ForeverMissed
Sri S. Krishnaswamy – Jnanasagar Awardee, Immadi Pulukeshi Award Winner, Bheeshma Pithamaha of Chartered Accountants -  departed for his heavenly abode on 16th April 2021 in Bangalore.

A polymath who was incredibly knowledgeable and infinitely curious about everything from accounting to food to sarees to artificial intelligence and startups. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children and families, his friends and colleagues, and countless others whose lives he touched.

Posted by Rishikesh Iyer on April 26, 2021
To my Thatha, I knew you from the second I was born after you came to the U.S. from India to help Amma. Everytime we came to India you’d have arrange with the driver to have us in comfortably, would make sure we always were in comfort and felt like we were in our own home in Basavanagudi. You always made sure the family was taken care of and ensured that your work was always done at a first class level. I always admired how meticulously you took care of everything and us and how everyone respected you. I hoped to one day do the same for you in America. You always had the attention of everyone in the room when you spoke, always had so many things to say and so much information to speak about. I always aspired to be like you, and you were my idol and my inspiration. Everytime I accomplished anything I couldn’t wait to share it with you be it school, work, or the bonus I had just received. I was looking at houses to buy, and the first person I wanted there (after Amma and Appa) was you. I wanted you to see what I was able to accomplish with your influence and with your inspiration. After learning about artificial intelligence, I was thrilled to hear how fascinated you were in the subject, and I could tell you what I was studying in college. It was very interesting reading your article connecting AI and auditing. I want to work in it and hoped you could see the work that I would do. I wish we had more time, but I’ll be forever grateful that you were my Thatha.

Posted by Rohan Iyer on April 26, 2021
To my dearest Thatha. You were always the smiling shining pillar of our family. I will always fondly recall coming to India and waiting for you to greet us at the airport and willing to do so after an 18 hour flight. I always enjoyed talking to you about how things worked in America compared to India, be it politics, general life or, schooling, and the fact you always appreciated my perspective in all these topics. I will forever remember your first visit to the USA when Rishi was born and how much comfort your presence with Jaggu Periamma, gave to my parents and me. Your visits to the States were always so much fun and it was always a great honor and privilege to get to show you my world and how I lived. During visits to India, your enthusiasm for weddings and bringing two families together was always contagious and I know added extra blessings to every matrimony. Seeing you at your office was a great source of inspiration; it was like a work of art and demonstrated how being passionate about your subject, professionalism and continually yearning to learn new things could take you so far in life and how this enthusiasm would command respect from everyone in a room even if you had not met them. Your passion for learning new technology was also inspiring; showing you my iPad and getting to teach you how to use Bluetooth headphones demonstrated how having a passion for learning could help you master something new very quickly. I especially enjoyed one visit when Kavita asked me to describe a ball I couldn't find and I told her that it was a three dimensional sphere that bounces due to gravity and you roared with laughter. I was especially proud when you used it in one of your speeches. When we went to see the Taj Mahal, I was very inspired by your engaging in conversations with everyone we came in contact with from hotel clerks to our tour guide, and how you easily engaged in conversation to see what they did to reach their position. You left us too soon Thatha but I know we will see you again. It was a great honor and privilege to be your grandson and the impact you had on our lives despite being so far away is something I will treasure forever. Your enthusiasm for learning, love for family, and your disciplined lifestyle is something I will forever strive to emulate. My love forever, Om Shanti.

Posted by Ramaswamy Krishnan on April 26, 2021
The heartbreaking news has still not sinked in. Met him for the first time when our daughter Pooja's marriage was finalized . The gigantic presence still remains although in memory. He was a very pleasing personality loved and respected by all. Proud to be part of his family. May God grant him eternal peace. Heartfelt condolences to Jagadha, Vasu, Chandra & Lalitha and Chaya, and all his brothers and family.
Shanthi and Kannan
Posted by Jayshree Balachander on April 25, 2021
I remember Krishnamoorthy Anna most vividly from the time of my wedding when he was a senior representative of the bride’s party at the மாப்பிள்ளை அழைப்பு, and after that, during his brief but fairly regular visits to see my dad in Chennai, when they reminisced about Bangalore days. After father passed away he told us how they had been very close growing up in Basavangudi. So he became quite dear to me and I was happy to listen to him when we had opportunities to meet. I also got to know that besides the “family man” side of him, he had a busy and very successful professional life and was highly revered in the CA world. His passing away came as a sad and sudden surprise. Om Shanti.
Posted by Ravishankar Ganesan on April 24, 2021
"Pooja's Thatha"

I met him first time around 2011-2012 time frame. He has just started the contact class for that day on corporate law in National law school, Bangalore. He directly dived deep in to the Sahara case talking about the nuances of the case and how the existing laws and the regulatory bodies were challenged and how they managed the situation. Anyone who has brushed with corporate laws will immediately know the voluminous aspects of this subject and how each amendments and new judgements will impact various sections of the law. He was handling the class with ease. All the students came with varied background. While a good number of them were lawyers, others included people with engineering and management background. Needless to say, a complex subject such as this for such an audience will mandate a person with deep expertise, ability to comprehend different things and crucially, an "eye for detail". It was his book that we were all referring to.
I met him almost five years later as "Pooja's Thatha" and Karthik's "to be Grandfather-in-law"!!!. It was amazing to see the same eye for detail he had in every aspect of the marriage - be it about deciding the right type of sarees, the correct ambience for each event and so on... While doing all of this, his ability to mix with people of every age and enjoy every aspect of the family function is something to be admired and learn.
I could sense that he was an voracious reader. Talking to him itself was a great gift in terms of his knowledge. His enthusiasm in knowing new technologies and his uncanny ability to connect them was mind boggling. Expressing all of them in the form of books or delivering lectures shows amazing clarity of thought.
It is good to emulate him if you can. It is not easy but you can strive for.
     - Ravishankar (Karthik's Uncle)
      24th April, 2021
Posted by Dilip Sundaram on April 21, 2021
Long before I got the opportunity to meet you, I had heard a lot about you and conjured an image of you that looked like Albert Einstein. More I got to know you, you surely are a legend in your own right with a wider knowledge range.

I recall the first time I got to meet you, I was accompanying one of your client’s manager visiting you in your office at JC Road. He introduced me and mentioned I was awaiting CA results and had started my career taking over a small business. You nodded in your inimitable style, shook my hand and continued with client’s business, which showed that you were not too impressed ☺. You did not engage in any conversation with me during that visit. As luck would have it, I got he opportunity to visit your office again, only this time I had passed my CA about a week earlier and the client’s manager mentioned this to you. There was a brief smile as you shook my hand to congratulate me and asked a bit about what I did and we had a small conversation. Almost immediately, you shifted back to discussing client’s business, but you took a brief moment to call out “Chaya” and asked her to bring some file. As you would expect my ears popped up and I tactfully caught a glimpse of Chaya when she came to leave the file, as did she of me and my tan shoes. Looking back now, it is clear that you probably planned it. That plan started rolling with Chaya pursuing the topic during the day and week, and rest is history. You had your own ways of being an enabler for many people in numerous ways. Thank you for your first move that opened doors, for me, eventually into your family.

Over the years I have seen how you maintained your curiosity about everything and your thirst for knowledge to stay up to date on a wide range of topics. You were like the calm river that has extremely strong undercurrents. Anyone who came in contact with you will feel that raging undercurrent and be left in awe of you and many would have had their own transformation initiated just by interacting with you. One of your first quotes that is etched in my mind is “You must have love for the subject” which is what made you the legend you are.

I have and will continue to be in awe with the ease with which you could shift from religion or philosophy to finance or technology or business & research to latest books to jewellery or sarees to food and menu and many more topics. You were able to talk to any of those topics with passion and data backed knowledge. You also linked some of these into your business speeches, to make your point impactful and relatable. As I try to emulate some of your traits with sincerity, I find it extremely difficult doing what you did with tremendous ease. As much as you were a teacher to all, you were that much a student for as long as you lived.

I cherish memories from your trips to visit us as well as us visiting Bangalore. Sitting the same room with you and the extended family with multiple parallel conversations where you would sit quietly, yet be absorbing it all and interject at the right time with your views. Sharing the dining table with you over breakfasts, lunches and dinners, where you showed your love for us by ensuring we were served the very best menu variety – many a times serving us yourself . Talking about latest in technology and how you would like to incorporate it into your next book. Road trips where you took time to learn about new cultures, traditions and architectures, while enjoying with grandchildren and us. I am glad to have made yearly family holidays to Bangalore to allow your grandchildren time to know you and learn from you, how I wish I had done it more frequently.

You have left an enormous impact on everyone you interacted with and now your grandchildren will emulate you to continue what you started, in their own inimitable way and continue building on your legacy. I will keep you alive through stories I will tell future generations about you and your values and principles and by trying harder to emulate you – my guru.

While I will not have the pleasure and honor of interacting with you in person anymore , I can see your traits collectively in your daughter and granddaughters, and I will remain ever so thankful to you for the initial ‘Chaya please bring me that file’ plan, that made me become part of your family and be touched by you.

Every thought of you, my eyes moisten, heart skips a beat and my stomach churns. I feel a soul connection with you. I will miss you forever!

Till our souls meet again!

Dilip
Posted by Riti S on April 21, 2021
My Dearest Thatha,

As a child, I grew up seeing you as my funny Thatha that I’d see over the summers who’d squeeze my fingers too tightly to see how strong I was. Over the years, I’d squeeze your fingers back and see your eyes glimmer with pride at how strong I was growing. I will never forget your visit to Bangkok where my helium balloon rose to the ceiling in a department store and I threw a tantrum till you and every staff member attempted to get my balloon down. You laughed as you told the story, and I’d make you repeat it over and over again just to see you laugh at your silly granddaughter. Your very stern expression would disappear the second you saw your grandchildren, which just shows how much love you had for all of us. Your hidden chocolates and nuts in your room that you’d give us and we’d scold you for. The way you’d talk about tech and healthcare with your grandchildren one minute, and go jewellery and sari shopping with your daughters the next. Your impeccable wardrobe where you’d collect wedding menus, pens, and diaries. Your love for mangoes - I will always remember coming to India in the summer and eating mangoes with you on your lap in Basavanagudi while mom and perimas would be singing, Paati would be laughing, and the family would be together. Even with you gone, those memories will live on forever in all of us.

I was always aware of how people were in awe of you. The way you walked, the way you sat with authority, the way you’d use the smallest gestures to convey your opinions. You were truly a class act, one of the most intelligent people I’ve had the privilege to know. Your versatility in knowledge and the way you interacted with each family member was one of a kind and incredibly inspiring. You have taught me the value and importance of family in the way you showed each and every family member kindness, encouragement and love. You have shown us the importance of hard work, with you writing numerous books, mentoring young lawyers and running your own firm while simultaneously making time for your daily prayers and of course reading about anything and everything. You are my hero, and I can only hope to one day make you proud as your granddaughter and as the doctor you had always hoped to see me as.

I have so many regrets since you’ve left us. I wish I came to India to see you more often. I wish I didn’t take your presence for granted when I was a child. I wish I let mom buy you that chocolate when she came to see you this time. I wish I'd recorded you telling me the balloon story one last time. I wish you knew how much you meant to me. I hope wherever you are, you know how much I hope to be like you one day. How grateful I am to you for giving me my wonderful mother who reminds me so much of you everyday. I don’t have the words to express how profound an impact you had on everyone around you.The future generations of the legacy you have built all hope to emulate you because of how extraordinary you are.

I will carry you in my heart every second of everyday, and I know that you’ll always be looking down smiling while snacking on your dry fruits with a new book in hand.

“With a thousand cheers, million kisses and lots of love”

Your Granddaughter,

Ritika
Posted by Shama Bhat on April 21, 2021
I was fortunate to be his article student and assistant between 1984 and 1990. My last meeting with him was on 01.01.2021 to take his blessings on this new years day. My first meeting was on 20th July 1984. I was lucky to have his presence for 37 years.
For him I was one among 100s of students, for me, he was the only boss. One and only. I never new his position in profession when I met him first. I was like any young,bright,brash ,I know it all, boy. I wonder, how much he would have smiled !!!! But he never told!!!!

I remember office days. He had unmatched wit and wisdom. Always direct in words. Write only what is essential, but firm as steel. His thought process,solidly based on law and logic, would produce arguments that could not be refuted. They stood at the scrutiny of highest authorities and courts. He sculpted his words,not just write. He practised to talk on subjects that matter to people who matter.

He had retained the innocence of his inner child self , and could wonder at small things and be happy with a pen,a book , a note pad or any such token.
I have no clue about his life experience, but my life is made through him.






Posted by Krish R.V on April 19, 2021
I miss a great mentor ,a person who respected all was a amazing leader, cannot forget how he used to guide and train people ,when i got an opportunity to work under his guidance just from college he used to never scold if found mistake , just in one liner he would say" this could have been done like this" ,equally when you were right and client used to scold he used to say to the client "this guy is junior I think you should go through it again" amazing he was I will miss him , lot of learnings I have incorporated, the never say "I" letter preaching from him, even after 30yrs still continue to address in my mails as we unless its a mistake . Personal front such a personality was he a great child in him, when I could get few red guava from Nasik no sharing he would say :-) ,Miss him so much all credit to him what I am today facing all the down and ups in life. I feel so lucky and preserved his golden words of blessings dated "2nd March 2021" reply to my text. God bless he would always be within me his echo of advices and the million dollar hidden smile in his face. Vasuki
Posted by Ravishankar Doraiswami on April 19, 2021
Great loss for the huge Ganesh Iyer family
Posted by Vasu Rao on April 19, 2021
Great loss ! He was a role model for an amazing family. Will be missed. Deepest condolences- Vasu and family
Posted by K.krishna Moorthy on April 19, 2021
I met Sri S Krishnaswamy, as the grandfather of the prospective bride to my son, for the first time just 4 years ago in Nov 2017. And 5 minutes in to the conversation in the first meeting, at thier home in OVH road, it instantly became clear to me that here is a person who is operating at a different level than all of us in terms of knowledge, command over his subject of accounting, and interest in numerous other topics which one would not associate as significant in day to day life.
His curiousity to know about new subjects, his ability to grasp the essence of a new topic in a few minutes, his wide repertoire of subjects of interest and above all his compassion and generosity stunned me. He could even at this age read a book cover to cover in a couple of days and be in readiness to discuss the contents intensely showed his intrinsic brilliance at the age of 90+.
But above all his devotion to God and Gurubhakti are unparalleled. When it comes to visiting Sringeri or to send something there or coordinating something with the Sringeri mutt, everything else will be on hold until this is done. We hear the word Saranagathi used in may contexts. I can say I have seen in Sri S Krishna swami a person who lived within the true meaning of Saranagathi to Guru and God in every moment of his life.
As Subhashitham says" Many are the people who live for their immediate near and dear ones, few are those who live for those whom they know around but rare are those who live for the welfare of the society ( loka sangrahartham) around them. Sri. S Krishnaswami was one of those rare whom we had a chance to know and interact. We are blessed to be so. Om tat sat.
Posted by Sushil Sharma on April 19, 2021
92 years YOUNG, not old!

I wish I had got to know him better. His fan club was huge! So the demand on his time was such that to know him and spend time with him you would have to be .... just lucky? Or Blessed!
Posted by Mallikarjuna HS on April 18, 2021
My humble tribute to my dear brother, mentor and guide:

S. Krishnaswamy

S = YES, He was a "YES-man" always, he had solutions for every problem

K = Kindness
R = Righteousness
I = Intelligence
S = Sweet Speech
H = Honour
N = Nobility
A = Ability
S = Softness
W = Wisdom
A = Amicable
M = Maturity
Y = Young in Spirit (Ever Young)

May you ever live in our hearts.
Posted by HG Radhakrishna Iyer on April 18, 2021
Words are not sufficient to describe our dear periappa. Every person who came in touch with him have experiences and memories that they will cherish and safeguard. He was gods special child and a great blessing to all of us. He will ALWAYS remain in all our thoughts and hearts.
Posted by Harakere Nagashwaran on April 18, 2021
I as younger brother had lot of years very closely enjoying his love , attention & affection. I got at young age to conduct business activities for him.He was a brilliant, articulate , professional head of family as my father handed over the reins.He knew how to handle success and adversity with ease.From a small town CA he scaled to become ICON nationally. All the glory did not go to his head.His humble nature stood by him ...as every one stood in awe of him.He leaves behind foot prints of Glory in family , in CA fraternity, in Knowledge world......What a man...can he come Back Family needs him , Society needs him , Nation needs him.No Bye Mr.SK come back.
Posted by Shalini Thyagaraja on April 18, 2021
If there is one person who instantly comes to my mind as an individual who had a zest for life that has to be my Dear Krishnaswamy Peripa! The excitement, curiosity, quest and thirst for knowledge about everything around him is astonishing! He has consistently proven that age is no barrier for learning and always been a child at heart. He has immensely contributed to the society and family through his accounting expertise, lectures at colleges, office consulting, saree shopping, discussions about any topic be it health or worlds most successful corporate leaders! To me he should be crowned as the epitome of persistence, curiosity and zest for life. His zeal for life is so powerful and simply unmatched. His life is the best example of what it means to have lived one’s life to the fullest and it is one to be celebrated and cherished forever! 
Posted by Ramanath Iyer on April 17, 2021
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Posted by Rishikesh Iyer on April 26, 2021
To my Thatha, I knew you from the second I was born after you came to the U.S. from India to help Amma. Everytime we came to India you’d have arrange with the driver to have us in comfortably, would make sure we always were in comfort and felt like we were in our own home in Basavanagudi. You always made sure the family was taken care of and ensured that your work was always done at a first class level. I always admired how meticulously you took care of everything and us and how everyone respected you. I hoped to one day do the same for you in America. You always had the attention of everyone in the room when you spoke, always had so many things to say and so much information to speak about. I always aspired to be like you, and you were my idol and my inspiration. Everytime I accomplished anything I couldn’t wait to share it with you be it school, work, or the bonus I had just received. I was looking at houses to buy, and the first person I wanted there (after Amma and Appa) was you. I wanted you to see what I was able to accomplish with your influence and with your inspiration. After learning about artificial intelligence, I was thrilled to hear how fascinated you were in the subject, and I could tell you what I was studying in college. It was very interesting reading your article connecting AI and auditing. I want to work in it and hoped you could see the work that I would do. I wish we had more time, but I’ll be forever grateful that you were my Thatha.

Posted by Rohan Iyer on April 26, 2021
To my dearest Thatha. You were always the smiling shining pillar of our family. I will always fondly recall coming to India and waiting for you to greet us at the airport and willing to do so after an 18 hour flight. I always enjoyed talking to you about how things worked in America compared to India, be it politics, general life or, schooling, and the fact you always appreciated my perspective in all these topics. I will forever remember your first visit to the USA when Rishi was born and how much comfort your presence with Jaggu Periamma, gave to my parents and me. Your visits to the States were always so much fun and it was always a great honor and privilege to get to show you my world and how I lived. During visits to India, your enthusiasm for weddings and bringing two families together was always contagious and I know added extra blessings to every matrimony. Seeing you at your office was a great source of inspiration; it was like a work of art and demonstrated how being passionate about your subject, professionalism and continually yearning to learn new things could take you so far in life and how this enthusiasm would command respect from everyone in a room even if you had not met them. Your passion for learning new technology was also inspiring; showing you my iPad and getting to teach you how to use Bluetooth headphones demonstrated how having a passion for learning could help you master something new very quickly. I especially enjoyed one visit when Kavita asked me to describe a ball I couldn't find and I told her that it was a three dimensional sphere that bounces due to gravity and you roared with laughter. I was especially proud when you used it in one of your speeches. When we went to see the Taj Mahal, I was very inspired by your engaging in conversations with everyone we came in contact with from hotel clerks to our tour guide, and how you easily engaged in conversation to see what they did to reach their position. You left us too soon Thatha but I know we will see you again. It was a great honor and privilege to be your grandson and the impact you had on our lives despite being so far away is something I will treasure forever. Your enthusiasm for learning, love for family, and your disciplined lifestyle is something I will forever strive to emulate. My love forever, Om Shanti.

Posted by Ramaswamy Krishnan on April 26, 2021
The heartbreaking news has still not sinked in. Met him for the first time when our daughter Pooja's marriage was finalized . The gigantic presence still remains although in memory. He was a very pleasing personality loved and respected by all. Proud to be part of his family. May God grant him eternal peace. Heartfelt condolences to Jagadha, Vasu, Chandra & Lalitha and Chaya, and all his brothers and family.
Shanthi and Kannan
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The Great SK

Shared by jaggi iyer on April 27, 2021
So many eminent people have said so many great things about SK, he has been felicitated so much, has won so many awards, has published so many books, has been instrumental in encouraging and promoting careers of so many young aspirants within the family and outside the family, what else can I add that can increase the aura around him even by a watt, an aura which is already glowing at 1000 watts. Such is the glory of this man whom I was fortunate enough to call my father-in-law.

My association with SK goes back decades when I was around 10 and was on my first visit to Shimoga.

He was ever popular, a charismatic individual always in demand both by Srikant thatha as well as by other members of the household. In the morning I used to see him open the shed and leave in his small but neat looking fiat to his office on Nehru road.

That month he was going for an audit to Agumbe and Mangalore and told my mother I could accompany him. I just piled on next morning as he drove to Mangalore. Beautiful drive on roads with trees on either side with low hanging jack fruits. The term low hanging fruits that is used so often in today’s corporate world, I realized later, must have been created by someone who had driven on those roads. Once he went to the office for his real purpose of the visit, we waited outside and drove back in the evening.

Natarajan went abroad and had brought Scrabble: SK and brothers used to play till the wee hours of the morning and I used to sit and watch the fun. There were people who were happy to form 3 letter words like FUN or CAR and be happy with the double letter score on one of the letters but not SK. He used to keep exchanging one or two tiles and skip his turn. Obviously for a while the rest did not understand his strategy, he was so far ahead of the rest. He knew he would make a killing with a seven letter which provided a 50 point bonus. Needless to say, SK most of the times used to be # 1.

Shimoga Subbannah: used to be work in his office but many a times would be at home and there would be great music with Jagadishan chiming in with his impromptu alaaps. SK never used to dabble in music but you could discern his keen sense of music and his ability to appreciate and encourage good music.

Trouble in paradise: he developed a back ailment and was advised that only cure without a surgery was to lie flat till he got cured. I think he was lying flat for close to two years and I used to hear from my mother that the mood in the entire family was very somber. Through all this, his output was still as high as ever, as high as to prior to getting sick. Slowly he regained his health and after that, I remember when there was pankthi sappad, he alone used to be sitting on a table, the rest on the ground.

My IIM days: one fine morning I received a strange letter from IIM B saying ‘you are on the active waiting list but if you are working, please resign your job’. Talk about effective communication from one of the premier management institutes in India. I called SK and read out the letter and asked him if he could help translate it into English. He spoke to IIM office, to Vatsala Nagrajan who was Rajaji’s granddaughter and his great friend and confirmed that it was a firm offer. He used to often visit the institute as a guest lecturer invited by Vatsala Nagrajan and other eminent professors like Prasanna.

His Mumbai visits:

I used to meet SK whenever he visited Mumbai to be with HSN or Natarajan and he used to come home. SK was always the quietest in the crowd, always smiling.

The fab 5: SK, Seshadri, Jagadisha, Natarajan and Mouli were a great combination for humor. In all family functions, there used to be a crowd around these five where Sesh used to be providing his palm mystery gyan to everyone who cared to listen. SK used to comment over the years that his prediction for everyone used to be the same and have a quiet laugh.

One could write a book on SK’s accounts of Sivasmay thatha’s idiosyncrasies. One of the incident was that thatha found some coins missing from his box and this was happening consistently. So he hid himself under the table and one day caught the miscreant. SK used to relate this with a lot of embellishments and also the way thatha used to eat dumroot hiding it behind his back without offering to the person who had come to buy carbon. Another famous one was thatha used to lend money to film distributors. He used to lend after the movie was made and the distributor wanted money for publicity. If there was delay in the payment, thatha used to go to hotel Ashok or wherever they were staying dressed in veshti and banian and ask for the money in front of his friends and family to embarrass him thoroughly. Needless to say they used to pay him off so that they don’t see him again only to go back to him for the next movie. He stayed with thatha when he was doing CA and they were very close.

Marriage: my marriage got fixed all of a sudden. I came back from the US, went to Hong Kong and China and came back to fly to US the next day but could not since it was a good Friday and could not get my visa. I was supposed to have spent a week in Hong Kong with TRR to help him assemble his PC  but I was told to rush to Mumbai only to be told later I need not have rushed. Anyway, I got hooked to Vasu and flew to US that night. As always was lost in my own world when out of the blue HSN flew into Baltimore and stayed with me for a day. Later I found out it was to check on me as to my habits but he found out that I was as much a thayir saadam as he was and all was well. I never communicated much during the one year which hurt SK and I regretted it. I came to Bangalore, the marriage went off smoothly but he was hurt and I tried my best to make up for lost time. I think I was successful because we became the best of friends and I used to say ‘inter alia’ meaning I was his best alia which also is latin for ‘among other things’ which he often used in his legal writings. He used to like my jokes a lot and used to note them down to be used in his speeches. When I was in Basavanagudi, I used to be up early and I used to cherish the early morning conversation with him at 6 am with a cup of steaming hot coffee and the morning papers. Will miss those meetings, never to come back.

After having seen life, I can unequivocally say what he has achieved only very few can do. He is no less than an ‘Avatara purushan’. People make money, build houses, support big families but he was one of a kind. There used to be galatta and chaos in the living room but he will be in the office room talking to his clients and explain the most complex tax matters in simple terms. His tax suggestions had a positive ‘outcome tax’ to offset the ‘income tax’ and the clients always went away richer and happy knowing fully well that the money that they got back was legitimate, that was due to them.

When he as Chicago, two of my professional friends who were CEOs in Indian companies met him and both signed him as the auditor for their company then and there. He’s the auditor for one of them even now after 25 years. All our friends here whom he has met remember him fondly and with love and affection. I don’t think God can create another SK. God will try but will soon realize it’s not possible to create another SK, the Great SK.

Will be cherished forever and missed forever.

A Letter to my Thatha

Shared by Riti S on April 21, 2021
My Dearest Thatha,
As a child, I grew up seeing you as my funny Thatha that I’d see over the summers who’d squeeze my fingers too tightly to see how strong I was. Over the years, I’d squeeze your fingers back and see your eyes glimmer with pride at how strong I was growing. I will never forget your visit to Bangkok where my helium balloon rose to the ceiling in a department store and I threw a tantrum till you and every staff member attempted to get my balloon down. You laughed as you told the story, and I’d make you repeat it over and over again just to see you laugh at your silly granddaughter. Your very stern expression would disappear the second you saw your grandchildren, which just shows how much love you had for all of us. Your hidden chocolates and nuts in your room that you’d give us and we’d scold you for.  The way you’d talk about tech and healthcare with your grandchildren one minute, and go jewellery and sari shopping with your daughters the next.  Your impeccable wardrobe where you’d collect wedding menus, pens, and diaries.  Your love for mangoes - I will always remember coming to India in the summer and eating mangoes with you on your lap in Basavanagudi while mom and perimas would be singing, Paati would be laughing, and the family would be together. Even with you gone, those memories will live on forever in all of us.
I was always aware of how people were in awe of you. The way you walked, the way you sat with authority, the way you’d use the smallest gestures to convey your opinions. You were truly a class act, one of the most intelligent people I’ve had the privilege to know. Your versatility in knowledge and the way you interacted with each family member was one of a kind and incredibly inspiring.  You have taught me the value and importance of family in the way you showed each and every family member kindness, encouragement and love. You have shown us the importance of hard work, with you writing numerous books, mentoring young lawyers and running your own firm while simultaneously making time for your daily prayers and of course reading about anything and everything. You are my hero, and I can only hope to one day make you proud as your granddaughter and as the doctor you had always hoped to see me as. 
I have so many regrets since you’ve left us. I wish I came to India to see you more often. I wish I didn’t take your presence for granted when I was a child. I wish I let mom buy you that chocolate when she came to see you this time. I wish I'd recorded you telling me the balloon story one last time. I wish you knew how much you meant to me. I hope wherever you are, you know how much I hope to be like you one day. How grateful I am to you for giving me my wonderful mother who reminds me so much of you everyday. I don’t have the words to express how profound an impact you had on everyone around you.The future generations of the legacy you have built all hope to emulate you because of how extraordinary you are.
I will carry you in my heart every second of everyday, and I know that you’ll always be looking down smiling while snacking on your dry fruits with a new book in hand. 
“With a thousand cheers, million kisses and lots of love”
Your Granddaughter,
Ritika
Shared by K S RAMA MURTHY on April 20, 2021
A noble soul ,an ocean of knowledge ,true Bhishma Pithamah. It’s a great loss for the CA fraternity, society at large.