Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11: Remembering

On this day, when so much devastating loss is remembered in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and throughout the country, we also mark an anniversary. It has been three months since our precious Anuj passed and we join the community of families and friends who balance the cherished memories of their loved ones with the pain of losing them forever. On this day, Neal recalls the following story:

"Five years ago, on that crisp September day, I was living in Manhattan and witnessed the unthinkable act of destruction from a mile away. After recovering from the initial shock and regaining some semblance of my wits, the first person I tried to call was my brother Anuj, 3000 miles away in San Francisco. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the phone signals were busy and it took several tries to get through but we finally connected. It was very early on the west coast and Anuj was still in the haze between sleep and the day. Upon hearing my harrowed account, he quickly cut through the initial shock to make sure that I was okay, in a safe place, and could eventually make it home. I, on the other hand, was very concerned for Anuj. Not knowing the extent of the diabolical terrorist plot at that moment, I wanted to make sure that he did not try to go into downtown San Francisco. Anuj's offices were near the Transamerica Pyramid building, which in my mind was certainly a potential target at that point. Although we spoke for less than five minutes and exchanged but a few words, they were enough to convey the strength of our bond amidst the chaos of that day."

Five years later, as so many of us reflect on the lives of our loved ones, Neal vividly remembers that short conversation, and we all mark three long months. Just as the nearly 3000 souls are with their families for eternity, we know Anuj will always be with us.

3 Comments:

Blogger Meena said...

Dear Deepa Mausi, Mausaji, Kapil, Neal and Hema,
Today marks three months since dear Anuj has passed. I wish we were all there with you tomorrow at the memorial service being held to celebrate his life and all that he accomplished in his young thirty years. Please know that if the sun shines a little brighter during the day, we are thinking of dear Anuj and all of you at those very moments. 9-11, indeed a tragic day. To the families and friends of those who perished in New York, we extend today our deepest sympathy and condolences. Today on 9-11, 2006 and in the following days, we pray that God will give all of us strength to bear the loss of our dearest Anuj. But as we grieve together we are also thankful – thankful for his life, for the time we all had with someone so extraordinary - thankful for his smile, for his compassion, and his generosity. Today I hold my head up high as I say to the world that I miss you dear Anuj and I am proud and privileged to be your cousin sister.
Love,
Meena

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our beloved Anuj touched people all over the world with his genuine kindness and compassion. He was both brilliant in this studies, but also with people. Dear Anuj had the kindest of hearts of anyone I have known. I wish so deeply I could be with you all at dear Anuj's memorial service to honour my beloved cousin. At that moment, at 4:30 on Tuesday I will be sending you all my love and prayers. I will look to the sky and say a prayer to my beloved cousin Anuj.

-Ruby

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are at a loss of words to express our feelings. Our prayers are with you.
Shashi Bhaisahab, Indu bhabhi & Rachna

10:05 PM  

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