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“I heard the old, old men say that “all that’s beautiful drifts away, like waters” ~ William Butler Yeats ~

And the downstream is the life designed, memories made, losses and gains, happiness and tears; a journey lived to the fullest. She took the good with the bad, gave respect and commanded the same, an authority on to herself, selfless and kind. There are not enough words to salute this remarkable lady!

I have countless memories with her from childhood to adulthood. Generation of a gap made her my guardian as we went to the same school together, (a torturous act in my opinion), more for her than me ;). The generation gap slipped away as we grew older, and became a strong bond of friendship. The countless hours of conversations, innumerable jokes shared, late night binges and gossip, the fun and laughter is what I would remember and cherish for the rest of my life.

She was a mentor with her honesty and opinion. She was a friend to the young and the old alike, lending an ear and a shoulder. She was a sister, an aunt and a cousin, sharing the joys of milestones, successes and achievements. She was a courageous warrior who taught us to fight for what we believed in and a crusader for giving people second chances. She marched to her own beat of life and encouraged others to follow their heart, without fear.

Today, February 18, 2020 (if she was here), would have joined the elite club for the SIXTIES! We had many a talk of our milestone birthdays in the year 2020. She would have bragged with that mischievous smile playing on her lips, of a life fulfilling and blessed. She would have talked of her travels, and the future miles she had planned. She would have celebrated the special occasion with the “Ming Dynasty” as she endearingly called her family.

Not a day goes by without her name on our lips. Not a moment goes by without a thought of her on mind. And not a conversation is complete without a mention of her. She exuded empathy and warmth, a beacon of hope, understanding and compassion. 

She and I, many a time talked about fate and destiny. She would say, “I can challenge destiny, but fate is multifaceted and a force to reckon. And when the time comes, it is what it is!” But she never walked away from anything that unfolded in her life….and this is what makes her a true lady!

You will be dearly and deeply missed but never, ever forgotten!



Year 2018 has been a tremendous year for our family! From the rock bottom of variables that life has thrown at us, we have managed to stay together, hold steadfast and the support of our extended family only cemented our determination to overcome speed bumps for a better future.


We’ve lost a father, and gained a new family member of the four legged variety, Alaska, who just happened to give my husband and me a glimpse of our future of being empty nesters! For my husband to have a dog in the house, (having had a traumatic experience with a dog when young), his daughters’ happiness was more important than his fear of dogs…kudos to the amazing DAD!!! Needless to say, Alaska’s favorite place seems to be my husband’s spot on the couch!!!! Talk about bonding and testing each other’s boundaries 😉


Children of the family had an exciting year of visits from relatives, domestic and international travel, meeting with grandparents, reconnecting with cousins, aunts and uncles not seen for a few years. A visit to “The Taj Mahal” has been voted worth the trouble of all the travel! They are growing, learning, nurturing and becoming beautiful young independent ladies and we are proud to be their parents.


Year 2018 has been a whirlwind of milestones on a personal level; twenty five years of wedded ups and downs, professional lives on the path of permanence and appreciations, reconnecting with siblings and relatives. As we grow older, lifestyles change, thoughts and opinions may differ, but the past doesn’t matter anymore as we see a brighter future with family to share the good and the bad. We are forever grateful that the Year 2018 had been kind, benevolent and fruitful personally and professionally.


As we step into 2019, there’s no point in wondering if we can go back in time to change things. Regrets should be the foundation to advocate betterment and memories, strength and courage to move forward. Living in our present, working on things in our control, communicating with our loved ones, cherishing the small moments of happiness is the stepping stone to a wonderful future.

Here’s wishing everyone a year of kindness and happiness, yearning for a year of peace and harmony, aspiring for a year of prosperity and success, and hoping Year 2019 will upstage 2018 with positivity, faith and hope.


Death is one force of nature I dare not question and time is the essence of life that I have no control….


A kind human being, a perfectly imperfect father, and a loving grandfather has received a glorious farewell on a journey to the beyond. As angry I was with him for not giving me a chance to say goodbye, (of course I was being selfish!), I believe he’s lived a fulfilling life – be it seeing his children succeed in life, taking his grandchildren on walks of endearing conversations, partnering his wife in the kitchen with his wisecracks, tending to the plants he dearly loves, or keeping his retired life busy with many of his engagements.

Always with a quick retort gracing his lips, a witty mind that draws out a chuckle, and an impeccable sense of humor, his persona was one of a kind. We watched many a show together, rooted for our favorite sports with excitement, and spent countless hours over drinks with gratifying conversations and life’s experiences. He imparted hard work and discipline as a step to success and humility and kindness as virtues. He’s always been a silent giver, unconditionally I may say, and a father, uncle and grandfather to a large brood of family and extended family.

As much as he has left a void in my life, a father more than a father-in-law, he’s given me a never ending slideshow of images – sitting in his favorite rocking chair, the impish smile when he cracks a joke, his habitual walks and chores done to the second, his teasing and eternal complaint of being surrounded by the females in the family. I wonder if he ever realized that this very fact of his life is part of the legacy his sons have been rewarded with…..guess the last laugh’s on him! 🙂

You will be missed everyday of our lives…..and I am so proud and honored to be a part of this family.

Eulogy 2014

As another year gets ready to write it’s final lines of its existence, leaving behind memories of pain and loss, of gain and recovery, of mistakes and hurt, I’ve learned to embrace the small blessings bestowed on me, of the tiny pleasures of daily life, and the sweet smiles of loved ones, of the helping hands and the constants in life; grateful, appreciative and thankful!

This year has been a steady flow of mending fences, bringing sanity to minds, re-laying foundation for fledglings and re-evaluating selves. I’ve re-connected with a childhood passion of reading and writing that took me through a doorway into a whole new world; a world that gave me immense personal satisfaction and brought me in touch with some charming and beautiful personalities. And these very personalities and creative artists have decorated my life with their charisma and friendship.

I may have mentioned several times, and will continue to do so; to me love is a journey of the good with the bad, the pain with the cure, and the ups with the downs, going forward and together. And my mate indeed made his presence known stronger than concrete and reclaimed the crown of my eternal soul mate! He has been a bull with a goal to solidify the foundation and single-mindedly went about it. With his many quirks, patience and understanding, he’s managed to keep his sassy, charming, beautiful gem of a wife right next to him ;).

My daughters have blossomed into two amazing human beings, who have made me proud and I shall always be eternally grateful for their presence in my life. With their typical teenage oddities, many idiosyncrasies, non-stop questions about life and their fanatical obsession with One Direction, they keep us entertained, muddled, annoyed and rooted!!! And lots of times I wonder with my husband, how a dysfunctional couple like us have managed to parent these two charming daughters.

No trades offered for them!!!! J

And now, here I’m again, a couple of years later, more than half way down on this wonderful path called my life, reminiscing some could haves and should haves, yet not regretting things that have happened and have learned not to confuse sadness with any regrets. A different person, hopefully a better person, and with a wish to pass on some warmth, empathy and compassion where it is needed, I hope to be there for the people in need.

My belief that things happen for a reason, and with life throwing its usual curve balls, choices will be made, futures may be different, journey will be destined and fate will take us on a ride that already has been decided……as always. We are just players on the stage of that life, and we are entitled to all the surprises that come our way. And I’ve realized that sometimes not everyone can be a part of my journey, and that only a few would be with me until the very end.

As my family and I enter another New Year with new dreams and aspirations, I thank the year gone by for its priceless lessons and bountiful blessings. As I welcome the New Year with renewed hope and faith, I draw strength and courage from my wonderful husband and my daughters, and my extended family, as they constantly remind me of their unconditional support and love.

My family to yours, here’s wishing everyone a safe and healthy New Year, and hoping that the new year brings more joys than sorrows, and more happiness than sadness, painting the walls of your life, with some priceless memories.

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