BEGUM AFSARUNNISA With profound sadness the Khan family announces the death of its Matriarch, Begum Afsarunnisa. For someone living in the modern era you genuinely embraced it while maintaining your Hyderabadi traditions with such poise. Your positive outlook on life and its reinforcement in mine was always so refreshing. The schoolgirl fun and friendship we shared I will miss most, our weekend jaunts to the super market while gossiping along the way humbled me and taught me to treasure life's simple pleasures. I send you countless blessings on your journey into the heavens, they just don't make 'em like you anymore. Thank you for enriching my life, sleep well sweet Dadima... until we meet again. "Every soul shall taste death" (Al-Quran 29:57). Love, your buddy Sufima.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 6, 2013