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Friday, January 14, 2011


W's father, my Father in Law, expired today by noon. He was on a semi comatose last 2 weeks and has been out of hospital.
He was a thorough gentleman and I cant think of anyone having any sort of ill will or unhappy thoughts of him. he was boringly non-controversial all thru his life.
One moment stands out for me. He had visited us in Swiss a decade back and we had the fun cricket among all Indian families around our village out there. This man, 62 then, took it so seriously and ran a serious short single. To avoid a run out shy, he dived to the crease. All of us in the ground and those outside missed a beat. He coolly got up from the ground with bruises, saying he 'reached' the same time the umpire was chiding someone who was appealing a run out. so much for his involvement and readiness for sport.
He was always a good sport and a easy go lucky man.
One of these days when he was on and off to 'incoherent' stages he was saying 'ananthoo will take care'. That was his strong belief on many things including a last minute ticket to anything. so it was not surprising that he mouthed that. He wud listen to all of us like a kid when ever we asked him to do anything when he was convalescing. For a fit man like him and esp one who wouldnt drink any thing harder than water and who was always conscious of his diet, this was a sad end. Cerebral hemorrhage and liver cirrhosis was too much.
RIP my dear sure you wud take it cool where ever u are.
Note: We decided to donate his eyes and its a fairly simple job. That was a proud moment for me. This gentleman now has helped 2 blinds see, on his way out!
All you have to note the numbers and call them. In this case we had called Narayana Nethralaya. They have to take the eyes within 6 hours and the fan should not be on where the body is. Also the eyes shud be closed. Its a 10 minute job for them and once they remove, we cannot make out if they have removed. Spread this news and help more blind folks out there.

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  • At January 15, 2011 7:59 AM, Blogger Jay said…

    Dear Ananthu,

    I am a regular to your blog for sometime now but never posted a comment. Very sad to hear about your FIL's demise. My hearty condolences to you and the family.

  • At January 15, 2011 9:40 AM, Blogger Suresh said…


    Sorry to hear this.I teared up reading about your FIL's faith in you.Thanks for sharing the info on eye donation. You had the presence of mind to do it. I am an organ donor too.

    May your FIL soul rest in peace.

  • At January 19, 2011 7:40 AM, Blogger Ananthoo said…

    thanks Jay and Suresh.

  • At January 19, 2011 10:44 PM, Blogger Anupama said…

    My condolences to Sumi and you. I am glad that you had the presence of mind to do that immediately. So many people overlook this simple act in their grief.

  • At January 21, 2011 4:13 AM, Anonymous surendar said…

    very sad to hear about your fil...seems to have been a simple person with faith as the tenet for
    life - rare to see such people.

    Surprising that he had so much faith in you - goes to say so much about you as a person as well.

    I don't think my FIL will mention my name even for fun..

  • At January 21, 2011 6:30 PM, Blogger Ananthoo said…

    @ anupama - thx..yes, the eyes were a matter of pride..and it was so satisfying to all his wards too.

    @ surendar - thanks..yes he was one of those rare persons i have seen where not a single soul has felt offended or cross with! that has amazed me for long years..a very simple uncomplicated being he was all along! he wudnt even raise his voice.. i used to lionk that to his zero tolerance for karam (no chilly 2 metre radius when he eats!)

  • At January 21, 2011 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    havent met ur FIL, but now regret, why i missed him,

  • At February 09, 2011 12:59 AM, Blogger Tara Foundation said…

    Dear Ananthu Ji,
    So sorry to hear this. I am remembering when you were going to Bangalore from Chennai, that day you had called me.
    My hearty condolence to all family members.


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