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Final Journey

15 Apr

Quick update for Ranjan’s global family (“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”) on his final journey is as follows. Timing is approximate.

27 March 2013, 11:30 p.m.: Ranjan’s mortal remains reached Pune, after arriving in Mumbai earlier that day by Air India 144

28 March 2013, 7:00-10:00 a.m.: Family, friends and colleagues spent final moments with Ranjan and paid their final respects and prayers

28 March 2013, 12:30 p.m.: Daah Sanskaar (cremation) at the Vaikunth cremation grounds in Pune

29 March 2013, 2:00 p.m.: Asthi Visarjan (immersion of ashes) at the triveni sangam of the Bhima, Bhama and Indrayani rivers in Tulapur, Maharashtra

28 March through 9 April 2013: 13-day period of traditional last rites

While Ranjan’s body has returned to the five elements of the universe – prithvi (earth), jal (water), tej (fire), vaayu (wind) and aakash (space) – he lives on in our hearts and minds in the form of the many lives he has shaped, the many ideas he has spawned, and the infinite kindness and optimism he always lived by. We pray for his eternal peace.

We are all grateful to family, friends, and colleagues that helped us, reached out to us, or prayed with us in our darkest hour.

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Remembering Ranjan

24 Mar

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, the most noble and promising life I had known personally was cut short. A part of me still does not want to believe this and is looking for “undo” button. Another part wants to go into a private space where I don’t have to share him. But I know he belongs to the world. Every moment of his life was about making a positive difference – professionally, for non-profits he worked with, as an alumnus, as a famly member, as a friend, as a colleague, and even as a stranger who just happens to be in the same location as someone who needs help. He has brought so many smiles on faces big and small, near and far, known and unknown. So many people have been touched by him. So many lives have been transformed or influenced by him. He never stopped. Not for a moment. I pray to God that he never stops. That his life becomes a light of inspiration for all of us and we can each do at least a fraction of the good that he did. That will be the fitting tribute, the way to remember.

– Gautam

PS: In addition, if you have known him, please take a moment and share your memories and reflections and pictures in the Comments section below. For context, please note your name and how you are associated with him.