Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wangdu Phuntsok - RIP
A few days back I was devastated to learn that my dear friend Wangdu Phuntsok passed away on 05 August owing to a massive heart attack. This shocking news came as a bolt from the blue for me. Words cannot describe my anguish at this loss. We became friends in 1966 when I was studying in class V at Bramleigh Towers Cambridge Academy, Mussoorie, and had kept in touch with each other for the past 44 years. Our friendship had stood the test of time and grew stronger with each passing year.
Just last month Wangdu had informed me that he had been honoured with His Holiness The Dalai Lama's award for his dedication and devotion in working for the cause of Tibetans settled all over the world. He was the Director of the Herman Gneimer School, Kathmandu, Nepal as well as a very well known personality in the Tibetan community.
Wangdu was an extremely polite, soft spoken, down-to-earth and humble person. Thoroughly dependable and ever willing to lend a helping hand to the needy, he possessed a great sense of humour and there was always a twinkle in his eye. I can vividly recall all the tricks he used to be up to when we were studying in Mussoorie. He later on moved to Sherwood College, Nainital, to complete his schooling. I am sure everyone whose life was touched by him will mourn his passing away. I pray to the almighty God to give his family the strength to bear this loss.
Adieu my friend. Rest in Peace !