Letters to Solomon
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Letters to Solomon

Five Minutes From Forever

March 2020


  • Thank you
  • I love you
  • I’m sorry I disappointed you so much in the choices I made
  • I’m going to be OK, I promise
  • You know what you know and I know what I know, both of us can be right
  • You don’t need to worry about me, I am gonna make it
  • You’ll never know the influence you had on my life, but it was tremendous
  • I turned out a good man, I think
  • I have an amazing family now
  • I know now why you were always so hard on us
  • I still wish those lessons didn’t need to be so hard
  • I wish you could have seen me now, or just me then
  • I don’t know why you were proud from a distance
  • I wish I had that then, and still now
  • I wish we had more time to get things right


  • I love you so much, Ma
  • Thank you for raising me
  • Thank you for defending me no matter what anyone said
  • Thank you for making us roti whenever we asked
  • Thank you for wearing that damn wool hat all year round, I can’t remember you without it
  • Thank you for teaching me the Hindi you knew
  • Thank you for letting us sleep in your bed every night, no matter how old we were
  • Thank you for all the jumbee stories that scared the shit out of us when we were kids
  • Thank you for being our mom when mom had to work
  • Thank you


  • I love you more than anything in the world
  • You have always made me the proudest father
  • I want you to do what you think is right, be the best you imagine
  • Be a good person, be good to people, remember my words
  • Measure your life in happiness, not success
  • Your mother is the most amazing woman I have ever known, next to my mom and Ma, my Grandma
  • Be good to your mom, God I hope she has survived me
  • I never felt successful, but that always kept me motivated — always strive for the best you
  • You’ll never do everything, so always do your best
  • I had the best life I could have imagined, hands down
  • I wish my brothers were my best friends, I admire them all in their own way
  • That said, I had the best friends I could imagine, no exceptions
  • Everyone who matters will be there when it matters
  • I wasn’t perfect, even if I pretended to be. I was impatient, obsessive, selfish, self-righteous, ignorant., inexperienced, foolish, cautious, rebellious and so many other things all at the same time.
  • I did the best I could muster
  • My only regret, without hesitation, is that I have left you already. Forever already wasn’t enough time.
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Gregarious Narain

Perpetual entrepreneur. Advisor to founding teams. Husband to Maria. Father to Solomon. Fan of fashion. Trying to stay fit.