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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Three months without the Webmaster-in-Chief

It is three months since my father (Bappa) passed away.

The void is indescribable.

I no longer call Bangalore to hear the affectionate "Suprabhatam" (that's how father answered my phone calls), or to discuss the new stories to be added to Kamat's Potpourri. The weekly yellow manila envelopes have stopped arriving, and the hundreds of thousands of photographs are exposed to heat, humidity, and insects in our locked flat -- unpublished, unappreciated, and abandoned.

Bappa's Scientific Photo Lab, where he served the scientific community of Bangalore since 1970 is also closed. The chemicals are expiring, and the cameras are rusting. It is unbearable for me to sit in Bappa's shop where I spent so many evenings enjoying ice-cream or admiring the customers (Bappa's customers were highly qualified scientists and intellectuals), or in Bappa's dark-room where I would develop film or flip the photo prints.

I have said in public before, that the greatness of my father is not in his books, photographs, or in the gigantic website, but in his austere and almost holy living. While I miss Kamat the artist, Kamat the writer, Kamat the cook, Kamat the philosopher, and Kamat the Guru, it is Bappa the father that I miss most.

Late Condolence is a Great Condolence

I must say that a late condolence message is a great condolence message. This is because one receives so many of them within the days of the loss that they don't quite sink in. But a couple of messages we've received in the last week have touched my heart. One is from Sharad Soukoor who was in the audience in a school meeting thirty five years ago where Bappa spoke! He mentions a poem -- I didn't know Bappa ever wrote poems! (This was before I was born...). The other is from Dr. Seshasastry, a close friend (or disciple as he has called himself) of Bappa.


"..The life of Kamat is like Bhagawad-Gita to me." -- Prof. R. Seshasastry

"..We were too small to comprehend the simplicity and humility of Mr. Kamat" -- Sharad Soukoor

Another message from family friend Suresh Kulkarni said it so well -"Kamat is one of the great souls who found peace in this life itself; so asking for peace in his afterlife seems absurd!"

How We Are Coping up

My mother is fighting the survivor's guilt. A day doesn't go by without her lamenting Bappa's sudden death.

She also has to fight the age-old stigmas attached to widowhood in India.

I have asked her to visit America for change and healing, and have talked her into starting a blog.

Some friends and admirers of Bappa have gotten together to bring out a memorial volume in his honor. Very limited copies will be published. If you are able to contribute, please write to me at Contact Kamats.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, May 24, 2002
Last Modified: 2/21/2003

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