September 27, 2007

Kaka worked at Aru’s day care.  He suffered a heart-attack yesterday afternoon, on the day-care premises, which he could not survive. 

Officially, I think, Kaka was the gate-keeper at the day-care.  But, he played innumerable roles, all at once.  For the day-care management, he was the quintessential helper they could turn to if they needed anything done.  For the kids – he was their ‘Kaka’.  Their companion who put on the swings, slides and doll-house for them, who was the first one to greet them with a ‘Good Morning’ when they entered their school, who made it a point to say ‘Good Bye’ to every single kid, who kept track of their school buses and informed the Aunties if the bus did not arrive on time.  If Aru did not see Kaka in his seat in the morning or while leaving, her eyes would invariably search for him.  They did yesterday and today morning.  I told her he was probably busy with some work.  Not knowing that we were not going to say  ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Bye’ to him, ever.

Kaka was one of those people who touch your lives subtly.  They just become part of your life, even without your realising, as if they’ve always been around.  Standing quietly, without even making their presence felt.  And you realise they were around all this while, only after they leave.  And they leave behind them, this void. 

How do I explain this to the little one.  How do I answer her – “Mamma, Kaka kahaan gaye?”

Kaka, may your soul rest in peace.


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