Our dearest Papa – Father and Friend
Priyanka (Chintu) Rajkhowa & Ashish Rajkhowa
Preetam Rajkhowa, just Papa to both of us, had many academic and professional accomplishments to his name. But today, it’s time to celebrate his spirit, his zest for life and his overpowering optimism.
Papa was a dreamer and someone who could light up the day of a 4-year-old and 70-year-old alike. In more ways than one, Papa and his first born, Chintu were kindred spirits - love for chocolates, cheese and engineering aside, Chintu is also a dreamer just like him! Oh, and of course, she is as clumsy as he. While he acknowledged having a kindred spirit in his first born, Papa lived his life through his second born, Ashish. He was really proud of all of Ashish’s accomplishments and of the qualities that his little boy inherently has, that Papa knew he himself lacked.
Papa was an unconventional dad. To him, being happy and content in what we did was more important than conforming to the norms. Growing up, whenever our friends visited home, they would always look forward to chatting with him. No conversation was off bounds...academics, politics, boyfriends, whiskey, philosophy, cars, travel.
Stellar academic qualifications aside, Papa was a true engineer and innovator par excellence. Curious at the core, always learning something new and applying it to come up with innovative concepts...be it petrochemicals, textiles, bamboo or his latest passion - Aeroponics and Hydroponics farming.
Cars, driving, and travel were some of Papa’s other passions. He also developed incredible depth in his understanding of meditation and spirituality.
He left like he lived...on his own terms, having lived life to the fullest...
Today, we are raising a toast to our dearest Papa, the brightest star in our lives - yesterday, today and forever. And knowing him, we can already see him raising a toast back to a life well lived! That is how he would have wanted us to remember him.