“Bhul gaye ji!” Jasdeep Malhotra would most probably have said in his smart-but-honest style. He would be so wrong. It’s been one year since Jasdeep passed away, but the memories are as fresh, his caustic-but-often-true comments still ring in the ears, his so-full-of-life persona is physically absent, but how can anyone forget that laughter? Or that must-be-said piercing remark which only he would have the courage to utter?
His death was most unexpected, and tragic at that. His life, though, was one of immense struggle and unexpected positive turns, too, he would often say.
Here was a reporter who had his feet firmly on the ground — and that would have elicited another Jasdeep remark: ‘with what we journalists earn, where else would the feet be?’— but also was one of the few who actually went through the fineprint of government policies and programmes and looked at how these really affected people.
The fine journalist that he was aside, Jasdeep in his unassuming style was a team leader and someone who many in Hindustan Times relied on first to actually organise a party and bring everyone together and then, to make it a successful one. He brought life wherever he went. Now that he is gone, there is a tinge of sadness that will not go away. But, amidst this sorrow, we look at the brighter side — as Jasdeep would have wanted: he gave everyone a lot of joy and happiness, and much to think about. And courage to just say it. We will say it, Jasdeep — we miss you.