Issue #602 - 2023-02-06 - RIP Ben Davies

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Hi there,

I got the sad news about Ben Davies through the git notifications, being member Raku github repositories. Although I didn't know him personally but I felt a personal loss. He was so young and actively involved in development of Raku language. I found this page sharing the details, if you are interested.

It reminded of loss another very dear friend of mine, Jeff Goff (aka DrForr). I had the honour to meet him at various Perl/Raku conferences. Life is so unpredictable, it is unbelievable. I have reached a point in my life where every little things create havoc as far as health is concerned.

Talking about heartbroken news, I would like to bring the subject raised by Gabor Szabo in the last edition of the weekly newsletter. At times, I wonder how can one be so disrespectful to others. I was really sad to hear what Gabor had to go through. Honestly speaking, I only came to know about Antisemitism when I moved to England in 2000. During my college days, I never had interest in subject outside of domain of India. Although I was aware of love/hate relationship between Muslims and Jews, I never bothered looking into the history behind it. Muslim community in general in India is more sympathetic towards fellow muslims. Some may find, my relationship with Gabor strange. Again, I must confess that I wasn't aware about Gabor background when I first met him when he took my interview in 2016. I only found out later about him being a Jewish when I had further interactions with him with regard to CPAN works. He has been my mentor ever since I first met him and has helped me every time I was in trouble. For me, religion is very personal thing and I like to keep it private. Having said, I don't hide the fact that I am a practicing Muslim.

I urge everyone, please be kind to each other and spread love. Life is too short, so enjoy every moment of it.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

Mohammad Sajid Anwar


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