Vasudev, I am really sorry that I could not properly attend your last callVasudev, our friendship commenced in 1994. It grew stronger day by day. I could share all my problems with you. I had full faith in you. I knew that you wouldn't share these with others. You helped me in various ways during my initial days in Delhi. You would also share your problem with me. We used to talk everyday. You knew my hopes and aspirations. I also knew your problems, hopes and future plans. You were one of my very few true friends in this city.
I can't forget what you did when I submitted my MBA project. The huge project was changed at least thrice. You carried out the corrections without any murmur of protest. You helped me to complete my project despite your own extremely busy schedule. You have major contributions in my record marks in the project.
You divulged about your illness to me even before you informed your wife and family members. I witnessed your struggle to remain alive during last 15 years. You struggled to establish your family members. You struggled to earn fame in office. You continued fighting smilingly. Your struggle started during your student days and continued till March, 2018.
When I left Shastri Bhawan, our interaction became infrequent. However, you tried to keep contact over phone. You also visited my present office occasionally despite your busy schedule. On our last meeting, you told me smilingly that your illness started to overcome you. You were undergoing dialysis.
When you called me over telephone from your hospital bed last time, I could not talk to you properly, because I was checking in at New Delhi Airport. Perhaps you were hurt.
Thereafter, I could not talk to you because of various reasons. You silently left the world in March, 2018. Only yesterday, Acharya, our common friend, informed me about your demise.
I can never forget that I could not attend your last call properly. You will always remain in my heart. I pray to Almighty that He gives all strength to your son to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.
Rest in Peace, Vasudev!
(N.B.: My friend Vasudev Singh left for heavenly abode in March, 2018)