Nanda, known for hits like ‘Gumnaam’ and ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, died here on Tuesday morning following a massive heart attack at her residence.

"I spoke to her on Monday night. We had a long chat. On Tuesday morning she was gone. When I spoke to her in the night, she was absolutely normal. She was in no pain at all, not even any uneasiness. It is frightening when you don't even get a chance to say goodbye. You are reminded of the fragility of life," Asha said.

Nanda and Asha were very close. "We had to meet regularly, all of us friends. Waheeda Rehman, Sadhana, Helen, Nanda and I," she said.

Asha recalls all the good times she shared with her suddenly-deceased pal.

"We, the entire group of friends, last met for lunch on Saturday (March 22) just three days before Nanda was snatched away from us. Now I wonder how we girl pals would ever meet without missing her constantly," she said.

Asha describes Nanda as a gentle soul."She was a sweet-tempered and soft-spoken person who would never lose her temper or create a scene. She loved being at home, and in recent years, she had become more of a home-bird." She loved her family.

"I was very close to her. We spoke about anything under the sun. My last conversation with her is now etched permanently on my mind. It's hard to believe that now when I dial her number she won't be there to answer."I have lost not just a friend but my confidante," said the actress.

(Agencies)

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