In September 2000, my wife and I jetted off for a week of fun in the sun. We choice the white isle of
Also on the trip were two life long friends who lived in
The picture above was taken by me, while the four of us were at the beach.
We exchanged e-mails addresses and kept in touch on an occasional basis.
Rolling forward one year to September 2001 and we were once again on holiday, this time with our good friends Paul & Julie on the Greek island on
On September 11th, like most days we were lazing around the hotel pool became likely roasted. When I suddenly became aware of a commotion in a bar across the street. Being a nosey sort, I went to investigate.
I was in no way prepared for what I was about to see on the wide screen TV in the bar. I and everyone else there were in stunned. It was then that it hit me that Bella worked there, which sent me into a blind panic. Was she at work today?
I ran straight back to the pool and we went into our hotel to see if we could find out anymore information. In a corner on the restaurant was a small TV with all the hotel staff gather around it. Although the commentary was in Greek, I didn’t need words to understand the magnitude of what was happening in
For the rest of the week I worried, in the knowledge that I couldn’t e-mail Bella or Mital until I was back at home.
Back at home I e-mailed both Bella & Mital, still hoping that all was well. I only received one reply and that was from Mital. She confirmed my worse fears. Bella had been at work that fatefully morning and perished along with over 2000 other souls.
Her body was never found.
We shall never forget you Bella Bhukhan.
Rest in Peace.
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