i only wish that the circumstances for writing this note were happier.
Last week, during a slew of celebrity deaths, i was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of my good friend Raj’s passing as a result of surgical complications. Rajesh had Crohn’s disease for some time, but ironically did not die from the disease but from surgery.
Rajesh was one of the most warmest, sincere and friendliest individuals that i have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He used to always buy from our then-shop Marsh Newsagents-he was always loyal and would spend lots of time entertaining us with his bad jokes.
In time, he also became very good friends with the family and was always ready to offer his help in any way possible. When we last came to London, we made a point of talking and meeting him. Through all his surgical procedures, the one thing Raj never lost was his humour and he was always jolly.
Raj was and will remain a good friend. Although, there is great sadness, we also celebrate his life with great joy because through his warmth and affection he has left a mark on our hearts forever. We love and miss you brother…LEGENDS NEVER DIE.
What a week. We have lost a number of great personalities whom were all a part of my formative years. Michael Jackson who never seemed to age has now passed on leaving behind a legacy. i must admit that growing up i was enthralled by his creativity. The “Thriller” video truly sent chills up and down my spine when it first came out. He was an auteur-musician, singer, actor and performer all in one. Out of curiosity, my brother and i also went to his “Bad” tour in UK and we were totally taken aback by the flawless execution.
Farrah Fawcett also passed away. It is sometimes hard to appreciate the frailties of mortality and not be affected by it. We all need to depart from this stage sooner or later, but still try as hard as we might we often succumb to sentiments. i think John Donne put it best:
“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..”
Let us all appreciate each and every day…
Keep on winning…