And than he held My hand and made me walk those few steps … and what I remembered was, those famous lines by Albert Camus “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Sunil ~ This is for you My friend , Blurred but not to be forgotten>
This frame photographed at the spur of the moment during the Stylefile 2009 strengthens my belief that capturing every moment will be worth it at some point in the life.
My association with RP Saab dates back to my younger days when I was in my adolescence .
I used to look after our Gupta Brothers Store in Alipore
Rp saab as you know was always very self reliant and he used to love doing things at a very personal level .What brought him to My shop was his sweet tooth and his craving taste buds for quality food . Yes he was a known foodie , A hardcore foodie .
I noticed one elderly person trying to survey the counter and decide what is good and what to order , in the meantime a chauffeur in clean vibrant white uniform came next to me and whispered ” Bade saab aye hai ” .
I immediately got up from the cash and went to him. He was standing normally at the counter along with all kinds of local customers at the shop. On asking he said if i can make him BIG size of Gulab Patti kachgolla . I nodded yes and got him made, those special jumbo size kachhagollas which later became regular and was trademarked as ” Goenka House ka special Kacha golla ”
The second part of the story is more interesting. This is about the Jhaalmoori .
I introduced a very simple recipe of Jhalmoori during the stylefile using very limited ingredients .
R P saab came during the show and sampled the Jhalmoori ( His only purpose to visit the show was to check out Avarna’s Card stall ).
The show got over . The next day I got a call from Duncan house , It was Mr Anil Sangeneria on the other side his opening lines were ” Guru tum kal kya kar diya?? RP Saab ko kya khila diya ?? ” (For a moment I held my breath , Now what ?? ) Anil sensed the tension building on my side and before I could say anything he said “Arrey R P saab Ko tumhara Jhalmoori gazab ka pasand aaya ” Ab jaldi se dus aadmi ke liye parcel banao Bombay bhejna hai ek ghatey ke ander ”
And there was no stopping after that , sending Jhalmooris in the pearlpet jars along with the cones and Chutneys costed more than the Moori itself , but it had became a ritual by then .
It was not the Jhalmoori , It was the thought behind the Jhalmoori . It was all about LOVE and Caring .
For R P saab the smile on the other persons face was more important than anything else on the earth .
His Life was always about giving and caring, He cared for everyone and he was never short of Love.
Rest in peace RP Saab We will miss you .
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