Sudden death

The bird that just let out a plaintive volley of chirps in a tree somewhere breaks the peacefulness of the late afternoon. Waning sunshine filters in through the blinds.

There’s an ache behind my eyes somewhere, and a lump  at the back of my throat that refuses to go away.

And a profound sense of sadness for those 152 people who will never hear a bird again, and never again see the sunlight coming through the window in the late afternoon.

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10 thoughts on “Sudden death

  1. xehra July 29, 2010 / 5:45 pm

    Sigh! May God rest their soul in eternal peace !

    • Munira July 30, 2010 / 8:24 pm

      amen to that xehra…

      • Rajeev Madan August 13, 2010 / 9:44 am

        Awesome…

      • Rajeev Madan August 13, 2010 / 9:46 am

        the web site i meant…

        • Munira August 15, 2010 / 7:01 am

          thank you so much Rajeev 🙂

  2. Hussain July 31, 2010 / 6:00 am

    Asghee, his sister Rashida and her son Murtaza were on that plane. So was Ali Akbar Zakiuddin. When Sakina informed of the tragedy I was in shock. Of course I did not know about Rashida bein and her son at that time. I went to PIMS to see if I could be some use to the family in identifying the body. Bypassing the huge crowd of people – families gathered there to id and collect the remains of there loved ones – I managed to get to the central hall where the bodies were being brought – bodies? out of the 108 listed bodies only 3 were complete bodies, all others were counted using the torso. Burnt crisp! The smell was unbelievable – something I will never forget! Asghee’s name was 113th on the list of Passengers, but an id had not been done. After three hours of recovering from the sadness and the failure to do something – anything, I went back to my room at the guest house. The feeling of failure heavy on my heart and mind. Could not call Juzer and tell him I failed to locate his brother. 28th July 2010 I shall remember for the rest of my life. “….And a profound sense of sadness for those 152 people who will never hear a bird again, and never again see the sunlight coming through the window in the late afternoon…..” INDEED

  3. Rajeev Madan August 16, 2010 / 6:17 pm

    My pleasure, Munira…..

  4. auntyuta March 19, 2012 / 3:25 am

    ‘And a profound sense of sadness . . .’ What you said about this tragic event, Munira, is very profound indeed. In addition Hussain gives a great many details. So very, very tragic! Death can indeed come very suddenly for some people. As some one said the other day, we have no control over when we’re going to die but we have control over how we live our lives. Maybe this is true that somehow we have control over how we live our lives? Maybe every individual has at least some choices? I hope so.

    • Munira March 20, 2012 / 4:00 am

      There were a lot of young, bright people on that fateful flight Aunty Uta, so many hopeful lives lost. And it was close to home, as Hussain bhai said, we knew a 40-something year old man who died in the plane crash. It was the most tragic thing to happen that year. A nightmare.

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