Skip to main content

In Remembrance of Eunice de Souza

Although we would meet only twice or thrice a year Eunice de Souza (Aunty Nonie as I've always addressed her- she was my mother's cousin) never failed to leave a lasting impression on me. I enjoyed and cherished whatever little time I got to spend with her, as Aunty Nonie was a person whose very presence spoke volumes about her, or should I say, the genius that she was. 

Image result for eunice de souza

 At the age of 2, Aunty Nonie lost her father. She did her schooling in Pune. From then on, her journey has been one of  hard work and sheer determination. A fiercely independent woman.

Image result for eunice de souza

A woman of great character, she traveled to and taught students in England, Europe and the States and shared her profound knowledge with her students while she was Head of the English department and Professor at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai for 30 years. 

Every time I'd meet her for Christmas lunch I would look towards Aunty Nonie sitting on the sofa with a cigarette in her hand, half-filled ashtray and whiskey glass beside her, listening intently to family conversations and giving her expert inputs, always wondering what kind of intriguing ideas were still inside that genius of an author's mind, waiting to come out, waiting to be formed into words, waiting to be penned down. I'd wonder if at that time, she was in the process of making another marvelous story. She had that kind of air, that kind of charisma around her which took one's curiosity about what she was to the next level.

Image result for eunice de souza

The last time that I met her was in February 2017, for a family get together in Bandra. Not long after that I sent her a few hardcopies of my blog posts for her to read and comment upon. I know they reached her and I know that she's read them, but I will never know in which merit list I stand and what my grades would have been. 

Adieu Aunty Nonie. You will be loved and missed.

To know more about Eunice de Souza's life as a Professor go to :
  1. A tribute to Eunice de Souza
  2. You left mid sentence
  3. Beloved poet passes away
  4. Eunice de Souza, the cult guru who rocked
  5. Poet, critic, teacher Eunice De Souza passes away
  6. Eunice de Souza had a way of belonging
  7. Makeshift the ground on which we stand: Eunice de Souza (1940-2017)
And some more links after the funeral


Popular posts from this blog

Can You Solve This ?

Sab Ganda Hai, Par Sab Dhandha Hai - Maha Govt Plot Twist

Everyone looks forward to weekends for the simple reason that they get to relax, unwind and recharge themselves for another hectic workweek. But not the Maharashtra Govt. Atleast not this weekend. In between Friday night and Saturday early morning, our State Govt proved to us that if they put their minds to getting something done, they will; even if it involves staying up post their working hours. Hail Politics and Self - Interest! I guess it's pretty apparent by now what this writeup is going to be about. But no. I won't bore you with that anymore. Instead, I'll include a few links to help you catch up:

I just came to know ALL these products belong to HUL (Hindustan Unilever) and I'm shook

Two years ago my teacher sent the entire class on an assignment as part of our Principles of Marketing subject in which we had to visit different retail outlets and check which company manufactured them. I remember going to one such place with 3 other class mates, with Note Pad open in our phones and discreetly clicking pictures of all HUL products. It sort of felt weird at first because we had never done the picture clicking part before, but slowly got used to it as soon as we realized that the line of HUL products was just never ending. We submitted the assignment the next day and that was the end of the story. But just yesterday, I opened the HUL website again as part of my semester  VI Logistics subject assignment (yes I do get homework even in TY!). I was surprised by the products that I saw.