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The write-up by Amitav Ghosh is a glowing tribute to his Kashmiri friend Shahid who died of cancer in America. Shahid was a poet. He also taught at various colleges and universities in the US. His brother and two sisters were also settled there. He was adored by his students, loved and admired by his friends.
He himself had a broad and secular outlook. He condemned fanaticism and violence in Kashmir. But he did not allow politics to overshadow his literary skill. It was in February 2000 that he had a sudden but short blackout and loss of eyesight. The tests revealed that he had a brain tumour.
He struggled against this disease for some 14 months and died in his sleep on 8 December. Before his death, he had requested Amitav to write something about him. The writer highlights Shahid’s love of old film music, of Kashmiri dishes, of the lively company of his friends, of his sharp sense of repartee and appreciation of art.