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A Correspondent | August 26, 2004 14:13 IST
Last Updated: August 26, 2004 15:12 IST

Anjum NAnjum N, senior assistant editor with and India Abroad, passed away on August 25 after a very brave, year-long battle with cancer, at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi. He was 32 years old.

As per his wish, Anjum was cremated on August 26 in a non-religious ceremony, with his wife Patcy Nair lighting the pyre.

Anjum was a remarkable human being -- calm, strong and exceptionally composed -- never once letting the Big C get the better of him. Till the very end, he kept fighting the disease. Never once did he lose his sense of humour, battling the disease with courage and a smile on his face. Only last week, as he was taken in a wheelchair to the aircraft en route to Kochi, he managed to flash a V sign.

Even as he was undergoing chemotherapy, despite the physical weakness he continued to write for both and India Abroad.

There was more to Anjum than being a journalist. Involved with the activities of the Students Federation of India right from his college days, he was also involved in the street theatre movement, and was a main part of the theatre group Disha. He wedged in time between long hours at the office to perform in street plays that championed causes dear to him like anti-fundamentalism.
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Anjum was also an avid movies buff, his trenchant reviews of Bollywood fare never off the mark. In his spare time, he also wrote poems, was a poster painter but, above all, he was a great fighter.

The optimist that he always was, in one of his sms messages last week, he wrote: We are still the realists. Aren't we? We will do the impossible -- Anjum

That was what Anjum was and that's how we at will remember him.

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Sub: You inspire even after you are gone!

I had saved Vaihayasi P Daniel's obituary to Anjum on my computer several months back. Just very recently, I, my brother and mother got diagnosed ...

Posted by JGT

Sub: ramblings

Reading about Anjum... is draining, to say the least! Anjum was the first guy ever to go through the copies I edited as a trainee ...

Posted by nitya

Sub: condolences

my heartfelt condolences to the family. i feel for their loss. death is inevitable, what matters is the life lived before it. Anjum's story makes ...

Posted by kapil

Sub: Sorry to hear the news!!!!

May god bless his soul and keep his soul in rest and peace.

Posted by Amrit

Sub: Allah Anjum Ko Jannat Naseeb Kare

HE was a nice human being,, we all loved his articles on rediff... we ll miss those taste in the article now onwards!

Posted by danish khan


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