Loss hard to digest

It is with deep sadness and regret that I heard about the demise of Jogindar Singh Kanwal, who left his family and friends on Monday.

His words aroused emotions and touched hearts while his poems and stories were a joy and delight to read.

Another wonderful writer and personality has gone down.

The Year 9 students were also sad when they heard that one of their favourite authors and writer of The Morning was no longer with them.

Fiji’s literature fraternity has lost a writer who coined his words and sentences with pleasure and with a lot of thought, passion and meaning.

Mr Singh, who hailed from Punjab, India, made immense contributions to Fiji’s literature, education and culture while celebrating a distinguished, illustrious and colourful career as an educationist, author and cultural patron.

Mr Singh was a retired principal and lecturer in English for Business Communication and he was involved in making our Fiji Indian Cultural Centre vibrant.

I was lucky enough to have met Mr Singh once and I found him to be a warm and down to earth gentleman who made his presence felt with his lively nature.

He has left behind a legacy for aspiring writers.

His articles in The Fiji Times and Shanti Dut were widely read by many and appreciated.

I thank Jogindar Singh Kanwal for his contributions and delicate piece of literary articles.

I know his family will miss him, but they will celebrate the life of man who loved his life and who loved writing.

My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family, loved ones and well-wishers as we come to terms with the loss of an honoured citizen of Ba!

It is my humble request to the editorial staff of The Fiji Times to pay tribute to this noble gentleman by publishing some of his articles.

Rest in peace, Sir!

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