I received a friend request on IL - my very first one. I looked at the name. It was a male. I had just replied in light vein to one of his snippets. His name was Kamalji. Should I accept the request or should I not? Well, let me see. Based on the exchanges on the thread, he seemed to be a decent sort. If he turned out otherwise, I would block him. So I went on to accept the request and that was the beginning of what turned out to be 6 years of one of the best friendships of my life. "What say? Haha". This makes me smile as I think of this person who regaled us with his earthy humour and simple snippets based on down to earth practical experience. We all had our agreements and disagreements with him, but he was clear about his point of view. The "Sindhi businessman" to put it in his own words always had the most practical advice to give. We used to play Scrabble. I taught him the game and after that, he always gave me a sound thrashing whenever we played. Rare were the occasions when he let me win. The year was 2012. Those days there was no Whatsapp. So we used to chat on Facebook. He told me that he was going to be operated for bladder cancer. He sailed through the treatment, was cleared and went back to leading his life as before - doing whatever he could to help people in whatever way he could and making everyone smile. October 2015 was the first time I met Kamalji and his family in Jaipur. Cheeniya sir with his wife, OJ-da with his wife, Arunarc, Mindian, Kelly and I had all been for his daughter's wedding. What a time we had! Such a memorable visit. March 2017 the illness relapsed. He came to Mumbai where he and his wife were with his mother (an octogenarian), his brother, sil and nephew. He underwent chemotherapy and immunotherapy and put up a gallant fight. Unfortunately it did not work. Those whom the Gods love die young. God does not like to share them with us for too long. Kamalji was in his early 60s. Still too early to go. He had plenty to give the world and he had thousands of friends who all loved him dearly. I met him in Mumbai on the 5th of January 2018 as soon as I heard that he was not doing well. Thank God I had the opportunity. "Satchi, the doctors have given me only a few months to live. This is the last time you are seeing me" he told me in the most matter of fact tone. Till just 10 days ago, he'd send us lots of jokes, songs and forwards on whatsapp. Not once did he complain about his pain. Even 10 days ago, when he was still in a position to talk, he gave me some really sound financial advice on phone. Need I say more? He was blessed to have his entire family around him and they kept him cheerful with games, parties etc. In that he was blessed. May his soul rest in peace. God give strength to his family in this time of grief. So many of his blogger friends have been bereaved. We have lost a very good friend, the likes of whom are not easy to find.