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Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Boid, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    The nicest man I've ever known died a few months ago.

    My dad's eldest brother, a refugee from Bangladesh, who raised his seven siblings with sheer determination, kindness and very very little money, passed away after a short bout with cancer at the ripe old age of 82.

    I went to his funeral in Calcutta after many years of staying away, here's what I saw.

    It was not the dark filling my eyes
    And mouth appalled me; not even the drip
    Of rain like blood from the one tree
    Weather-tortured. It was the dark
    Silting the veins of that sick man
    I left stranded upon the vast
    And lonely shore of his bleak bed.

    ~ RS Thomas




    Woman prays to a wall




    A younger brother shares stories from his childhood and then stops abdruptly.


    The help watch TV



    The best friend. "I'm next but I've seen it all, and I'm ready"


    According to hindu beliefs, crows link the dead and the living. On the last day of the mourning rituals, crows are fed offerings so that they may carry it to the dead.
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  2. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    That is a beautiful report and way to commemorate your uncle...
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  3. Rajiv, I am so sorry for your loss. The photographs are a lovely tribute.
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    These photographs are a beautiful memorial to him. It's good you went back for this.

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  5. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    It's good to be with family when these things happen. These are lovely photos that capture the sadness very well.
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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Your uncle had a great smile. I'm sorry for your loss.
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  7. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Thank you everyone for your kind words. Much appreciated.

    Though I must admit that the pictures convey more gloom than what was the prevalent mood there. Probably more a reflection of how I felt.

    I'll miss him. He was from the old world and a lovely lovely bloke.
  8. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Sorry for your loss, Rajiv. However, in times like these, Dumbledore's words always ring in my head: mourn for the living, not the dead. We still have some ways to go to get to that better place. :smile:

    We all have had our share of losses and I find that telling stories about them (like your other uncle) are a wonderful source of joy -- but those abrupt stops are what always get me. Your pictures are a very nice tribute to him.
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  9. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    A great set to celebrate a life! Thanks for sharing.
  10. qhs232

    qhs232 Veteran

    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    a wonderful tribute, thanks for sharing.
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