OBITUARY

Kasi V. Amaravadi

July 9, 1977February 19, 2019

Kasi V. Amaravadi passed away unexpectedly on February 19, 2019, outside of Houston, Texas. Kasi was born in the City of Hyderabad, India, on the 9th of July 1977. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad in 1999, and then journeyed to the United States to attend the University of Missouri-Rolla where he received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2003. There he began his PhD work in the same field, but having fallen in love with Anjani Achanta, who he married in 2005, he terminated his studies and began his successful career as a mechanical engineer.

Kasi earned his Professional Engineer license as well as his PMP and PMI during his career. At the time of his death, he was Manager of Mechanical Engineering at Headworks International where he brought his brilliance, energy and passion to creating innovative solutions for cleaning the world’s water. His spontaneous, positive energy was deeply appreciated by all of his colleagues and his ability to unify his team and the rest of the company to develop answers to the toughest challenges was truly unique.

First and foremost, Kasi was a deeply devoted husband and loving father. Kasi leaves behind his beloved wife, Anjani, of 14 years; their precious 9-year-old daughter, Anisha Amaravadi; and adored 6-year-old son, Ronit Amaravadi. He is also survived by his mother, Vijaylakshmi Amaravadi, and father, Subramanya Deekshitulu Amaravadi; his brother, Ramakrishna Amaravadi; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins back in India; and many dear friends, both personal and professional. A funeral service is to be conducted Monday, the 25th of February, at ten o’clock in the morning at the Chapel of the Garden Oaks Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those who wish to remember Kasi do so by contributing to https://prathamusa.org which is involved in educating under privileged children in India; a cause that was very dear to Kasi’s heart.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Witness Cremation Monday, February 25, 2019
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Naren Ramakrishnan

March 4, 2019

Kasi was my neighbour in India from 1986 till 2001, when he moved over to US for higher studies. Right from his younger days he was a bundle of energy and I was a witness to this energy in the brotherly fights he had with Ramakrishna. Given his passion for mechanical engg, we would have great discussions of F1 cars, the v6 engines and what not.I will always remember him for his affable and friendly nature.

Shell shocked by the news that I heard today . Our heartfelt prayers for the family .

Karthik Sampath

March 1, 2019

Kasi was my batch mate at Rolla. My memories of him are of his unique style of speaking, his laughter and warm personality. My roommate used to call him Kasi Bond and thinking back that nickname seems apt as during some key stretches at Rolla, he proved that he had what it takes to persevere. I'm still in disbelief as I write this condolence for it doesn't seem right for someone this young to depart from this world.

My heart goes out to Anjani, Anisha & Ronit as well as his parents, brother and extended family. I hope they will find the inner strength to weather this personal storm.

Regards,

Karthik Sampath

Phanindra Ivatury

February 26, 2019

“The KASI I knew” - by Phanindra Ivatury; PART 2

But the fact is, only people and personalities who leave a huge impression or mark on you, can be mimicked effortlessly. Kasi has his own distinctive style of speaking. His flow of words and sense of pausing makes his baritone unique.

Also most of his conversing style has an under-current of laughter. A conversing individual like that makes the atmosphere light and brings a sense of calmness to the proceedings. Be at home or at work.

Me and Kasi have slipped into the “Dittakavi Hum Saath Saath Hai Pariwaar” with effortless ease. Memorable times like Chinni’s wedding are the kind of moments in life which we all long for. It never mattered to us who is who in relation. Its one big “vasudhaiva kutumbakam”! In fact for gems like Kasi, “the world is one family”. No wonder his friends and colleagues paid such rich tributes.

I don’t want to associate terms like “death”, “passing away” or “no more” with Kasi. Such words are for mere mortals. Because Kasi has left his mark, his impressions, his compassion and his imposing presence on all of us. Its hard to bear the lack of his physical presence. But the one up there seems to be saying each one of us – “Don’t be so greedy buddy. I gave you enough time with him, now its my time with him” – I can just join my hands together and tell ‘them’ – “Be with us” forever and ever ….Strength not just to Anju, Anisha and Ronit but to each one of us…each one of us!

Phanindra Ivatury

February 26, 2019

“The KASI I knew” by Phanindra Ivatury; PART 1
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“Doesn’t he look like Andy Garcia?” I asked my wife, some years ago, when Kasi walked towards us on our second meeting with him at a local mall in Hyderabad, India.

His trademark chiseled face, the sparkle in his eyes when he smiles and his signature stubble will be etched in my memory forever!
Kasi filled that younger brother vacuum of my life. We hit it off together very well. We were two typical middle class Indian boys (like in Gautham Menon’s films) with the same commonalities – cricket, tennis, books and movies. Also our ‘brahmin’ connect in the vocabulary choices we made, while speaking our mother tongue.
Kasi’s penchant for knowledge and details was infectious. He was the quintessential “well read” guy. He was a Quiz Master’s delight. A Powerhouse of knowledge, information and wisdom.
Being an engineer by academics, I have noticed that Kasi was also upto date with technology and inventions. He is your “go-to-guy” if you intend to buy the latest mobile phone or a future version laptop.

Kasi as a husband would make many women ‘jealous and envious’ and many men ‘insecure and obscure’. A filmy person like me would go to the extent of saying that he was like Shah Rukh in DDLJ.I saw him sprint the length and breadth of a long railway platform, just to fetch a mineral water bottle to his wifey dear! And this is one mere minute example which instantly sprung to my mind.

Kasi as a father was ideal, doting and at the same time a disciplinarian. This is a fact I knew about Kasi much before Anisha baby was born. I saw his vibe and connect with his elder daughter-Poojya.Its celebration time every time they visited India. Too little holidays, too many things to do. It was a madness each one of us craved for.I could mimic Kasi easily. People say that I am a reasonably good mimic.

Chandra Sekhar Paidimarry

February 26, 2019

My dear nephew,
We shared many wonderful moments when I was in their house
Last December when he was in Hyderabad , I couldn't meet him
My bad luck
His parents could see him
I pray the God to give courage to bear the irreparable loss to the bereaved family
Om Santhi
🙏🙏🙏🙏

Sumanth Raghavendra

February 25, 2019

Our lives briefly overlapped at the University of Missouri-Rolla when he was my roommate. I will remember Kasi in many positive ways - the guy with a big smile, a sense of humor and always great with a story. Always the glass is half full kind of person, who happened to have a very simple and uncomplicated goals for his personal and professional life. Although I don't know exactly what to say, Avni and my heart goes out to you and your family . You will be in our thoughts and wish you and your family comfort and peace as you remember Kasi.

Pinki Shah

February 25, 2019

Had a pleasure of working with Kasi at MI-SWACO, A hardworking, brilliant Engineer and good hearted human being. It is impossible to express how sorry we are to lose a friend, but we also know he is in better place now. Our heartfelt Condolence to the Amaravadi family and friends.
Kasi, Rest in peace and you will be missed!

Richard Bingham

February 25, 2019

Kasi, was a member of the M-I SWACO family in the Houston Engineering Team where he was treasured by us all.

His family were the love of his life, a love that made him proud, strong and always ready to tell a tale of their latest adventures!!

As a mechanical engineer Kasi provided his unique stamp to many of our challenging projects. The team were frequently involved in evaluating or developing new technologies, where learning the nuances and detailed workings of these many packages was key. Kasi would always help lead the team forward with this understanding, more often than not being a step or two ahead of the rest!

Kasi, seemed to find the best attributes in all people and applied his open friendly and relaxed attitude to always ensure these attributes would surface and be used.

In the office you were met with the warmth of this personality, the smile on this face and the sound of his laughter.

A gentleman and unforgettable character to all he met.

Relief and Maria Isabel Jones

February 24, 2019

To know Kasi was to know a genuine model of a devoted husband and loving father. His personality lit every crevice in a room he occupied. His intellect allowed him to hold deep conversations on almost any topic with all he met. He was a true Renaissance man that could tackle complex technical problems, abstract theoretical scenarios, or simple do-it-yourself home projects. His competitive nature made him a formidable opponent on the tennis court, and it was a love of tennis that initially brought our families together. We will forever miss and remember his huge smile, his kind heart, and quite simply...his unmatchable friendship. Rest In Peace my friend...we’ll see you again some day.

Ed Kronenberger

February 23, 2019

I had the privilege to work with Kasi as a colleague for three years and found his unrelenting good humor and formidable intellect a joy to be working with. I’ve turned bolts, mopped up diesel in the heat of south Texas, been taught the intricacies of computational fluid flow calculations, and applied for two patents with him. He was a gentleman trying to treat everyone he met with courtesy and good humor – and of course blessing us all with his bright smile. A smile that showed up instantly when you asked about his kids!

FROM THE FAMILY