Remembering Raminder Dhadda

Raminder DhaddaIt was on this day today two years ago that a young woman of the age of 24 lost her life.  She was run down by a van that was heading down a one way street.  She was the city’s first Fatality of 2006.  She would have been 27 this January.  I didn’t know her.  In fact, when this terrible accident happened, I wasn’t even in the country.  I only learned about this tragedy when I got back home a month or so after the new year.  The nature of this incident rocked our city.  In a heartbeat, to every mother and father, she became a daughter.  To every brother she became a sister.  And to every sister, she became another sister.  To those that were blessed with an abundance of friends, she became a friend.  And to those that were friendless, she became a friend.  On January 1, we all became one.  Through the leaving of her soul, we were all connected and came together.

I feel compelled to write about her because more and more we hear about people that die on a day that is supposed to be one of joy and happiness.  It signifies the end to old ways and habits.  It signifies a fresh new start, a new beginning for everyone on this planet; serving as a sort of landmark on our journey in this life.  A day like today should not mark the death of a life, especially as one as vibrant as Raminder’s was.  We should all be mindful of the fact that life is something that is inherently fragile.  One minute our bodies could be full of life, full of ideas and energy.  Our blood could be flowing, heart pumping, neurons firing, cells going through mitosis and meiosis.  We could still be in the process of growing both mentally and physically and intellectually.  We could be making a difference in a person’s life without even knowing it.  We could love and be loved without even knowing it.  There could be so much going on that is connected to the rest of the world.  And it could all be over, just like that.  Thus is the brittle nature of life.

Let Raminder’s life be a reminder to us all that this new year, and every subsequent new year after, live the life that has been given to us to the fullest extent.  It is only because Raminder lived her life to the fullest everyday that it is here on this cold December night that a stranger, someone who did not know her is thinking of her.    

I know that a central tenant in Sikhism is reincarnation.  Let us pray that her soul in a new being makes as much a difference to the world as it did in her old being.  May she be united with God.

Raminder K. Dhadda –  January 29, 1981 – January 1, 2006

Rami Dhadda

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4 responses to “Remembering Raminder Dhadda

  1. Harinder Sajjan

    Hi this is Raminder’s best friend, i just read your artical and that was absolutely beautiful. I know this is how I personally feel about Rami but reading about it from someone we don’t know is really nice. Did you know Raminder? Please email me if you like and thank you for your beautiful thoughts about Rami.

  2. Hi there Harinder. I am very glad you came across my article. I tried to email you but mailer deamon sent my email back so I am hoping you’ll read this. You can contact me at mastmalangblog@gmail.com

    If not I just want to convey my sympathies to you. I had lost a friend to a drunk driver a few years ago so I know what you must have been going through. I didn’t know her but I wish I had. She seemed to be a very positive and bright person.

    Please stay well.

  3. R.I.P Raminder Dhadda
    missing you sooo much rami..
    ”your smile,laugh and giving spirit will be remembered”.

    ” mastmalang ”
    you have such a nice artical about rami. Really beauitful.. it soo nice to see that people are keeping Raminder Dhadda, name alive like you mastmalang.

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