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The Feb 20th saga

21st February 2015

Birthdays are a big deal in the Chitnis household. Hints about gifts are dropped over months. Requests for favourite dishes are made. Parties are planned weeks in advance. A meal out in a nice restaurant is mandatory. I grew up with these traditions, because for my dad, his birthday in particular was always about spending time with the family. In 2008, this changed a bit. This was the year I first began rationing my time on Feb 20th between spending…

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The beginning of the end

23rd August 2014

Exactly two years ago, I came back home from work to a relatively empty house (my two GSDs and cat were glad to see that at least one of the humans hadn’t abandoned them, which they assumed was the case every time someone left the building). My parents were meeting with our family doctor to figure out what was behind the pains in my dad’s abdominal area. I was a carefree 22 year-old, and the only real issue in my…

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Thank you, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

7th June 2014

There are really only a handful of places that I really saw my father “feel at home” in  apart from our own house. One was my grandmother’s house in Germany, another was Goa, and a fourth — and the reason why I am writing this post — was Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH). It sounds strange, but towards the last days of his life, my father decided he wanted to be in the hospital instead of at home. More specifically, he…

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One Year

3rd June 2014

“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day…

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20 Tips For Your First Job + 3

1st June 2014

On June 1, 2011 my father tweeted a series of tips for people who were starting their first jobs. Six months later, he compiled them in a blog post that’s still up on his website: 20 Tips For Your First Job. Not many people know that I started working on June 1, 2011. This was his way of prepping me for the world I was about to enter. He had so much to say, so much valuable advice to give me,…

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A slab of memories

1st March 2014

My trips to Belgaum as a kid are vague memories, but there are some things I will never forget. My grandfather, sitting in his favourite armchair in the living room, speaking into not one but two rotary-dial telephone receivers. To an awe-struck child,  he looked like the busiest man on Earth. But as I would walk in through the door, his bushy eyebrows (which I have unfortunately inherited) would rise and wiggle as he crack a smile. Never mind that he…

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Goodbye, 2013

31st December 2013

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through…

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Almost Christmas

18th December 2013

I stand in front of an empty spot “Put up the tree” You’d yell as your footsteps fell legs first, belly second Humming down the stairs As a child, I went wild with the trinkets and the bells colour colour colour every branch looked swell I grew; then just red and blue “Not done”, you’d say But I did it my way. Now the tree is still boxed the house is bare X marks the spot when we last stood…

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