Sunday, April 21, 2013

My good friend RS

A lot of us called him RS, and family members and relatives called him Bhai saab or Bablu. The children called him ‘Pappa’. A wonderful human being, loved by one and all and a gentleman to the core was RS. He passed away on 13th April, this year after a brief illness.

I knew RS  for the last 30 years since I joined Ambassador Sky Chef, and since then he has been a close friend of mine. He was dedicated to his work and proved the tenet ‘ Work is Worship.’ He was an engineer by profession and many of the hotels and malls that we visit, bear  his stamp of excellence. He worked tirelessly and his definition of excellence was heaven.

RS has a lovely family  consisting of his wife, Chanda Bhabhi, and three daughters, Pooja, Preeti and Poonam. RS always told me that he never had to worry about his family and the upbringing of the children because of Chanda Bhabhi.  But RS was a doting father and showered love and affection not only on  his wife and children but also his other family members and the fraternity. The number of people on his 60th birthday celebrations on 15th April last year bore testimony for his popularity and the kind of bond that he had enjoyed with one and all.  My wife and I attended the function and we were moved to tears seeing the warmth, love and affection that RS shared with his family, friends and other well wishers.  I recall RS dancing  and clapping throughout the function  despite his sickness.  

Now what was RS to me? A close friend, confidante and a great human being. He was the key figure and the friend instrumental for my marriage. I could rely and count on him when in need, and he was always one who asked whether he could be of help. And this quality endeared him to one and all, and I am aware he has helped a lot of people in living their lives. RS has left his footsteps on the sands of time. Footsteps that teach us how to live with humility, how to be of help and service to humanity, and finally how to spread love, warmth and affection.
RS you have been infectious, and as a tribute to your memory and life, we will  continue to live the lessons you have lived all your life. May Your soul rest in peace.