He came into this world on Jan 4, 1997, as Avi bringing Anuj and Vini (Ritu) together. He was a happy child who almost never cried including at the time of his birth. He was an extremely caring and giving child, always happily sharing and even letting go of whatever was rightfully his. He loved playing with all kinds of balls, cars, and mechanical toys. He had huge difficulty in telling a lie even when the situation demanded it and believed in the existence of Santa Claus into his teens. He looked forward and welcomed his brother Aru (Anuj and Ritu) and proudly declared “He is my brother“. The brothers are like Ram and Laxman with Avi being a proud loving elder brother, with Aru seeing Avi as his role model and willingly following Avi’s every lead and direction. He got immense love and affection from his Nani-Nana and other members of his family from both his mother and father’s side.
Avi was a brilliant student winning “Scholar Badge” in every academic year through his schooling years at Delhi Public School, Noida, and at Delhi Public School, RK Puram. He was an active, fun-loving, and friendly teenager with immense love for his friends and respect for his teachers. He was an excellent swimmer and a good pianist. He discovered a love for reading and watching movies with the “Harry Potter” series being his all-time favorite. He developed a love for animation characters and figurines especially the ones who had special powers. He learned driving at the early age of 14 and was an outstanding driver. He was instrumental in adding his playmate Tango – a German Shepherd to our family. Avi loved to play with Tango for long hours and spoiled him with his love and care. At School, he was lucky to have built true friendships (Shivang and Aryan) that lasted for the rest of his life.
He went on to graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. He continued his academic brilliance at MIT and scored top grades. He was a very active member of the prestigious “Parikshit” club (building Nano-Satellites). He became a coach, counsel, and guide to many helping them in every possible way. He was meticulous in his work and strived for perfection. He would take lead in most of the technical papers he published but would ensure that his team members do their part. He would work as a free resource for multiple Startups to help them start even when they were willing to pay him. He interned with “Samsung Electronics” and “Cisco” in Bangalore. He loved the driving trips he made with his friends to local destinations in Udipi and Mangalore. Once again he was lucky to add Gokul and Eswar to his circle of best friends.
He effortlessly secured admission to Georiga Tech, Atlanta. In addition to scoring a perfect “4” in coursework, he was a conscientious Teaching Assistant. He interned at Qualcomm Inc. and was offered a job. In his workplace, he earned the respect of his peers and the affection of his supervisor Eric. Once again he expanded his list of friends to include Suketh and multiple others. He proudly became the owner of a Lexus in March 2021 and loved driving around. He loved the tall buildings, clean air, and beautiful open spaces in the USA.
During the last few months, he gave his parents the chance to be with him 24X7. He continued to work as much as his body would allow him due to his concern for project deadlines and team. He continued to express his concern for his mother’s pain till the last day. Last week, he mentioned that he is not able to see the road ahead but agreed to keep walking holding hands with his parents. He told his father – Papa, I have opened the doorway by chanting “Om Namah Shivaya”. On Sep 26, 2021, He walked out of that door to continue his journey into his next life. His last act in this world was to donate his eyes to someone who needs them.
As we remember Avi for a well-lived happy and productive life, we must remember he was, is and will always be Sat-Chit-Anand – the sublimely blissful experience of the boundless, pure consciousness – the only true, ultimate reality.