Family creates ‘lucky’ mugs for deceased girl’s schoolmates

KUALA LUMPUR: Young Natashya Manasa Sehar wanted all her schoolmates to do well in their Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

Sadly, she herself will not be sitting for the examination. She died last year when she was just 11.

The family is now remembering her in a special way.Her father Sehar Sinnandurai said the family made drinking mugs for all her schoolmates who will be sitting for their UPSR examination on Tuesday.

"It was something she would have wanted to do for her friends. She wanted everyone to do well," he said at the family's home.

The 200 mugs which the family created for Natashya's friends are decorated with colourful paintings drawn by her and inscribed with "Good Luck" wishes.

Sinnandurai said the mugs were given out last week to Natashya's friends, who are Year Six pupils at SK Assunta 2 in Petaling Jaya.

He said Natashya, who would have turned 12 in July, died of pancreatitis last September.Sinnandurai described his daughter as a gifted painter with a fiercely creative soul.

"She started doing art in 2007 and was also a ballet dancer. She was very interested in mehndi (henna art) and wanted to become a hairstylist," he said.

He said Natashya had her mother's looks and father's brains.

Natashya, he added, was a good and loving daughter who liked to talk.

"I remember one afternoon after school, she talked non-stop from the minute she entered the house right through to lunch and while washing the dishes.

"When I asked her if she could take a moment's break, she said 'no' and continued right on talking," he fondly recalled.

His voice turning soft, Sinnandurai said he missed his daughter tremendously, adding that he finds strength from his wife Saraswathy Vijaya Gopal and Natashya's younger brother Devin Harendra.

"We want to make sure she is remembered and remains in the heart of her friends and others. The mug is her message and we are just her messengers," he said.

He also wished his late daughter's schoolmates luck in the upcoming UPSR.