Life is full of uncertainties, and we learn that at every step.

Yesterday, my mother lost her only brother, and I lost my uncle, who left this earth for the afterlife. My uncle, late Mr. Nasir Khan, was the only son of my grandparents, and was my mother’s younger brother. He was a resident of New York and had lived there for decades. My uncle had recently flown to Dhaka, Bangladesh, for a trip. He was scheduled to return to the United States soon. We received the devastating news that he passed away in Dhaka, after suffering a from a cardiac issue.

Anyone who saw, met, or knew my uncle would be able to speak about his kind and friendly personality. He was very social and had a very wide circle of friends and well-wishers. Throughout his life, he loved music and singing was his passion. Through his voice, he touched the hearts of many people.

We never know which conversation that we have with someone would be our last. Before my uncle had left for Dhaka, he had told my mother, “Tell my nephew that I’ll talk to him after I return from Bangladesh.” I was looking forward to speaking with him. He also had plans to get together and have lunch with us in New York. Now, that will never happen.

Treasure each moment you spend with your family, whether it’s an in-person meeting or a phone call.

My uncle left behind a beautiful family – his wife (my aunt Rumana), two daughters, one son, two sons-in-law, and many others who loved him dearly. Our entire family is shocked, and we seek everyone’s prayers in this time of sorrow and grief.

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