8 years back, on this same fateful day it happened. It was 7 in the evening, I had stepped out from office for a light snack, when I came back the receptionist told me I missed a call from my sister ( that was the era when not many of us had cell phones ). I immediately called back home to find out that my father had a massive brain haemmorage and he was in a coma and in the hospital – his pulse was stable and he was expected to be moved to a bigger hospital once his reports came. I felt a tight knot in my stomach. I was then staying in a different city for work. I could manage to get a flight the next morning. I spoke to my mother early morning the next day before starting and everything looked stable, she was also fine and sounded very positive, but god had decided otherwise. In the next one hour he suddenly developed fever and his pulse started to go down and all the doctors in that big hospital could not save him… even for me to have a last glimpse of him before he was gone… when I reached there found him lying lifeless on the hospital bed.
My father was an integral part of our family and had played an important role in all our lives. He was always there to give us directions – while at school, college or even when we moved out to be our own individual selves. He never differentiated us as girls and always encouraged on being independent and standing on our own. He was so simple and very realistic with his expectations. He had his own set of rules for life, but never rushed to temples or believed in God. He would always help people around him in his own small ways and was known as a very helpful person…and thats probably the reason why his end was so quick and painless…
Somewhere I had read these lines which feel so much closer to my heart…
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say good-bye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knows why.
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again …..
My dear father … how I miss you.
Through the years you’ve always been there,
with love between us beyond compare.
You gave directions and showed me the way,
Making me the person I am today….
and I know where ever he is, he would shower his blessings on us.