ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Ajit Joshi, 67 years old, born on August 29, 1952, and passed away on October 8, 2019. We will remember him forever.

"That man is a success, who has lived well, laughed often and loved much"
Posted by Saima Chogale on July 17, 2021
The world changes from year to year,our lives from day to day but the love and memory of you shall never pass away... Word's can never be enough to express about you sir...

He was an amazing human being,a remarkable teacher and a mentor and a true animal lover..Sir you were right,u are living through us,through the teaching you gave us..

Everytime we come across a patient or your colleagues or ur students they always have a story to say,how you have touched there life and many times going out of your way..
We are still inspired by your ideology..
You have lived a remarkable life.You will always be remembered ad person full of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge and ur love for music and animals was crazy..


Once in a lifetime people get to meet an amazing person like you. You have guided us all through difficult times..You have touched so many lives,so many people and made them walk the right path,the path of wisdom..

Not everyone has the quality which you had, making a crying person smile with you beautiful sense of humour..
I know you must be reading this too somehow and as always wishing good for all of us..

We miss you sir...
Posted by Avinash Deodatta Joshi on July 17, 2021
Ajit, what does the name mean - it means invincible, irresistible, unsurpassed, unconquered. Ajit had an irresistible personality, he was unsurpassed and unconquered in his profession as well as anything that he decided to embark on, be it music as a musician or anything to do with automobiles, two things that he loved . A happy go lucky chap who was like a magnet, everyone got attracted to him . He had in him what everyone of us admired in him , always extended a helping hand , be it humans or animal's. As his elder brother , I was very proud of him and his achievements. Unfortunately he was not INVINCIBLE in the end . It is said that God takes those he loves , we lost him far too early to the dreaded Leukemia. We miss his presence and just can't think that he is not with us today . REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH US LIKE AN ANGEL.
Posted by Ranjan Rajgopaul on June 30, 2021
We first met Ajitkaka via the doggie network. Radhika had adopted an abandoned terrier from us. When we were looking for a home for an abandoned Great Dane Jordan, Kaka came to the rescue. We met briefly outside our house and in those 15 minutes established an amazingly strong bond. Fast forward to dinner with Kaka and Kaki at their lovely home, where he showed off his musical instruments. Then we learned about who all he played music with - many many common friends. Looking at all the tributes above, I now feel I must have seen and heard him play at Jazz Garden, back in the day. Fast forward yet again to his adopting another of our little doggies, Sunday. And yet another from my sister in law, called Bobo. When we visited them in Hilimanjaro in Girivan, we saw them all thriving, the dogs and Kaka and Kaki, and of course the staff. All surrounded by lots of love. That was the first time he played the sax for us. And then we kept making plans to meet and eat, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. We loved Kaka! He is missed tremendously. :'( <3
Posted by Mayuri Dhavale on June 29, 2021

Its not been easy to write about you in past tense . Reason being you still are larger than life and right there as soon as I close my eyes . Its strange how your spirit still lives on and how much you still are a part of our lives and conversations. Our last conversations never leaves me. "Mayu don't worry about me , I'll be good , ill be like fairy dust riding on the backs of my four legged friends " I see you everywhere now Ajit Kaka... and I see you happy seeing the family closer , spending time with each other ...being there for each other.  You were after all the fevicol of our family , the one who glued everyone together,  the admin of the group along with me :)

There are times I have missed you immensely . The first phone call I always got on odies birthday was from you .....after all it was you who pushed him out of my tummy when my own gynac looked lost . I never felt awkward having my uncle around during the delivery....you always had a way of making one feel comfortable and at ease even when they were going through the most difficult times in their life .

I miss you when I listen to music ( which is almost everyday ) . A song comes up that I grew up listening to and it takes me back to all those times when as a child we would all round up in your home singing songs while you played the keys or the guitar ....I still remember going for walks in girivan and I could hear you play the saxophone at a distance . It was perfect the green mountains , the slight drizzle and the sound of your saxophone playing our fav songs ...so calming . Today I go to girivan more often thanks to gaya and kaku ....but its not the same . The place misses your energy that would light up the place .

It takes a sensitive man to know what is going on in a person's heart and then say things to make them feel better without even mentioning a word . For me you were that man . Calling me a "swan of the family " when I was a gawky teenager :) only you could do that ajit kaka , telling me at the hospital " dont worry mayu there is a handsome man who is going to come your way who will fill your life with love and security " I hold on to that kaka and now I leave it to you to send that person in my life .....you are my angel up there . I miss you and I want to thank you for being a wonderful brother to my dad , the best brother in law my mom could ask for , the best uncle to uri , ra and me  and the most lovable grandfather to odie . You are up there now with my phoebe and im sure you both spend a lot of time with each other content and happy to see that all the ones you loved so dearly are doing well and that they miss you very much .....every day of their lives . Everyone will go one day but to be loved by so many is definitely of a sign of a life lived well .....you did kaka .....you remain loved by each person who crossed your path.  A part of you remains with all of us . Thank you for being MY ajit kaka .
Posted by johan monserrate on June 28, 2021
Life is full of beautiful memories of our friendship of 35 years. It has left a mark in our lives and we will cherish the memories till the end.

Doctor was an amazing person who touched the lives of a lot of people. His kind heart won him many friends. Doctor has seen us through our lows and highs and has been a strong shoulder to lean on.

I’m sure your resting in peace, my dear friend. We miss you and hope to meet you in the next life.


John & Antush
Posted by Jose Nogar on June 27, 2021

Ajit and me got close from the word go, to me he was and will always be a symbol of love and admiration, not only was he a genuine human being, but also a person with incredible personality, and love for people, life, music etc etc, we somehow clicked on the music that he was so good at, and me being a drummer,we had a great session or two at my place, where he enthralled everyone with his love for it, a very warm hearted person that's very rare to find, although i can go on and on, although our friendship was recent, but he surely left a huge impact in my heart, RIP AJIT, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY LIFE AND IAM SURE WE'LL MEET AGAIN FOR ANOTHER JAM!!! LOVE TO THE FAMILY ❤
Posted by Seema Pisharody on June 25, 2021
When Joshi uncle came as our neighbour in HA colony, he was the most the most handsome man the colony had ever witnessed. He walked with his gorgeous wife and two beautiful kids. My mon connected with them instantly and took charge of the little ones immediately with a fierce possessiveness as if she was their grandmother. From that moment there was no turning back for the Joshi's and the Pisharody's. Once uncle moved out form HA and started his own practice, it was weekly ritual for them to come home every evening. We would so look forward to uncles visit with aunty an the kids. He used to regale us with soooo many stories and keep us rolling till we could take it no more. For my parents; Amma Achan as he fondly called them, he became the son they never had, for us sisters and the extended family he was the brother, uncle, patriarch all rolled into one. He was extremely possessive of " Achan", insisted he looked like Prem Nazir the ever green star from Malayalam movie. He used to rag me about my love for the Punjabis.
There are so many things to write about him ,but i guess its never enuff. Uncle you will never be missed, you are just there. I can feel you smiling and laffing from up there. Love you so much
Posted by Lorna ( Deepa) Divekar on June 23, 2021
What can I say about Ajit? There's so much to say.
He was truly a multidimentional personality. Brilliant in studies and Academics and equally good at music. He took music to a different level. He could handle any instrument with ease the guitar, piano, Sax, keyboard drums . He used to innovate and improvise music extempo. He was the live wire at any party or get together, with abundance od energy and his signature infectious smile. He truly had a Zest for life (Joie de Vivre)
He was also a real family man. He cared for each and every member of the family and went our of his way to help and guide them
The Gods must be crazy to take him away so soon. I guess God loved him too.
We will miss you dearly Ajit.
Posted by Sana Raazi on June 22, 2021
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” - Each line here is so true! You did leave us with your memories.

I have heard many lovely stories from Jamaal, and some from my dear friends, whom Uncle always attended with his positive vibe. I will always remember the day at Sanjeevani Apts when Jamaal introduced me, and my reaction was he is so cute :) That's how I will always remember, Uncle. Waiting for you at Safalya Clinic to see you arrive in your auto was always a delight!

May all these memories be the strength to Aunty, Yogini and Gayatri. God Bless everyone!  
Posted by Shailesh Ratnaparkhi on June 22, 2021
My salute to the person who exuded positivity in one and all around him.
Ajit always strived for excellence and most often achieved it. He always aimed high.
An important incident which I would like to narrate here
My wife , Smita was registered with him for our second child ( now known as Sameer) . Just two odd weeks before her expected day of delivery, he sustained a dislocated shoulder , which was duly treated . But now his arm was in a sling for three weeks.
And lo behold my wife developed labour pains well into the third week of his immobilisation. To make matters worse she needed a Caesarian section. Ajit performed an immaculate surgery to safely deliver my child ,(his arm was in a sling during the entire surgery!! Would you believe it!!!!)
There were no complications!!!! He was such a master!!
Posted by Darryl Duncan on June 21, 2021
Where do I begin? Ajit's formative years were spent in Jabalpur and he was in the rival English school to mine, his being C of E and mine Roman Catholic but that did not firm a barrier when we first met up in Medical College Jabalpur. I remember him driving his grey Lambretta to college with our colleague Murali riding pillion, who unfortunately passed away in 2017.
Ajit left for Pune with his family and finished his medical studies and post grad degree from there and went on to become one of the top Obstetrics and Gynaecologist in Pune. We were fortunate to have him manage several reunions of our medical college with the most memorable ones being at Girivan and subsequently Goa. What a ball we had during those get togethers. Vidya and Ajit made a formidable couple in seeing that all the details of such gatherings went smoothly. I got to know Ajit better by then and he came across as a "pukka" family man who wanted to show his country to his grandchildren and which he accomplished. His charitable work especially with animals were known to few of us as he was not one to boast but he was a softy where dogs were concerned. He was a Hindu by birth but claimed to be a humanist who out himself out for others . In summary he was a legend of s guy who loved music and was a very talented musician and a keen motorcyclist.
By the will of God he was snatched away from us all too early after he established all creature comforts for his family and many friends to enjoy during his retirement but which wasn't to be. He leaves a large gap in the lives of many. He'll surely be jamming his music in heaven. Rest well my friend in your heavenly abode.
Posted by Upendra Lele on June 21, 2021
Dr. Ajit (daji) was a truely amazing person. He was always cheerful and bubbling with enthusiasm. He had a great sense of humour and was the star of every gathering. I am too small to comment on his knowledge and skills in the medical field. He must have treated thousands of patients during his lifetime and earned their blessings. We (Lele family) are particularly indebted to him and Vidya tai for taking care of my mother during her surgery. Dr. Ajit was a thorough gentleman with a helping nature. We shall always miss him. May God bless his soul with eternal peace. Many thanks to Gayatri for allowing us to express our feelings through this wonderful website!  
Posted by Sherry Datta on June 20, 2021
There are but a few people in this world who leave an indelible mark in our hearts and Uncle Ajit was just such a person.

I will eternally be grateful to him for safely bringing my niece and nephew into this world. He was always larger than life and had many musical talents with which we were joyously entertained. Yet, it will be the ever smiling face with that naughty glint in his eye that will be forever remembered. 

And yea though he has walked through the shadow of the valley of death, he has left a mountain of love behind him.

In ever fond memory, SLY!
Posted by radhika singh on June 20, 2021
I can’t believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe this difficult moment, but if it's the only way I can tell you kaka, then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life as your niece.
You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting anything in return.
My love and respect for you is different from others, as you and I connected by our love for dogs. So, without a doubt you are n will always be my animal spirit. I miss you kaka.
Posted by Michael Pereira on June 20, 2021
I first met Doc Joshi ( as we musicians used to fondly call him ) back in the late 90’s in Jazz Garden. He was there almost every Saturday driving down with his family or riding down on his Bullet after work in the cold Pune winters always there to cheer and encourage us musicians.

With time we became friends and often jammed together on stage. Be it the sax, guitar, keyboard or vocals he was a very versatile musician and we shared some great times/memories playing music together.

I was always amazed at his passion for music, and also how he always found time to help us musicians whatever the problem be.

His Kindness, Smile, Passion for life and encouraging loud whistles between songs will forever fondly stay with me.

Really miss him !!
Mike
Posted by Anthony Moraes on June 20, 2021
I met Dr. Ajit D Joshi in the year 1987 and knew him just as a Doctor then. Soon this bond bloomed into friendship and then we became neighbours at Sanjeevani appts where we nurtured countless memories of celebrating festivals together,music jamming sessions, fun time at Jazz Garden and so on... My entire family was attracted to his aura and his mere presence gave us a sense of security. He was our Go To person for any medical advice and were rest assured we will receive the right guidance. My wife always thinks of him when we prepare Pork Vindaloo. Rest in Peace Doc. You will be in our hearts forever!
Posted by Bama Sridhar on June 19, 2021
A warm hearted person you were, that touched everyone, man, woman, child that had the fortune to come in contact with you.
And, I feel blessed to have known you all these years as a friend and classmate. I treasure the times I and others have spent in your company.
Your dedication to your professional career with passion, concern and care for the less fortunate, needy and underserved , emblematic of your nature, a great quality of yours.
Your championing the cause of welfare of dogs a noble trait at that.
Your love of Nature and the joy you derived from it was remarkable.
Great reunion organizer that culminated in best arrangements ever.
And finally, but not in the least, your love for music, skill and adeptness in playing instruments, complemented your gift of a singing voice, that set you in the realm of versatility.
Life may have deprived you of years in them, but your years were full of life!
You live long in our thoughts and memories.

Posted by K srivastava on June 15, 2021
Ajit has a special place in the heart of all of us. During the 5 years of knowing him and Vidya, I have shared many pleasant times together.
His enthusiasm, knowledge, helping nature and love for the animals was always apparent.
His zest for living and positive approach to life was evident through his cartoons. When he played guitar, saxophone and sang, everyone used to be mesmerised.
I thank God that he crossed our path of life and pray that he is happy and peaceful wherever he is.

Kalindi
Posted by Barid Bhattacharya on June 14, 2021
I have been lucky to have many good friends but haven’t found anyone like Ajit! The first thing that comes to my mind about him is that he was the finest human being I came across. He was multifaceted - brilliant in academics, extremely popular doctor, superb sports person, excellent as a musician, efficient organiser and deeply involved in animal welfare. I run out of adjectives to describe him. Like all his other friends, I miss him dearly.
Posted by Kameswari Prasad Pappu on June 14, 2021
Ajit has always been like smiling friend who has helped me number of times miss you a lot I always remember you used to sing raat kali for me in college . May you be at rest where ever you are we cherish all the time spent with you
Posted by Abha Singh on June 14, 2021
Beautiful melodious tribute to a most wonderful warm hearted person who infused life in the party,always smiling and ever so helpful. We fondly recollect our reunions arranged so meticulously by dear Vidya and you.l remember the lovely time we had in Lucknow at our place.You promised that in December 2019,you would bring your musical instruments and we will all party on our farm house.....but alas you were cruelly snatched away from us .Your sweet memories will always bring smile on our faces.adieu dear friend
Posted by Geeta Sundar on June 14, 2021
Love you always Ajit. Miss your zindadili, your helpful nature, your intelligence, your music-- everything. Till we meet! Geeta
Posted by Rohan Thandassery on June 13, 2021
Dear Baba,
I have so many fond, loving and wholesome memories that its impossible to lay them all out on this one note, I shall write about a few of my most memorable moments and memories with you.
Our trips to Goa and us eating infinite fish/prawn curry and going to the beach early in the morning before everyone else were some of the most fun times ever. Ill always remember stopping for dry fruits on the way back and blasting music on our trips to Goa and Girivan :). Trips to jabalpur and seeing and meeting all your lovely friends was an awesome experience that im so happy I got to share with you. (that was the first time ive ever gone on a train)
Even our road trip to Rajasthan and Agra were so cool and awesome (eating all the yummy food and the drive were the best parts.)
Always knew that whenever we would spend time together, it would be a very memorable, fun, warm and wholesome memory that I would keep with me forever. Thank you for all the fun memories, trips and experiences.
Miss you a lot :')
-Rohan
Posted by Gayatri Joshi on June 13, 2021
Dearest Baba, I have created this page for you. Your energy and zest for life lives on. There are too many memories and I will try and do justice to your memory, there is just so much everyone should know about your brilliance. A man like no other, no other like you. Love you always - G

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Posted by Saima Chogale on July 17, 2021
The world changes from year to year,our lives from day to day but the love and memory of you shall never pass away... Word's can never be enough to express about you sir...

He was an amazing human being,a remarkable teacher and a mentor and a true animal lover..Sir you were right,u are living through us,through the teaching you gave us..

Everytime we come across a patient or your colleagues or ur students they always have a story to say,how you have touched there life and many times going out of your way..
We are still inspired by your ideology..
You have lived a remarkable life.You will always be remembered ad person full of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge and ur love for music and animals was crazy..


Once in a lifetime people get to meet an amazing person like you. You have guided us all through difficult times..You have touched so many lives,so many people and made them walk the right path,the path of wisdom..

Not everyone has the quality which you had, making a crying person smile with you beautiful sense of humour..
I know you must be reading this too somehow and as always wishing good for all of us..

We miss you sir...
Posted by Avinash Deodatta Joshi on July 17, 2021
Ajit, what does the name mean - it means invincible, irresistible, unsurpassed, unconquered. Ajit had an irresistible personality, he was unsurpassed and unconquered in his profession as well as anything that he decided to embark on, be it music as a musician or anything to do with automobiles, two things that he loved . A happy go lucky chap who was like a magnet, everyone got attracted to him . He had in him what everyone of us admired in him , always extended a helping hand , be it humans or animal's. As his elder brother , I was very proud of him and his achievements. Unfortunately he was not INVINCIBLE in the end . It is said that God takes those he loves , we lost him far too early to the dreaded Leukemia. We miss his presence and just can't think that he is not with us today . REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH US LIKE AN ANGEL.
Posted by Ranjan Rajgopaul on June 30, 2021
We first met Ajitkaka via the doggie network. Radhika had adopted an abandoned terrier from us. When we were looking for a home for an abandoned Great Dane Jordan, Kaka came to the rescue. We met briefly outside our house and in those 15 minutes established an amazingly strong bond. Fast forward to dinner with Kaka and Kaki at their lovely home, where he showed off his musical instruments. Then we learned about who all he played music with - many many common friends. Looking at all the tributes above, I now feel I must have seen and heard him play at Jazz Garden, back in the day. Fast forward yet again to his adopting another of our little doggies, Sunday. And yet another from my sister in law, called Bobo. When we visited them in Hilimanjaro in Girivan, we saw them all thriving, the dogs and Kaka and Kaki, and of course the staff. All surrounded by lots of love. That was the first time he played the sax for us. And then we kept making plans to meet and eat, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. We loved Kaka! He is missed tremendously. :'( <3
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Shared by Gayatri Joshi on July 17, 2021
Pasting this on behalf of my uncle Avi Kaka-

Ajit, what does the name mean - it means invincible, irresistible, unsurpassed, unconquered. Ajit had an irresistible personality, he was unsurpassed and unconquered in his profession as well as anything that he decided to embark on, be it music as a musician or anything to do with automobiles, two things that he loved . A happy go lucky chap who was like a magnet, everyone got attracted to him . He had in him what everyone of us admired in him , always extended a helping hand , be it humans or animal's. As his elder brother , I was very proud of him and his achievements. Unfortunately he was not INVINCIBLE in the end . It is said that God takes those he loves , we lost him far too early to the dreaded Leukemia. We miss his presence and just can't think that he is not with us today . REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY DEAR BROTHER, WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH US LIKE AN ANGEL.
Shared by Yogini Joshi on June 21, 2021
I cannot believe that I am writing on a tribute page for my beloved Baba. There is so much to say about a man as wonderful as him but I am going to try to keep it limited to as few words as possible. 

I am not sure what I can say about Baba that many do not already know. He was truly a giant of a man and for so many reasons my real life superhero. 

He taught me to be brave. I remember even as a toddler, when I would fuss around to go to bed, Mummy and he would try to calm me down. I distinctly remember being terrified of a big old poster of Mick Jagger on the wall. The Jagger in the poster was singing into a microphone with his mouth in a big “O”. I always imagined that he (Jagger) was coming to get me. I mean, I was tiny and the poster was huge. I can imagine how funny Baba and Mummy must have found it at that time but what ultimately used to help me fall asleep was the four of us lying down on the big bed holding hands and picturing that we were walking into Dreamland. Holding his hand was like magic. Even when he used to leave for work, I would run to the window and wave out to him and not let him leave until he held my hands. Call it separation anxiety or whatever you like but when he touched something, all my problems just went away. Like I mentioned, it is hard to limit the words when I think of him. So pardon me if I ramble on…

He was kind and compassionate. He was the real deal and his actions spoke louder than his words. He personally went every night to feed the strays near their home. All the dogs he took under his care were fully vaccinated for and were family. There is a photo wall at his farm house with a picture frame or two for each and every one of them. He loved his dogs, all his rescues, one and all. And they loved him back and were so protective of him - it was hilarious to watch the hierarchy and the little politics that they all engaged in to vie for his attention. It was almost as if they all had roles equivalent to a king, a queen, a jester, and the general in any given setting. 

Baba had all the energy in the world for his family and then some. Even if he had worked all night on an emergency case, he made it a point to spend quality time with us when he got home. Thank goodness there was no internet sucking away at our brains and only Doordarshan on television, which was as drab as drab can be. He always echoed what I believe his father said, “a family that dines together stays together”. And so the four of us always sat down together as a family - at every meal. All those lovely conversations are what kept us all as thick as thieves. Both Mummy and he treated us like we were all good friends, we were free to talk about anything and everything that we were curious about and both of them never snubbed us. I am so grateful for how he brought us up - he never raised his hand on us, but we always knew what was expected of us and were never out of line.  

He was always considered the coolest Dad out there - and it really did come to him naturally. My friends found him approachable and admired him for his talents and the fact that they could have a discussion on pretty much any topic under the sun with him. Everyone adored him for how he brought every party to life with his music and laughter, they soaked it all in as he sang and played his many different instruments and was ever-willing to jam together. I miss our times together so much. I love how he used to make up these highly entertaining little jingles for every occasion - be it a birthday or a holiday, I have missed hearing his beautiful voice recordings over the last two years. Because he was so much into music, I was fortunate to have made a few musician friends through him and it warms my heart to see that they all have nothing but respect and kind words to say about Baba. 

He was large hearted and always welcomed everyone to our home and loved hosting people. He used to say that one cannot have a checklist that you set out with while making friends. He said that I could be friends with anyone and would not be judged for it as long as long as it was a friendship based on fairness. I don’t know how he did it all but I know that I don’t need to go looking for inspiration anywhere when I had a father like him. He used to fund the education of orphan children and did it for years. Not only was his heart large, but it had love for everyone. He made friends wherever he went and always had a smile on his face. He didn’t like controversy and it upset him (it caused him anxiety and stress) when people didn’t get along. He played many roles as a problem solver - sometimes he was a peacemaker, sometimes a healer, sometimes a unifier and sometimes he just gave people tough love until they saw the light. There was never any agenda behind any of this and he just had a selfless instinct in him that drove a desire to make everyone around him happy. 

He was an out and out geek when it came to his profession. At home, he was always seen reading the latest journals, and was completely tuned in and educated on the latest updates and procedures in his field, and many of his colleagues revered his opinion on medical cases. He was not very ambitious and never chased money, he truly didn’t care! 

His priorities were very simple: family + food + music + dogs + bikes  = love, happiness & relaxation

One of his simple pleasures was his love for food. He had a big sweet tooth and I think it was his guilty pleasure to cope with his very stressful life. As much as he indulged in all kinds of cuisines, his favorite food actually was ‘varan-bhaat-tup’ with a side of ‘bhendichi bhaji’. 

He loved driving his cars and riding his bikes and found great joy in cleaning and maintaining them as well. At home, there were always piles of Auto, Car and Bike magazines lying around and no, they were never considered ‘raddi’ until they actually piled up ceiling high. His antidote to a stressful day was to get onto his bike and go for a ride (even if it was a short one) and when he got home, his mind was clear and had all the smiles for us :) He taught me to drive a stick shift when I was 11 years old and my fondness for cars and bikes was developed since then. He always bought the quirkiest automobiles - not sure if everyone knows this but we had cars and then regular bikes and then the oddities - like a dirt bike and this red auto rickshaw with custom doors!  

Baba was a fitness fanatic, I think his friends know that about him. He exercised every single day, come rain or shine. I fondly remember how we used to work out together when I was a teenager and I used to marvel at his strength. The 24 hours in a day were just not enough for all that he did. He was a giver, a doer and a very creative individual with many varied hobbies and interests. 

Mummy and he were the cutest couple ever, the perfect balance to each other’s quirks and qualities. They made it a point to involve us in all their plans. All the picnics, road trips and vacations that we went on were so much fun… how I love you both for giving us the most wonderful childhood!

Baba had an incredible sense of humor and appreciation for the lighter side to everything in life. Some of this undoubtedly rubbed off on us and we were all the better for it. He helped us set high standards in everything that we took on. As a father, I don’t think he could have done anything more to help make our lives better. He was selfless in his love and we basked and thrived in it… we wanted to be together on every occasion even after we were independent and living away from my parents. Our bonds were strong because of his untiring efforts to make the time for us. 

Baba was there when I had my child and supported us in every aspect as a wonderful grandparent. I miss him more than words can describe but I am consoled knowing that he is out of pain and at peace, probably rocking the house with some of his besties. May God bless his soul with eternal peace.

“My dearest Baba, I miss you every day. I have still not been able to get over it all, and will one day be able to smile and not cry when I remember you.”

For where there is boundless love, there is endless grief.

Forever in our hearts <3

The bet

Shared by Monisha Mitra on June 21, 2021
He loved his bike, his bullet. I was perhaps 16. I said I have learnt to ride a bike and I can ride yours. Of course he never said no, just said in his snarky way... "If you can start it, you can ride it". I was so "kicked".  On an aside, he told Vidya Mummy and ma that it's not going to happen. The kick back would break my ankle. But let her try. 
I remember G, baba and I went down. I said what one kick? He said no, I give you 25. I was so self assured. I kicked, and kicked and got hurt, kicked 
Voila...21st kick the bike rumbled to life. And I got my ride with me sitting pillion of course. Since my feet didn't touch the ground. 
His love for his bike was legendary. His knowledge on everything was admirable. His confidence on himself was enviable. 
You the man ajit Mama. You the man.