Lost a good friend, the best boss, technology guru, ideal of a man.
He has thousands of followers, fans and friends. His life was full of people and technology, everybody has something to say about him. These are some of the many memories, of how I knew him.
The day I joined Geodesic Ltd, I logged in to Mundu to ping Atul Chitnis. Just to let him know that I am his bigggg fan. He was cool, had a few words with me. I so wanted to work with Atul, and an year after working in Geodesic, I got that opportunity. I started working with the Geodesic IT team. That was when I met him personally in the team meetings. He was no different on the Foss.in platform, and in our team meeting. Same enthusiasm, same passion for the technology, no discrimination in his colleagues. I am getting more impressed by knowing him more.. personally!
Those early days, he just knew my name, saw me just once in a team meeting, but he was checking my regular emails. During a meeting, heated arguments, he fought for me, he fought to give me justice, with some people in office. He taught me how to stand strong. He taught me be a team player.
I was in bangalore for a couple of days, working on some critical issues and Atul pinged me. He was not working with Geodesic that time. He invited me his home for dinner. I was feeling so grateful. Such an extraordinary man, still remember me? and want me to visit his home for dinner. I was more than happy to accept his offer. We had lots of talks, he showed me his home, his music room, his gadgets, his dogs, his new home, his new lawn and trees, his sound systems. I had amazing dinner that night, with Atul and his family, Shubha and Anjali, aka Geetanjali. I was in heaven. I was so grateful. He taught me to keep feet on ground no matter how high you can fly. That day, he also planted a thought in me, to quit liquor.
I used to ping Atul, every time I achieve something in my technical life. He always had time to listen to my small things, he used to encourage me, support me and showed me the right way to go ahead. He was my mentor.
As a kid i remember the chocolates then known as Cadbury, gifted to me by the guests. I used to first keep it in refrigerator That 1 bar of chocolate used be shared with siblings and parents, or anyone else present at home that time. One bite a day, that chocolate used to be enjoyed for a week if not more.
Now, I go anytime and buy any expensive chocolate whenever I want. And finish it start to end in a minute.
But I don’t find the taste which I had as a kid. The chocolate, shared with everyone, and ate over a period of time was always much sweeter and delicious than any chocolate I eat alone today.
Sharing makes such a huge difference, isn’t it?
There is a place deep within us that wants feel fulfilled. That wants to know that my life made a difference; that I have left this place; the planet that I have lived on, better than when I arrived; that someone’s life has been profoundly touched because of my existence. We all want that.
It is not about age or about finding yourself, Whoever you are; at whatever age, you only a thought away; from changing you life.
This Thursday, i continued listening to those songs after working hours. It was a nice mixed collection of rock, metal, pop and Indian films. I was not bothering much to the lyrics, but the music was pleasing me. I was listening to such loud music after a long time. And the music turned my lousy day into energetic evening. I went to Durergasse enjoying the same trance. Thursdays are very special in Vienna. I can do my long kriya, sing some good songs with the group. It is fun always.
But this time it was a little bit more. I had a wonderful long kriya that day. I remember, when I was done with the kriya and heard Guruji saying, “if you wish, you may lie down” and I wanted to but I couldn’t. I was frozen. And then I noticed, I was not breathing then, for a noticeable long time probably and I continued it for some more time. in fact I wasn’t doing that. It was happening to me. it was effortless.. and it was beautiful. in that state, I realized, i had no thoughts, no wish, nothing to do, I realized, I was but I wasn’t anybody. i was that nobody. I felt very light.
And then breaking those moments, my first breath was in.
Was that a meditation? Was that trailer of Samadhi? I don’t know! and I don’t bother!
I just know that I lived those beautiful moments of my life. I was alive, satisfied, feeling complete and whole..