"On Saturday Nanda and I had lunch together. She was not the least unwell. If she had felt even a little uneasy she would not have stepped out of the house. We were together till 5 pm on Saturday. She had her favourite coffee. Asha Parekh and Helen spoke to her on Monday night. And on Tuesday she was gone. We were friends for 55 years, from the time when we worked together in Vijay Anand's Kala Bazaar. After marriage friends, especially women friends, tend to drift away as they've their husband and children to look after. But Nanda and I remained close friends even after my marriage. We were part of one group…Nanda, Jabeen, Shakila and I. Later Sadhana, Asha Parekh and Helen also became part of our circle of friends. Even Shakila and Jabeen have remained my close friends after their marriage. When I visited London I stayed with Shakila. Jabeen got married and left for the US. But we've stayed connected. In fact I gave the bad news of Nanda's death to Jabeen and Shakila. Nanda and I were very different individuals, quite a study in contrasts. And yet we were very close friends. Or maybe we were close friends because we were so different, so we found those personality traits lacking in ourselves within each other. I've remained active in the public with various activities including the occasional films. She gave it all up, cut herself away completely from the limelight. The last films she did were Mazdoor, Ahista Ahista and Prem Rog. Usske baad ek baar bhi mud kar nahin dekha. Unhone bilkul tyaag dee. She was….it hurts to talk about her in the past tense…..an extremely sensitive person, very thoughtful and caring. And she was a very loyal friend. She never visited anyone or anywhere. But she'd regularly visit me and my husband in Bangalore.