A Time For Goodbyes
2020 continues to steal our Community of some of its most loved and cherished stalwarts. In a sad but not unexpected turn of events, we lost our much respected and loved BPP Trustee, Zarir Bhathena, to an ongoing ailment that he bravely fought, to its conclusion. While the community was yet coming to terms with this sad news, within a few hours, we got to know of the passing of former BPP Trustee and Bombay Municipal Commissioner, Jamsheed Kanga – yet another great in his own right, loved and mourned by all whose lives he had touched.
And even as that news was settling in, we were informed that our very own war-hero, the courageous and celebrated Squadron Leader (Retd.) Parvez Jamasji, the recipient of the prestigious Vir Chakra, had returned to his maker. Not too long ago, we bid adieu to Ruby Patel and Bejan Daruwala… amongst other iconic personalities that our community had been blessed with. It does feel like a time for goodbyes.
All of these great souls – legends in their own right – enriched our community and our country, bringing in pride and praise, with their unique contributions, leaving behind for their successors, very large shoes to fill. They say the greatest legacy you leave behind on earth is how many hearts you touched. Insomuch, all of these personalities leave us with some of the richest legacies ever – to learn from and live by – legacies of service, courage, duty, kindness and love.
While we extend our heartfelt condolences to, and stand by, the grieving families and loved ones of these shining stars of our community, we must celebrate their brilliant legacies and achievements, even as we stand – inspired, empowered and grateful – by the great precedents that they have set for us.
Let us all take a few seconds to say a prayer for these noble souls. May they attain Garothman Behest!
Wishing you a safe and sound weekend!