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October-December 2002 issue

House Boats on Dal Lake in Srinagar

House Boats on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Credit for introducing House Boats in Kashmir goes to Pt. Narain Das, father of Swami Laxman ji.

Table of Contents

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

  Sweet & Sour
Thoughts - At a Funeral
... Tribhuwan N. Bhan

T.N.BhanThe patriarch of a corporate sector in India Mr. Dhirubhai H. Ambani breathed his last on 7th July 2002. During his funeral the next day, I tried to have a glimpse of his mortal remains but failed to do so, as there were over 25000 mourners and I could not physically jostle myself through the huge crowd. So I decided to come home and watch the funeral on the small screen. While watching the funeral of Mr. Ambani on TV, my mind went racing back to February- March 1961, when with about 30 more persons, I attended the funeral at Chandanwadi, of Hari Singh, Ex. Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir state. Here I was watching on TV, the funeral of a man who came from an unknown village, Churwad of Gujarat and rose to become a business tycoon. His funeral was one befitting an emperor. Simultaneously, in a flash, the scene of the other funeral I attended in 1961, came across my mind, when an ex-ruler of an Indian state had the funeral of a commoner.

From Rs. 500/- Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani created the empire of Reliance Industries worth Rs. 65000 Crores at present. He was a visionary who achieved the impossible through hard work, dedication and singleness of purpose. Though he had not received any formal education in Economics or Commerce, he proved to be a genius in the field of "Business Administration' and a financial wizard. Thus he became a legend in his own lifetime.

It was my destiny to be present at the funeral of one-time ruler of J&K State, stand just few feet away from his mortal remains, gaze at the same endlessly, and then after a gap of four decades to witness the last journey of the doyen of Industrial advancement in our country. Comparisons are odious and unhealthy, but at times like these any person, who is aware of facts and figures realizes that a ruler left a truncated and fragmented state as a legacy, which has proved to be a problem not only for our country but also for the whole world. In contrast, a commoner has left behind an industrial empire as his legacy not only for his family but also for the entire nation. Thus I draw a conclusion that nothing is everlasting, neither the glitter and grandeur of royalty nor the pain and pangs of poverty. Whatever one may inherit, or create, remains here on this planet. One departs from this world empty handed, when one leaves for his ultimate abode. What matters most is the impression one has carved out in the minds of the people according to his deeds or misdeeds, during his lifetime.

Thus one is judged not by who you are, but what you do.

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