Monday, January 07, 2013

Live On Forever Ry

My first memories of him are that of a warm smile, twinkling eyes of sincerity and a firm handshake which evidently were his trademark style of greeting, every one, every time, and at all times. These memories are not from a very distant past, but, from the backyard of the present.

At 21 you wouldn't expect anyone to be anything but a stirring teenager adept only with the ways a relative, contemporary world. But, at that, he proved all assumptions as they truly are - as assumptions. Extremely passionate about education, with the resolved belief that it was a liberating force, he was working on making his dream project come true - education for the under privileged. It was this yet unborn cause that brought us together, though we found ourselves often delving deep into the pleasures of music, movies, travel and literature.

One would think that a soul like this was destined to live his dream, to deliver the world from tribulation and be celebrated in timelessness - because that is precisely what the world needs, a man of resolve, commitment and belief that he will change the way people live, by hope, vision and effort.

Christmas was two days away and i was invited to have dinner with him - even during which occasion he passionately articulated his dream, his vision, his purpose. That evening, i went home comforted in dreams, his dreams, that strengthened a world of perfection deep within my mind.

But life isn't always the way we think of it! There is always that big fucking sick surprise that springs up unannounced, unbeknownst to us. I wouldn't know then that Ry wouldn't make it for Christmas. A little after mid-week last, of the past year, i was informed that Ry had met with death tragically, bringing two-decades of brilliance to an abrupt end.

Today, as i recall our last conversation, only hours before his departure - his words echo, inspire and encourage me, as if to say that we had met that last hour so that he could pass on the mantle of his dream to me, for it to live on. I gather, he was someone, unlike so many of us, who did not need any credit of achievement to attain his coign of vantage - for who he was, his existence alone did that for him. And that day isn't very far away when tributes, which will culminate into efforts, paid to his memory will show how much the influence of the departed will strengthen and inspire the deeds of the living.

For me, he continues to exist, always and all ways, in my memories and my actions. His simplicity, compassion and forthrightness and more prominently, his efforts to make the world a better place for the less fortunate make him truly what he is - the son of God!

Rest in peace, Ry, my friend, my brother! You fought a tough life and now you are united with your creator. Heaven is a place, now, better, but you have left us poor, forever!

Rest in peace, my friend, my brother. You will live on forever.

22 comments:

  1. May he Rest in peace. I'm sure he's in a much better place than us.

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  2. 'as if to say we had met that last hour so that he could pass on the mantle of his dream to me, for it to live on'. Very well said Rakesh. One can easily make out what he meant to you. May his soul rest in peace with you around to carry on what he wanted to fulfill.

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  3. Very sad Rakesh. Great ideas shall continue to live.

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    1. Without doubt, Ajeya. Great ideas will forever live on.

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  4. Perhaps God takes away his favorite children and puts them in a place that is much better than ours? That's the only way we can reason with tragedies.

    Destination Infinity

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  5. Beautiful tribute. May his soul rest in peace

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  6. so sorry to read about this , May he rest in peace..

    Take care

    Bikram's

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  7. Oh that’s very bad! Really feeling sorry for the one who deserves life with profound significant.

    The second line in the end moves me to core. It’s every one of us responsibility to bear his ambition and dream as us, to make better place this earth. My deep regrets to you and his dear once who miss him.

    Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for your heartfelt condolences, Jeevan.

      RIP, Ry!

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  8. I am so sorry for this. it is so sad; i know you will remember him always

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    1. Thank you so much, BC. Yes, he will forever be immortal in my heart and mind.

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