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H K Paranjape In Remembrance

H K Paranjape: In Remembrance HARIBHAU PARANJAPE had been ailing for some time. In a letter he wrote on September 29 last he had dwelt, matter- of-fact ly, on the possibility of his surcease in the course of the following few months or following few weeks: "I now realise that there is no real remedy to my disease. All that the doctors have been trying to do is to prolong my life as much as they can. Bui, after all, their knowledge is also really limited and they cannot do much... I have always wished that I should not die suddenly but have a few months to wind up my routine affairs. I have got nine months of this from January to now and I have done all the personally important things that I wanted to do. But now this lingering illness has become difficult to bear, not only for me, but even more for Manak, The children try to help; but after all they have their own lives and can do only a little. l have now come to a stage when l think that the earlier my end comes the better.'' Haribhau was not kept waiting beyond a little more than three months from the date he wrote the letter. The passing of a dear friend, who belonged to the same age-group and with whom there was a certain sharing of values and attitude to life and living, is a bit of death for oneself too In this particular phase of life, the disappearance of old friends cannot be compensated by the acquisition of new friendships; one is therefore pushed, inevitably, deeper in the well of loneliness.

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