Thakur Chawla,the Mahaan Shaksiyat,Thakur Chawla,the Nimano-Nihatho, Thakur Chawla,the Dilbar Jaani,Thakur Chawla,Sacho-Saathi,Thakur Chawla, Sutho-Sahitkaar,Thakur Chawla, Sindhiat-Jo-Sipahi,and on and on, so much has been written and so much more can be said of his 82 years spent on this planet…but the core of this gentle soul seems to me to be his unfailing grace, his humane qualities of Satyam,Shivam,Sundaram or the Upanishadic Satchitanand…!He, in his death, has left behind a wonderful fragrance of a highly evolved soul who traveled through life leaving behind his footprints not only in history but more importantly in the hearts and minds of thousands of Sindhis.
Living a difficult and struggle-ridden life, carrying childhood memories of his birth place that refuse to fade, memories that refuse to stop tormenting, living as a refugee, going back to hometown, in search of one’s home, one’s roots, one’s childhood sweetheart is by no means an easy and comfortable life to go through. But the life story of Thakur Chawla reads like a series of trials and turbulations being met with open arms, a happy heart and an uncomplaining self reliance that meets life fully and passionately and achieves the seemingly unachievable, fulfills the dreams that seem unfulfillable.Such is the spirit and strength of Shri Chawla that impacted hundreds of thousands around the world. His humility and his gracious presence was truly a sign of greatness dressed as an utter Gandhian simplicity. He was a son of partition and like others of his generation he took each and every step, consciously or unconsciously in the direction of wanting to be reunited with his mother Sindh. That is the misfortune every son of partition has had to live with and die with.
Shri Thakur Chawla and his lifelong partner and soul mate, Dadi Paru Chawla, a sweet lady with a nimble heart had over six decades of friendship and love affair. Theirs is an exemplary love story for the today’s fickle minded generation. His daughter-in-law, Sonia who was with him in his last moments tells me that she had just given him his favorite morning snack of Khari biscuit and tea and as soon as he finished having it he lied down on the pillow and passed away peacefully.Sonia, incidentally is very close to Dada and reverently served him for the past 28 years, a rare lady with such unimaginable devotion in today’s conflict ridden times.
Everything in life lives with its opposite; happy people don’t even realize they are happy until a tragedy happens in their lives. Similarly most people don’t realize they are alive until they encounter death. It is only against the backdrop of death that life appears real and lively. The event of death gives life an intensity and meaning. Without death life would be an endless cycle of boredom and suffering. In any case life has to have an end in order to make a fresh beginning. Thakur Chawla’s interesting journey has come to an end. But the master storyteller that he was, he must have already begun to write new story on a new blank page and begun anew, fresh journey in this beginingless endless creation of existence!
Sindhishaan sends heartfelt message of peace and harmony for the Chawla family spanning four generations.