It is 2017.

Dear Cheeku,

It is 2017. Another year has passed into history and we have before us a new year full of uncertainties, fears and unrealised dreams. But above all, a year of hope…and joyful tidings too. After all, Chota Gaurav is finally getting married to wonderful Akshita. Celebrations are in the air! Once again, we shall all congregate…and where there is joyful celebration you are in the centre of it…it shall be no different this time too. You would be there filling all of us with you contagious lust for life…

And as we go through ups and downs of life, as mortals we must, I can sense you infusing creation with vitality and energy…for who else could dance in the cosmos and say:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – Wheeled and soared and swayed
High in the sun-lit silence. Hov’ring there
I have chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up, the long delirious, burning blue
I have topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve tried
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Live on forever in our hearts…paint the skies with all the colours of the rainbow…infuse it with your energy and warmth…

Happy new year!

Love

Dad

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