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Amitabh Bachchan gives blessing to son-in-law Nikhil Nanda as he takes over Escorts

Amitabh Bachchan, in his characteristic style, wrote a philosophical post after attending the prayer meet for late Rajan Nanda. His daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda is married into the Nanda family.

bollywood Updated: Aug 08, 2018 17:10 IST
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Amitabh Bachchan,Rajan Nanda,Shweta Bachchan Nanda
Amitabh Bachchan’s latest blog post, written after late Rajan Nanda’s prayer meet, speaks of acceptance of the finality of death.(Viral Bhayani)

Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to express his feelings and thoughts after attending the prayer meeting of late industrialist Rajan Nanda in New Delhi on Tuesday. He also gave his blessings to his son-in-law Nikhil Nanda as he is appointed the new chairman of Escorts Ltd.

“Nikhil .. as you take on this new responsibility, all our blessings and love .. we are with you always .. you have inherited a great legacy, and you have to take this even further,” he tweeted.

Rajan Nanda was the father-in-law of his daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

Characteristic of Bachchan, the post was a stoic acceptance of the finality of death, the eternal nature of soul and the will to move on. He also shared lots of pictures of his family members from the prayer meet including those of wife Jaya Bachchan, Shweta, grandchildren Navya Naveli and Agastya, son Abhishek Bachchan and son-in-law Nikhil Nanda. Sharing the pictures, he wrote: “The soul cannot be burnt by fire, nor drenched by water, nor dried by the wind, nor pierced by an arrow... the thought therefore is that ‘atma’ is eternal .. the soul is eternal and therefore rests in peace.”

He shared lines were in Sanskrit, Hindi and English and were quotes from a text called Jan Gita “Bachan”. Looks like they are from one of many works of Hindi poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the actor’s late father.

Amitabh ended his post by informing that the legacy has been duly passed on to the next generation, symbolised by the pagdi ceremony. With prayers, it is time to move on.

Navya Naveli, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan at the prayer meet. (
Amitabh Bachchan participates in the pagdi ceremony with son-in-law Nikhil Nanda and grandson, Agastya. (
Amitabh Bachchan speaks at the function. (

He continued, “... prayers... condolences .. the ‘pagri’ ceremony .. folded hands in gratitude .. the elder of the family has gone .. the next elder has been given the ‘pagri’ of its seniority .. the soul is eternal and hence in peace .. what has passed cannot be brought back ..” “Joh beeth gayi soh baat gayi”, he signed off in Hindi.

It may be recalled that late industrialist passed away on Sunday. Amitabh, who was shooting in Bulgaria, rushed back home to be with the family in their hour of grief. The Nandas, Bachchans and Kapoors got together to bid a final goodbye at the funeral on Monday. Ritu Nanda, daughter of late Raj Kapoor, is the wife of Rajan Nanda.

After hearing the news, the actor had written an emotional blog speaking of personal tragedies on Monday. In it, he wrote: “Yes, the personal tragedy is now in discloser and transmitted... but it had a lead... a lead of distress and anxiety and apprehension from a time of some immediate length... the obvious nested facts were not pressed into the print of this page, but there were hidden hints of them in it. My hidden heart can bleed within… unseen... but it takes not away the pain of its emission.”

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First Published: Aug 08, 2018 09:11 IST