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IT IS HE who has created you [all] out of one living entity, and out of it brought into being its mate, so that man might incline [with love] towards woman. And so when he has embraced her, she conceives [what at first is] a light burden, and continues to bear it. Then, when she grows heavy [with child], they both call unto God, their Sustainer, “If Thou indeed grant us a sound [child], we shall most certainly be among the grateful!”

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WEDDING JOY

It was a beautiful wedding!

It’s the first traditional Indian wedding I’ve witnessed at close range, made all the more meaningful because the bride Rebecca Ranjini is the daughter of my good friend Vimala Sundram. The bride was resplendent in two beautifully hued wedding saris while the groom Rabindran Ramachandran was handsomely dignified. The couple are really well-matched and look so good together.

The rites and rituals went without a hitch from the chantings of the priest in Sanskrit to the cracking of the coconuts to the tying of the thali to the bride’s stepping on the stone to vow her fidelity. The groom did not have to symbolically make the same promise – something which Vim and I were not too happy about! 

Vim and I go back a long way in time and space – from the times of a blissfully happy childhood and the spaces of Hose Road and Rahang in Seremban. We were neighbours and the members of our two families shared a great friendship and camaraderie. We’ve all seen some ups and downs in our lives and have become only stronger and more resilient with each passing challenge!

 

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Those were the days “of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower” . While the youngest of the Dr Said siblings, plump pre teen Bon played gasing, guli and kunda kandi with Vim’s brothers and the neighbourhood boys, her older sisters babysat  little Vim and Kamala. My sister Tik was Kamala’s kindergarten teacher at St Pauls. 

Later, the much slimmer Halimah Mohd Said was to share some joyous Sixth Form moments at King George V with James Sundram and the gang which included former Cabinet Minister Fong Chan Onn and the girl he married Tan Lay Hwa, Sonnie Fong (of Adelaide), Peh Foong Kwan (of UNDP), Punch Gunalan (of BAM fame) and Philip Mathews (of NST and ISIS). My favourite teacher in KGV was the wonderfully kind Mr Ung Tat Hean now a near octogenarian whom I last saw at the soft launch of Galeri JASA in Gedong Lalang last October.

How time has flown and friendships have grown even stronger in middle age! How wonderfully warm our relationships! How naturally and spontaneously integrated our faiths, our beliefs, our ideals, our dreams, our visions !

 

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One Malaysia can learn a lot from people like us!

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  1. 1 ALBERT NATHAN
    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    HALIMAH
    I CAME ACROSS YOUR BLOG WHILE SURFING THE NET
    I GREW UP IN SERAMBAN LIVED ALONG HOSE ROAD NOT TOO FAR FROM YOUR PLACE
    I LIVED DIRECTLY OPPOSIT GUNALAN’S PLACE REMEMBER THE GOVT QUARTERS
    WELL I USED TO LIVE IN THE SECOND ONE COMMING FROM KGV
    I USED TO KNOW ALL THE KIDS IN THE SUNDRAM FAMILY
    WE WORSHIPD IN THE SAME CHURCH REMEMBER ST.MARKS BEHIND KGV
    I AM VERY JUNIOR TO YOU I WAS IN THE SAME YEAR WITH VIMALAH BUT SHE WAS
    IN THE SMATER CLASS WAS TRILLED TO SEE HER PHOTO ON YOUR BLOG
    MAN I WOULD NOT HAVE RECOGNISED HER IF SHE WALK PAST ME ON THE STREETS
    SHE LOOKS DIFFRENT HALIMAH I WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SUNDRAM BOYS
    IF YOU CAN HELP JUST REMEMBER JAMES WILL NOT KNOW ME AS HE IS MUCH SENIOR
    TO ME BUT WITH THE OTHER BOYS WELL THERE IS A CHANCE ONE OF THEM WILL
    REMEMBER ME I LEFT KGV IN 1969 AND FROM MEMORY ONE OF YOUR SISTERS
    CHE MIMUNAH WAS MY HISTORY TEACHER I AM NOT SURE IF I GOT IT RIGHT WITH NAME
    AND SPELLING BUT REMEMBER HER QUIT WELL
    HALIMAH HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND FAMILY
    ALBERT NATHAN
    Email amigoalbert@hotmail.com


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