When I took to this unknown terrain of jotting down my emotions as blogs, I didn’t know it will become a weekly affair. It has now become a habit to share Saturday blogs. I go through comments on my blog and see the immense love poured on me by my readers. I observe that you all love to read about my personal experiences, right-from-heart stories, incredible struggles and solemn resilience. And I hope I will keep up this spirit of exchange of stories and ideas.
Yesterday, I lost my second eldest sister, Manni. She is the first among all my siblings to pass away. Her demise has created a vacuum which can not be filled. It is an irreparable loss for all of us and after the death of my mother, this is the first major loss that has shook all of us, reminding us how ephemeral our life is. I would like to share with you all some pages of my life related to my deceased sister, Manni.
As it is known to all, I was born into a poor family and was brought up with six siblings. All my siblings focussed on studies and education, but my second eldest sister wasn’t much into studies. She was interested in everything apart from academics. My siblings and mother tried to convince her to study but she didn’t like it. Soon after my father’s unfortunate death, my mother married my sister off so that she could start a new chapter in her life. In hindsight, it was a good decision because she was ready to take responsibility of a family, but didn’t like studying.
My sister was married into a poor family. The social hierarchy worked like that in those times. The poor married into poor families, so that they don’t break out from the chains of poverty, or worse lose self-respect and start begging. She moved to Malkangiri to live a modest life with her new family. She had four children. She managed to raise her children and get them married. Her children are all settled now. Though she was not formally educated, she was a bold woman, to manage her responsibilities as a wife and a mother really well.
In the year 2016, our beloved mother passed away. She came all the way from Malkangiri to Bhubaneswar with her family to attend Maa’s last rituals. Now that she is gone, there is a void that can not be filled. In her lifetime, she had never asked me for money. Although she knew my capacity and the number of people I have helped, she never demanded for any luxury. It is astonishing and also a matter of pride that she lived a selfless life with dignity. She wasn’t dependant on me or my name. She was not greedy, or selfish to ask money or any help from me for herself or her children.
Back in 2016, I learnt that she was getting weak and was in dire need of money. Though she never asked, I decided to give Rs 15,000 a month to her. This was the only aid she took from me with which she managed her family.
I would like to mention that not just her, all my siblings lead a simple, humble and independent life. The have made no demands to me for money or assistance. Every time there would be a marriage or a big pompous festival in the family, I gave whatever gifts I wished to give. In fact, none of them ever visited KIIT or KISS, or became its stakeholders. It is only my youngest sister, Iti, only a month old when my father expired, who manages one of my initiatives in the field of literature and media for the past two decades. I provide support to all the activities I had launched and ‘Kadambini’, most popular Odia feature magazine happens to be one amongst them.
I would like to thank god and my mother for giving me such good brothers and sisters. My mother who was filled with the virtues of humility and selflessness has managed to pass it on to all her children. Today, I am honest and transparent because none of my siblings have ever demanded or have been envy of my achievements and we create an example which is inspirational, reiterating the importance of dignity and self esteem over everything else.
Pranam Maa ? your inspiring guidance lead us to better life. Beautiful inspirational blog Sir ??
Right to life with dignity is the sole property madam Neelima Rani has gifted her children .such an exemplary family with high standard morals obviously give us lessons of life..truly inspiring people…our deep condolences on the sadbdemise of your beloved eldest sister Samanta Sir ji. May her divine soul rest in peace… ??
This is very sad news Sir!
As we understand she led dignified life & independent life without any Support, hardly seen in this World.
Self respect was her virtue!
The pain of losing one of family members (that to Eldest Sister) is really very much disturbing.
I know this pain because I lost my eldest sister at the age of 57 in May’ 2016.
This is irreparable & irreplaceable loss.
Pray Almighty to give her family members enough strength & courage to overcome from this grief.
We Pray Almighty Lord Jagannath for her soul to rest in peace!
Elder sister’s are just motherly figure in our life. A huge loss in life
Sir, your bond with your siblings is an example for all, a bond based on love and mutual respect.
As inferred from the blog, Manni Didi was truly a dignified and selfless human being. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti ?
My sincere condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased and may her soul rest in peace.My sympathy for Dr Achyuta Samant founder KIIT and KISs MP Kondhamal her younger brother for the irreparable loss.May God give him Strength to bear it
May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti ?
It is naked truth that whoever appears in this beautiful world, will one day leave for heaven making all near and dear in a mournful atmosphere. Though one embankment of the news is a matter of great regret; simultaneously the other one convinces to stay in peace. I strongly believe, it’s only Almighty calls each of us after completion of drama scripted for the respective life.
However, such tale narrated by our Dr Achyutaya Samanta, Hon’ble Founder Sir, KIIT Group of Institutions, will become history in the forthcoming days.
Really hats up to the mother for giving birth such jewels for society.
May the soul RIP!
Every page of your life is an Glaring example sacrifice of highest nature.
Which would drive the future generation in driving the society.
Your siblings also have understood this sacrifice, in other words you can be depicted as the modern day “Yogi”
Really it is a heartfelt past. I pray God rest her in peace.
My condolences to the deceased family member and may her soul rest in peace ??
May her soul rest in peace.
Your life journey is truly inspiring for the society
May her soul rest in peace
ଓମ ଶାନ୍ତି!! No one in this world can fill the loss
Sir, after reading the message my sarrow knew know bounds.Your honesty, selfless life for indegeneou people always commendable by one and all. Pray god keep the heavenly soul rest in peace ?
Honorable Sir, Pranam.
May the departed soul of your loving elder sister finds eternity.
The story of your elder sister is a tremendous example of ‘living with dignity’.
Money can never take the place of love and bonding. That is clearly reflecting in the relationship of you and your siblings sir. May God give such pure love to every family. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family.
May her soul Rest In Peace. ???
When you lose someone, all you have are the memories.
We hope your beautiful memories of your sister help you through this difficult time. Please know that we are praying for you Sir, and the rest of your family. ?
May her soul rest in peace ?
ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ଶଦ୍ଗତି ଓ ବୈକୁଣ୍ଠ ପ୍ରାପ୍ତି ନିମନ୍ତେ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ପ୍ରାଥନା କରୁଛି
ॐ ଶାନ୍ତି ?
With tears in my eyes, I would salute you Sir … as we all are inspired to march on the path of life in spite of personal loss… The unconditional love and selfless actions are the real tribute to out loved ones who are always with us as our guiding spirit… May God give you every strength to march on the path of life by enlightening the lives of humanity., the befitting tribute to wonderful Sister… ??????
Every life is a message. This is a gift that God has given to everyone of us. Madam’s contribution to nurture the family is priceless. May God give strength to her family in this critical juncture. May her soul rest in peace. Omm Shanti.
Rest in peace?
Relationship is a bond, if u disappear from space. But the affection never diminishes.
With heavy heart I pray for her soul to rest in peace and find eternity. May Lord Jagannath bless you and the family of your elder sister to overcome this irreparable loss.
As usual my learning form today’s blog :
Living with dignity is the most important ethics of life which is maintained by your elder sister. May the departed soul of your loving elder sister finds eternity.
Omm Shanti ???
your inspiring guidance lead us to better life. Beautiful inspirational blog Sir ??
I’m from the same village M.V-32 (bengali refugee village)where she was living. Thank you for supporting them even after so long time. Uttam Da your nephew is known to me. I am currently working in Coimbatore for my livelihood but miss my village. Your sister was kind hearted. OM Shanti.