One of the hardest things a person has to do in life is write and give an eulogy on the passing away of a loved one. Last week, my Nani left for her heavenly abode and today was the prayer meeting on the Chautha (4th Day).
I'm sharing with all of you the eulogy in the form of a poem I wrote last night for her on behalf of all her grandchildren. I share this here because paying tribute to a dear one and speaking to a packed room full of people, while keeping your emotions in check is not easy, however is inevitable.
Thank you so much for joining us in prayer this afternoon to
pay homage to our beloved Nirmal Khanna. A mother is more precious than any
other person. A grandmother, being a mother twice over, is closest to her
grandchildren. On behalf of her grandchildren whom she adored: Ujjwal, Kamakshi, Dhruv, Akshiena and Vyomi, this poem is dedicated to our iron lady with a will
of steel. (My Nani- Nirmal Khanna)
Your loving arms Were our tranquil oasis Your radiant smile Exuded a halo …
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(Image Credit: flickr Felix E. Guerrero) Magical verses Jewels of inspiration Window to the heart
A Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.