Simple, contented, and worldly wise was he,
“Be a selective collector of books,” he would tell me,
“And remember this mantra, ‘Never a Borrower or Lender be’.”
Whenever I asked the meaning of a word -“Dad, do you know what it means?”
Without batting an eyelid he would reply, “If you are a learner so keen,
go refer to a dictionary, for that is where you will find what it means.”
Voracious reader, a lover of Shakespearean poetry,
collector of various quotes, and Urdu Shayari.
The love of poetry, the most precious legacy he left me.
-copyright Anita Mohan
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