A few memories....,

Although I'm the Chair of the Department in which Abhijit was enrolled as a graudate student, he was my teaching assistant last semester and was taking my graduate class this semester, so his loss has an acute personal dimension for me. Abhijit was a bright, friendly guy. As my teaching assistant he always willingly accepted his duties with a ready smile (and a slight, characteristic wobble of the head) despite the heavy workload he endured as a typical engineering graduate student. He was rigorous in his standards (I think it’s fair to say that his grading scheme wasn’t a major contributor to grade inflation!). I was looking forward to interacting with him this semester in my graduate class (we had only just gotten started) – one of those students you inevitably make eye contact with, who ‘gets’ the material. He was embarking (with characteristic optimism) on a career that I have no doubt would have been outstanding. I really enjoyed chatting with him. I think it’s also fair to say that he was surprised by my knowledge of Indian cricket (I told him I had seen Bisham Bedi, Farouk Engineer, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, etc play live, although he did say that must have been a LONG time ago!). On a personal level, simply put, he was a joy to interact with. His smile made me smile. His loss will be felt for a long time.