November 30, 2021

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Hours before death, author saw her book released in ICU

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Hours before death, author saw her book released in ICU
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Hours before death, author saw her book released in ICU
Hours before death, author saw her book released in ICU

NAGPUR: A book release event – possibly the first of its kind – was held in the ICU of a multispecialty hospital in Nagpur. Author Subhashini Kukde, who was fond of writing Marathi short stories, was admitted to the ICU of New Dande Hospital for severe lung failure.
Her short story collection – Mom you are great – was released at 9.30pm on Friday and she breathed her last hours later at 2.30am on Saturday. The book, which was awaiting a formal release for almost a year-and-a-half due to Covid-19, was released by state Congress president Nana Patole, MLC Abhijit Wanjari and MLA Vikas Thakre.
Subhashini’s husband Madhukar Kukde, a senior social and political activist associated with Sanyukta Maharashtra movement, said it was her wish for the last many months and “it proved to be her last wish too”. Kukde recalled how his wife penned down the 18 stories while fighting against poor eyesight and poor lung capacity due to old age. The book was ready for release in January 2020. “We had to postpone the event twice due to the first and second waves of Covid-19. Meanwhile, Subhashini’s health deteriorated. She was undergoing treatment at Dr Dande’s hospital for the last two months,” said Kukde.
Dr Pinak Dande, who looked after the patient for months, said Subhashini used to talk about the book whenever she could. Subhashini was 79 years old and it was difficult for doctors to revive her damaged lungs.
“When I told this to her husband, he asked me to wait for some time. In the next two days, he contacted Nana Patole, who agreed to release the book,” Dr Dande said. The author’s family performed her last rites on Saturday.

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