Kamala Devi Gupta, my mother, passed away on 30th October 2021, few days before her 88th birthday – for us an unbearable loss🙏
Everybody says I was her favourite sibling but reality is she was everybody’s favourite elder and infact she was one. Her father adored her very well and she being eldest among her seven sisters and brothers, helped her mother to raise them – she had extreme leadership qualities. We are very proud of her.
She was cremated in Siliguri where she lived for last 30 year after shifting from North India and her ashes were immersed in Teesta river by her grandsons Gaurav Varshney aka Prince and Vivek Lochan aka Vicky on 1st November 2021.
She was a blessing to us all and left an unflinching faith in us to trust God and stand for the truth.
Her grace was such we are still basking in her glory and feel her blessings around us forever.❤️
Adoring children were always around her – she will be missed by them so much.
A void is created now which we have to fulfill by her memories.
She was our binding force and whatever happened during her lifetime was repaired in her cremation 🙏.
Today we go to Doke 🦆 Bihar 🇮🇳 to get it’s tea blessed with our mother’s ashes 🙏🍃🦜🐦💦☀️🍵🌸
She is everywhere now – mainly in our hearts and minds 🙏❤️ our association of tea traders STTA has honoured us by putting her in their scrolls.
On 28th November the Sunday 2021 Lions Club organised a Food for All event in a nearby settlement in morning – it was nice hearing beaming words there 🙏.
One thing leads to another and we stumbled upon an old disused big house today near the place where we distributed food in mother’s memory, which must have been a trading post on Tituliya corridor which established the British rule in Darjeeling after the Tituliya Treaty. Let’s find out more on this – Patiram, Hatiram & Mahaldhiram Jotes seems to be inter-related parcels of lands cultivating and trading these cash crops and are governed from this house.
This place is Hatiram which is an intermediate station on way to first and second stage bungalows of Pankhabari and Mahaldhiram on way to Darjeeling thru Sonada garrison of Sanchal. These places housed runners, jute, indigo, cinchona and other crop warehouses, armed guards, moneylenders & guest houses.
Next station on this trade route controlled by Maharaja Burdwan was Punkhabari which is good 20 kilometres above Hatiram Jote & Matigara Haat. We stayed here for four years from 1976 to 79 while serving in Longview and our elder daughter Mayuri was born here.
She lived her last 32 years here from 1990 to 2021 and her ashes went down into Indian Ocean thru Teesta to Brahmaputra to Padma to Meghana to Bay of Bengal. Her blessings 🙏 encampasses to us from Himalayas to there in the form of Aaransh, Vivek’s son, her great-grand son ❤️.
Got this from my cousin Guppo – a rare photograph of our brood – centrestage is my grandmother Shanti Devi who was very commanding and we all obeyed to her – my four uncle’s and father who was eldest – my lone bua who is in Hyderabad now but was unmarried at the time of shooting of this photo which must be 1965. Rest are all kids who gathered for my youngest uncle Aditya Gupta’s marriage at that time – but I am missing in this for some unknown reason though I remember having this photoshoot in the family.