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When Death Comes Like a Thief...

When Death Comes Like a Thief...

by Walter Nandalike
Editor-in-chief
Daijiworld.com

Mangalore, Feb 3, 2011

There have been a spate of incidents within a span of this one month which made me contemplate a lot and finally compelled me to write.

The Bible clearly says “Death comes like a thief”, which often makes us ponder over this aspect of death. Despite our herculean efforts to unravel this mystery of death we are unable to come anywhere closer in finding a satisfactory answer to this. 

It is said that “birth is accidental but death is certain,” which means that death is inevitable and we have to accept this well-known and universal fact. But ‘how death comes’ is a question that we human beings need to ponder over, especially when we come across instances of sudden or untimely deaths. 

When it comes to death, old age is one of the factors which one cannot avoid. Constant improvements in the medical field have helped us to delay death upto a certain age in many cases. However, it is the unexpected or unforeseen deaths that cause inconceivable misery and pain to family members, close relatives and near and dear ones, many of who are unable to come to terms with such sudden loss and rebuild their lives.  
  
When death enfolds us in the form of accidents, I am sure, no one is prepared for it. But almost everyday we  come across instances of precious lives being lost in accidents. People perish due to their own mistakes or pay with their lives for the mistakes of others. A small mistake or an error of judgment may prove costly for self and for the lives of others. One can only call it destiny. Unexpected murders or suicides too perplex us to a great extent. Here too, death is unexpected, except in instances of suicides where the person may contemplate the act for long or may commit it on the spur of the moment unable to control his own tumultuous feelings.  

Ill health quite often comes without any indication and all of a sudden a person who we often presume to be in good health may fall sick and perish. Except in age-related sickness, many are able to overcome diseases or come to live with some common ones. A few others succumb to them. 
 
At this moment, I recall the death of a relative of a close friend of mine,  who was in his early 30’s. When I asked the cause of his sudden death, my friend told me, 'he collapsed all of a sudden while partying….' He confirmed that it was a massive heart attack that resulted in his instant death. But I was left dumbfounded when my friend confided that this young boy who was just 31, had no modern lifestyle diseases like cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure. Just three weeks back he had undergone a complete medical check up and there was no complaint whatsoever and he was certified to be a healthy young man. With such a clean medical history, when I began to wonder and asked him how it could happen he just said, "Perhaps it was a call from God."  

Maybe that is the only answer one could give because even expert doctors who went through his medical reports were astounded at the death of a young boy at a time when he was at the peak of his youth.

Deaths like this scare us out of our wits and I can only say that this true incident is a living proof to show that death indeed comes like a thief.   

To tell you another incident, just last week the mother of an acquaintance of mine in Mumbai died all of a sudden at the age of 55. She was hale and healthy and had no medical problems. For her own satisfaction she used to undergo routine medical check ups every six months. Since her medical history was clean she was not under medication and doctors also did not advice any medication for her. She slept as usual at 10 pm after watching TV and saying goodnight to her children, never to wake up again.

Her sudden demise also became a subject of discussion and many still keep wondering what could be the cause of her death. One can only term her unexpected death as ‘a call from God’ and here too death came like a thief.  

Now, coming to the passing away of the little angel Tanisha Rego, I am unable to say anything except to accept it as a call from God and that death came like a thief without giving us any indication. It is a hard fact that she will not be with us any more!






Pics by Dayananda Kukkaje

I am unable to come to terms with her death as I still have vivid memories of this little girl who wished me on my birthday just a few days ago. Exactly 10 days before her death, we had a small party and she kissed me on my cheeks and said ‘uncle happy birthday…’ with her cute smile. I must confess I cannot forget that touch and the cute smile all my life. That was the last time I saw and met her. Being closely associated with this family especially with Leslie Rego, I am not able to explain the despair and pain the entire family is going through in accepting this reality of life.

Though the pain of losing their child will always be there, both Leslie and Blossom have come to accept this hard reality of life, leaving everything in the hands of God. But Tanisha’s siblings Belisha and Nihal, are unable to digest the fact that their little sister will not be back into this world again. 

Tanisha who was cheerful and healthy till Sunday was admitted to hospital for fever and vomiting. By Monday evening doctors lost hope of recovery sending the family in a pall of gloom. With doctors giving up hopes despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save little Tanisha’s life. Doctors termed it as 'viral encephalitis’ where there are very little chances of survival when it afflicts children. Even if children survive this, they are likely to become mentally challenged.  

We can only say that it was God’s call that took away angelic Tanisha from amidst us. Though none of us is permanent in this world, it is not easy to accept the untimely death of a blossoming child, especially for the family members. None can understand the pain or the trauma of the parents and the family members. We can only console the family saying that though little Tanisha is dead and gone she will live with us all with the fond memories of the little time she spent on this earth. 

In the case of Tanisha too death came like a thief…    

May God bless us all.



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  • joegonsalves, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Walter - You have rightly said that DEATH COMES LIKE A THIEF. As the saying goes Death is certain but no one knows WHEN - HOW AND WHERE. We come to this world WITH NOTHING and we leave this world with NOTHING. several of us believe in LIFE AFTER DEATH. The good will be rewarded and the bad will be punished. This is not only Christian Faith but also a concept understood by other religions too who believe in avatar.

    It is not difficult to lead a good and an examplery life and indirectly you are conveying this message to all the READERS of Daijiworld.

    Thanks for the message.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • Albert & Kitty Gonsalves, Bendore / U.A.E.

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing away of your little angel Tanisha.May God give U the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.You are assured Tanisha is now an angel looking down on your family from heaven.

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  • Dolfred, Mangalore/uk

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Very sad to hear about Tanisha Rego. May her soul rest in peace. she was diagnosed as suffering from viral encephalitis.Japanese encephalitis (JE) is an important form of viral encephalitis causing at least 50000 cases and 10000 deaths each year, mostly among children.The vast majority (85 percent) occur among children less than 15 years of age. The infection is transmitted through the bite of an The infection is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is not transmitted through Humans to humans. Fatality(DEATH) rate ranges from 10% to 60% and 50% of those who
    recover left are with neurological deficit (mantally challenged for life).
    If it Culex tritaeniorhynchus Culicine mosquitoes then what has the local health authorities done to stop the spread of viral encephalitis? what are we doing to protect our children from mosquito bites?

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  • Nischal Ferrao, Belman/ Muscat

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Yes Walty, Its cent percent true.. Death comes as a thief. Many incidents are hAppening to prove What Jesus has said is taking place.

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  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Mon, Feb 7 2011

    Hisham Ahmed, Mangalore

    You are right. To add little bit humour to this serious topic, it is said, we have think that every day will be our last day, and ONE DAY we will be RIGHT.

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  • Hisham Ahmed, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 7 2011

    Dear Sir
    Death never comes like a thief, but we are neither prepared and not willing to face the fact that all the creatures of Almighty bound to die. So we have to remember death every day. So this wont be a surprise call.

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  • Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Madanthyar

    Sun, Feb 6 2011

    Dear Walter, your article is a reminder to all that there is no joy in life except love and contentment. Life is so short that if it is not lived in God it becomes useless nd hopeless. Young and old die, but real strength comes from God for anyone even on death bed. Tanisha's sad demise is an eye opener that we can be carried away at any time from our life. May God console her family.

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  • peter, Brahmavar/sharjah

    Sun, Feb 6 2011

    When reading the article I remember the scripture (John 11:35)when Jesus come across the similar situation when Jesus met Lazarus sister Mary while Lazarus died. Jesus cannot stop himsel. "Jesus Wept". Editor Mr. Walter expressed his views spiritually and very emotionally indded heart touching.
    Thre is saying in Kannada "HATTU MAKKALU HETHARU SATHA MAKKKLA DUKHA HOGUDILLA"

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  • Fr. Archie Gonsalves, OCD, Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 6 2011

    Dear Leslie and Blossom,
    Heartfelt  condolences to you and to your children at the sudden demise of your beloved and lovely daughter "Tanisha." Be assured of our love and prayers for you and for your family. While reading the touching words of Walter, I did shed a couple of tears for Tanisha and raised my heart to God in Prayer for you both.
    With love and sympathies,
    Fr. Archie Gonsalves,OCD
    Carmelite Provincial

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  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Sun, Feb 6 2011

    Santhosh Bhandary, Mangalore
    In my opinion, in the eyes of God, there is nothing called hindu, muslim, christian, congress, BJP, JDS or Bajrang. All are his equal creations.

    Greed and ambitions makes death scary, contentment and acceptance makes death a pleasure.

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  • Santhosh Bhandary, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 6 2011

    When we are young, strong and monied we fight against one another in the name of religion and politics. When death comes it comes equally on all whether you are hindu, muslim, christian, congress, BJP, JDS or Bajrang. Death does not differenciate between people at all. It is really sad that people don't realise this. 

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  • Joseph Barrows, Ganguli / Saudi Arabia

    Sat, Feb 5 2011

    Dear Felix, India/ KSA,
    I fully agree with you, when we think & talk Spiritually on the subject. But in reality, and especially when it comes to our own/ near & dear ones, it is not easy to accept this truth. Most of us do not have that much faith within us and we are scared of death & cannot bear it when we lose someone our own. Anyway, Thanks for your very strong spiritual faith and also Thanks Mr. Walter for the wonderful article. May God bless us all!

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 4 2011

    Respected Editor, I thank you for your wonderful informative article which expresses very emotional and almost tearful. I prayed for Tanisha once the news was out in daijiworld web portal but God has His own plans for us. As Job said in the Holy Bible Job 2:10 What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? He only gave us good things when He gives us good things can't we accept bad things also but humans need, faith, courage, patience and peace of mind which was lost in the present generation
    Jesus said unless you are a child like this you cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven(Matthew 18:3) and Tanisha is a child and surely she will be in heaven. Hence rejoice not that she is physically dead but her soul/spirit is alive. Once again I express my heart felt condolences through the core of my heart to the bereaved surviving family and children. May Jesus our Lord and savior guide you protect you and keep you close under His tremendous care and love.

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  • ujwal, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 5 2011

    Heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family

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  • Felix F.,, India/Ksa

    Fri, Feb 4 2011

    Dear Walter, It would have been great if you could have explained death in a realistic and happier version, than make it sound scary.

    To me death means begining of eternal life, and there is nothing to be afraid of, or give it the appearance of a thief.

    We should accept and celebrate death, the same way we celebrate with joy the birth of a child.

    God sends every one of us to this world for a specific purpose, and what that specific purpose is, we are incapable of understanding, and after that specific purose is done, God calls us back in ways, beyond any one`s imagination.

    In my opinion death should be viewed as a joyous event, since the soul joes back to the creator, and we should thank God for taking her/him to the promised paradise.

    The best way to accept death by those left behind is to look up to the heaveans and say " Lord Thy WILL be done."

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  • Padmaraj.R .advocate, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 5 2011

    Very well written mr.Walter.. May  Thanisha's  soul rest in peace . I  could not control my tears..may the god give strength & courage to the parents & family to bear the great loss..

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  • Anil, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Walter, thank you for the Editorial. It made me pause too. I often wonder how death creeps in without our knowledge. But trusting God to do what He wills in our best interests what makes us human and fragile people. My heartfelt sympathies to the Rego Family. May God who has His own wonderful plans give the Rego Family the strength to bear the loss. May we realise that we "In death we are born to Eternal Life."

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore - USA

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    "Death comes into the room and leaves an awful silence.
    Loss is never welcomed or convenient. The time of grief is lonesome, stressful and awkward. You feel betrayed, confused and as if someone hit you in the stomach. You need great patience with your slow healing heart. You are angry one moment and sad the next moment. May the Lord show you His tender mercies, strength and peace in the days ahead. May He surround you with the love and comfort of family and friends.
    As much as we would like to avoid loss and the unpleasantness in our lives, sometimes it is inescapable. Instead, we must learn how to grieve in healthy ways and work through our difficulties.

    Much of the emotional distress during the early stages of grief results from an identity crisis. You ask yourself, "Who am I now? I'm no longer someone's daughter or wife or best friend. Where do I get my strength from now? Who will know me like my loved one who is gone too soon? Who do I say I am now?
    "I will not forget you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand." — Isaiah 49:15

    "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
    Matthew 5:4

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  • FR FELIX MONTEIRO, MANGALORE

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Walter, thank you for your persona,heart touching and meditative article, which would bring courage and solace specially the bereaved family like Leslie-Blosom and so many who lost their dear ones suddenly. Death is a mystery, death comes like a thief..you are right..Thank you..

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  • Davidchosen, Australia

    Fri, Feb 4 2011

    As i see the pictures of this sweet Angel, i could not stop weeping!Please take courage my friends! Life and death is in the hand of God and his ways are not our ways ! I think Heaven needed her more than earth ! She is in Heaven with Jesus and Angels!Its time to Reflect on life which is not eternal on earth ! But Heaven is for ever and you and me all the Loved ones will meet Again in Gods time. Please accept Gods Plan for Life and Lets learn to trust in his plans and Loving care ! I feel the End of the world is here as we are suffering from severe flooding and Storms in Australia in such intensity never happened before.Heaven is near!

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  • Elias Mascarenhas, Puttur, Australia

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    My heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved members of Tanisha's family. I always wish and pray that no parent should experience the death of their own children in front of their eyes. But at the end, we should bow to the wishes of our Almightly Lord.

    The article is well written and it's a journalistic masterpiece.Every new day we see is a gift from God and the beautiful morning prayer(Moja Deva, Moja Saibha) reflects those thanks giving sentiments to our Almighty Lord and I ensure to recite it everyday in the morning.

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  • Gration Dsouza, Mlore,Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie n Blossom,
    Heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your daughter Ranisha. May the almighty give you the courage and strength to bear the loss of your loved one.

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  • Benedicta Lobo, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Heart breaking news! We broke down in tears when we looked at the pics of this sweet little angel. God loved her so much that he did not want to see her suffering, so he took her away from this world & kept her with other angels in heaven. No words to console his parents & loved ones. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Rohan, Lower Bendore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie, Blossom & all at home
    I have no words for you,
    You have lost precious member of your family it’s a great loss, But we can’t deny God’s wish.

    We pray with almighty to give you strength and courage.

    May her soul rest in peace

    Heartfelt sympathies.

    Sequeira’s,
    Abu-Dhabi/Lower Bendore

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Tanisha we will love you and miss u always. Thoughts and prayers for your parents/family members. May you rest in Peace.

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  • Edward Mathias, Mumbai / Riyadh

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Mr.Leslie and Family,
    It was really a shocking news to the whole world among the Konkani speaking community on the sad news of your loving daughter Tanisha who passed away yesterday. Finally it is the will of God and we pray that her soul may rest in peace. Please accept our sympathies.
    Edward, Cynthia and fly.

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  • Sr.Blasie lobo S.R.A., Puttur,E.Africa,Uganda

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie and fly, sad to hear the loss of our little angel.Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you.Take courage.Be assured of our prayers.We are with you in your sorrow.May God bless you.

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  • Diego Albert/Lizzy Dsouza & Family, Mangalore (Falnir)/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie,Blossom & Family,
    This is indeed a very sad news for all of us.May God give you and your family the strength & courage to bear this great loss. May God grant baby Tanisha eternal rest & May her soul rest in peace.

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  • delson dsilva, mogarnad ,magalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    dr lesli and blossom,its a huge loss to both of u and ur family which god has done,,,,,,,, but may be gods wish was that and we have to accept it and it is my condolence to u that let her soul rest in peace and unending light will fall on her and let her enjoy the life in heaven with holy angels........ rest in peace to tanisha...

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  • Anirudh, Marina and Kishoo, Barkur

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you Walty...
    Very well written , from the bottom of the heart. could not control my tears. May the good God grant the little angel eternal peace and strength and courage to Leslie, Blossom and the kids to bear this great loss.

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  • Merlwyn Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie & blossom sorry i cant comment on this article seeing her photographs... my key board is wet with my own tears As Sunita Menezes, Bantakal/Dubai comments i just cut paste here which i can think off at this movement
    "Thank you so much for this article & pictures walty, Just praying almighty to give the courage & understanding to Belisha & Nihal to bear this pain.
    Nothing precious can replace Tanisha in her parents Life.
    Finally GOODBYE little Angel Tanisha, we all meet in Heaven! First time seing your pictures, you are such a sweetheart!"

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  • Wilson DSouza, Paladka

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thanks for one of the best articles.
    "Thuji Khushi Janv, Thuji Khushi. Hanv Thujya Hathanth Dhool Mathi". May Tanisha's soul rest in peace ...

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  • ravi david, thokkottu/IICT

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    its heart touching & painfuul words from your painfullheart...,it words came from your painful heart,even it made me to cry,may tanisha's soul rest in peace

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  • ivan prrethi d souza , mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    may tanisha soul rest in peace god gives u strength to accept this big loss with her parents but u know god has written everyone death with love in the remeberence of tanisha

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  • Monica Mathias, Moodubelle/Dublin, Ireland

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Walty,
    Tears rolled down when I was reading last few sentences of your heart touching article with little angel tanisha's pictures.No matter how improved science and medicine is,it cannot change GOD'S DECISION. Couldn't save a little angel's life. Hard to believe. We can just pray to give courage to Leslie, Blossom Belisha and Nihal to accept this truth and live with fond memories of their dearest little angel. May her soul rest in Peace.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Lord let your healing power flow and touch Tanisha's parents Lesslie/Blossom and her siblings. It is very painful for us to accept this. We share the pain of their loss and grief along with them.

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  • Ambrose D'Mello, Pangala/ Riyadh

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie & family,
    God's will and we got to accept.
    I am sure dear Tanisha is in heavenly paradise. Pray that almighty give you the strength to bear this great loss.

    Thanks Walty for the fine article-
    a stark reality, yet seldom forgotten.

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  • Alexis / Reena Castelino, Makale / Qatar

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    This is truely heart touching words from Walter.Its heartbreaking to see the above pictures of little angel . May the almighty God give strength to Leslie and his family to bear this great loss

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  • S.S. D'Souza, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. My friends let all of us know that this universe is the biggest recycling industry. The story neither starts with birth nor does it end with death. Birth & death are the two gates of transition from one form into another. However untimely losses of our dear ones like this one render us perflexed, well this is something which is beyond our reach & out of our control

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  • Ms Vinita Pereira, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Mr Leslie and Fly
    Let the good Lord give you the strength and courage to accept and bear great loss. May Her soul Rest in Peace AMEN.

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  • Jerald Colaco, Saripalla / Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you Mr. Walter for a very moving article, I have no words to express, god please help Little Thanisha’s family with full of courage & strength to accept & live courageously.
    Lord I pray please give courage & strength to Leslie Rego& fly & May Tanisha's soul rest in peace

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  • Vincent Fernandes, Kulshekar/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Walter, Death comes like a thief, and also as rest from all the trials and tribulations of this world. But nobody want to accept that one day we have to go, we in this world live like we are here for ever, without proper understanding, no forgiveness, hatred and above all no respect to the creator. Every moment of our life he is reminding us that we have to live like him, so that we will have our permanent happines when we reach there.
    Angel Tanisha now she is enjoying this happiness with him and she will pray to god for her father and mother, brother and sister and to all her beloved ones.

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  • Jacintha Mendonca, Vamanjoor/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie and Blossom
    May the Lord give you strength to bear this loss.Our prayers are with you.
    Lawrence and Jacintha

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  • Yvonne Veigas, Mangalore/ Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie & Family,
    Our Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. May Almighty Lord give the courage to the family members to accept and bear the loss of their dearest daughter. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Jacob Daniels, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Rightly said - death cannot be avoided and it is so funny that we get engaged so much in materialistic things and politics and what not - bottom line is we need to be good because death can come to us anytime. I am shattered reading this story and all i can do is pray for peace. RIP Tanisha.

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS SHIRVA ROTARY, PILAR SHIRVA

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    very sad news.please accept our heartfelt condolences.may her soul rest in peace

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  • Jacintha Lobo, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Heart breaking News to all of us. Our heartfelt condolences to Leslie Rego & Family. May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.

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  • Nelson Ajay Dsouza, Kemmannu/Bahrain

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
    May Tanisha's soul rest in peace

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  • Priyanka D'souza, Pangla/Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thanks Walty Baab for this wonderful article...heart touching words. May Tanisha's soul rest in peace

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  • Veera Rodrigues, Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    GOD has shortage of BEST people in his kingdom ….. That’s the reason he has called our Dear one to join him .........
    Lord give courage & strength to Leslie Rego& fly & May Tanisha's soul rest in peace

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  • diana dsouza, kundapura

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie, Blossom & fly,
    It is really very sad and heartbreaking news we cannot even imagine about this little angel very hard to say goodbye, no words to express, very sad god please you help this family with full of courage & strength to this family to accept & live courageousely.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Well wrote, we should be ready always for death, nobody knows when the day will come n God calls us. So cute girl, May God give strength to her parents to bare this loss. My brother’s 2 months old baby died few years ago, some time miss carriages after 5-6 months in tolerable. Still we must know God does everything for our good, but we don’t understand his ways.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore, ottawa

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you Walter for a very moving article, well written and well concluded with the reality that all life belongs to God and He alone will decide when it is time to return to Him. We are all in this world for a moment of eternity and will live for eternity in the next world. Hours, days, weeks, months or years, infancy or teen years or old age, are all moments in terms of eternity, and we should all be thankful to God that He has given us a taste of living in this physical world.
    There are of course many old persons who long for death because of their inability to live by themselves or due to extreme pain aand wonder when their turn will come. We are so sad to see and hear of the deaths of little ones and those in prime of life. Even here we should all trust in the Almighty that when He wills it our turn will come.
    God bless you!
    Mohan

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  • Lydia Mertia, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.
    Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Pray God gives u the strength to accept this big loss.

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  • Lydia Mertia, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.
    Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Pray God gives u the strength to accept this big loss.

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  • Lydia Mertia, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.
    Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Pray God gives u the strength to accept this big loss.

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  • Mohamed Ali Uchil, Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    A thought provoking article, and the simple analysis made by Mr. Walter is very deep in nature. Reality is harsh but there is no other alternative than accepting it. During the crisis like this, people always need some one to console and to support.

    My heart goes to little angel Tanish Rego, and heartfelt condolences with her parents. Let God give the strength to Belisha and Nihal to overcome this grief and

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  • bhaskar r poojary, neermarga/dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Excellent words Walter.Really heart touching words.May Almighty Lord give the courage to parents, siblings and all the family members to accept and bear the loss of their dearest daughter. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Saleem Gh, Putturu/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Really heart touching article thx mr. walter.
    In this world no one permanent everyone has return to god today tanisha, tomarrrow.. god knows
    May god bless us all

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  • Thomas D Souza, Margathale.thokkottu.ISREAL

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Well done WALTER and KUKKAJE.....Excellent words and photo's.My hearty sympathy to Rego family.May her soul rest in peace and give you strength...

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  • Dr. Augustine Pinto, Mrs. grace Pinto & Family, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie & Blossom,

    We are extremely sorry to hear the sad news of your daughter. May God give you and your family the strength, courage to face this situation. May God grant Tanisha eternal rest. May her soul rest in peace.

    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2Timothy 4:7

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  • rizwan and family, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Mr. Walter Nandalike, very well narrated actual facts of life. We are close friends of this family and I have seen both blossom and blandina grow in front of us since childhood. Tanisha EXACTLY resembles Blossom of her childhood days. Our heartfelt sympathies to Leslie Rego, Blossom, Lydwin Aunty and other family members. They are all known for their kindness and love towards others. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Nanu Marol, Thottam

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Big Brother Walty...I know for sure the above words are came from bottom of your Heart.I can't able to control my tears which were ing down while reading your Eulogy to Little Darling Baby Tanisha.

    Praying almighty to give required strength and Courage to bear this unmeasurable Loss to our dear Friend Leslie ,Blossom , Belisha & Nihal.

    May Little Tanisha's Soul Rest In Peace.

    Nanu Marol & Thottam

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  • Arshad Kadli, Bhatkal / Al Khobar

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    When we Musims hear the news of death we immediately say "Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon" The meaning is "We belong to Almighty and to Him we shall be returned"

    I sincerely pray Allah to give enough courage to the entire family.

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  • Asha Nazareth, Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you walter for the wonderful narration of death comes like thief...This is very true..In this world we crave  for money status but very otfen we forget this satement...Heartfelt sympathies to all of you . Almighty lord give them strength to bear this pain..May her soul rest in peace.

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  • SANDRA DSOUZA, Bajjodi/israel

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Walty Really heart Touching words you Wrote..no words to express Wht we feell toooooo...i am sure BABY Tanisha will be safe in gods hands....heartbreaking news to all of us...May her soul rest in peace...!!!
    YOURS Grief Sandra nd all family members Bajjodi israel....!!!!!

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  • Rohina Pinto, Kallianpur/Mumbai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Heartfelt sympathies. May Jesus give Tanisha's parents the strength and the courage. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Janet D'Souza, Miyar/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.pray God gives u strength to accept this big loss.

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  • Vincent Rego, Derebail / Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thanks Walter for sharing this, tears are just rolling my eyes as I was reading this and seeing angel Tanisha's pictures. I am sure she will send blessings for her parents and her brother and sister as she prays for all of us too. I know its hard to digest but may god still give Leslie and Blossom the strengh and courage to bear the loss of the little angel.

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Heart touching words Walty Baab - God bless you. I say today our angel Tanisha is not with us but she is happy that God the Almighty is with her Parents and her beloved sister and brother. She will be right away sitting at the right hand of Jesus as she deserves that place. She was gifted by God to my beloved Leslie and Blossom but had to fade away so soon and in this way I am sure that WE ARE FROM ONE GOD AND WE ARE TO GOD A DAY. Thank you and I assure my continuous prayers to little angel Tanisha's beloved family who are in tragic shock and agony.

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  • Ivan Alva, Mudarangadi/Riyadh

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Excellent words Walty. Really heart touching words. May the almighty give strength to Leslie and his family to bear this great loss. Ivan

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  • Naveen Frank, Mangalore/Sharjah

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    The toughest among us would find it hard to hold the tears.Hope time will heal and reduce the pain of the parents and the family.

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  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Walter, a befitting eulogy and expression of your grief and sentiments on the passing away of young Tanisha, the daughter of your close associate and friend, Leslie Rego. Untimely death is indeed a mystery, and some deaths come as a thief, as you rightly put it. My heartfelt sympathies to Leslie Rego and his family on the death of their angelic daughter Tanisha.

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  • Maxi, Skyline Enclave, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Well done Walter.. Keep writing these kind of reality in life!

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  • R ASHOK, BAJPE

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Its true that "death comes like a thief"we always forget these words , we do make mistake and cheat people ,This is eyeopening for all those people .so my dear friends LIVE UR LIFE WITH A CLEAN HEART WE DONT KNOW WHEN DEATH CALL US SO BE PERPARE,my eyes become wet after reading this ,Indeed, I can understand this situation. It is God's wish though painful to us. I sincerely prey that you overcome this situation with courage and more faith,May her soul rest in peace. God bless Rego family and thank you walter sharing with your readers.

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  • Sunita Menezes, Bantakal/Dubai

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you so much for this article & pictures walty, Just praying almighty to give the courage & understanding to Belisha & Nihal to bear this pain.
    Nothing precious can replace Tanisha in her parents Life.
    Finally GOODBYE little Angel Tanisha, we all meet in Heaven! First time seing your pictures, you are such a sweetheart!

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  • L K Monu Borkala, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    God is given and he took back those precious item. but you have enjoyed only a little. May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.

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  • HENRY, MANGALORE

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    It is very difficult to understand such situations in life when we lose our dear ones.It is his plan we have no control other than to accept it.

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  • Daniel Joseph, Kerala

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Indeed, I can understand your situation. It is God's wish though painful to us. I sincerely prey that you overcome this situation with courage and more faith. God bless us.

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  • Shanti D'Cunha, Sharjah

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Walter, in your every article you bring the reality, and bring down tears from our eyes. Very touching piece of writing...I can imagine, what would be the scene at Bendur church this evening. May her soul rest in peace. God bless Rego family and thank you walter sharing with your readers.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Walty Thanks a lot for writing this..

    We often forget this reality.. But u know what... God has written everyoned death while coming to this world. And its a mere incident he creates to take the person dear to him. And we blame for that incident/mistakes/carelessnes..

    Hope Leslie and Blossom and thier 2 children will accept this TRUTH and live in the remeberence of Tanisha.

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  • Pearl D'Silva, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Walter,
    these words have come directly from your heart and I literally cried reading the last few paragraphs.
    She is an angel in the kingdom of God now.We pray to the Lord to give strength to her family members.

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  • Della Rego, Mangalore, Doha, Qatar

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Thank you Walter for the excellent narration of "death comes like a thief" and its true. Tears rolled down while looking into the pictures of angel Tanisha. May Almighty Lord give the courage to parents, siblings and all the family members to accept and bear the loss of their dearest daughter. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • sanjana dsouza, kuwait

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Walter, you always write from heart. This is good tribute for little Tanisha...May her soul rest in peace

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    We can understand what Tanisha's parents, siblings and close associates like the author are going through. Our prayers do continue to help all you who grieve to come over it and accept the realities in life that are often mysterious. May Tanisha's soul rest in peace.

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  • Anita Sequeira, Dubai -Bangalore -Bendore - Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 3 2011

    Dear Leslie, Blossom & fly
    Its heartbreaking to see the above pic. Your angel is in a better home than all of us. Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Pray God gives u the strength to accept this big loss.
    Be assured of our prayers.
    One with you in grief,
    Urban, Anita & Amanda

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