An old family photo, and an older family photo

My lineage, as far back as we have photos

My Indian lineage, as far back as we have photos

Five-and-a-half years ago, I took this photo of two photos. The mini-collage hung on the wall in my grandparents’ flat in Nigdi, Pune.

I had taken a semester off from school a second time to go back to India, for three weeks with Mom and Sis and an additional eight on my own. Much of that trip was spent wrestling with my father’s death a little more than a year before.

At the bottom of the cut-out photo, that’s a 10-year-old me, with Dad right above. And directly above 42-year-old him, in the black-and-white still, the boy with the hesitant look, that’s Dad again, also about age 10, with his parents, six brothers, one sister and a sister-in-law.

He died seven years ago today.

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4 Responses to “An old family photo, and an older family photo”

  1. Tim Doyle Says:
    November 19th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Adam, I remember you when that picture was taken. Wow, hard to believe we’re that old. Your dad was a great guy… He’s still watchin out for you. You’ve made him proud, I’m sure.

    Safe travels… Tim

  2. Royal Says:
    November 19th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    You should grow a beard like your dad’s.
    Tough day, I’ll bet. Hope you’re OK.
    I do similar reflecting every Feb. 22, my brother’s birthday (and President’s Day). Andrew died at 3 of a heart condition. He would be 26 now.

  3. Shannon Says:
    November 23rd, 2009 at 10:09 am


    I bet you’re dad is over the moon about the new twists your life has taken (or, more accurately, the new twists you made your life take.)

    I’m sorry I can’t be there to throw a few back and shoot the shit with you, right now.

    Safari njema,


  4. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » A day to remember family Says:
    November 19th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    [...] years ago today, Dad died in a car accident. I’ve obviously had a long time to grapple with that; life continues, [...]

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