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Author Topic: In Memoriam : Ashish, my comrade, my kindred spirit.  (Read 57854 times)
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« Reply #30 on: July 28, 2008, 06:01:38 PM »

Sharmin,

It was very sudden and unexpected. It was his heart. I don't know if it was iron but when I saw him in January, 2006 in Dubai, he was not chelating because his white cells had dropped. His ferritin was 7000 at that time. Months later he told me that the doctors knew he had hepatitis and they hadn't told him. He said that hepatitis was actually why his white cells were low. He did start on kelfer again, but who knows how much damage was done in the meantime?

One week before he passed, we talked about Singapore and plans we were making. I lost much desire to go when I learned of his passing. Our plans will never come to be and the thalassemia world will never be the same.

We were friends, corroborators and co-conspirators. Things will never be the same.
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« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2008, 05:37:35 AM »

Missing you........

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there.

I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on the snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush,

I am the swift uplifiting rush

of birds circling in flight

I am the stars that shine at night.

Do not stand on my grave and weep.

I am not there.

I do not sleep

Miaki ....
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« Reply #32 on: August 03, 2008, 12:39:39 AM »

Andy,

You have such a big heart - you carry not only your own worries but all of ours as well.  I am so sad that you have lost your dear friend.  When you are working so hard to help everyone to move forward and keep faith it must be so disheartening to lose someone as amazing and inspiring as Ashish. 

Just remember all of the people who are doing better because of people like Lisa, Ashish and you - who keeps their memories alive and their work ongoing.  My son, and countless others have promise of living a better life because of your advice.  Lisa and Ashish would be so proud of you. 

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« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2008, 01:43:04 AM »

Never forgotten, always remembered. 
Especially on February 14th....  cupid's favourite baby, Ashish was born on Valentine's day. 

and on  December 19th.... he was off on his cosmic journey and never to be seen again.


Even, when we fought or had arguments or drove each other crazy, I always felt really alive when talking to Ashish... lol....................Gosh, I  miss him so much.
 We were supposed to make it to the landmark age of 40, somewhat like a pact.  Well, now I make that lonely walk alone.   :'( Undecided

Just ain't the same without you ole pal.   Miss you, Ashish, even those times you was driving me up a wall and chortling away at my getting all het up....lol  Best memories ever !!   


 In Remembrance of Ashish, my friend.


  Friendship is a happy thing.

It makes  us laugh
It makes us sing
It makes us sad
It makes u cry
It makes us ask the reason why.
It makes us take.
It makes us give.

Above all else it makes us live.



Regards to everyone.

 


   
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« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2008, 02:11:36 AM »

Ashish,

You believed in me when I was starting out in this world and I don't think I would have had the confidence to succeed without your faith in me. Right from the start you saw all I wanted to do was help, and the Ashish stamp of credibility you gave me brought acceptance without having my motives questioned. Because Shilpa and you invited me to and hosted me in India, it set me on a path to take this group to the next level where we have become a true force on the international scene, without being beholden to any organization. This group owes a tremendous amount to you, my friend and brother. I miss you greatly.




Ashish, this song is so you. Thanks, Shilpa.


My way

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, Ill say it clear,
Ill state my case, of which Im certain.

Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and evry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

Ive loved, Ive laughed and cried.
Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!
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« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2008, 08:53:48 PM »

Ashish, i really miss your kind smile, may your soul rest in peace

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« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2008, 10:18:57 PM »

Ashish,

My respects to you dear friend.  I wish that I had a chance to get to know you better.  I thank you for all that you have done to contribute to this site.  May your soul be in peace.

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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2008, 02:39:25 AM »

                           

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« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2008, 09:26:07 AM »

Ashish,
i never met to him but i feel that he was nice guy ... MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE ...


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Sometimes , God breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes , He breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes , He sends us pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes , He sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes , He sends us illness so we can take better care of our selves.
Sometimes , He takes everything away from us so we can learn the value of everything we have.

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« Reply #39 on: December 31, 2008, 11:38:40 PM »

Dear Andy,

That song by Frank Sinatra is so apt  You mentioned it long ago, all I did was remind you. Thanx for posting it. I think it would make anyone, who knew Ash, smile . 


Happy New year to everyone. 
regards.
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« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2009, 05:35:46 AM »

Ashish,

Fellow bad boy of Mumbai,

I still can not believe you are gone. Still can not accept.

Forever in grief,

Poirot

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« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2009, 06:56:44 PM »

Poirot,

I am very sad for your loss.  Ashish was indeed very special to many people and losing him has been very difficult.  May his soul rest in peace. 

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« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2009, 04:23:10 AM »

Thanks, Sharmin.

It has indeed been very difficult.

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« Reply #43 on: August 06, 2013, 10:21:03 AM »

Ashish started his career in my office when he was undergoing the new drug trials at Cipla. He would come and practice DTP on our computers till we finally managed to get him his own computer. To see him grow and move from strength to strength was very satisfying. I still remember the pride when he got his first car from the money he made from doing the DTP and printing of some financial reports.

I also remember the day his mother did not tell him his reports were bad and he came to my office very angry with his mother. No amount of explanation (since his mother had told me in advance about his report) would assuage his anger. Finally when he realised that even I knew about his report he stormed out shouting "It's my life. How dare anyone conceal my report". Of course Ashish being Ashish he was back after two days to say that he had thought things over and that it really did not matter.

A very dear friend is gone. I had been trying on and off to locate him and contact him. Last night I was once again trying to locate him to ask him about the pump he used to strap onto his hand before he got the tablets from Cipla. What I found was this blog site instead. Imagine the shock, dismay and hope that it was not him. Till I saw the very blurred photo someone has posted. The pic was blurred but the smile was Ashish.

I would like to contact his mother in case anyone has the contact number. I would be very grateful to get her number.
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« Reply #44 on: August 06, 2013, 10:26:26 AM »

I should be able to find her number. I'll PM you when I do. I miss Ashish to this day. He was a great friend and collaborator.
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