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He is still “alive”…..in us!!!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on November 27, 2012

Yesterday evening, I received an e-mail from Rahul and I thought it would be better to quote here.

Hi Rewa Di,

I was not knowing Iqbal Sir and overlooked this post. But recently on my Diwali vacation, while traveling to home in a train, I came across someone who eventually told me about Iqbal sir. And now by reading this, I just could not stop myself by writing something.

Train stops at Bina station, passengers flocked into already crowded train and soon they settled some standing or some got corners of seats offered by some kind hearted. Near to me was a middle age lady with a girl. Both wearing a track suits clearly indicating that they were returning from some sport meet or something. I could not read the school name as they were facing me. Conversation fly into the air. That lady seems very intellectual and possessing all here and there knowledge of India, I assumed that she must have toured whole India.

I’ll cut short this interaction. Sooner, I came to know that she is PET teacher in our JNV and that girl is returning from basketball open national. We were discussing how good the JNVians are doing across globe and how well are we connected through web and social media. Somehow, question arises which are the top JNVs in India. In a matter of second, name of JNV Katihar came out from me. To my surprise, she was very much agreed and has same thoughts. I told her that I’m not sure about JNV, however students passing that JNVs are definitely making an impact across India and I’m well in touch with few of them. And then mam has taken the name of Honorable Late Iqbal Sir and told me about his work. She has given whole credit to Iqbal sir. She knew Iqbal sir and met him when she visited JNV Katihar fewer times.

I’m mesmerized by the poem written for Iqbal Sir. Thanks for sharing this.


First of all, thank you so much for your lovely email and for taking the time to write me! I am delighted to read your kind words which reflect your true feelings! You have no idea how happy I am, after reading it. It totally made my day. Thank you a million times over! I absolutely love it!!!

We are getting towards the end of the year and it makes us more upset because we are near to the GT@JNV Katihar and it’s so hard to imagine JNVK campus without Iqbal sir now. I can’t think how much difficult it would be for us to visit the campus this time.

Truth-be-told, we all really miss him!  Each and Every students of JNVK was so close to him. I know, Iqbal sir was emotionally attached with his students and he had helped students in so many ways, be it the subject or personal problems. He always inspired us to succeed.  I am sharing a poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


I believe, Sir is guiding me with persistence.  His spirit is still “alive” and he is with all of us, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love. His demise doesn’t end his inspiration.


8 Responses to “He is still “alive”…..in us!!!”

  1. sukirti said

    di main pehle ro leti hn .. cmnt baad mein karungi :’)

  2. 4th Idiot !! said

    Reblogged this on The 4th Idiot !! Rahul Singhai.. and commented:
    Hi Rewa Di, I’d no idea, you will love this so much 🙂 Thanks.

  3. my blog said

    Wonderful post. God Bless you!

  4. I read your hearttouching post just now!—I felt the intensity by which you are attached to your alma mater&teachers—and everything there! I got an examplary lesson also that often we leave school and dissipate in a crowd of memories—–! but it is not there in your case! you are a binding force to all and perhaps you can hold time and harness it again to a known destination—you would be never alone I am sure you have a large family! I never ever studied at JNV as by the time it came into its existence I was a graduate and Navodhya was really newly born to me —Nevertheless I extend my best wishes to your family from my family of St Anselms Ajmer—i.e. ANSELMITES who have 108 years old tradition of its students! in the cenetanary year of my school which as an ex student myself and as an student my son attended and got a strange feeling of nostalgia!——-!
    I give my homage to your teacher—I am sure he who has students like you might be a great soul! may his soul rest in peace AMEN!

  5. Amazing and heart touching lines about JNV Katihar………………………..

  6. tarun kumar said

    so touchy words…….
    sometime we dnt belive hw wondrfull person around us.
    ofcourse novodayans r acroos the world… no doubt!!!! doing marvalous job.
    thanku bro @rahul being part f our life 🙂

  7. Ranjeeta said

    Great is what great does.

  8. […] all we have are silent and precious memories. People like Iqbal Sir may die physically but they never die in spirit. Their presence is always felt in thoughts.  Writing this just brought tears in my […]

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