“Courage consists, not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing and conquering it.”― Jean Paul Richter
This was the quote that my classmate Julius Mascarenhas wrote in my autograph book years ago when we were in Antonio D’Souza High School – Byculla, Mumbai.
His twin Vincent Mascarenhas was also in the same class. However, Julius was always close to my heart. He had an endearing smile and was a brilliant student. He was handsome and good looking. At that time I did not realize the importance of that quote. It was only years later when the impact of that quote hit me when I was facing life in all its intensity. It was during those moments of dangers that I faced that this quote was my best companion and best inspirer.
After my school days, I completely lost tract of Julius or Vincent though at times I used to visit his brother’s dispensary in Byculla for routine treatment of cold and flu. After completing my College and later my MBA, I was stationed in Muscat and Abu Dhabi as Sales and Marketing Manager for Volkswagen and Audi. I used to remember Julius whenever I faced some challenges of life remembering that beautiful quote. What with maintaining my career and a family, I lost contact with many school friends. However, Julius always had a place in my heart.
Yesterday, I goggled the name Julius Mascarenhas and got a shock of my life. I got the news that Julius Mascarenhas met with a tragic car accident in Canada. I read the various press coverage of his sad demise along with that excellent obituary of his brother. I also came to know yesterday that Julius left behind a wonderful wife and two lovely daughters. I also read that he had done his PhD in Chemistry and had a distinguished career and was very close to his family.
His death which happened in May 7, 2013 shook me and has disturbed me immensely. Life is so fragile and one can never know what can happen next. Julius am sure has impacted the lives of many as he was such a remarkable man. He made a big difference in my life as that quote lies deeply embedded in my heart reminding me of a great school friend who helped me to see and conquer many dangers in my life.
I have never been in touch with this family ever nor been in contact with him ever since our school days but if at all this post reaches his family and friends, I would want them to remember that my affection and love for Julius never diminished over the years as he was my source of inspiration. Imagine how much one quote can make difference in another’s life and how priceless it can be.
RIP JULIUS – I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!