It was a sombre afternoon yesterday as we silently walked into the Motwani residence in Atherton. There were many faces, all silent, grieving the untimely death of professor Rajeev Motwani.
Shailesh Mehta, Kanwal Rekhi, Vivek Ranadive, Ron Conway, Vish Misra, M.R.Rangaswami, Naren Gupta, Vinita Gupta, Manish Chandra, Vas Bhandarkar, Prashant Shah, Prabhakar Raghavan, and hundreds more kept coming by. All shaken up with the realization of how fleeting this life can be. Now here, gone the next minute. Ron Conway was whispering that he had just arranged a meeting of Rajeev with Mark Andreessan as they have never met.
As we stared at his picture and listening to the chanting of Taittriya Upanishad and Shiva Manas Puja, the air was filled with melancholy of a departed soul. A brilliant scientist suddenly gone at the prime of his career. We silently hugged Asha (Rajeev’s wife) trying to fathom her grief.
As our scriptures say, each one’s life is pre-ordained for a set number of years. Each one of us has a deadline, highly unpredictable, but sure to come. So let us live this life with love, compassion, and care.