I will always remember him for his humility and kind heart and of course his smile, that seemed to have some kind of a soothing effect on everyone. Balaji Thirunarayanan was a good kind hearted soul that I had the privilege of working with and getting to know. He breathed his last on Nov 3rd in Dallas and it is news that I am still trying to digest. He was just 37. How cruel can life be? We were celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights and yet 7000 miles away, a family has seen the light being sucked out of their lives. If this is not cruel I don't know what is.
It seems that the Universe keeps reminding us in both subtle and hard ways that money, work, fame and material things are not what life is made up of. Life for all its glory can also be terribly brittle. There is so much more to life than work and money and Balaji's untimely demise only strengthens the resolve to lead a life of purpose and spend each day as it were a gift from the almighty.
Balaji, I will miss your presence but I am sure you have found a place of peace and I pray to God to give your family the strength and courage to tide over these tough times.
Rest in peace my friend.