A Life of Service

“Sorrow comes in great waves but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it passes and we remain.” -–Henry James

On September 26, 2012, the world lost an incredible man, father, friend, grandfather and great-grandfather. Subedar Karnail Singh Mangat was my Nana.
As I ponder his life and the loss I feel without him, I am reminded of all the amazing moments I was able to share with him.

Nana loved history, politics, the newspaper, prayer and family. My Naana was a SOLDIER. His entire life constituted of service, to his country and to his family.
It was mainly because of his uniform that he was chosen to marry my amazing Naani. My naani died a tragic, untimely death and since that day Nana took up baptism within the Sikh faith and swore to live a life of discipline. No alcohol, no meat, (none of the bad stuff) but lots and lots of prayer and ultimate devotion to his children. He is survived by 7-Children, 11-Grand-Children and 12-Great-GrandChildren and almost all of us were there to bid him a final farewell.

I’m thankful for the jobs and the career that allowed me to spend so much time with him in the past five years. I will forever cherish the time I spent with him and the stories he shared with me… stories of my grandmother, of my mother’s childhood, stories of World War II and the various lessons of prayer. I learned many things from him––things that have helped shape my life and make me a better person.

I have struggled for a while to find words that capture just what lessons I’ve learned and will carry forward from my Nana. What I learned from him wasn’t explicitly taught because he was a living example. It was the things that Nana DID that made him memorable, his deeds which we will never forget and even in his passing, he still lives on as an example.

3 Responses to “A Life of Service”

  1. Sukhi Khera Says:

    Very befitting n touching blog in rememberance . My condolences to AKS n Mrs Sandhu and Salute to the departed soul.

  2. san garcha Says:

    AK this is beautiful. The images are so full of life and colour. It’s really nice you got to spend time with your nana and captures these images.
    Condolences to you and your family.

  3. aksandhu Says:

    Thank You very much Col. Khera and Ms.Garcha :)