We only realise the value of life when it’s taken away. But we often only appreciate it when we are faced with hard situations.
This week we have a conversation about death, something we often don’t do within our community, and the grieving process through the perspective of a husband who has lost his wife to cancer. The harshness of the reality is only curbed with our guest’s quest to find deeper purpose through charitable endeavours.
This week we are joined by senior Rotarian Sree Vallipuram, as we plunge into the human experience of being him at the one year death anniversary of his beloved wife.
The discussion is difficult although sometimes masked with laughter; a social lubricant to hide the tears that were at the tip of the conversation. To be honest, it was a difficult discussion to record because it posed deeper questions about the meaning of marriage and looking at life through an inevitable lens, rather than burying your head in the sand. Equally, in the brutality of this conversation there is a liberating force, something I’m sure you will discover when you listen in.
The story of Sree and his wife is one that often graces Bollywood screens; a love story between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl from different lands and meeting in the cold streets of London, much to the dislike of their parents. The rest as they say, is history.
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About Sree Vallipuram:
Sree Vallipuram ws born in Singapore when it was still a state within Malaya. In 1965, Singapore received its independence from Malaysia. He was the eldest of four children who grew up in Singapore. He completed his post secondary education before joining the Singapore Armed Forces to complete his National Service. He completed two and a half years of military service and then joined the Singapore University to complete his degree. It later became the National University of Singapore. Sree then joined Essex University in England to complete his Masters degree. He met his wife Anar at Essex University. They married in 1989 and have two daughters. Both his daughters graduated at UCL in London and are leading independent lives.
Sree worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat for over 15 years and his stint at this international organisation had a great positive impact on his professional life. He is also a Rotarian and remains a member of the Rotary Club of Westminster West which he joined in 1995.
In September 2020, after an eleven year battle with cancer, Anar passed away at home. This devasted Sree and for many months, he was unable to talk about his loss. He remained strong for his daughters and today, at the first Anniversary of his beloved wife’s passing, he agreed to tell his story when approached by Rajan Nazran.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!
Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.
We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
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Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Sree Vallipuram
Art Design – Vanisha Patel
Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
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