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India leads the world in the average daily reported COVID-19 infections and recorded deaths. It currently accounts for one in every two global cases each day. The country’s daily average number of deaths is 1.3 times that of Brazil, which recorded the second-highest number of new fatalities — nearly 2,300.
Amid a pandemic getting graver by the day, the domestic poker community has lost yet another soul. A little over a week after news came through of Aman Kejriwal’s demise, the poker community received another blow with the passing of Amber Nayyar. The 38-year-old poker player was a well-known name in the Kolkata poker circuit and was a familiar face in poker clubs in the City of Joy. He is survived by his wife and seven-year-old daughter.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Nayyar had moved to Ludhiana around three years ago and supplied chemicals used in the leather industry. He began playing poker in 2007, and according to his friends, he used to grind for hours on end.
“When we used to go casino, he used to come out of the casino after 3-4 days. He was a people person. He was regular at Aquarium Poker Room when he was in Kolkata. After shifting to Punjab, he used to make plans to visit Goa and play poker there,” recounted a friend of Nayyar’s.
Nayyar tested positive for COVID-19 on April 26. Four days later, he passed away from the deadly virus due to the healthcare system’s failure.
Nayyar’s passing has hit close to home for many within the circuit, and messages of grief and condolences have constantly been pouring in.
Shaswat Agarwal: “Hey Humbaarrr….love you, bro. Still can’t believe that you’re gone. Your smile is all I can visualize again and again. It brings back so many memories. I know you are always there, in our heart, watching over and guiding us, I miss you so much. Rest in Peace.”
Anil Adiani: “That everlasting calming smile which warmed up every room he entered will forever be missed. Amber bhaiya shall always live on in our hearts.”
Mayank Agarwal: “Always a cheerful and a smiling person, was always there to help in whatever circumstances. Genuinely a true loving friend!”
Vaibhav Lohia: “He had always been an amazing combo of a brother and teddy to me, and now that he has gone so fast, all we have are memories of the past. As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. In my heart, he lives and will always be.”
Mudit Dayma: “Amber bhaiya has always been a good friend and a good brother too. He was very joyful, and I really enjoyed his company. After knowing about his demise, I was extremely shocked and wished that it should not have happened and wanted to meet him. Will miss him.”
Shawn Chatterton: “Amber, our dear friend, our gentle giant, will be missed greatly by friends and family. Amber bhaiya had many shortcomings, as do all of us but no matter how bad a situation he was in, I can remember always seeing his smile. You will be missed bhaiya. I hope you are at peace now wherever you are.”
Sailesh Lohia: “We have spent some amazing time together, brother. Your ever smiling face will always be missed. The time when we went to Goa for your birthday is something I’ll cherish forever. Hope you stay happy wherever you are now.”
In the last 24 hours, India recorded 3,68,147 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 1,99,25,604. As many as 3,417 new coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded, bringing the nationwide death toll to 2,18,959.
These numbers may look like statistics on a piece of paper, but every loss of life is a tragedy. In these trying times, we urge every person reading this memorial to stay safe and stay at home.
RIP Amber Nayyar.