Our World is Empty Now ~ Mortal & The Immortal

by Pritya Books on February 20, 2008

Mortal & Immortal


>> Am really sorry for it. Though I was not blessed to know her personally but how can I forget her magic! The book is still with me, and it will always be.
Bidisha Chatterjee, Feb 21, 2008

>> Our heartfelt condolences…may the departed soul rest in Peace…Its a miracle she gave us the gems of her recipes at the opportune moment.
Priti Minamareddy, Feb 21, 2008

>> I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I pray that you have the strength to bear this loss. Please accept my condolences. Take care…
Sandhya Guruprasad, Feb 22, 2008

>> It is extremely sad for us to know of the tragic incident. May God give you and your family all the courage and strength to tide over this extreme loss and grief. Have courage to face the situations and we are all with you in sharing your irreparable loss, which no words can fill in. Our prayers to all your family members during this distress time.
Sudhir Ravindran, Feb 22, 2008

>> My heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of pedatha. I read about it in the Times of India. I am so fortunate that today I have an invaluable book by her.
Swati Indurkar, Feb 22, 2008

>> My warmest condolences. She was a lovely person. Kind regards,
Rosella Stephen, Feb 22, 2008

>> You did immortalise her by giving her some very memorable and cherishable last years of her life. Please accept our condolences on her physical loss. Pedatha will be with all in flavour and spirit.
Sarika & Sumit Bothra, Feb 22, 2008

>> Shri Aurobindo’s words say it all. I pray you get the strength to face the emptiness. God be with you.
Sridevi Rudraiah, Feb 22, 2008

>> I’m sorry to receive the message. Even so she will always be here…also through your book! Best regards,
Enar Karlsson, Feb 22, 2008

>> Pedatha is immortal.
Mohan Diwakar, Feb 22, 2008

>> I am very sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t meet her personally, from what I saw of her at the book launch and hearing about her from both of you, she came across as a very special human being.
Saritha Rao, Feb 22, 2008

>> I am sorry to hear the news! From whatever little I read of her, she must have been an amazing person who led a full, long life! I think you should be very happy that you and Jigyasa made her last days very proud with your book! My heartfelt condolences.
Usha Rajagopalan, Feb 22, 2008

>> I am so very sorry to read about your great loss. You have immortalized a great lady through your wonderful book. I pray that may God give you the strength and courage to get through this difficult time.
Ammini Ramachandran, Feb 22, 2008

>> I am very sorry to hear of your loss – OUR loss, India’s loss. She lives on in the book you created, for generations to come, in the comfort and love her words and style of cookery provide-even to strangers.
Uttara Shahani, Feb 22, 2008

>> I am so sorry for your loss – I know Pedatha was very special to you – I only regret I did not have the fortune of meeting her – her memory will always live on with you. Please accept my condolences as you struggle through this difficult journey. Please stay in touch.
Raghavan Iyer, Feb 22, 2008

>> Thank you for your poignant & heartwarming message of condolence. We miss her terribly! Would you like to write a feature about her in Harmony magazine? Do let us know. Warm regds & many thanks,
Meeta Bhatti, Feb 22, 2008

>> Very sorry to hear of your bereavement. I’m sure her inspiration will live on and guide you in the days ahead…
Abheek Kumar Sen, Feb 23, 2008.

>> Very sorry to hear about your loss. She must have been a magnificent woman. My condolences to you both.
Ramesh Menon, Feb 23, 2008

>> I am very saddened by this news. Our calls while in Mumbai made it feel like Pedatha was a part of our conversations. I was hoping to meet her during my next trip to India. My heartfelt condolences to you both and Pedatha’s family.
Shankari Easwaran, Feb 23, 2008

>> We all feel sorry for great lady who is not there with us today …regards,
Chef Rajiv Khullar & Saffron Kitchen team, Feb 24, 2008

>> This is Nivedita here on behalf of Mrs. Tarla Dalal. Extremely sorry to hear the demise of Pedatha. May her soul rest in peace.
Nivedita Nair, Tarla Dalal’s Team, Feb 25, 2008

>> So sorry about Pedatha.We will make your presence in London very special in her honour.
Edouard Cointreau, Feb 25, 2008

>> I am very sorry to hear this. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Her work will remain with us for ever.
Manian from Westland, Feb 25, 2008

>> Latha and I are deeply saddened by this news. Please accept our condolence and convey our sympathy to all of the family. We will pray for her soul to rest peacefully in heaven.
Danashekar, Feb 25, 2008

>> I’m so sorry. She was a really remarkable person. Regards,
Shonali Muthalaly, Feb 25, 2008

>> This is such a shock. My deepest condolences are with you and the family. May God give you the strength to pass through these times. The book must be such a treasure with all her memories documented.
Sandeepa, Feb 26, 2008

>> I felt very sad to know about Pedatha’s news. My heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family members.
Deepti Sanesi, Feb 26, 2008

>> I am terribly saddened by Pedatha’s passing on…She is a regular in my kitchen guiding me to make the perfect Sambhar and nodding her approval whenever I manage to get it right. It’s like having Pedatha hovering behind my back. I am glad that you managed to capture some of her essence in your book and shared her with the world making her everyone’s Pedatha. I can only imagine your loss and my deepest condolences. Your love and bond with Pedatha is what made your book so beautiful…Do pass on my condolences to family members as well. May her soul rest in peace.
Saji K, Feb 27, 2008

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Barbara Fisher February 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I will light a candle on this night in her memory, and I will post her obituary on my blog so that others will know that she is gone. Pedatha was a national treasure. I am so glad that you two shared her with the world in your cookbook. I feel privileged to have known her even the smallest amount from your remarkable document. You two, and Pedatha herself, gave a piece of her heart and soul to the world through your book, and for that I am very, very grateful. Thank you. My heart goes out to you, and if there is ought I can do, please let me know. Blessings.


Ragini & Prakash Kalmadi February 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

We were really heart broken to hear this devastating news. We pray to God to give all of us courage to bear this loss.


Sangeeta Prasad February 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Sorry to hear about the one and only Pedatha. You have done a great job in immortalizing her and her cooking.


Kavita Kothari February 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Sorry about Pedatha. Heard the sad news from mom last night. You have such wonderful memories and are very lucky to have had the opportunity to know such a beautiful Being and to have been touched by her in such a unique manner.Where ever she is now she is very peaceful. I’m sure about that and also much closer to you all. No distances whatsoever. You will definitely feel her presence always. So don’t say ‘empty’ rather say ‘Enriched’.


Andal Balu February 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm

We are sorry to hear that Pedatha passed away. We pray for her soul to rest in peace. We also pray that God gives the strength to those who are affected by her absence.


Sabina Sedola February 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

A very sad message. Thanks to your work and to your affection she’ll never die. Keep the remembrance of a noble and beautiful old woman. Now for her go my most respectful thoughts. To you, her continuators, a lot of love.


Radhika Mohan February 24, 2008 at 3:18 am

Really sorry to hear that. Mourn not that you have lost her, celebrate that you had her, is all that I can say. May God bless her soul, and may you find the strength to carry on.


Randi Lewin February 24, 2008 at 4:17 am

Oh my, I am so very sorry! Please know that her spirit lives on through you, that her good will and heart will always be felt throughout your country and your beings and that whenever you need her, just look up…for she will always be there. I hold your book and can feel her presence, thus I know that her spirit reigns on!!! As hard as it may be, do not be sorrowful, rather revel in all that she has done and taught the 2 of you. Allow the tears to wash away the sorrow, so that her light may shine and brighten your lives once more. Feel my hugs, feel her hugs and let her love fill you and carry you through! I may not be with you physically, but I am there/here if you need me!


Elise Collet Soravito February 25, 2008 at 1:22 am

No words can help, I am just with you. And in a certain way I am happy for you because you had the rare chance to met someone wonderful and you have been able, together, to transform some of her gifts into gifts to others. I send you across the seas my affection and my support, with love.


Laura Slap-Shelton February 25, 2008 at 8:18 am

I am so sorry to hear that. You have my deepest sympathy. I’m so glad that she was able to see the success of her book before her passing. I can help with book distribution. Please resend the details if you still need someone to do that. Also, if you would like to write something about Pedatha in memory of her, I will put it on my website. Deep condolences. Laura


Shanti Ram February 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Yes, we will all miss Pedatha’s towering and affectionate presence. She was truly the head of our family and kept us all close together. God Bless you for being with her in her last years. Your presence with the family is a source of comfort to all those who loved her. Too bad our messages to London are not reaching. Amar mama will keep trying but he feels that you may also consider sending your letter to the AHC by post. Much love to you four from both of us.


Suganya February 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Pedatha. I know this must be a difficult time for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Pedatha will continue to guide us through her book and every time I cook one of her recipes, her knowledge and her guidance will be cherished. May God bless you and your family during this time and always.


Subhadra Moorthy (Bhadri) February 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Thank you so much for this note – we are all ever grateful to you for making Pedatta imortal with the wonderful heirloom you gifted to each of us. Your dedication and sincerety in creating this cookbook truly makes it a work of love that helps us to hang on to Pedatha for generations to come.


Tibor Bárány February 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Pedatha – i didn’t know her but as I feel, she was still a beautiful soul. You must be very lucky to be near her, in real life! Now when we got “second life” where nobody dies, it can be same with her. We have a proverb in Hungarian: Only those die, who are forgotten! So she´ll never die…


Mukta Hedge February 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I just got back from out of town and learnt of the sad news. What can I say to both of you dear people except that my heart goes out to you and I simply want to hold you tight and share your sorrow. The loss of a mother is like no other, for me it is exactly a year and the pain is just as intense, the empty desolate feeling simply refuses to go away and to put it simply I don’t know what to do…It will be the same for you too, it is easy for people to say that time is a great healer or that somebody was well past his/her prime but that doesn’t make the sorrow less. But you both are so fortunate that you have a bank of unforgettable memories to dip into time and again… you can go there time and again because the time spent together would have captured every emotion. There would have been moments of childlike laughter, gentle chiding, and teaching with love, unconcealed excitement, and wistful journeys into the past and above all generosity of spirit, unconditional love and warmth that only a special person like her gave so completely without holding back. Those are the memories that will help you cope; those are the moments from which you will draw strength time and again when everything around is bleak, when you feel that no one really understands… it is all about connecting…One woman to another, the special bond that no man can ever understand. This is my personal experience which I wanted to share and if there is anything I can do for you, Pl know that I am just a phone call away. My thoughts, prayers and love is with both of you today and always.


Anne-Katrin Sura February 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I know how much you loved her! It is wonderful to have felt so much love and to have met such a pristine person. I will order your book and think about the Three of you and pray for Pedatha! I offer my condolences!


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