March 5, 2003August 13, 2021

Jai Mata Di

In loving Memory Of Devesh Kishore Samtani (March 5th 2003 - August 13, 2021)

Of all the special gifts in life, However great or small, To have had you as our son, Was the greatest gift of all. A special time, a special face, a special son, we can’t replace, With an aching heart I whisper to you, This is not the end, t’is until we meet again

Our beautiful, handsome, kind, intelligent, fun-loving Devu’s soul now begins its journey to the infinite, where he will dance with the angels above and live on earth with us in our hearts forever.

We love you Devu, and pray for your soul to be in eternal peace at the lotus feet of the lord.

Om Shanti 🕉


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 18, 2021



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Akash Panjabi

September 10, 2021

Dearest Devesh,

It is truly difficult to apprehend and process what has happened to you. Like Sahil, Ahaan, Ashwin, and Viren I was not expecting to write this for you, especially at such an early stage in your life. You were like a brother to us all and had an impact on each of our lives in innumerable ways.

For me, it was always delightful to see you, especially since you were invariably thrilled to see us. You would approach us with a big grin and greet us, even if it meant halting what you were doing at the time. It was evident that you had a heart of gold. Wise beyond your years and talented beyond comprehension, we would mess with Viren and ask him how you both are so different.

Whenever you would stay over at Dhilan's house, it was always nice to see you the following day. The Nerf wars, swimming and biking are memories that I will cherish. You asking for noodles every week was also hilarious.

We will all miss your drive, ambition and passion for the pursuit of the unknown. Your capabilities knew no bounds and it is awful that you will not be here to demonstrate that to the rest of the world.

To Aunty Mala, Uncle Kishore, Kunal, Mia, and Viren,

Devu is who he is today because of all of you. An altruistic, brave and intelligent person with the heart and compassion rivaling that of a surgeon. He is with us everyday, and is there to watch over us in the same way that you guys have done for him.

I am lucky to have had the opportunity to meet him and see him grow as an individual, and for that I thank you.

Rest easy Devu and we will see you soon.

Yours Truly,
Akash Panjabi

Mehak Hardasani

August 30, 2021

Death always feels extremely unfair. The loss of the beautiful young life of Devesh seems to have super seeded even that emotion. On the threshold of his adult life this brilliant & ambitions young man with so many hopes and dreams of a fulfilling careers starting at NYU this fall, have not only been dashed but filled so many of us with deep remorse for such a unfortunate event for the family and the community .Devesh‘s loss as his Dad very bravely said in his eulogy at the service, can be a learning lesson on many fronts us as to learn about the fragility of life. Most of all, we are grieving the loss of a young brilliant life , a dutiful son , an excellent sportsman and a star student taken too soon and before his time .

Minal Panjabi

August 30, 2021

Dearest Mala, Kishore, Kunal, Mia and Viren,

The loss of a loved one is never easy, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. Devu was so special in our family to all of us with his Funny jokes and always had a charming personality. I have always admired him looked upon him as a Son and a role model to all his friends. He was kind , compassionate and a true gentleman.

We as a family would always look forward to spending time whenever he came over and had great conversations about School and how passionate he was in everything he wanted to do.

Dhilan was lucky to have had a best friend and brother like you to grow up with .

Devu you will always have a special place in our hearts and will always be remembered. We will miss you sooo much .

My heartfelt condolences to the family. We are always here for you. You'll always be in our thoughts and prayers 🙏
This is not goodbye, this is until we meet again

sudesh sani

August 29, 2021

You are one of the kindest souls i have ever encountered in this lifetime. There is no explanation to why this terrible accident happened other than you have attained and achieved everything needed to in the many lifetimes lived, to ascend and return to the source of all creation. My memories of you will always stay intact and will never be forgotten. I also know that you are now a guardian angel who will forever have your family's back. Sincere condolences to Kishore, Mala and Family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jennifer Chang

August 27, 2021

To dear Devesh

It is difficult for me to accept that you have left us so suddenly. My heart still refuses to believe this and I just cannot cope with the feeling of losing you.

As your Mandarin tutor between the fourth and the eleventh grade, we had spent endless moments together, in learning Mandarin and in talking about dreams of your life. I held your hand and helped you write Chinese characters, stroke by stroke, word by word. I still remember how I read some difficult words to you and asked you to repeat over and over again. Together we worked to prepare for every exam in school. Your effort and hard work eventually paid off with an A* in the IGCSE exam. I shared your joy and pride. To me, you were one of my children.

I still vividly recall your sincere and polite smile when greeting me before the class. You were such a responsible and self-motivated student, which made me proud to be your tutor.

Thank you for giving me so many good memories. I will keep them in my heart forever.

Love you and miss you.

Zhang Lao Shi

Manav Hartono

August 27, 2021

Dear Devu,

There are so many wonderful things I can say about you. You had a one million dollar smile that no one could ever replace, and you touched so many hearts with your generosity and kindness. You were always determined to achieve your academic goals, and you accomplished an array of knowledge and skills during your lifetime.

You played a massive role in my childhood. I will forever cherish the memories we made. My favourite ones include: coming over to play Mario Bros/Kart with you and Viren, our obsession with Candy Crush where we had frequent video calls to help each other pass the levels, our family holidays, swimming in our clubhouses, cops and robbers in KJS and finally, our classic hide and seek around Wing On Court / your place / the park.

I will remember you forever, always in our hearts 🙏

Devin Aswani

August 25, 2021

Dear Devesh,

With a very heavy heart I pray that we meet again someday, I will miss you and always cherish our childhood together with so many fun memories, sleepovers, outings and challenging each other when we first got Segway's. You are a very special friend whom I will hold very close to my heart. I will miss you dearly. Till we meet again.

Dear aunty Mala, uncle Kishore, Kunal, Mia and Viren,

I am so sorry for your tragic loss which is just unfathomable. Devesh was a big part of my childhood years and I have so many beautiful memories that I will keep close to my heart forever. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may God give all of you so much strength during this most difficult time.

I love you all and pray everyday for Devu's soul to be in peace.

Neetu & Sunny Aswani

August 25, 2021

Our Darling Devu,
It has taken me a long time to write this because I feel a void so deep in my heart, I miss you terribly, and love you with all my heart. You were like my son and I pray to the almighty that he takes care of you, dances with you and holds you in his divine embrace. You’re our angel darling Devu, may your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace at the lotus feet of the lord.
I remember the sleepovers at my house with Devin, your math games where you would always beat me and your love for wanting to make a difference in the world. Such a humble young man with a beautiful vision to start a hedge fund and all your commendable charitable work, which you did so passionately ..
I will miss you each second of everyday and will keep you forever in my heart and prayers.
This is not goodbye darling, it is until we meet again 🙏

My Darling Mals, Kishore, Kunal, Mia & Viren,
With a broken heart, we send our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of you, for this inconceivable loss🙏 May God give all if you you the strength, show you the light and guide you through this most difficult time. I promise to walk with you every step of the way, hold you with my heart, never leaving your side, helping you in any and every way I can. Together we will forever honour His beautiful soul, his memories and his legacy..

My memories of Devu…
An impeccable student, loved by all his teachers, with a genius mind for maths, our mathlete! Such humble beginnings with his passion for charity and saving the world, his hedge fund dreams .. his spiciest noodles ever, laughing at me when I would turn red with one bite .. his contagious laughter and his pure as gold heart ..
May he be dancing amongst the Angels, and sitting with the Lord in his divine light and embrace until we meet again …
Love you darling .. always and forever in our hearts and prayers 🙏

Sahil Mirchandani

August 25, 2021

To our Devu,

Never did I think I would have to write this. You are my best friend's little brother, and I always looked at you as a little brother. Forever a kind soul with an indulgent heart. The age gap between us was nonexistent due to your wisdom and intellectual capabilities.

Being in your presence was something I truly enjoyed. That contagious smile of yours was forever engraved on your face that could make all worries disappear.

From going on holidays to London, and around the US in our younger days. To always speaking to you whenever we met. It was an honor to watch you grow up into a humble, cheerful, and brilliant man.

I will forever cherish our last encounter in March of this year. You told me you were going to NYU and all the things you were going to do in the US. You showed me your drive and ambition for one day running a hedge fund, which is something I truly admired. Someone that was always eager to learn and enhance his knowledge.

To Aunty Mala, Uncle Kishore, Kunal, Mia, and Viren. I want you to know that you all raised and shaped Devu to be the most generous, fun-loving, and brightest individual. He is not gone, just a little farther from us.

I wish the world got to see all the amazing things you would have accomplished.

Till we meet again.

Amit Kakar

August 25, 2021

I have known Devesh (lovingly known as Devu )since a little child. His parents Mala and Kishore who are my dear friends have instilled some amazing virtues of compassion, care and a quest for knowledge in all the 3 children. Devesh the youngest of the 3 was the one with biggest zest for knowledge and a passion to achieve his academic goals. I remember the amazing conversations with him around everything from academics to geopolitics and our planet’s sustainability challenges . His desire to learn was such a huge hallmark of his persona. I remember how proud and ecstatic he was when he told me about his dream come true to join NYU this year.
Alas it’s a young soul gone too soon. A life that touched so many and has forever left his mark on each of us. Go with the angels Devu till we meet again.