Dear Papiya, if I may call you that: I never knew you except as one of those two intriguing names in JS from three decades in the past. But then I saw you mentioned in a tiny item tucked on an inside page this morning. Then I realized this was the same name that had wafted wispily through those years of my youth. Then I understood, sadly, that this was the first time I heard of the person behind the name. Since then I've felt oddly as if some small part of me has been stolen away.
That's Papiya Ghosh, historian at Patna University. Murdered in her home on the night of December 2nd.
I never knew you, Papiya. But all those years ago, I always thought I did.