Last week I went to Lake Lure North Carolina to visit a friend. Indra and her husband Murphy had been my friends for more than fifty years. I had known Indra from childhood. Murphy was an alumnus of my medical school. He was several years my senior, but because ours was a small private American medical school, we were all very close to each other, and every one knew every one else.
Indra and Murphy were vacationing in The Villages in Florida while we were in Vero Beach this winter. He developed pneumonia which was a fulminant kind. After a few days in the ICU, he passed away. It was so sad. The funeral and memorial service was in Port Orange, but we couldn’t get there, because my son and daughter in law were visiting us that same weekend with their son Andrew.
Mohamed and I went to visit Indra last week. This was a better thing to do, because I doubt if we would have been able to talk to her in Port Orange. Here, we talked endlessly into the wee hours of the morning. Indra’s father was the assistant dean of the university where my father was the dean. The families were very close to each other. So we were able to reminisce a lot.
Another couple Mona and Jegdish, who live in Clewiston Florida, have a summer home in Lake Lure, and were visiting the mountains at the same time. So it was a kind of semi reunion of the alumni. I made dinner for them one night. Jegdish who is retired surgeon, has a Ferrari. Well of course M was so excited about it that I had to take pictures of the ‘thing’. Their home up in the mountains, is a grand mansion. He has cherry blossom trees bordering the yard. I had never seen cherry blossom before. THAT excited me more than the car. The mountains were so beautiful and the reflections of the trees and mountains just filled my heart with so much peace and humility. Here are some photos from my trip.
This is a picture of Mona, Indra, Jegdish and me.