Reddysastry Cherukuri
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 8, 1936
  • Place of birth:
    Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Date of passing: Jul 12, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Massachusetts, United States
Let the memory of Reddysastry be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Reddysastry Cherukuri, 78, born on September 8, 1936 and passed away on July 12, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ale Fleming on 9th September 2017

"We miss you and and I especially miss wishing you happy birthday today!"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 30th July 2017

"On July 12, 2017 I grieved the loss of my beloved husband for two full years. On that fateful day, two years ago, my life was transformed in an irreparable and irreversible manner. This void in my life is permanent and cannot be defined to those who have not walked the same path. My children are the greatest gifts given to me by my husband. They are his legacy and mine and carry the best part of each of us within them. I look to them for support and strength every single day for the rest of my days. The rest of my journey on this earth has to be traveled alone, forever cherishing precious memories of my dear husband deep inside my heart. I eagerly await the day I will be reunited with him and only then will I know true peace.

                                                                          - Rukmini Cherukuri"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 13th July 2017

"Today is the second anniversery of my close friend, Dr. Reddy Sastry Cherukuri and his family members performed the memorial day in a befitting manner. Though it is two years since we lost him, he is fondly remembered by is kith and kin and friends.  



This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 18th June 2017

"On this Father's Day, we're all sending you a loving tribute, missing you every minute of this day and all our days. Two years ago we enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day brunch with you hosted by dear friends where your laughter filled the room and made us hope that there would be more good days ahead of us. We remember other Father's Days from years before, celebrating with you and how much you enjoyed your visits to Boston during this month, especially spending quality time with Leela. We think of you lovingly on this day with abundant fond memories of past years and pray that you're in peace, wherever your journey has taken you, even if it is away from us and our life with you.    Anu and Aravind"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 7th May 2017

"In loving memory of a beloved husband and father, on our 48th wedding anniversary. Wherever you are now, you will always remain in my heart forever.                                                       Rukmini"

This tribute was added by Mahtab Bamji on 8th September 2016

"Dear Rukmini and family
You were blessed to have a husband/father like Reddy Sastry. Think of the happy days spent with him and lead a happy life like he would like you to."

This tribute was added by Hariharakrishnan Venkatasubramanian on 8th September 2016

"Dear Dr.Rukmani sastry and Family, I always fondly cherish about Dr. Reddy Sastry both as a friend as well as our Guru. Personally I have lost an great personality who played an important role in shaping my career. On this day I fondly remember and pay tributes to Dr.Reddy Sastry.


This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 8th September 2016

"Dearest Nanna: it is your 80th birthday on Sep 8th and we are thinking of you every minute, every second of this day. Two years ago on this day we had a lovely celebration of your 78th birthday by the beach in Santa Cruz. Wherever you are, may your soul rest in peace. We miss you, miss you, miss you so very much!               Love, Anu and Aravind"

This tribute was added by Ale Fleming on 22nd July 2016

"Dear Rukmini, Anu, Aravind and Keerthi,
Please know that I always remember Sastri as the great inspiration he was to me.
Alex Fleming"

This tribute was added by Ale Fleming on 22nd July 2016

"Dear Rukmini, Anu, Aravind and Keerthi,
Please know that I always remember Sastri as the great inspiration he was to me.
Alex Fleming"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 13th July 2016

"We miss you so deeply and so constantly that no words can describe the immense loss we feel. We remember how you were in this world with us just one year ago and then gone in an instant. Ever since you left this world we have cherished our memories of you, re-told countless stories about you and remembered your precious words. You are our guiding light, shining star and we will always think of you with everlasting love.  
                                              Anu, Aravind, Keerthi, Leela and Rukmini"

This tribute was added by Hariharakrishnan Venkatasubramanian on 12th July 2016

"So fast one it is a year since Dr. SASTRY passed away.  I pray for his soul. He will be always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Kamlesh Bhopale on 6th January 2016

"This tribute was added by Kamlesh K. Bhopale on January 6, 2016
Dear Dr. Rukmini Sastry,
It was shocking news for me to hear from you about the sad demise of your husband Dr. Reddysastry. I was deeply saddened. I was associated with Dr Reddysastry from the time I joined Research and Development center of IDPL, Hyderabad in 1976.We worked together on a New Drug Development Project. Dr. Reddysastry was a brilliant scientist of great vision with an excellent team leadership. We published good numbers of research papers from IDPL.  I really enjoyed working with him and imbibed lot of good qualities from him as my senior.  He gave me lot of encouragement in my research carrier.  Dr.Reddysastry was very kind hearted and affectionate person which made him very popular in IDPL.  He was always there to help anyone who needed him. He used to listen problems of others very patiently and understand to solve those problems.  I had given his reference in my job search in USA and his recommendation letter was very useful to me in my job. I have very high regards for him  and I will greatly miss him. I will always cherish his fond memories and they will be with me forever.
My warmest condolences to you and your family.  May God’s grace give you strength during this difficult time.

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 7th November 2015

"Ruku and Sastry made the finest team I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with at General Mills or NutraCea.  General Mills never allowed a husband and wife to work together in any department, and that why after marrying my Marlene, she had to quit and she went to Electroglas.  That was General Mills’ loss.  Sastry was a brilliant scientist and just downright lovely person and friend.  I know you, Ruku and her family will not be the same in these early months, but as my religion teaches us they should  know that some day you will be united together in heaven bathed in peace, joy, and beauty.  I know he is at peace with friends and relatives who had gone on before.
                                                                                     - Ed Newton"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 20th September 2015

"Years ago on an ordinary day a man came into the world in an ordinary way and every day that man learned a little more and grew a little more. He had talents and gifts and thoughts and ideas like no one else. He had love to give, and gave it abundantly and happiness to share with everyone. Sastry made a difference in other people's lives every single day. His academic excellence he shared. His caring for others and his lovely, gentlemanly actions showed the world how a true man should live. So, as it turns out that "ordinary" man wasn't ordinary at all. Sastry lived a unique and important life loved and admired by all who had the privilege to know him. He will be missed but we will carry him in our hearts forever.
                                                                             -  Joan Dockendorf"

This tribute was added by Ale Fleming on 18th September 2015

"To me Sastri will always be remembered and missed as an inspiration to me to always be happy as he was regardless of pain, inconvenience and hardship.
Like so many others I am happy, proud and honored to have known him and to have been in his company."

This tribute was added by Nana Patricia McPeak on 8th September 2015

"Today is a day of celebration of the birth of Reddy Sastry Cherukuri, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend!  What a great soul and cherished friend he was to all.

Rukmini, Anu, and Aravind, I know that this must be a sad and happy day all at the same time as he is missed so much for you and all of us.  What a great legacy he has left!  I am just so honored to have known him and called him "friend."

With much love and blessings to you, his family!


This tribute was added by Hariharakrishnan Venkatasubramanian on 8th September 2015

"I will remember Dr.Sastry always. He has left an indelible mark in all of
us that we cannot forget. He is very jovial,friendly and always helpful. I enjoyed his company and his helpful suggestions many a times. On his Birthday I will all the remember great moments with him. I pray for his departed soul. God bless Dr.Rukmini  sastry and children family. Hariharakrishnan.V.S."

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 8th September 2015

"Happy Birthday, Nanna! Sending you lots of love and warm memories of our happy days together. You were the best husband and father in the whole world.

                                                                 - Ruku, Anu, Aravind, Keerthi, Leela"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 8th September 2015

"I met him for the first time at Andhra University when we were both Post Graduate students.Our friendship was an instant hit and bloomed into a lifelong friendship.We shared so many interests apart from academics, like watching an endless number of movies, listening to music, both in
Hindi and in Telugu and going to the town of Visakhapatnam to eat in the restaurants all the while sharing jokes and banter.They will forever remain the most beautiful memories.

When we met in later years we always recalled ans shared the laughter and joy of those carefree days. We rememberd how serious we were about Binaca Geetmala every week and when I was in my 70s he recorded and taped the entire series and gave it to me.

On my visits to the US we both were young again as we shared those moments again! With him goes a part of me. Life can never be the same again when one loses such a dear friend. I shall miss our long chats on the phone and I have to live with this pain. But I am grateful to God that I had such a cheerful, good human being for a close friend. At the University we both were called QU as these two letters that always went together!

                                                              Dr. Sundararamaiah, Hyderabad"

This tribute was added by Srikrishna Chebolu on 19th August 2015

"Dear Rukmini garu, Anupama, and Arvind,

We offer our heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of our dear friend Dr. Reddy Sastry garu. May his soul rest in peace. May God give you courage to bear the grief with fortitude.
My association with Reddy Sastry garu has been for over 53 years.

It started in the early 1960s at Andhra University where we did our PH.D. As a research scholar, he was very methodical and systematic. He was an excellent conversationalist and was very much liked by professors and class fellows alike. During our stay at the Kirlampudi hostel, we would often hear him humming a tune from the movies of his favorite hero, Nageswar Rao, whose movies he would watch at least half a dozen times!

As colleagues at IDPL for over 24 years, I have witnessed Dr. Reddy Sastry garu develop and establish as a reputed scientist in the field of drug research with many publications to his credit.
Reddy Sastry garu was a warm and affectionate person. I very fondly remember the trip our families, along with the family of Sankara Rao garu, made to Kashmir. He would always enquire about the welfare of all his friends and their families.
After moving to US, he regularly kept in touch with all his friends. His trips to India were always marked with get-togethers, both with IDPL and Andhra University friends.

We will always cherish his fond memories and they will be with us, forever…

Warm Regards,
Sri Krishna"

This tribute was added by mohammed mazhar on 10th August 2015

"Dear Dr. Rukmini:

Heard the shocking news from Dr. Kannan, and Dr. Roomi's email. I am immensely sad to hear the passing away of my wonderful friend Sastry.

I always cherished the days i spent with him and you in EDH.Always pleasant, non complaining, and soft spoken. As I was traveling most
of the time in last few months, i procrastinate  getting touch with you which  i regret.

Please let me know whether you are in Folsom, or moved with your son in Boston.

My condolences to your children from us,

Mazhar & Fahmeeda"

This tribute was added by Ram Kannan on 10th August 2015

"Dear Rukmini,
It is indeed a sad news. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Sastry everytime I visited Northern California or on the phone. A highly, knowledgible, cordial, cool and collected human being that was respected by all. We will miss him dearly. My heartfelt condolences from all of us to you and to your two children as well as the whole family."

This tribute was added by Shivam Perinkulam on 29th July 2015

"Dear Dr. Rukmani, Anu, Aravind.

I couldn't believe when Meghana passed on Anu's shocking message. I want to talk to you all but megh wants to wait for a few more days, till you come out of the initial shock.

We were not just neibours but a family who lived separately. Remember Thatha walking like an young jawan in the parade field. Remember Paru Amma following our children, with a food plate. Remember Dr. Srinivasan mama, all your sisters,mother.

Dr.Reddysasatry garu, with that simple  friendly smile and soft words will ever stay in my mind. He was a wonderful friend, neighbour and ever helpful.
It is never possible for us to forget that good human being. May God give you all the mental strength to bear the irreplaceable loss.

May his soul unite soon with the ParamAtma."

This tribute was added by Valliammai Chellappan on 28th July 2015

"Dear Amma, Anu and Aravind - I wanted to write for this memorial page since 2 weeks, but I kept postponing it as it was very hard for me to digest the fact that Uncle is no more. I felt really shocking and lost to hear the news. When Anu called and told us the news, we were in a restaurant for the first time, and I don't want to go for that restaurant again. Because I felt such close to paati amma and uncle as my own grandparents. I felt so happy and secured to have them as neighbors nearby. I used to tell all my friends and relatives about them and how nice they both were to us and everyone. A couple should be so loving and understanding like them. They are a very good role model and icon for an ever loving couple. He had so much love towards his family and children. I could always witness that. He was so happy about their successes.

Every time I go and see them at their place, Uncle has never forgotten to ask me about my husband Karthick and son Skandan. Whenever I take my son Skandan to their place, he used to sit with him and show the electronic fish aquarium in the hall. He calling my son as 'Skandan' is still lingering in my ears. I got a very deep respect for him when he came to our home walking to see my father in law after his angioplasty surgery even though he himself was ill. He need not have done that. But he did it. Such a nice man he is.

He loves watching telugu channels in he TV. When my husband helped with their home Wifi connection, he thanked him so much and was very happy that he could Skype with his relatives back in India. I always cherish those memories of him. Now feel bad that could have spent even more time with him.

Wish his blessings to always remain with us. We will always have your family in our thoughts and prayers. Pray the almighty to give all of you all the strength to overcome this great loss. May his soul rest in peace.


This tribute was added by C R on 28th July 2015

"Dear Anu, Aunty, Arvind, Keerthi, and Leela

Uncle was a kind and gentle soul and we will all truly miss him.  And, we will miss seeing him in Anu’s pictures.  His love and support for his family were obvious in the very first few minutes of meeting him.  He was remarkably supportive of his wife’s and children’s aspirations.  

Jagan and I have wonderful memories of visiting a warm and welcoming family.  I felt so very much at home during my visits to Folsom.  Jagan recalls all the “fun” discussions around cricket, Hindi movies, and Andhra food—all with uncle’s childlike enthusiasm.  On one of our visits, we drove down with uncle and aunty to Berkeley and he fondly recalled his experiences and his time at Andhra University.  We saw a very proud alum that day.

Though I knew of uncle’s failing health over the last few months, I was overcome by deep sorrow when I heard of his demise on that Sunday morning.  Our deepest sympathies to the family.  My mother also conveys her condolences, and even to this day appreciates the hospitality extended by the two of them when we visited them a few years ago.

Aunty, I realize you’ll begin a new life now, as did my mom after my dad passed away.  You’ll be more loved and more special to your children than ever before.  I wish you all strength as you cope with this difficult period.  I hope to meet you in the near future.

With much love and hugs

This tribute was added by Sandhya Gautam on 28th July 2015

"Dear Auntie Rukmini and Anu,
Really sad to hear about Uncle. We will miss him and his simple ways. It was such a pleasure having them over at our home in Livermore and he never failed to praise my "mamidikaya pappu" every time he saw me thereafter. Sad I will not be able to make it for him again.
We pray to the Almighty to give you the strength to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace. He is in a happy place free from any pain, but he has not left us. Another star shines brightly in the skies. You have your own guardian angel watching over you all.
Please convey our condolence to your brother and his family too. Please do let us know when Auntie is back.
Much love,

Gautam and Sandhya"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 26th July 2015

"The passing away of my close friend Dr. Cherukuri Reddy Sastry on July 12, 2015 has created vacuum which can never be filled.  I know how much care all of you had taken for his health.  This only made him to survive this long though he had been suffering with his incurable ailments for the last four or five years.  I am extremely happy I could visit US in 2013 and spent time happily with all of you for about six weeks at Folsom and in Boston.  The time I spent with all of you, visit to Lake Tahoe with him, visit to the cranberry fields and helicopter ride are s till green in my memory.  Ever since I heard about his deteriorating health, I was very much upset because of my long association with him for 59 years.  Reddy Sastry was always cheerful and I never saw him losing his temper.  His friends circle particularly myself, Sundara Ramaiah, GSR Subba Rao, Pavanaram Sripada,  Purnananda Sastry, KV Jagannadha Rao , ASR Anjaneyulu, RRK Raju, C. Srikrishna, V. Anjaneyulu and C. Ramakrishna lost a very good friend and we miss him now.  His humane qualities have left an indelible impression in our hearts.  I wish you all get enough strength to bear the loss with fortitude.
May his Soul rest in peace.

This tribute was added by Murugesh Murugesh on 25th July 2015

"Dear Anu,
Aunty and me were very shocked to hear of the news about your dad. He was such a nice man and we had a very pleasant time whenever we met. We will miss him very much. Please give our condolences to mom and pray you all will have the strength to bear this great loss."

This tribute was added by Hariharakrishnan Venkatasubramanian on 24th July 2015

"Dear DR.Rukmini & Family, DR.Sastry was my Guru. I was initiated into Drug Discovery by him . He was jovial  and a very kind  person.He was always ready to help us. After getting VRS, I was in touch with him . During my first visit to U S in 2011, I was talking to him regularly Presently I am at Little Rock, Arkansas wih my son and family. My phone number is 501-475-1090. I will be here till mid November, I will be in touch with you through emails. My wife and son's family join me in wishing you and all family members our heart felt condolence. We pray for DR.Sastry's soul to rest in peace. DR. Hariharakrishnan.V.S."

This tribute was added by Ed and Marlene Newton on 20th July 2015

"Dear Ruku,

Marlene and I were so saddened to hear of Sastry's passing today, while the actual event was just over a week ago.  We were at Lake Tahoe enjoying the cooler weather there, and I was shocked when I opened the iMac to read of his passing

I always felt you and Sastry were not only a great, important  and knowledgable team at the stabilized rice bran concern, you made a perfect loving couple, and raised two wonderful (and smart just like mom and dad) children in Anu and Aravind.  You probably don't realize how good and important it was to work with such a informed and pleasant team as you two. You both are so special. and it was an honor to work with both of you. You and Sastry complemented each other so well in work and on the personal side.  Marlene and I are happy to have had the opportunity to have known him, but to have worked with the both of you.  The Lord has been good to us to have that blessing, and we pray that Sastry will now rest in peace.

Our love to you, Anu and Aravind,

Marlene and Ed"

This tribute was added by Meghna Das Thakur on 20th July 2015

"Dear Aunty, Anu and the rest of the family,

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. It was a pleasure and honor to have known such a wonderful and intelligent person and we will truly miss uncle. We are thinking of all of you and please let us know if we can be of any help during this time.

Love and Regards,
Meghna and Andrew"

This tribute was added by Elissa Booth on 20th July 2015

"Dear Aravind and Family, I never had the opportunity to meet your father.  However, I have heard stories of him and, in reading everyone's memories of him, it's clear how much he much he loved all of you.  Keep the wonderful memories of his life, and his graceful impact on your lives, in your mind and heart for all time.  Best, Elissa"

This tribute was added by Mahtab Bamji on 19th July 2015

"My deepest sympathies to Rukmini and family for losing a husband and father like Reddy Sastry whom I remember with admiration

This tribute was added by Ale Fleming on 18th July 2015

"Dear Rukmini, Anu, Aravind, Keethi and Leela,
I send my love to help comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Sastry was important to me as an inspiration on how to handle pain and adversity with humor, cheerfulness, calmness and genuine happiness. He was truly a calming influence to all that met him. I will especially miss him at my restaurant eating mango and sticky rice.
May God Bless Sastry ,"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 18th July 2015

"I remember our associations and he was such a dear person any and arvind must be heart broken what can I say about you I know that you would be going through the agony of parting with the life partner it leaves a big void in life. Accept our heart felt condolencec.may his soul rest in peace
Leela and Raman"

This tribute was added by Vijayaraghavan Kamasamudram on 18th July 2015

"Dear Dr.Rukmini,
It is with deep shock and sorrow that we learnt about sudden sad demise of Dr.Sastry. Our association with him was very pleasant. He was an excellent son, loving and affectionate husband and father. We pray God to give you, Anu and Aravind strength to bear and endure the enormous loss. We offer our heartfelt condolences to you all. May his soul rest in peace.
Vijayaraghavan & Sheela"

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 17th July 2015

"We first met uncle in California when Maithili and I were on our honeymoon (we were driving through California). I remember how nice they were to us. Within moments of meeting uncle I realized that we had so much in common, chief among them was a common passion for Old Bollywood songs and movies. I even remember singing a Rafi song "Aap Ke Hasin Rukh" for them that first evening. When I was done singing uncle said, " that was a good number Gopal, but can you sing any Kishore Kumar songs?". Uncle was probably one of the staunchest Kishore fans out there :-)

Over the years our connection with Uncle grew so much more. Before weekends became completely occupied with kids lessons and practice, when Avi was a small boy, we would just jump in the car and drive to Folsom.

What great conversations we had, discussions on Amin Sayani's choice for the top 10 Binaca Geetmala numbers of the 1950's were almost always on the agenda. We successfully put aunty, Maithili and Anu to sleep.

There are so many more incidents and memories with uncle that I cherish dearly. Although he was my dad's age, to me he was a dear friend.
May God provide you with strength to cope with this great loss and through these difficult times.

    - Gopal Rao & Maithili Rao"

This tribute was added by Ashok marwah on 17th July 2015

"respected Dr Rukmini
We are heart broken to hear about the sad demise of Dr Rddisastry.
Our deepest condolences on hearing this sad news. May his soul rest in peace.

ashok and padma"

This tribute was added by Ramesh Bhat on 17th July 2015

"Dear Rukmini, Anu and Arvind
Dr Reddy Sastry was a devoted son, husband, father. I often remember the care he took for his father. His work ethic was exemplary. My prayers for the departed soul.
Ramesh V Bhat"

This tribute was added by Asha Kumaraswamy on 17th July 2015

"Dear Rukmani athai-my heartfelt condolences to u and family.I have great memories of our stay with u @ Hyderabad NIN alonwith Susila athai and Santha athai.May his soul rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Nana Patricia McPeak on 16th July 2015

"Sastry was such an extraordinary man and so accomplished!  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.  He was so kind and loving and will be missed greatly.

I am doubly blessed to have known him, to have worked with him and to call him a friend.  

I send my love and blessings to Rukmini, Anu, Aravind, Keethi and Leela that they may be comforted that he was such a wonderful part of their lives.

With Much Love!


This tribute was added by Brian Long on 16th July 2015

"Dear Anu, just been reading through the story and tributes to your father's life. What an amazing man who raised such a wonderful family and accomplished so much. It must have been of great comfort to him to have been surrounded by so much love and caring. Best wishes for peace and comfort to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Kala Jayaram on 16th July 2015

"Dear Anu,
Read the beautiful story and warm memories shared by friends and family about your wonderful father. He seemed to be a person who filled this world with kindness and happiness. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather and was very successful in his work. My deepest condolences to you and your family.  

This tribute was added by Murali Kumaraswamy on 15th July 2015

"Dear Rukmini athai , Anu ,Arvind and family

Our deepest condolences on hearing this news . I have great memories of the hospitality that he and athai had showered during our visit to  hyderabad  as well as my visit to their home in sacremonto .

from murali - son of late kumaraswamy(chamu) and grandson of balu athai"

This tribute was added by Julia Winston on 15th July 2015

"Dearest Anu and family,

My deepest sympathy to you, your family, and all who knew and loved your father.  I didn't have the pleasure of meeting him but I agree that you emulate his intelligence, thoughtfulness, and kindness.  May his memory be a blessing, and may your many wonderful memories sustain and bring you comfort in the days ahead."

This tribute was added by Becky Schweighardt on 15th July 2015

"Although I never had the opportunity to meet Reddysastry Cherukuri, I know he was an amazing father and honorable person, because he raised a caring, compassionate, and loving daughter that I am very thankful to know and work with. I send my sincerest condolences to the family and wish you peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by Anu Cherukuri on 14th July 2015

"Reddysastry was a great man for who he was. He was an amazing grandfather in the time that he lived and I was devastated when I heard that he had passed away. I will treasure our fun filled memories and keep them locked in my heart. I will miss making orange juice with him the next time I go to san francisco. I love Thatha and I will always think of all our happy times together.
                                                                              ~Leela Cherukuri"

This tribute was added by Jay Dravenstadt on 14th July 2015

"Dear Aravind and family,
While I never had the honor to meet your father, I know with certainty from the photos, stories, and knowing Aravind that Reddysastry Cherukuri was a truly remarkable man. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you all peace and comfort in this time of sadness and pride and joy in your memories of him."

This tribute was added by Radhika Parameswaran on 14th July 2015

"Dearest Anu, Aunty, Aravind, Keerthi, and little Leela:
Words are not up to the task of conveying my sadness in hearing this news. Uncle was a wonderful father, loving husband, and doting grandfather. He was so supportive of all the women in his life and for that I will toast him with chai, coffee, and lassi for the rest of my life. We need more men like uncle in this world. He only had kind words for everyone, and had such a zest for life. In every conversation with him, I could feel his affection for me, and he was also not judgmental, but took you for what you were. He was beyond welcoming and kind to my husband Kevin when we visited his home for the first time. For me, it was like Kevin was meeting members of my own family. Uncle chatted with him about all kinds of old Hollywood movies and they had a great time. We enjoyed speaking in Telugu (my favorite language) on the phone and he would praise me for that....and it made me feel so good. He always opened his home to all Anu's friends and was so generous and hospitable. He will be missed greatly, but our memories of him will always keep him alive in our hearts and minds.

This tribute was added by laural roaldson on 13th July 2015

"It is a fortunate man who has people miss him.  It is a treasured man who is missed because he is loved.  It is a cherished man who is not only missed and loved, but respected.  Reddysastry was this man.  

He was kind when he didn't have to be.  He was thoughtful because he chose to be.  This is a man that you miss, love and respect and most of all love."

This tribute was added by Muckai Girish on 13th July 2015

"Dear Aunty, Anu, Arvind and Keerthi, it has been an honor for us to have known uncle - he was a father figure for me and we have always felt like we are part of his family. Uncle is truly an inspiration for us - he showed by example how to live life to the fullest, to be adored by family and friends and have the utmost positive outlook in everything. Being with uncle always made us feeling our best and wanting to do our best. I have cherished the discussions about the latest action movies that uncle always used to watch in the theaters and the idiosyncrasies of Conan O'Brien etc. Uncle has such warmth and affection for family and friends that is hard for most people to replicate. He adored aunty and was so proud of his children and enjoyed every moment. He leaves behind a legacy - that is what makes the world a better place. We miss him and will miss him so much, but we will aspire to live by his principles.

Girish & Sandhya"

This tribute was added by Aparna Khan on 13th July 2015

"Dear Anu, Aravind, Aunty...lots of love and hugs. Uncle is truly special. I remember his warmth, patience and quiet sense of humor- vivid in the fond memories of your NIN home. A feeling of slow grief envelopes me since I read the post... May his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Divya sharma on 13th July 2015

"Uncle was the sweetest and kindest father to you Anu and that is the overriding memory I have and will have of him. The atmosphere in the house when I visited you in NIN was of warmth, comfort and fun! He was such a supportive dad, so kind and very gently egging you on to be your best. I loved the fact that he could poke fun at himself and also tease auntie and make us laugh. He has always been so sweet to us and so comforting to talk to. I am glad he stayed with us in Chennai even though it was just for a few days more than a decade ago already! He was really your best friend Anu and the best father any girl could ever have. Love you uncle."

This tribute was added by KRISHNA TATA on 13th July 2015

"There are some people who are deeply embedded in our psyche.
Reddy Mava is one of them.

I remember that i watched Sholay with him for the first time @ Kalpana Talkies,Bhubaneswar.The movie had already started and he said "Arre Krishna,u have to watch it again right from the beginning".The other day me and my lil girl Pallavi walked in late to a plex to watch ABCD2 and i told Pallavi "Arre Pallavi,we'll have to watch it again right from the beginning.

Going out with Mava was an event.The Dosas were always crispier with Mava's laughter.Venus Inn was his favourite joint in Bhubaneswar.

Reddy Mava was always there for us.He was with us when my dad passed away.He was there with us when my mom was in hospital.

Mava & Rukmini Atha shared an unique bond.They were made for each other.He was proud of Athas achievements.And he loved Anu & Arvind with all his heart.

As Madhavi says,his child like zest for life will always inspire us.Mava was a man who brought in happiness wherever he went.He laughed with his heart.If Oxford comes up with a pictorial dictionary,they will have a picture of Mava laughing alongside the word "Hearty laughter".

As Reddy Mava soars high into the sky,Babulu Mava(Subhas dad) must be waiting near the gates of heaven to take him in.Yeah my Dad,Nikhilas Dad n Sowjanyas Dad must be waiting for his friendly banter.But am sure that Reddy Mava n Babulu mava are gonna run riot in the aisles of heaven.Maybe they are gonna watch "Patala Bhairavi" for the umpteenth time with the gods for company in a heavenly plex.

Reddy Mava is going to be right here in our hearts.....for always."

This tribute was added by NIvedita Raju on 13th July 2015

"Dear Aunty, Anu, Aravind,Keerthi and Leela,- It is so difficult to say anything on this occasion. I have such fond memories of Uncle from the NIN campus. I remember him walking back home after he got off the IDPL bus, going with him to Palace Heights in Abids,chatting with him about his sister's family, his love for Bellam avakkkai and the loving way in which he took care of his own father. I Meena has remarked about his trademark phrases and I distinctly remember one of them "Thelodi Maya". I last met Uncle in Mumbai when the passport theft happened.
t is wonderful that we could keep in touch despite the distance. Anu arranged for me to speak with him a month ago and I am so glad I did. This was after he watched the film "Piku". Wish I could be with all of you now.-Nivedu"

This tribute was added by Meena Selvakumar on 12th July 2015

"Dear Aunty, Anu, Aravind and Keerthi - I have such wonderful memories of uncle. I spent so many of my college days and nights at your home which was always filled with warmth, humor and genial banter. Uncle was one of the kindest and most principled person I knew at this time. He was so proud of the successes of his wife and children and his trademark phrases were quickly adopted into the lingo of Anu's friends. I am happy and honored to have known him. With all my love - Meena"

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