Dr. Sen then stayed back in US and enjoyed a successful career in science. On a recent spring day in April, he was going through his original Safari briefcase that he had carried from India on his first trip. He was looking for an old document. He wanted to show the document to his next-door neighbor Richard Tusman, an Indo-phile who enjoys Indian snack papri-chaat and desert golub-jamun, while listening to the ragas of late Ravi Shankar. While scrambling through various aged yellow documents, Dr. Sen stumbled upon his expired first Indian passport. He lifted it up, when a series of black and white photographs fell scattered on the floor. He picked them up one by one to look at. He remembered that they were taken during that Puri-trip. There was one where three cousins were posing against an incoming wall of wave, as if to defy the ocean. But, the one that froze him was the picture of his aunt flanked one side by his cousin Gautam and the other side by him. It was taken in front of a huge marble statue of Lord Buddha in a meditative pose. In the picture, it appeared that as if Lord Buddha was blessing the trio with his open right palm. In a couple of years of taking that picture, Dr. Sen’s aunt, at a very young age, would suddenly depart the earth on 24th April.
Dr. Sen looked at the calendar on the wall in front of him. It was 24th April, 2017.