I met V Ramani at Contract Advertising for the first time, then again at Euro RSCG, and later at Connect-turf/Ignite.
He was very passionate about work, cricket and everything that he did.
There is lot to tell about him, but I will share few experiences.
The first one is from when we both were working with Euro RSCG. He had recently relocated at Euro-Delhi when AdAsia was held in Jaipur. Umesh Shrikhande and I were supposed to attend AdAsia. We didn’t get a direct flight ticket from Mumbai to Jaipur. So we went to Delhi by flight just because V Ramani told Umesh that he was driving to Jaipur in his car and “two seats are there; so both of you can join me”. He was a heavy smoker. During the entire journey, after every hour he would stop the car, get down and walk away 15 feet just because he knew that I am allergic to smoking and without my requesting him to do so. He never showed any irritation on his face. Same was the case while coming back to Delhi. That’s how respectful he was about others.
Another time was from the time he co-founded Connect-turf/Ignite. He requested me to do a workshop and presentation for his entire office staff on designing, typography and art direction. I knew that people used to smoke in the centralised AC office. I agreed to come if only the office remained a non-smoking zone for the entire session of five hours. He made sure that he and all staff who smoked went out to smoke.
On August 3, 2012 I went for a prayer meeting for Ramani. I chanted ‘Ganapati atharva-shirsha’, which holds memories of him and me. I had chanted the same ‘stotra’ when he bought his new car, and again when he bought his new house.
And with a heavy heart, I then chanted it for his journey to a new life.
The author is Vice President – Design at Pinstorm