The gracious guest LATA who honured us and my wife for our humble hospitality

L a t a

It had to happen and it has, the Nightingale of more than just India has flown. With her our childhood youth middle age and even old age full of nostalgia and bygone memories of love romance exquisite emotion pain and poignancy longing and solace which this lady generously gave with extraordinary talent and generous spirit. Nightingale in our common parlance is a fit tribute but quite inadequate. In my heart and soul i believe this was yet another Avatar or divine incarnation to give eternal solace to a grieving wanting world, not unlike Rama or Krishna.This time it was the goddess SARASVATI right on her day Basant Panchami, a day after which having done her duty she left. lATA IN MY VIEW WAS HER AVATAR , no one else could have moved and given solace and delight to trillions from child hood to dying day. And for nothing in return apart from incidental fame and adoration. she dressed in white had no progeny and family to speak of and conducted herself with a dignity rare and admirable. The Avatar has not gone to an ordinary heaven , She has merged again with her godhead who decided to visit and solace and give us comfort for a century.
Our family had the great fortune of inviting her over to our residence and home privately without any others than her sister and family for lunch in Abu Dhabi. She was so loving humble and kind despite the Bharat Ratna status of highest award India has given to the likes of Pms like Indira gandhi and Nehru that we were floored. She held my wife’s hands as her hostess with such warmth that only a photo can capture. She signed her Gita, prayer book, and sat on a dining table with 6 other members of her family as if we were well known to her. It was like the visit of a Goddess not a celebrity. Now we realized why her sweet voice had always mesmerised us. This was a great soul being gracious in communion with ordinary folk as her art had been a gift to billions. As i said not some ordinary sage or Mahatma but a goddess incarnate visiting you. in conclusion i wish to prove that. When leaving she held my hands as a mother would and said” AAp jab mumbai aao to main aapkeliye apne haat se khana banana chahoongi.”  Whenever you visit Mumbai i shall cook you a meal with my own hands.
That never happened because i never wanted this gracious heavenly personage to do that. But her words were more than that khana. God bless her soul. Every time i hear her melodies past voice in song tears spring to my eyes. Amillion pranams to one who became the soul of my life from infancy to old age. my heart and soul with every conceivable emotion, a haunting that will never end. today i am so sad that this
gracious personality has finally left us and the goddess Sarasvti has decided to depart to give joy to her heavenly abode.

THE NIGHTINGALE OF INDIA

BHARAT RATNA – GEM OF INDIA AWARDED PHENOMENON THAT GAVE EVERI INDIAN PAKI BANGLASESHI AND NUMEROUS OTHERS OVERSEAS THE JOYS AND SUSTENANCE OF THEIR LIVES. GOD BLESS THIS GODDESS INCARNAYE.

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