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               “So marumagal*, how was your day?”  These were the words that greeted me each day when I entered my new abode. “It was fine, Appa**,” was the usual response. Hearing this, his smiling face would go back to swaying his head to the beats of the music on the stereo.

               I never told him, that this small gesture of his made me feel at home. Marriage was not an easy transition. Just like any other newly married girl I was trying to adjust to the new surroundings. You usually seek a friendly support to ease you through this situation.

              Appa understood. He became that one friend. Our dinner time used to be filled with anecdotes from his younger years. The stories varied with time; most of them were from ‘Air India’ where he had spent most of his life doing double shifts in the company of good friends. Or better still the adventures of Kanyakumari with his close knit extended family. He was the one who dived in and picked up a coral for his beloved wife in Andaman on their family vacation.

              He was a fun loving guy, which everyone who has met him would agree. He loved inviting people home for Christmas and New Year; the list normally exceeded thirty (which was supposed to be the “Only close friends and family” list.) He thrived in company. Friends and Alcohol were his weaknesses; friends with alcohol meant celebration without a special occasion.

              The relationships that he built during his lifetime were his real earnings. He was that one friend who’ll do all he can if you ask for assistance. And that, is the inheritance he’s passed on. It’s been almost a year, but it still feels like yesterday. The last pleasant memory of his that I have is, on New Year’s Eve; where he’s holding a glass of whiskey smiling at friends bidding him goodbye.

               I don’t know if he was an ideal son, husband, father, uncle, grandfather or father-in-law but one thing that his friends visiting us since last one year has made me realize –

                 That he was ‘That One Friend’ who’ll be missed for life!


Tamil dialect :
* Marumagal = daughter-in-law.


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Dec. 3rd, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
A beautiful tribute!

Well done!
Dec. 5th, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks a ton ! The appreciation means a lot <3
Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)

This is so sweet! I miss my FIL too every day.

Dec. 5th, 2016 10:46 am (UTC)
Aww..*Hugs* Thanks! Glad you liked it :)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful and warm tribute and remembrance! I love how you personalized him and made him human while still elevating the effect he had on you and others. This line has so much wisdom - The relationships that he built during his lifetime were his real earnings.
Dec. 5th, 2016 10:49 am (UTC)
You seriously made my day! Thanks a bunch for these lovely encouraging words :) That's the best way I could describe Appa; he really didn't bother about money much. So, Yeah..Glad you liked this.
Happy to see you stop by <3
Dec. 4th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)


Dec. 5th, 2016 10:49 am (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
Such a touching tribute .... Well done !!!
Dec. 5th, 2016 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciation :) Makes me feel nice <3
Dec. 5th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. A very nice tribute to someone who helped you feel welcome, and who gave and appreciated friendship to those around him. That IS richness, and I'm not surprised so many miss him.
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciation. :) Glad that the qualities got conveyed. Feels good!
Good to see you here <3
Dec. 5th, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
This is sweet! I liked the format too. Hugs and peace~~~D
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad that it worked for you :) *Hugs* <3
Dec. 6th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
This was a beautiful tribute to what sounds like was an amazing man.
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciation :) Makes me feel better that I could pull this off.

Edited at 2016-12-07 07:24 am (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
This was a great tribute. I'm sure he would have been proud of what you wrote. You make me wish I had met him!
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:27 am (UTC)
That's high praise, Thank you kindly :) I am sure you both would have got along fine, he enjoyed talking to people with a good sense of humour :)
Happy to see you stop by <3 Thanks again!
Dec. 6th, 2016 02:32 am (UTC)
What a lovely read :)
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it :)
Dec. 7th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
Very sweet! :)
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:40 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss, but this is a wonderful tribute story.
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:46 am (UTC)
I too wish we could spend some more time with him. Thanks for the kind words :)
Dec. 7th, 2016 05:22 am (UTC)
Love this! You painted a richly detailed and caring picture very briefly. A beautiful take on the topic indeed.
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words<3 Makes me feel good about writing this :)

Edited at 2016-12-07 08:15 am (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
This is such a wonderful tribute. Sounds like he was a wonderful person. I am sure he would be very happy and touched by these words if he could read this.
Dec. 8th, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciations :) Means a lot to me. Feeling good about writing this now. Ironically we never let the person know what we feel about them when they are around.
Happy to see you here <3 Thanks again!
Dec. 8th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
He sounds like a person who was well loved. Not everyone can claim having so much love and friendship in their lives. I hope I'm as lucky to have people remember me as well as you write about him.
Dec. 8th, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
*Takes a humble bow* He really was one of a kind, actually we all are :) These words will stay with me , thank a ton for the appreciation <3 *Hugs*
Dec. 8th, 2016 04:30 am (UTC)
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Dec. 8th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
Very sweet, and thank you for the word explanation :)
Dec. 8th, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I thought it would sound phoney if I didn't use the right words. Good to know it wasn't a hindrance while reading :)
Good to see you stop by <3 Thanks again!
Dec. 8th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
Very touching tribute.
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Good to see you stop by <3
Dec. 8th, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
A lovely and loving tribute. <3
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciation :) I am glad that you stopped by <3
Dec. 8th, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)
The warmth of your relationship really shines here. He sounds like a wonderful man.
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for these words, makes me feel good :) He was warm and cheerful and I am glad it came across.
Good to see you stop by <3 Thanks again!
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh, this is so very lovely. Such a beautiful tribute to someone who seems like a very beautiful person.
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the appreciation :) Makes my day better. Good to see you stop by <3
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