Vinay

I was scrolling through my Whatsapp statuses. One of them said RIP Vinay. I called the friend to check. He didn’t know the details but confirmed the untimely demise of Vinay.

Vinaykumar Sajjanar

Vinay was my junior in the Engineering College (2005 – 2009). We got to know each other because of our volunteering work with a school in Mysuru. I also remember that he had written a book containing his poems and that was released in college. Apart from those brief interactions, we did not know each other much during the college years.

In 2015, many years later, when I was launching desieats.com, we came in touch again. We spoke a lot during those days. He visited our office couple of times. We ate together. He had written a beautiful note in Kannada for us, that we shared with our customers. While I was searching for some pictures of this beautiful note that he had written for us, I found something else that he had written this back in 2015

Everytime I saw Uttara Karnataka meals on his whatsapp status, I would respond.

Me: I need this food. I’ll come some day.
Vinay: Definitely brother. Definitely please come.

Also, he liked and supported me writing blog posts.

And when I recently wrote a post, he appreciated it.

We spoke about & discussed a bunch of things – His creation Kahale. His side hustle ArtSoul. His dilemmas. My dilemmas. On how businesses work. Sometimes our dreams too.

If one is really honest with oneself, one would realize that there is a very slim chance that one would find a person one would connect with on a deep level. Connection doesn’t mean understanding, friendship or the like.

Connection is just the feeling that something fits remarkably well. It always clicks. Connection feels right. Connection allows you to be authentic.

We connected.

There is pain & it still feels unreal to me that he is no more.

Wish I had visited his place to eat the Uttara Karnataka food.
Wish I had spoken more.
Wish I had spent more time with him.

More than anything else, wish he had more time to manifest his dreams.


I pray and hope his family finds the strength to deal with this.

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Vinay’s creation: kahale.org – A forum encouraging & supporting new writers and readers of kannada language

Vinay’s blog: Bhavasharadi

Vinay’s side hustle: ArtSoul

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