Subba’s Serendipitous moments

July 26, 2008

Goodbye Randy!

Randy Paush who in the course of one lecture made thousands of people pause and reflect on their own lives passed away today.

Few people have lived a glorious life, and fewer have had a glorious death. Here is my humble tribute to the great man:

Randy, You couldn’t have done much about the length of your life. The brick wall won this time despite your heroic effort. But in your defeat you demonstrated what you could do with the limited time.

Randy, You changed the quality of the day for others, not just for the people who got in touch with you, but to the thousands of people who came to know you through the Last lecture.

Every time I have discussed your Last Lecture with others, I could discern that you have walked into the consciousness of people and given them confidence, motivation, perspective and direction. Your shining quality of goodness, your personal example of living your dreams radiated in full glory where there was self doubt. You showed what is to live life with courage and conviction in the midst of cowardice and what is to love and live life in a world of lust.

You treated the light things in life very seriously, and the serious things very lightly.

You practiced the highest of arts — the art of living, the art of life itself.

RIP Randy!

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  1. A truly inspirational person he was! A wonderful tribute Subba.
    ..sp

    Comment by Sanjiv — July 26, 2008 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  2. FTR, the Singapore IT Standards Committee (www.itsc.org.sg) chose his creation, Alice, as part of it’s programming contest that we did this year targetted at children 12 years and below. See my post. We will be holding an observation during the prize presentation on August 13 for the contest winners.

    Harish

    Comment by Harish Pillay — July 27, 2008 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  3. subba, words that emanate from the your tribute convey not just the zeal with which Randy Pausch lived but the impact he had on your life and many others who watched his ‘last lecture’. I liked your comment on him ‘You treated the light things in life very seriously, and the serious things very lightly.

    Regards

    milind

    Comment by milind pappu — July 27, 2008 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  4. Anyone who has read his book will feel sad at the passing away of Randy. The world that we live in is so fragmented and yet when people from completely different countries, different cultures feel sad or happy by the same event, we know that we are one as humanity.

    Subba, I have a slightly different take on the word ‘defeat’ you have used in otherwise nicely written tribute.
    If, Randy had cowered like so many others would have ‘naturally’, then Randy coulf have been said to have been defeated. The way he accepted the new challenge, challenge of living a full life in 6 months, Randy has defeated death.

    His memory will continue to inspire all of us to live our lives king size.

    Comment by CKV — August 18, 2008 @ 4:06 pm | Reply


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