Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Friends Forever: Anuj & Dad

Remembering Dad on his birthday. Anuj & him showing off their beautiful and contagious smiles in Boston.

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11th, 2018: We feel your warmth around us

“We feel your warmth around us,
like your presence is so near.
We close our eyes to visualize
your face when you were here.
We remember the times we spent together,
as they are locked inside our hearts,
For as long as we have those memories
we will never be apart.
Even though we cannot speak anymore,
Your voice and laugh echo through our days,
guiding us through our life journeys.
And every night before we sleep,
we have you in our prayers.”

We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 4383 days.

Monday, April 09, 2018

April 9th, 2018: You Are Our Special Star

"Those we love
don't go away,
they walk besides us
every day...
unseen, unheard
but always near,
still loved,
still missed and very dear.

You are missed each
and every day,
but today on your birthday, 
we miss a little extra
for you were
So very special
who meant more than
words can say."

Anuj's 10th birthday. April, 1986.

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year 2018: Renewed Hope

“As we gather together with our friends and family to celebrate another year ending and a new one beginning, let us look back and be inspired by the experiences we had and learn from the mistakes we made.

Lets also look forward to this new year with the anticipation and excitement of a child. Embrace the New Year with a positive outlook and a determined spirit to make all our dreams come true.” 

With Anuj's life as an inspiration, we begin the new year with renewed hope. The hope that we will have the strength to carry on his mission and fulfill his desire of helping others through the Anuj Mohan Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 19th, 2017: We Love You Dad

F: For the Friend that you were
A: For the Anchor that we could rely on
T: For the Teacher we learnt so much from
H: For the Hero we looked upto
E: For the constant source of Encouragement
R: For the Role model we were always proud of

In honor of Anuj's Dad. You live on in our hearts and minds!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

2017 Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded


Names of winners as published in the 2017 Yearbook

The Mohan family is once again glad to announce the winners of the 2017 Anuj Mohan Scholarship awarded annually at his high school, St. Francis' College. The celebrations occur on October 4th of every year and honor the founding of the school back in 1885. It was the 132nd occurrence of the event this year. The two winners for the 7th annual Anuj Mohan Scholarship for the year 2017 include: 

1) Shashwat Chitransh for being the 'Best Student' in 12th grade   
2) Aditya Singh Chauhan for securing the highest marks in ICSE Exams that take place in 10th grade

This time of year is always bitter sweet for all loved ones. While on one hand, we are once again reminded of void left by Anuj, yet we are also contended to welcome newest members of Anuj's family who will further his legacy for generations to come.  

More info on other the scholarship recipients (Page 30) and other reflections from the year gone by can be found here. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dad's Birthday: July 18th, 2017

Thank you for being the angels who look upon us every second of the day.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18th, 2017: Happy Father's Day

“No love is greater than that of a father for His son.”
 ~ Dan Brown

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 11th, 2017: You are Our Star!

“The beam shines down,
The rays so bright,
The stars come forward,
At the dead of night.

An angel gained,
A distance apart,
Our friendship lives on,
In a place in our hearts.

A loss like this,
Won't heal too soon.
But for as long as we have memories,
Of times spent together,
We will never be apart.
You light the sky,
The sun, the stars, the moon.

We feel you close,
You're always here,
The glow of the sun,
You are Our Dearest Star!”


We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 4018 days.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

April 9th, 2017: Anuj's Birthday - With Love from Us!

"As I opened my eyes this morning,
And looked to the heavens above,
I whispered, 'Happy Birthday',
And sent you all my love,
To a star in the sky, not far away.

We walk down memory lane,
There we see you smiling,
We talk with you again, 
Reminisce old times.
And as we wander slowly back,
We seem to hear you say,
Don't grieve. Don't cry,
For we will together some day.

Our thoughts are with you on this day,
Happy memories come to mind.
Of one we loved with all our hearts,
And will till the end of time."


Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year 2017: Be Better

Anuj was an inspiration to us all. Through every small or big act, he taught us to live a little more, to dare a little more, to help a little more and most importantly to love a little more.

As we all step into a new year, let us renew our commitment to being a little better not just for ourselves but everyone around.

“With every rising of the sun in the New Year
There is a light everywhere
And it cannot ever be extinguished.
For it is also inside us all.
As it penetrates the darkness,
With its soft and tranquil beams.
It calms even the most restless soul,
And brings new hopes and dreams.
As a new day & new year dawns upon us all
Let us be with new strength and new thoughts.”

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

2016 Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded

Shubh Agarwal receiving his Anuj Mohan Scholarship Award from Dr. Gerald Mathias
On the day that Anuj's high school, St. Francis' College in Lucknow celebrated its 131st year since founding, the guest of honor, Rev.Dr. Gerald John Mathias, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lucknow along with the school principal Rev. Fr. Alwyn Moras announced the recipients of the 2016 Anuj Mohan Scholarships. The two winners for the 6th annual Anuj Mohan Scholarship for the year 2016 include: 

1) Shubh Agarwal for securing the highest marks in 10th grade during the ICSE Examination
2) Mohd. Shoaib Abbas for being the 'Best Student' 12th grade   

We the Mohan Family cannot be prouder for continuing to keep Anuj's legacy alive by inspiring the up and coming youth and recognizing their hard work and encouraging them to continue to succeed in the bright future. 

The joy on the kids faces reminded us of the magical smile that Anuj always had; the same one that could light a room the moment he walked into it.
We also want to convey our gratitude to everyone who has and continues to aid this charitable and noble cause. Your continued support is much appreciated.

More information about the 2016 Patron's Day celebrations including a few photos from the festivities can be found here. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dad's Birthday, 2016

Dad would have 77 today! As we remember him, we are also reminded of Anuj and the special relationship that the two of them had.
They weren't just Dad & Son (even though Dad carried him on his shoulders);
They weren't just best friends (even though they loved debating about current affairs).
They were a twosome whose kinship was unbreakable by any force in this universe.
From the love for reading to one for being selfless, they shared so much in common.
A union truly anchored in love and care not just for everyone around them, but most importantly for each other.
We love and dearly miss you both.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016: Your Memory Burns Bright

“We light a candle,
And watch it glow,
We see the flame dance,
When I feel low,
We think of you,
When we think of light,
You'll always be here,
Day or night,
The candle flickers,
out of sight,
but in our hearts,
You still burn bright,
We think not of sadness,
‘Cause you are not near,
We think of gladness,
And joyous cheer,
For you have not left,
Not gone,
You sit up there in the clear blue skies and starry nights
Watching over us all”


We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 3653 days.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th: Never Far Apart

“You left us peaceful memories, 
Your life full of loving deeds,
Forever thoughtful of our special needs,
Your love still our guide,
walking beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
As long as there is memory, they'll live on and felt in our hearts.”

~Unknown Author

Those we love can never be more than a thought apart.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

April 9th, 2016: Anuj's Birthday - Thinking Of You With Love

"We think of you with love today,
but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
and days before that too.
We think of you in silence,
we often speak your name.
I see your beaming smile as I close my eyes
I hear your voice so deep and strong
My heart & mind full of times we shared
Trying to forget that you are not here
Your memory is our keepsake,
with which we will never part.
God has you in His keeping,
we have you in our hearts.
I hope you are looking down on us today
To see how much you are missed and loved
Especially today on your birthday."

~Author Unknown

Monday, April 04, 2016

2015 Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded

This post has been long time coming. On October 4th of last year, Anuj's high school celebrated its patron St. Francis. As part of the ceremonies, two very deserving students were awarded the fifth annual Anuj Mohan Scholarships to not just aid and encourage future educational endeavors, but also recognize their hard work and dedication that hopefully will inspire those who follow. This years recipients included:

1) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for “Best Student” for the year 2014-2015: Aman Johnathan Prakash
2) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for securing highest marks in Grade 10: Nitish Gupta & Anirudh Agarwal

The joy on the kids faces reminded us of the magical smile that Anuj had, the same one that could light a room the moment he walked into it.

We want to convey our gratitude to everyone who has and continues to aid this charitable and noble cause. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year 2016: Inspire Us

1/1/2016. A new book is open. Its pages are blank soon to be filled by our words and actions. And as we wake up on this beautiful 1st morning of year, full of hope & valor to take on this challenge, let us all take a moment to remember Anuj who is still with us in every beautiful moment of our lives.

"We know;
You are the thousand winds that blow.
You are the diamond glint on the snow;
You are the sunlight on ripened grain;
You are the gentle rain.
When we waken in the morning's hush
You are the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
You are the soft stars that shine at night.
For everything beautiful that we see
Brings a memory of you."

We know you are there, inspiring us to live life to the fullest. Thank you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 11, 2015: You Are Still With Us In Each New Dawn

“You give you this one thought to keep.
You are with us still. You do not sleep.
You are the thousand winds that blow.
You are the diamond that glints on the snow.
You are the sunlight on ripened grain.
You are the gentle autumn rain.

When I awaken in the morning’s hush,
You are the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
You are the soft stars that shine at night.
We do not think of you as gone.
For you are still with us in each new dawn.”


We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 3287 days.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Run with a Purpose!

Last weekend, I made my maiden attempt at a long distance endurance event. I ran and completed the 12k/ 7mile Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, California. The race route stretches the entire length of the city, from the SF bay to the Pacific Ocean. The 103 year old event is meant to be a festive event allowing folks from far and near to dress up in their favorite costumes while running.

I am not sure how and when people started to associate endurance events to honoring the memory of our loved ones, but to me it does not seem surprising. The emotional and physical strength required to complete an endurance event to me is similar to overcoming loss. We need to often dig deep and look for inspiration to overcome both. My inspiration lied in Anuj - the good guy, athlete, motivator, inspirer we all know and love. And while yes, to an avid runner the distance might seem relatively easy, but for a novice like me, I definitely had to dig deeper to complete the course. His memory is what kept me going especially in the last 2 miles when my body was feeling pretty rough, but I thought of him and I knew I couldn't quit now.

Being a bay area native for many years now, I had partaken in the annual event before but always from the side line. So to actually be part of it especially when it held a special meaning for me and doing so with 50,000 other folks who also ran with I am sure some hidden motivation is something I will never forget and will always hold close to my heart.

Run with a Purpose; Run to be Inspired; Run to Inspire. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

April 9th, 2015: Remembering Anuj's on His Birthday

"In our heart you are still here
Calming all our worries and fears
You are here, and have not gone.
Your love is all around us.
You are the sweet song of a bluebird
You are the roses in the garden.
Whenever we are missing you
We look up to heaven’s skies.
And see you in the twinkle of the stars.
The sunset, and sunrise.
You are a raindrop and the rainbow.
You are everywhere
We know that you live on
Just like our love for you.

We never need a special day
To bring you to our mind,
For days without a thought of you,
Are very hard to find.
We send our love and a prayer
To the one we think the world of
And miss beyond compare."


Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year 2015: Past, Present, Future

Every end is a new beginning.

But as we wake up this morning on the 1st day of 2015 with the freshness of a new bloom in the air, let us also not forget the past. Infact, let us resolute to learn from it.
Our past is what will give us strength and courage to bravely face all that lies ahead.
Our past will inspire us to make more memories with the ones we love and cherish them all.
It is our past which will make us better in the future.

"Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart." Unknown

We will always love you, remember you and be inspired by you. You will always be a part our past, our present and most importantly of our future.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Golden Boot!

As the 2014 Fifa football World Cup spectacle came to an end today, we were once again reminded of Anuj. We all know of Anuj’s love for sports in general but few might be aware that Anuj infact played soccer for his high school. He often frustrated forwards from all over playing as the goalie and blocking their shots and keeping the ball away from the back of the net. He however not only loved playing the sport but also enjoyed it as a spectator especially when it came to the World Cup.
A quick story: Back in 1994 when the World Cup was hosted by United States, Anuj remained glued to the TV screens watching every match despite the fact that they were on in the middle of the night in India. Due to his dedication to the games, he tracked various tallies of goals and blocks etc. This came in handy for a completion being run by the local TV stations where viewers were asked to submit the name of the expected Golden Boot winner. Anuj not only successfully submitted the names of Russian Oleg Salenko & Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov, he went on to win the lucky draw and had the opportunity to accept his prize live on TV. Unfortunately, the same day he came down with the flu and was unable to do so, but his love and passion for the game shined through never the less.
And as ever, despite the disappointment of not being able to make it, Anuj never let go of the smile that he always carried. Play On!

Monday, July 07, 2014

June 11, 2014: We Have You In Our Prayers

"We feel the warmth around us
like your presence is so near,
As we close our eyes to envision
your face when you were here,
We are reminded of the times spent together
as they are forever locked inside my heart.
For as long as we have those memories
We will never be apart.

An angel gained;
Perhaps a distance apart,
Our friendship will always live on,
In a place in our heart.

A loss like this,
Won't heal soon,
But you light the sky,
The sun, the stars, the moon.

Every night before we sleep
We have you in our prayers."
We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 2992 days.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 9th, 2014: Remembering Anuj's on His Birthday

"We never need a special day
To bring you to our minds,
For days without a thought of you,
Are very hard to find.

A beautiful Rose
Gone to the sky
Way up high.

Your smile lit up the room
When you entered
Your touch calmed our souls
When we are in despair
Your presence was felt
Forever more

You embraced us with protective arms
You gave advice with earnest truth

Somewhere way up high
You are smiling down

All our lives we will miss you
As the years come and go,
But in our hearts you will live forever,
Because we love you so.
Your smile,
Your beauty,
Your love,
Will never be forgotten."