Satish Kalra - Forever in our memories

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Vish Krishnan

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Dec 24, 2007, 9:18:17 PM12/24/07
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Dear RMIM,

Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.

I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.

I would not presume to describe the depth and extent of Kalra saaheb's
knowledge and his passion for the art. That is a thesis unto itself,
and has come to be an RMIM axiom for eternity. But it went way beyond
knowledge and passion. His style was unassuming and simple. He
spontaneously exuded a brand of humility that can only come from
benign self-assuredness, total command over the subject, and true
inner strength. In our thoughts, he will always remain witty, funny,
kind, generous and altogether uplifting.

It seems difficult to have humility and majesty all in one persona.
But that, Kalra saaheb, is how we will remember you. You have left an
immortal trail of goodwill. And you probably never truly realized the
oft-healing nature of the things you said and the things you wrote, on
and off this forum. Your extended RMIM family will continue to think
and talk about you.

regards
vish

PS: The Kalras never missed an RMIM meet in Denver or California over
the last so many years, despite their schedule and his failing health.
I spent a little bit of time gathering up memories from a few such get-
togethers. You can view the pictures at

http://memoriesofkalrasaaheb.shutterfly.com/action/?a=8RYsnLVk4Yc4

You will need to be a Shutterfly member, I believe. Also, the album is
password-protected (case-sensitive password: kalrasaaheb). I have left
the album open to additions (pictures and comments are welcome).

vish

Surjit Singh

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Dec 24, 2007, 9:27:54 PM12/24/07
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Vish Krishnan wrote:
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.

RMIM, indeed, the lives of RMIMers will never be the same again. He will
always be in our thoughts. May his soul rest in peace!

--
Surjit Singh, a diehard movie fan(atic), period.
http://hindi-movies-songs.com/index.html

Srinivas Ganti

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Dec 24, 2007, 9:48:24 PM12/24/07
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On Dec 24, 9:27 pm, Surjit Singh <surjit_si...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Vish Krishnan wrote:
> > Dear RMIM,
>
> > Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> > better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> > passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.


Kalra ji has become an inseperable part of our lives over the years.
It is a tribute to his
personality that the he continued to exude warmth, and extend
hospitality to people,
even during times of ill health.

unse milke, baat karke, bahut "apnapan" mehsoos hotaa thaa.

We all will miss him very much. May his soul rest in peace.

Srinivas.

Srinivas.

Ritu

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Dec 24, 2007, 10:02:45 PM12/24/07
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I cannot muster up the words to write an obituary at this point, all I
can say is that RMIM will never be the same again. As a group we have
lost something very precious. And for all of us who had the good
fortune to recieve the abundant love and affection that he held within
him, our lives have also become poorer today.

Good-bye Satish Uncle, we will miss you very very much.

Ritu

Narsingh

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Dec 24, 2007, 10:05:19 PM12/24/07
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It is indeed a sad day. I find it hard to believe that Satish ji is no
more. My heart goes out to his wife Saroj ji and his family.
May his soul rest in peace. There will never be another one like him.
Thinking of you always, Kalra ji. If there isn't one already, I am
sure you will start another RMIM in heaven and continue to impart your
knowledge and wisdom. Thanks for the good time we had. Sorry, I got to
know you so late but I'll remember every day of our friendship.
Missing you,
Narsingh

shri37

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:05:13 PM12/24/07
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Sorry to hear shocking news of demise of Shri Kalra , a treasure of
information. The circle of Music years of yesteryear is slowly getting
smaller. His demise will be leave a void very hard almost impossible
to fill.
I am sure his presence will be welcomed by likes of RCBoral,
Naushad,Madan Mohan etc in heaven.
May God grant him eternal peace to deoparted sould and corage to his
family to bear the loss.
Shri37..

Asif

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:20:20 PM12/24/07
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On Dec 24, 9:18 pm, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:

It is a big shock to me! I thought about him a lot of times in the
past 4-5 days, but, strangely, I felt very uncomfortable about it.
Now I know why. May his soul rest in peace (Amen). I have my deepest
sympathy for his family. I have saved his last email to me, and now I
will preserve it forever.

Oh, I am running out of words so quickly. All I can say that now
whenever I will think about Shankar-Jaikishan or ask on RMIM something
about their songs, I will always miss Kalraji. He shared so much of
his own memories of those days. Now those memories will remain with
me.

yaad na jaaye biite dino.n kii

Asif

kcp

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:21:32 PM12/24/07
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I just hope that he gets to watch BEGUNAH live, up there

sunil.d...@gmail.com

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:22:34 PM12/24/07
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Kalraji may not be with us anymore but like William Blake said..

For I dance,
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly.
If I live,
Or if I die.

Because of his work in his life time he is a happy person whether he
lives or dies. He will always be with us in our thoughts.

In my initial forays on RMIM I was occassionally impertinent with him,
but he never took it to his heart. When he came to know that I was in
US, he invited me to his place. He also offered to pick-and-drop me if
I was anywhere within 400 miles of his home.

Unfortunately we could not meet. I thought may be next time... Very
devious words those... next time..

He also sent a very encouraging mail to me when I sent him my first
half baked attempt at song composition.

RMIM has lost a good human being.

May his soul reach eternal Nirvana...


Sunil

Sanjeev Ramabhadran

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:39:03 PM12/24/07
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On Dec 24, 9:18 pm, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today.  Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.
>
> I would not presume to describe the depth and extent of Kalra saaheb's
> knowledge and his passion for the art. That is a thesis unto itself,
> and has come to be an RMIM axiom for eternity. But it went way beyond
> knowledge and passion. His style was unassuming and simple. He
> spontaneously exuded a brand of humility that can only come from
> benign self-assuredness, total command over the subject, and true
> inner strength. In our thoughts, he will always remain witty, funny,
> kind, generous and altogether uplifting.
>
> It seems difficult to have humility and majesty all in one persona.
> But that, Kalra saaheb, is how we will remember you. You have left an
> immortal trail of goodwill. And you probably never truly realized the
> oft-healing nature of the things you said and the things you wrote, on
> and off this forum. Your extended RMIM family will continue to think
> and talk about you.
>
> regards
> vish

Well said, Vish. Armeen and I will miss him terribly - I'm just at a
loss for more words.

Sanjeev

surhall

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:44:01 PM12/24/07
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On Dec 24, 9:18 pm, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:
sur...@gmail.com
om shanti om shanti - very very sad to
all.
he was very good to all music lover.
god help back his famlly.
dhall

shooganpr...@yahoo.co.in

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Dec 24, 2007, 11:52:42 PM12/24/07
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On Dec 25, 7:18 am, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:

Adieu my friend. RIP.
Sukesh

Niketan

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Dec 25, 2007, 12:07:07 AM12/25/07
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This is really sad news. I echo the same sentiments as others in the
group. May God give his family the strength to bear this tragedy. It
was a treat to discuss Shankar Jaikishen, Lata and HFM in general.
Rest in Peace Satish-ji. You will surely be missed.

Niketan

Ket...@att.net

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Dec 25, 2007, 12:36:43 AM12/25/07
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In article <3b243300-eb7a-4420...@d21g2000prf.googlegroups.com>,
Vish Krishnan says...

>
>Dear RMIM,
>
>Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
>better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
>passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.


I was fortunate to have the privilege of meeting Satishji in November, when he
was still in (relatively) good health. He looked frail and weak, but as we
talked about RMIM, music and movies, he seemed to gain more strength & his
spirits went up and one could see his sense of humor was still very much intact.

All too often we give all the credit to MD's for their great work. I don't know
if there is one thing that makes someone a good/great music director. I do know
though, that it needs someone who appreciates their music, with few biases,
preferences and most of all for the sheer joy of it. AB, Naushad, SDB, OPN, MM,
S-J, CR, SC, RDB, ARR and others would not be the greats that they are without
someone to appreciate them in that true spirit. That someone was Satishji. In an
era filled with gadgets when it is so much easier to simply pop in a CD/DVD to
listen to music, see a movie or to just download it on your Ipod, we tend to
forget that there were fans like him who would walk/cycle in the heat or cold to
see the movies and listen to its songs. They scrimped and saved so that they
could buy 78 rpms and LPs. They stayed up at night or got up early in the
morning to catch the shows on SLBC or Vividh Bharati. They took notes and stored
away facts in their memories that would put all the world's search engines to
shame. We can only bow our heads and thank Satishji and his generation for the
sacrifices they made to bring us these riches. For a MD is nothing without his
fans and Satishji represented the best of that.

Ever the generous soul and despite his ill health, he had prepared a compilation
of 2 CDs of some of his favourite songs that he gave me during my visit in
November. When I protested, he laughed and said they weren't for me but for my 2
year old son--something he said he wanted to pass on to the next generation.
All I can say is, the next generation need only google his name. He has left us
way more than 2 CD's in terms of knowledge and love for us all.
RMIM is going to be poorer in his absence but he has left us richer in ways I
cannot even begin to count.

To borrow your own phrase

Happy Listenings Satishji (wherever you are)

RIP


Ketan

Neha Desai

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Dec 25, 2007, 1:01:53 AM12/25/07
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All day I have been thinking what to say, what to write...and I
realised..no words can describe the pain and sadness felt by all of
us..no words can describe what he meant to us...no words can describe
the impact Satishji had on each and every one he came across...no
words can express how we feel...

You will be missed Satishji. I can only pray to God for strength, for
all of us.

--
Neha
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
...jeenaa isii kaa naam hai....satishji, you will be missed....
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Naresh Khattar

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Dec 25, 2007, 2:22:03 AM12/25/07
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Having interacted with him on various yahoogroups like SKS/SJ/Lata/
Mukesh, I would say that he was adored and respected all over. Though
RMIM was his first love, he was quite active in other music discussion
groups also. I recall having read his post in Lata's yahoogroup just a
few weeks back.

Goodbye Kalra Ji, may peace be with you...

Thinking of you..

Naresh

UVR

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Dec 25, 2007, 3:01:10 AM12/25/07
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RIP, Kalra-ji. You will remain in our hearts.

-UVR.

Pavan Jha

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Dec 25, 2007, 3:05:11 AM12/25/07
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Satish Uncle,

I hope you would read this post in the other and better part of
Sky..
Please keep enlightening "The God and the august company" with your
knowledge and wisdom..
We will miss you here... but your blessings will remain with us..
always...

Keep playing and listening...

from the other side of Sky
Pavan Jha

maild...@yahoo.com

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Dec 25, 2007, 3:24:57 AM12/25/07
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A gentleman and a great friend.

We will miss you a lot Satish ji.


Sudhir

Anup

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Dec 25, 2007, 3:41:04 AM12/25/07
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Kalraji you will be missed. I had the pleasure of meeting and
interacting with Kalraji at RMIM Meet in DC. I will always cherish
those moments. Our prayers are with the family.

Anup

On Dec 25, 7:18 am, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:

Rajkumar Keswani

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Dec 25, 2007, 4:28:37 AM12/25/07
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On Dec 25, 7:18 am, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:

Har duaa meri kisi deevar se Takara gayee
be-asar hokar meri faiyad vapas aa gayee
bebas se bas, tujhase ye kahate hain ham
aye khudda har faisala tera hame manzoor hai
saamane tere tera banda bahut majaboor hai.

without Satish ji RMIM will never be the same again. may his soul rest
in peace.

raajkumar

bhagwa...@aol.com

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Dec 25, 2007, 6:26:48 AM12/25/07
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When we said goodbye at Trenton Railway Station in August (as it turns
out for the last time), Satishji said to forgive him if he came short
of making me and my son comfortable in his home. I was overwhelmed by
his humility and touched his feet. He quickly grabbed me by the arms
and embraced me. This man has managed to touch so many lives. I am
pleased that my family too have been touched by his love. May God give
the Kalra family the strength to cope with their immense loss.
Bhagwant


Artnut

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Dec 25, 2007, 9:11:01 AM12/25/07
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<bhagwa...@aol.com> wrote in message
news:6dc04b1c-1cad-4f58...@f53g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...

Ohhhhh God, just what an outpouring of glowing tributes for the departed
soul of Shri Kalra. It only shows how loved and respected he was on RMIM.
Unfortunately, being new to this group, I missed out on the knowledge that
he must have shared with you all. Perhaps, I need to search for his old
postings and silently thank him for the wealth of knowledge he gave to RMIM.
Finally, I pray for him and hope he enjoys the musical world of heaven. RIP.


Arty.


Anant Rege

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Dec 25, 2007, 9:40:43 AM12/25/07
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> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>

I would like to share a personal memory of Satishji. Though I had been
active on RMIM for a few years, I had not met any fellow RMIMer in person.
The occasion came in the summer of 2003 when I decided to drive down to New
Jersy to attend a East Coast meet held at Abhay's house. We arrived a little
bit early on Friday evening and other attendees started showing up few at a
time. Introductions were taking place when another group arrived. After few
minutes, a somewhat bigger man from the group came towards me. I was
standing in one corner of the room, still feeling a bit inhibited. He asked
me 'Are you Anant'? When I nodded, he said, ' I am Satish Kalra'. I was
about to extend my hand and say something lame like 'Nice to meet you', he
held me in a tight bear hug such that some of my bones creaked and said
'Aakhir mil hi gaye yaar'. The scene wouldn't have looked out of place in
any Manmohan Desai 'lost and found' film. That is how he felt about
everybody who shared his love and passion for the golden age of Hindi Film
Music. They were all his lost brothers and sisters and relatives. I am sure
every RMIMer who is lucky to have met him share this feeling.

I am looking out of my window as I am writing this. It is a beautiful
Christmas morning in Ottawa. After a record snowfall, it is all pure and
white where ever one can see. And a bright sun is shining on it from
perfectly blue sky. God seems very happy and why not. He has just got a
great company.

Shalini

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:08:50 AM12/25/07
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"Vish Krishnan" <vishkr...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:3b243300-eb7a-4420...@d21g2000prf.googlegroups.com...

> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.
>
> I would not presume to describe the depth and extent of Kalra saaheb's
> knowledge and his passion for the art. That is a thesis unto itself,
> and has come to be an RMIM axiom for eternity. But it went way beyond
> knowledge and passion. His style was unassuming and simple. He
> spontaneously exuded a brand of humility that can only come from
> benign self-assuredness, total command over the subject, and true
> inner strength. In our thoughts, he will always remain witty, funny,
> kind, generous and altogether uplifting.
>
> It seems difficult to have humility and majesty all in one persona.
> But that, Kalra saaheb, is how we will remember you. You have left an
> immortal trail of goodwill. And you probably never truly realized the
> oft-healing nature of the things you said and the things you wrote, on
> and off this forum. Your extended RMIM family will continue to think
> and talk about you.
>
> regards
> vish
>

I still haven't processed that Satishji is gone.... All I can say to
Sarojji and family and myself is that he isn't really gone - he can't be. A
man who gave so freely of himself will always live in our hearts.

Shalini


Vinay

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:13:55 AM12/25/07
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On Dec 24, 9:18 pm, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more.
>
> vish

mRRityu
nahii.n hai antim kShaN
usake baad bhii hai
jiivan

jab tak
smRRiti ke avasheSh
tab tak rahataa
jiivan sheSh

(Anil Janvijay)

Thank you Satish ji for making the listenings happier. You will be in
our memories till they last.

Vinay

Abhay Jain

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:34:05 AM12/25/07
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"Vish Krishnan" <vishkr...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:3b243300-eb7a-4420...@d21g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
> Dear RMIM,
>

> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.
>
> I would not presume to describe the depth and extent of Kalra saaheb's
> knowledge and his passion for the art. That is a thesis unto itself,
> and has come to be an RMIM axiom for eternity. But it went way beyond
> knowledge and passion. His style was unassuming and simple. He
> spontaneously exuded a brand of humility that can only come from
> benign self-assuredness, total command over the subject, and true
> inner strength. In our thoughts, he will always remain witty, funny,
> kind, generous and altogether uplifting.
>
> It seems difficult to have humility and majesty all in one persona.
> But that, Kalra saaheb, is how we will remember you. You have left an
> immortal trail of goodwill. And you probably never truly realized the
> oft-healing nature of the things you said and the things you wrote, on
> and off this forum. Your extended RMIM family will continue to think
> and talk about you.
>
> regards
> vish
>
> PS: The Kalras never missed an RMIM meet in Denver or California over
> the last so many years, despite their schedule and his failing health.
> I spent a little bit of time gathering up memories from a few such get-
> togethers. You can view the pictures at
>
> http://memoriesofkalrasaaheb.shutterfly.com/action/?a=8RYsnLVk4Yc4
>
> You will need to be a Shutterfly member, I believe. Also, the album is
> password-protected (case-sensitive password: kalrasaaheb). I have left
> the album open to additions (pictures and comments are welcome).
>
> vish

I just cannot describe how I feel about such a generous, knowledgable,
caring and affctionate person. Last few years we have been constantly
talking.
One thing which amazed me was his cheerful attitude - no complaints,
none whatsoever. He always cared for me so much.. If I was sick, he would
constantly call to see how I was doing.
I can never forget when he called me from hospital on Diwali day to
wish me Happy Diwali. That was the last lengthy conversation we had

And what an amazing family he leaves behind. Sarojji is just such
a wonderful and affectionate person.

A rare gem. May his soul RIP.

AJ

asad

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:45:09 AM12/25/07
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zindagii kyaa hai, anaasir me.n zahuur-e-tartiib
maut kyaa hai, inhii ajzaa kaa praiishaa.n honaa

Satishji...Rest In Peace.

shri37

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Dec 25, 2007, 11:10:17 AM12/25/07
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Though i was not member of RMIM, i had a chance of communicating
with Satish Kalra about month back.

I am sorry to know from your mail that Mr S K is no more

Serious & knowldegable persons like Satish Kalra ji are very
less now a days.

Harish Raghuvanshi // surat
25-12-2007

paul.si...@gmail.com

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Dec 25, 2007, 11:41:23 AM12/25/07
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My wife Veenu and I shared beautiful times and discussions with Satish
Virjee and Saroj jee. We thank God for every moment we spent with
them. He was the elder brother we did not have. And, very few would
know that he passed away on the same date, December 24, and at about
the same time, 5:55PM, as our father (Guri s and mine) 12 years ago.
We must have a divine connection with Satish Virjee and Saroj jee.

Satish Virjee will always live in hearts and prayers.

Veenu and Paul

ltusenet

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Dec 25, 2007, 12:32:45 PM12/25/07
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This is such sad news, I cant describe it. He will be missed terribly.

Rest in Peace Kalraji.

Abhay Phadnis

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Dec 25, 2007, 2:22:30 PM12/25/07
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Some days before the RMIM Meet in Chennai commenced, Ashok wrote to us
to say that Satish-ji always liked communicating with RMIM-ers and it
would be great if we asked him - health permitting, of course - to
join us over the phone for any session of the Meet. We wrote to Satish-
ji inviting him to join us at a time of his choosing should his health
permit it - hoping against hope that he would be able to make it!

Though that could not happen, his name did come up at the Meet and he
was remembered by many attendees, especially those who had met him at
previous Meets.

We have never met Satish-ji, but our sporadic exchanges online and
over email have always been enriching and enjoyable. You'll be much
missed by all those whose lives you touched, Satish-ji!

Warm regards,
Radha and Abhay

Shekhar

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Dec 25, 2007, 4:15:17 PM12/25/07
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The RMIM family has lost a wonderful man. I was privileged to have met
him at Neha's for the 2005 Meet but felt I already knew him well after
several e-mail exchanges that happened earlier, ever since he invited
my mother and I to stay with him for a few days - no casual invitation
this, for he sent train details, route maps and convenient flight
details. Recently detailed discussions were in progress with him about
listing 78 rpm versions of well-known songs that differed in some way
from well-heard versions. He knowledge of this as always was
tremendous yet he was self-effacingly modest. It's painful to reflect
that on RMIM we will no longer see those compact nuggets of wisdom
followed by the 'Happy Listenings' signature.

Rest in peace, Kalra saab.

Shekhar

kkg

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Dec 25, 2007, 7:31:55 PM12/25/07
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satish ji,
tum na jaane kis jahan mein kho gaye,
chaahe kahin bhee tum raho tumko na bhool paayengein.
kkg

Vinaya...@gmail.com

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:07:49 PM12/25/07
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Sad news indeed! I first met him at RMIM meet in Ottawa in 2004. We
had gone on sightseeing when I opened the topic of SJ resorting to
unfair means to get filmfare awards, just to provoke him. But he
quietly explained "vo kyaa hai kii LP ne pahale ye sab shuruu kiyaa.
Sangam kaa music achchhaa hote hue bhii film fare milaa Dostii ko.
isliye SJ ne bhii yeh sab shuruu kiyaa." Thereafter we were in touch
with each other by email. I will never be able to forget him.


Vinayak

ramaka...@gmail.com

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Dec 25, 2007, 10:32:17 PM12/25/07
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Please note that Satish Uncle's funeral is scheduled as follows.
Please spread the word.

Place: Kirk & Nice, Inc.
80 Stenton Avenue and Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: 610-832-2064
Fax: 610-832-6396

http://www.kirkandnicefuneralhomes.com

Date: Friday, Dec. 28, 2007

Time: 10-11 Viewing
11-11:15 Eulogy
11:15 - 12:15 Kiriya

1 PM Uthala at the Bharatiya Temple

Further details about the Temple will be provided at the end of
Funeral ceremony.

Sathya Sekar

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Dec 25, 2007, 11:03:58 PM12/25/07
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Oh my God !! This news really comes as a shock ! I met Satishji only
once - during the Denver 2003 Meet. His extensive knowledge on all
things Hindi cinema but immediate humility and friendliness were
characteristics I recall. His sense of impish humour was infectious.
And the small jig he did during the Meet will remain in my memory
always.

My condolences to Sarojji. Satishji will always be a cherished part of
our musical memory..

- Sathya

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irfan

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Dec 26, 2007, 1:33:35 AM12/26/07
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On Dec 25, 8:08 pm, "Shalini" <shaliniraz...@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
> "Vish Krishnan" <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote in message

Just came from Hajj yesterday and still in Lahore.
Kalraji's departure to eternal abode is a great loss to RMIM.
I, however, consider it a personal loss.
He belonged to such small number of of persons whom I
really liked.
May Allah rest this noble soul in eternal peace and give Sarojji
and family enough courage to bear this loss.
Satish Kalra ji will definitely make the skies more musical and here
on earth he will be remembered for ever thru his priceless
contributions
on RMIM.
Allah Hafiz Kalraji.

Regards,

Irfan

Jayant

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Dec 26, 2007, 3:14:15 AM12/26/07
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A huge huge loss.
May his soul rest in peace.
js

On Dec 25, 8:08 pm, "Shalini" <shaliniraz...@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

> "Vish Krishnan" <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote in message

> Shalini- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Chetan Vinchhi

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Dec 26, 2007, 4:34:22 AM12/26/07
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The very first time I met Satish-ji, it seemed to me like I had known
him for ever. I was instantly drawn to his magnetic personality and he
embraced me as a part of an extended family that all music-lovers were
to him.

He was simultaneously child-like in his enthusiasm but mature in his
magnanimity. He would liven up those quizzes (which he usually managed
to win!) with his good-hearted bickering over a point but would as
easily recommend a judgment in favor of his opponents. He was
simultaneously passionate in his love for the golden era but open-
minded about newer music. He was probably one of the first old-timers
to say nice things about the post-90s music.

The zeal with which he held his Farmaishi sessions at the RMIMeets was
astounding. I remember asking him for a Ladki Sahyadri Ki song prior
to one of these programs. He could not find the song and seemed
genuinely sad about that. A whole year later, at the next Meet, he
again apologized for not having found the song! The song has since
been released. Each time I listen to it, I remember Satish-ji. Now if
I go back to that song it is sure to bring a lump to my throat.

His writings on RMIM provided pictuersque windows into an era long
gone. His razor-sharp memory and narrative style lent a uniqely life-
like characteristic to his posts. Those not fortunate enough to have
lived through the golden era could re-live the magic of that age
vicariously through his articles.

I will always cherish my memories of Satish-ji and can only imagine
the void he has left in his family. My heart goes out to Saroj-ji and
the rest of the family in these difficult times. Hope they find the
strength to cope with their loss.

Tearfully,

C

Hrishi Dixit

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Dec 26, 2007, 10:03:36 AM12/26/07
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The RMIM family is poorer today - it has lost a loved parent. I had
the good fortune of meeting Satish-ji only twice in person over the
last 10 years, and numerous times virtually after that, be it on RMIM
or personal email. As was rightly noted earlier, he had that rare and
uncanny ability of inducing a feeling of warmth and familiarity within
a minute of meeting him... and my first encounter with him was no
different than what every RMIM-er who's met him has experienced. In
many ways, he was an embodiment of the spirit of the RMIM family, and
its most loving mainstay. As long as RMIM is around, he will never be
gone.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Saroj-ji and his family. Thank you
Satish-ji, for everything.

In grief

Hrishi

Pramod

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Dec 26, 2007, 10:21:10 AM12/26/07
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On 25 Dez., 03:18, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today.  Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.
>
> I would not presume to describe the depth and extent of Kalra saaheb's
> knowledge and his passion for the art. That is a thesis unto itself,
> and has come to be an RMIM axiom for eternity. But it went way beyond
> knowledge and passion. His style was unassuming and simple. He
> spontaneously exuded a brand of humility that can only come from
> benign self-assuredness, total command over the subject, and true
> inner strength. In our thoughts, he will always remain witty, funny,
> kind, generous and altogether uplifting.
>
> It seems difficult to have humility and majesty all in one persona.
> But that, Kalra saaheb, is how we will remember you. You have left an
> immortal trail of goodwill. And you probably never truly realized the
> oft-healing nature of the things you said and the things you wrote, on
> and off this forum. Your extended RMIM family will continue to think
> and talk about you.
>
> regards
> vish
>
> PS: The Kalras never missed an RMIM meet in Denver or California over
> the last so many years, despite their schedule and his failing health.
> I spent a little bit of time gathering up memories from a few such get-
> togethers. You can view the pictures at
>
> http://memoriesofkalrasaaheb.shutterfly.com/action/?a=8RYsnLVk4Yc4
>
> You will need to be a Shutterfly member, I believe. Also, the album is
> password-protected (case-sensitive password: kalrasaaheb). I have left
> the album open to additions (pictures and comments are welcome).
>
> vish

Kalra saab's death is indeed a very sad news. I was never fortunate
enough to meet him. But his deep knowledge and his articles always
inspired and left me in awe of this great person!
Thank you Kalra saab for everything! We will always remember you with
a warmth in our hearts!

Pramod Harvey

AR

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Dec 26, 2007, 10:37:30 AM12/26/07
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This is very sad news. My deepest condolences!

naniwadekar

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Dec 26, 2007, 1:08:47 PM12/26/07
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On Dec 25, Shekhar <shekhar...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> tremendous yet he was self-effacingly modest. It's painful to reflect
> that on RMIM we will no longer see those compact nuggets of wisdom
> followed by the 'Happy Listenings' signature.
>
> Rest in peace, Kalra saab.
>
> Shekhar
>

That is so true. Kalra-ji's contributions, rounded off
with the stylish 'Happy Listenings' signature, were
eagerly sought and have helped RMIM archives become
the treasure trove that they are.

It was the good fortune of many of us RMIMers to have
known him. The combination of encyclopaedic knowledge
worn so lightly, generosity and gentle nature made him
very special. Meeting him in person added to the picture
because in flesh he exactly represented the persona
which his erudite and humane emails and RMIM posts
projected. As several posters have noted, RMIM will


never be the same again.

He will be missed terribly but his memories will
continue to enrich our lives.


- dn


ramaka...@gmail.com

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Dec 26, 2007, 2:38:52 PM12/26/07
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Please note that Satish Uncle's funeral is scheduled as follows.
Please pass the word around.

Place: Kirk & Nice, Inc.
80 Stenton Avenue and Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: 610-832-2064
Fax: 610-832-6396

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Date: Friday, Dec. 28, 2007

Time: 10-11 Viewing
11-11:15 Eulogy
11:15 - 12:15 Kiriya


CHANGE: Due to logistics difficulty the Uthala ceremony could not be
arranged at the Temple hence it will be limited to 'family only'.

Ammie

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Dec 26, 2007, 4:44:35 PM12/26/07
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All these tributes are so heartfelt and so true...
I can only add that I feel privileged to have met him at the few RMIM
meets I attended.
A gentleman in the true spirit of the word.

Ammie

asi...@my-deja.com

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Dec 27, 2007, 1:26:16 AM12/27/07
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On Dec 24, 6:27 pm, Surjit Singh <surjit_si...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Vish Krishnan wrote:
> > Dear RMIM,
>
> > Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> > better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> > passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>
> > I know I speak for the RMIM family. Our prayers and support will
> > always be with Saroj-ji and the whole family. Their strength and
> > forbearance have been at once gut-wrenching and inspirational.
>
> RMIM, indeed, the lives of RMIMers will never be the same again. He will
> always be in our thoughts. May his soul rest in peace!
> --
> Surjit Singh, a diehard movie fan(atic), period.http://hindi-movies-songs.com/index.html

Just caught up with RMIM. This is indeed tragic news.

Rest in peace, Satish-ji.

Arun

graphikamaal

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Dec 27, 2007, 3:53:40 AM12/27/07
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"Happy Listenings" will never be the same again.

Haafiz Khuda Tumhara

Kamaal Mustafa

Prithviraj Dasgupta

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Dec 27, 2007, 12:46:59 PM12/27/07
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A very sad news for all of us. Words are indeed short of describing
the magnanimity and contributions of Kalra-ji on this forum. I met him
only once nine years ago at the 1999 RMIM-meet in New Jersey and ever
since he had been a friend. Over the past six years when my
participation on the RMIM-forum became a bit constrained, he was
continuously in touch with me over email sharing his immense
knowledge, and, as he has done for almost every RMIM-er - sharing his
collection as one would with a close friend or family member. As
others have already said, he exuded a unique combination of humility
and knowledge, childishness and maturity, which endeared him to one
and all. Kalra-ji will be dearly missed and frequently remembered on
RMIM.

-Prithviraj

Abhijit

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Dec 27, 2007, 8:29:40 PM12/27/07
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Not the kind of news one would like to see visiting RMIM after a gap.
Sad to hear this. Kalra-ji is one RMIM-er, with whom I shared such a
relationship, without any personal communication, that I wanted to see
him in person.

Rest in peace Kalraji.

ani...@gmail.com

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Dec 29, 2007, 12:31:36 AM12/29/07
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On Dec 25, 7:18 am, Vish Krishnan <vishkrish...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today.  Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>

I am quite sad to hear this news. I had met Satish a few times and,
after a long gap, he had sent me a very sweet personal email a few
weeks ago.

He will be rememebered and missed.

RIP

Anil

vijay...@my-deja.com

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Dec 30, 2007, 12:59:42 AM12/30/07
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Satish ji.
Thank you for everything. You were never a mere acquaintance -
a friend. An humble giant with the assurance of the truly knowing,
the equanimity of the truly contented, the inclusiveness of the
truly large-hearted. You leave behind a legacy of the truly
unforgettable.

khudaa haafiz.

Vijay

uzx

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Dec 30, 2007, 4:54:05 PM12/30/07
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Vish Krishnan wrote:
>
> Dear RMIM,
>
> Our dear friend is no more. I have been in touch with Guri for the
> better part of today. Kalra saaheb's last few moments in this world
> passed without prolonged pain or discomfort.
>

Alvida' Kalra Sahib.. you have left permanent marks here.
We will remember you. May God rest your soul in peace.

-urzung khan
-kieju khan

Surajit A. Bose

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Jan 2, 2008, 4:30:27 AM1/2/08
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Those of us who met Satish-ji (in person or online) through a shared
love Hindi film music will never forget him. His vast knowledge, deep
enthusiasm, and ebullient personality will be remembered always. He has
touched our lives deeply, and so he will always be with us.

Goodbye Satish-ji. I will dig up my Poonam/Mayurpankh cassette and
listen to it for you.

-s

maddy....@gmail.com

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Jan 7, 2008, 9:04:45 AM1/7/08
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Satish uncle and I met at the East Coast RMIM meet held at his house.
Before I knew it we were good friends. Satish uncle and Saroj aunty
were there with me every step of the way in my ongoing battle with
cancer, when I could no longer drive myself to hospital, he would
drive me to my chemo appts at times and bring me lovely bananas which
is all I could eat on days when the effects of chemo would put me in a
world of pain.Both he and aunty looked out for my my parents by
offering them their unstinting friendship, I am very simply at a loss
for words. I take solace in the fact that I was able to say good bye
to him just before I left for India in December. I know there is a
special place in heaven for you uncle.

m...@privacy.net

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Jan 11, 2008, 4:16:34 AM1/11/08
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the truth which
frees, it is right he is mistaken."

[44]Cicero, De officiis, iii, 17. "Concerning true law."

45Eccles. 3:19. "for all is vanity."

46Rom. 8:20-21. "It shall be delivered."

[47]Horace, Odes, III. xxix. 13. "Changes nearly always please the great."

48Seneca, Epistles, xx. 8. "In order that you are satisfied with yourself
and the good that is born from you."

[49]Montaigne, Essays, ii. 12.

50Cicero, De Divinatione, ii. 58. "There is nothing so absurd that it has
not been said by some philosopher."

51Cicero, Disputationes Tusculanae, ii. 2. "Devoted to certain fixed
opinions, they are forced to defend what they hardly approve."

52Seneca, Epistles, cvi. "We suffer from an excess of literature as from an
excess of anything."

53Cicero, De officiis, i. 31. "What suits each one best is what is to him
the most natural."

54Virgil, The Georgics, ii. "Nature gave them first these limits."

55Seneca, Epistles, cvi. "Wisdom does not demand much teaching."

56Cicero, De finibus bonorum et malorum. "What is not shameful begins to
become so when it is approved by the multitude."

57Terence, Heauton Timorumenos, I. i. 21. "That is how I use it; you must do
as you wish."

58Quintillian, x. 7. "It is rare that one sufficiently respects one's self."

59Seneca the Elder, Suasoriae, i. 4. "So many gods are busy around a single
head."

60Cicero, Academica, i. 45. "Nothing is more shameful than to affirm before
knowing."

61Cicero, Disputationes Tusculanae, i. 25. "I have not shame, as they do, to
admit that I know not what I do not know."

62Seneca, Epistles, lxxii. "It is easier not to begin....

63Lam. 3:1. "I am the man that hath seen."

64"What you seek without knowing, religion will announce to you." Pascal
misquotes Acts 17:


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