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  • She walked in with a luscious chocolate cake to
    celebrate the fourth anniversay of the Writestuff Writers' Club. So very thoughtful of her but then that's so typical of her.
    I recall the sms messages she used to send me after I finished teaching at Harkishan Mehta Institute of Journalism, at Vile Parle,(pronounced 'villa') Mumbai. I saved the best ones and that's how I got in touch with her again. One message said 'There are 6 billion people around the world. But I wonder why I keep missing you......That's because 5,999,999,999 can't replace a single u.'
    Another sms said 'Life is just like a river. We are moving without end. Nothing stays with us. What remains is just the memories of some people like you who touched us as waves.'
    A few months down the line I realized that she had stopped sending messages and wondered why. She had lost her phone with all the contacts in it but fortunately she had retained the same number. And because I had retained the messages we were able to connect once more.
    I told her that I was looking for an intern to help me with my work and she jumped at the offer. During these past three months she's helped me with my writing work and attended an overnight Writers' Camp. Since my family is involved with politics she's also seen how tough it is to fight an election and the highs and lows, and the hard work that it involves. She's also learnt the finer points of interviewing people as a trainee journalist. And she's just twenty one years old.
    I look at the cake again.
    Yes, Megh Tharya, we have a lot to celebrate!

    This was written two years ago. The Writestuff Writers' Club was started on 10th September, 2006 with just five members. We meet twice a month on Sundays. It's a floating membership with sometimes just five people strolling in, sometimes fifteen. But we also have a presence on Facebook with over 265 members today. And that's one more reason to celebrate.
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