ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nandini Ramakrishna, 60 years old, born on October 10, 1960, and passed away on March 30, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Madhuri Balakrishna on April 17, 2021
I feel so lucky to have known and loved Nandini Aunty. There are so many memories that come to mind like standing in front of her on her Kinetic Honda in Bangalore while she took me to have a hair cut; hearing her laughter while the adults partied late into the night and Manasa, Mahitha and I had our own little party; her pappu anna and what I named “ballu mummy saaru” when we used to raid her house and beloved kitchen after school in Auckland; and Aunty meeting my daughter for the first time. Aunty always had so much love to give which she showed in many ways, especially through her wonderful cooking. I will miss her smile, her warmth and her hugs.
Posted by Rani Bindiganavile on April 17, 2021
Dear Nandini, will miss you a lot. Recollecting the good times we spent in Bangalore and also in Auckland. Remembering our shopping trips on Thursdays and our visit to the temples after dropping off the kids at school on Vaikunta ekadashi. My visit to Auckland will not be the same anymore, without you. Will miss you terribly kane, ummma.......
Posted by Sharmila Raghunandan on April 15, 2021
Dear Nandini Aunty,
I have the sweetest memories of you all the way from elementary school in Bangalore to Auckland when we recently visited you. You brought love, light, laughter, kindness and encouragement into all our lives. I always waited eagerly to come over to your place to spend time with Mahitha, but more importantly to eat your incredible food.

I will miss you dearly, but know that you are in a safe and happy place. I will always cherish and remember all the wonderful times with you. Love you aunty!

Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
“SHE ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL PLACE IN ALL OUR HEARTS...

THE LOVE AND AFFECTION SHE SHOWERED ON ALL OF US IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN MERE WORDS...

MAY HER SOUL ATTAIN PEACE AND REST AT THE LOTUS FEET OF LORD VENKATESWARA.. FROM SAVITRI ANNAJIRAO, SURYAPRABHA SHYAM, UMAPRABHAKAR, BHAGAVATHILAKSHMINARAYANA..

AND WITH TONNES OF LOVE FROM NEELIMA ALIAS UR LOVING BABLOO
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
From Vasumati (Vasu) Hegde

Nandini. My dear dear friend. She was all heart. I will miss her greatly
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
From Geetha Galgali.........

I always feel touched and humbled that Nandini reached out to me when my amm was unwell...I am glad I had the opportunity to share some laughs and of course her wonderful cooking and hospitality in the last few years. God bless, may she rest in peace❤️
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
From Sushi....

Nandu, as I called her was very unique person. Very kind n very selfless. Every time I visited her she had to make or give me some takeaway. She had a unique way of showing how much she cared for Ramu. Every sentence she spoke had reference to Ramu. Will miss you Nandu.
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
From CK Gariyali........

I appreciate you all arranging a fitting farewell for her. she deserves one. My best wishes to her for her onward journey. I am sorry I am Not with you physically at this moment but mentally and spiritually I will be with you all. Lots of love to you all Charu Be
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 13, 2021
From Raul Nigli - adopted son in Sydney

We know you're in heaven smiling down;
Watching us while we pray for you.
RIP Aunty.
Posted by Preethi Sudhakar on April 8, 2021
I missing you so much bukku aunty u gone away u took me to therapy class I cannot forget you so much I love you so much
Posted by Deepti Rao on April 7, 2021
I was lucky enough to grow up in the company of Manasa’s family and was always welcomed at her home to study or loaf around no matter what the time of day. I always regarded Aunty as a no nonsense, yet doting mom who gave us extremely realistic advice and just enough leeway to test our adolescent boundaries! And her hospitality extended to yummy hearty meals. A lasting image for me will be aunty in her jacket on her kinetic honda. I also admired her fortitude in moving her family across the world and equipping her girls with the tools to make them strong and successful young women. Aunty, you’ll be missed.
Posted by Kamalam Kalyanaraman on April 7, 2021
Words can’t express the feeling of loss of a good old friend whose life has come to an abrupt end.
Memories of Bangalore days come flooding to my mind. She was resourceful, caring and a family member who was always there in thick and thin. Our sincere heartfelt condolences to Ramakrishna, Manu and Ballu.
NANDINI, you will be greatly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 5, 2021
An ode...........From Sripriya, Chennai

Oh Dear! Didn't know you were going away
All too sudden
You have not been any trouble at all
Never ever...
Why to your final home yet
Why couldn't you stay longer?

You are my best friend
I don't know how much
I love you
Every square inch...
Love your all
Eyes nose hair et al
Your soft nature
Your sweet voice
Your every little thing.

Gone away with the wind
Given yourself within my mind
Thinking of our bonding
For days weeks months years
All etched so fine in my memory

You can sleep in peace out there
Will live with your memories here
Yes

You are my greatest gift
I don't know how I can forget you
You are by heart my true friend and
Will live with me
Till I breathe last
Dearest Bukku!!
Posted by Manasa Ramakrishna on April 3, 2021
No Matter What Happens......

I have no expectations
Only control over how I want to feel
So no matter what happens
I know I will have a great time

Hope you are finally having a great time mum !

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Posted by Madhuri Balakrishna on April 17, 2021
I feel so lucky to have known and loved Nandini Aunty. There are so many memories that come to mind like standing in front of her on her Kinetic Honda in Bangalore while she took me to have a hair cut; hearing her laughter while the adults partied late into the night and Manasa, Mahitha and I had our own little party; her pappu anna and what I named “ballu mummy saaru” when we used to raid her house and beloved kitchen after school in Auckland; and Aunty meeting my daughter for the first time. Aunty always had so much love to give which she showed in many ways, especially through her wonderful cooking. I will miss her smile, her warmth and her hugs.
Posted by Rani Bindiganavile on April 17, 2021
Dear Nandini, will miss you a lot. Recollecting the good times we spent in Bangalore and also in Auckland. Remembering our shopping trips on Thursdays and our visit to the temples after dropping off the kids at school on Vaikunta ekadashi. My visit to Auckland will not be the same anymore, without you. Will miss you terribly kane, ummma.......
Posted by Sharmila Raghunandan on April 15, 2021
Dear Nandini Aunty,
I have the sweetest memories of you all the way from elementary school in Bangalore to Auckland when we recently visited you. You brought love, light, laughter, kindness and encouragement into all our lives. I always waited eagerly to come over to your place to spend time with Mahitha, but more importantly to eat your incredible food.

I will miss you dearly, but know that you are in a safe and happy place. I will always cherish and remember all the wonderful times with you. Love you aunty!

her Life

Friendships : 1960 - 2021

Nandini had a huge number of friends. She not only managed to keep in touch with them her entire life, she also touched their lives in many many ways. When she moved to New Zealand, she made new ones but still kept in touch with old ones. 

We have had many many messages from all these people who loved her and are missing her sorely and we are grateful that you were part of her life. 

Oldest and closest of them all was Usha with whom she had many a Chennai shopping and eating adventure and even a trip across New Zealand.

Motherhood : May 1983 & 1988

At 11:45pm Chennai time on Friday, the 13th of May, 1983 she gave birth to her first daughter whom she named "Manasa" meaning "mind". Daddy wanted to call her "Agneta" or "fiery eyed" but guess who won that battle ? 

At 2:30pm on Monday, 16th May 1988, Nandini and Ramakrishna welcomed their second daughter, Mahitha. She came a few weeks early and was little and a bit jaundiced compared to the first one but very quickly grew into a cute and healthy baby. 

These girls would be the centre of Nandini's life - she did everything for them and gave them her all until the day they left home to be independent young women and pursue their studies and their career.

Marriage: March 1981

After breaking a few hearts with her good looks, Nandini agreed to marry Ramakrishna with thick head of black hair and all the stylish flair of the 1980s (think bell bottomed, bright coloured pants/trousers!). They were married in a grand wedding with a 1000 attendees and set off on their journey through life.
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