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    March 23, 2006

    Bye, Sowmya

    I found out today through a posting on my school (Vidya Mandir, Mylapore, Madras) batch (1993) mailing list that a classmate, S Sowmya, passed away on the 27th of February [reason deleted on her brother's request]. While that is sad in itself, I felt a lot more miserable when I visited Sowmya's blog, Just Like That. Her entries make it appear as though she lived around Airport Road/Indiranagar etc. I live in the same part of Bangalore. If only I'd known about her condition earlier ...

    I'm certainly not claiming that I was a great friend of hers. I think we may have met only a few times in the last 13 years, during a few 12-C get-togethers after we'd all passed out and probably at a couple of weddings. She got married last June. She never explicitly mentioned her suffering on her blog. With the benefit of hindsight, the only hint I could get was from an October 2004 post.[Hint about the actual disease deleted in deference to her brother's request]

    In her last post on Oct 6, 2005, she wrote

    I will not be updating this blog for the next few months. Some personal problem has come up that needs more attention.
    Thanks for visiting. Do come back after a few months.
    We did, she didn't!:(

    Bye Sowmya. Even if I didn't know about your fight & struggle [disease name deleted since her brother wrote against publicizing it], I feel proud of you. It is insane and cruel that your life ended at 29.

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