Yellow Summer: The Arundhati Collections (5)

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The flowers in the vase

Still smell of summer –

All pollen and powder and spice.

Pungent, promising freshness.

 

Withering.

They are going to die.

 

Crystal vase, cutting light,

Reflecting it – million colours

Yellow petals drooping

These flowers still smile.

 

A secret: They will go, they will die,

The vase now empty lies,

But the fragrance still lingers

They left behind the smile.

 

Bangalore

20 Nov 2006

Age: One day before Dr. Arundhati’s 16th Birthday

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The Arundhati Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation started by Dr Shubhangi Sanjay Tambwekar and Mr Sanjay Achyut Tambwekar in the memory of their daughter Dr. Arundhati Sanjay Tambwekar who passed away in a gruesome road-traffic accident in Vellore on the morning of the 9th September 2014. Arundhati was on the way to CMC Vellore where she was Post Graduate Registrar pursuing her Diploma in Clinical Pathology. She was riding pillion wearing a helmet. Vellore roads are extremely bad and possibly this is the main factor which took away the life of a brilliant, talented, hard-working girl and a gem of a human being.

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