temperament ..
Good night ..
ps: I tweeted about the Great Gatsby trailer no 2 … do watch and comment :
T 968 - The Great Gatsby Trailer No 2 : watch , comment, tell me, …. do something !!
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