In my 24-year-old existence, I have only known to have had a family that was disoriented, broken, had a streamlined set of tragedies and set great examples of bad choices. A few days ago, I came across one of the most valuable assets that my grandmother had locked up in her almirah for years. It was a letter that my great grandfather had written to my great grandmother when he was serving the nation in the INA with Subhas Chandra Bose. I was shocked because I had no idea that he was in Singapore with Bose who was soon to make history and march his way towards the freedom of the nation. My great grandfather was the chief accountant who was one of the important members of their group and served months in jail with Bose.
Here is a picture of the letter that he had written on 20th January 1943. He informs that he is of good health, that work is going well, and that he’s staying at a beautiful house with thirty members of the INA.
In the end, he writes words of love and care, to strengthen up a longing wife who’s raising six children on her own and has no idea when or if at all his husband would come back home. My hands are shaking as I type because I don’t know how it feels, but it must have been so painful.
My great grandfather served Subhas Chandra Bose for 4 years before he desired to go back to his family and Bose allowed him to return.
Today, as social media is going to be filled with posts about the man who shed blood to attain freedom, I wish to mark my 24-year-old existence safe due to him and the people he had along.
I realize how our day to day disagreements, quarrels, and emotions full of negativity are extremely petty and worthless when you think of real battles and struggles. I wish we could all spread love, peace, and maintain harmony so that life didn’t have to be as brutal as it was or it still is.
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