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."


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A New Year's Resolution: 2014

“Let our New Year's resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” — Goran Persson

The New Year's resolution is a tradition familiar to many of us. This year as we sit down to create our own personal list, let’s look back and find inspiration in the times we spent with Anuj. Through many of our memorable encounters with him, we were often spectators to lifes key and inspiring life lessons. Lessons like, how to lead a better life, care for those less fortunate than us and live with love and peace were all those Anuj lived by and practiced in his everyday life.

As the New Year dawns on us, lets fondly remember Anuj once again and resolute to better humanity and all its members in 2014.

Friday, December 20, 2013

We Think of You Always: December 20th, 2013

 "We think about you always, we talk about you,
you have never been forgotten, Dad
and you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts,
and there you will remain,
To walk and guide us through, our lives."

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Diwali 2013: Let there be Light

A famous Latin verse goes as such:
"In Luca Tua Videmus Lucem" (In Thy Light we See Light)
Diwali the world over is known as the festival of light signifying the victory of light and all things good. The festival was one of Anuj's favorite growing up. His infectious smile seem to brighten up that much more when it was Diwali time as he decorated the house with brightly colored candles and tea lights, playing with multicolored fireworks and passing out sweet treats to friends and family. 
Anuj lighting up the world with the Goodness of his heart and Diwali Candles. October 1988.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Boston Strong

As David Ortiz lifted that world series trophy tonight, we were once again reminded of Anuj, his love for baseball and his passion for Boston/ New England sports. Not only did Anuj love playing baseball, he truly enjoyed it as a spectator as well. To those who would question his passion for the game, he would often say, "it doesn't look like a lot is going on, but strategic decisions are being made on virtually every pitch." This "thinking man's game" aspect is what kept him hooked. 

Anuj's combined his love for the game of baseball and the city he spent some of his favorite years in by rooting for the Red Sox not just in their good year, but during their low ones as well. Even when he moved out to west coast, he use to often rally his friends and family when Red Sox came to town to play the A's. 

We're sure Anuj would have gotten all of us together to watch the Red Sox win the World Series.

Anuj at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Spring 2004.

Friday, October 04, 2013

2013 Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded

On October 4th, Anuj's high school celebrated its patron St. Francis. As part of the ceremonies, two very deserving students were awarded the Anuj Mohan Scholarships to not just aid and encourage them in future endeavors, but also recognize their hard work and dedication that hopefully will inspire those that follow behind them. This years recipients included:

1) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for “Best Student” for the year 2012-2013: Kautubh Kapur
2) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for securing highest marks in Grade 10: Ayush Jain

This is the third year of the scholarships being awarded at Anuj's high school. The smiles of these students 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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Have A Dream

On this day commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his immeasurable contribution to our society, we are reminded of how he was an inspiration for Anuj as well. During his many years at St. Francis College in Lucknow, India, Anuj showcased his talents in a number of areas including debates, drama, quiz competitions, and of course, all kinds of sports. However, the area of competition in which he began his multi-year run of winning countless awards was called "public elocution". Competitors gave a prepared speech in front of a large live audience and were judged by their clarity of delivery, passion, ability to connect with the audience, and originality, among a number of other criteria.

For his first attempt on stage Anuj chose MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Like they did for millions of others, King's words moved him even at that young age - Anuj was in middle school at the time. He felt that conveying MLK's passion and strength of purpose would be a worthy challenge. Anuj understood Martin Luther King Jr.'s deep connection to India based on the latter's lifelong public admiration of Mahatma Gandhi. Therefore he wanted to deliver the speech in a manner that was a true tribute to this great man. He not only succeeded in doing that but in the process won first prize in the contest. His entire family was so proud.

We remain proud to this day because Anuj chose not only to deliver a speech by King, but decided to live his life in a manner inspired by him as well. And those who were lucky enough to cross paths with Anuj, even for a brief time, know that he unequivocally succeeded in achieving that goal.

Anuj holding one of the many awards he won on stage during his time at St. Francis College.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dad's Birthday: 2013

Remembering Dad & Anuj on his birthday today. Two best friends who always thought of each other and everyone around them. Anuj always made it a point to send a birthday card to dad every year. Can still remember the smile on his face when he received the card.

We send our love today,
Just like we do Everyday;
Please look down upon us,
Just like you have Always.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dad Day, 2013

Its often easy to be a father, hard to be a dad!
Remembering an endearing & inspiring relationship,
On this Father's Day.
Miss you both!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013: We Always Remember You

"We light a candle,
And we see it glow,
We watch it dance,
When we feel low,
We think of you,
We think of light,
You’ll always be here,
Day or night,
Out of sight, but in our Hearts.
The brightness of the times we shared,
Still burns with all its brilliance,
In our hearts and in our minds.
We know you have not left,
That you are not gone,
But instead you sit up there with the Lord
and now watch upon us All..."


We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 2557 days.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Old Friends: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

Anuj with his high school Soccer team, 1993.
He is in the middle of the bottom row, wearing the blue t-shirt.

This photographed was posted on Facebook by one of Anuj's team mates and below are a couple of comments by his close friends from high school at St. Francis' College, Lucknow, India.

Vikas sums up our beloved Anuj in one powerful word, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

"The boy you see in the center with blue t-shirt, Anuj Mohan. He was full of incredible qualities, created bond of love and friendship with everyone he met. One of the brilliant student this school ever had. He was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
I miss you buddy."

- Vikas Soni

"Since we are recalling our legendary sportsmen... outstanding as a football goalie and in basketball with his infectious smile and laughter- sadly the late Anuj Mohan"
- Vikas Dutta

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

April 9th, 2013: Remembering Anuj on his Birthday

"Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade,
Because one loved is gone.
They last till the longest day.
They never wear out or get lost.
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart.
We think of you in silence.
Your charming ways and smiling face, are a pleasure to recall.
As long as there is a memory
You live on in our hearts"


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Year, 2013: Ring in the New Year with Bells of Rememberance

Time has a tendency to fly away fast. But the memories it leaves us with are priceless. 

As we ring in the New Year, with the Bells of Remembrance, we are full of hope. Our determination to keep Anuj’s legacy alive and make his dreams come true is renewed and stronger than it has ever been. 

In this new year, lets make a resolution to continue to march forward on the path shown to us by this great human being.

Friday, December 21, 2012

'It is the Season of Remembrance

Albert Einstein once said “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.

The selfless man that Anuj was, inspired so many of us by his kindness, giving and joyous personality. Keep him in your hearts and minds during this season of giving, and as you think of those less fortunate than us.

Anuj & Dad at MIT. May, 2004

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Our Memories Span Miles

"Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad cause I miss you I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss." - Anonymous

Anuj in Pennsylvania. August, 2005.

Anuj with Dad. August, 2004.

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012: We Always Remember You

Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on
Cherished memories never fade
they live on in our hearts
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure...
Yesterday, today, tomorrow,
We always remember you.


We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 2192 days.

Monday, April 09, 2012

April 9th, 2012: Remembering Anuj on his Birthday

Our thoughts are ever with you
Those who loved you dearly
Are thinking of you today.

Everyday in some small way
Memories of you come our way.
Though absent, you are always near
Still missed, loved and always dear.

I lit a candle tonight, in honor of you
Remembering your life, and all the times we’d been through.
Such a small little light the candle made
Until I realized how much in darkness it lit the way.

Thank you for loving and sharing,
For giving and for caring.

Your presence we miss,
Your memory we treasure,
Loving you always,
Forgetting you never.

In the hearts of those who loved you
You will always be there.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Anuj & his Father: Inspiration for New Schools

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
~Kofi Annan
After having spent time with Anuj, we all sooner or later realized that he cared about making world a better place to live in. In order to do so, he was a strong believer in education and his ideology is the foundation for the Anuj Mohan Scholarship Fund - Improving world, one child at a time with the power of education.
With this in mind, the Mohan family has once again pledged to form 6 schools in rural parts of India. In association with Ekal Vidyalay, the largest, non-government education movement in India, operating in over 36,783 villages and educating over 1,035,344 children in rural India. Each school currently holds 30-35 students and is providing education in basic fields such as math and science.
We had pledged support to the same organization last year as well. Additional information regarding last year’s support can be found here.
We would like to thank everyone involved in once again making Anuj’s dream slowly but surely a reality as we march towards our main goal of establishing the scholarship at his alma maters, MIT & University of Pennsylvania’s’ – Wharton School of Business. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Modest yet Inspirational

"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
- Confusius

Words by great men are often considered to be inspirational, however, Anuj was a unique individual who quitely taught us to lead better lives and hence inspired us not by words but by actions.

You are always in our thoughts!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

October 4th, 2011: Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded

October 4th, 2011: St. Francis' College, Anuj's high school, awarded two scholarships in his honor on the school's 126 anniversary aka Patron's Day. This is the second consecutive year that the scholarships have been awarded.

Recipients include:
1) Siddharth Kapoor: Anuj Mohan Scholarship for Best Student
2) Pranav Rai: Anuj Mohan Scholarship for Ranking 1st in Class 10
We as a family are proud for not just helping these young talents embark on a journey towards bright futures, but also to keep both Anuj's legacy and dream alive.
Wishing them success in years to come.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Back to School: 1997

Remembering some Back to School memories from Anuj's past.

Back in 1997, when Anuj returned to MIT and his home away from home at the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house, he was bestowed with responsibility of welcoming the incoming freshman class and make them feel at home. Who better for the job than Anuj?!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Kindness is tenderness.
Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love...
Kindness is good will.
Kindness says, "I want you to be happy".
-Randolph Ray

Kindness was a trait inherent in Anuj's everyday life.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June 11, 2011: We Will Light a Candle for You

"I will light a candle for you.
To shatter all the darkness and bless the times we knew.
Like a beacon in the night
The flame will burn bright and guide us on our way.
Oh, today I light a candle for you."
- Paul Alexander
We miss you today. Just like we have for the last 1825 days.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 9th, 2011: Remembering Anuj on his Birthday

There's a very special garden

Where the trees of memory grow

Nurtured by the kindness

And concern that good friends show.

The roots are cherished memories

Of good times in the past

The branches tender promises

That souls endure and last.

It's a place of peace and beauty

Where bright new hopes can start

It's memory's lovely garden

That soothes the hurting heart.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

A New Year: A New Beginning

As we turn the page on 2010 and start a new journey in 2011, we would like to reflect a little on a long but fruitful year that produced many high points for both Anuj and the Anuj Mohan Scholarship Fund. As an extension of the scholarship, in early October, Anuj Mohan Scholarship Fund awarded recognized and honored two students at St. Francis College (Anuj’s High school). Following this, in middle November, in pursuing the goal of improving society through education we started a school in rural India through a large scale initiative called Ekal Vidyalaya (One School). In late December as another mark of Anuj and his dad’s legacy, the decision to plant two trees in the Bay Area was finalized and will take place early 2011.

By walking on the path shown to us by Anuj and his dad, we have managed to stick together and help each other in times of need. We take this opportunity to appreciate all the love, support and dedication we have received from everyone. With hope alive in our hearts and mind, we pledge to work even harder towards making Anuj’s dream a reality.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ekal Vidyalaya: A School In Honor of Anuj & his Father

“If you wish to make an impact for one year, plant corn; if you wish to make an impact for a generation, plant a tree; if you wish to make an impact for an eternity, educate a child”

For Anuj, education was never about one person, but instead about the entire community. In its efforts to preach Anuj's message of education for everyone, the Mohan Family has pledged to fund an elementary school in rural India. The school started in association with a grassroots organization called Ekal Vidyalaya (One School) opened its doors on November 1st, 2010. The Ekal movement is the largest, non-government education movement in India, operating in over 34,343 villages and educating over 1,030,290 children in rural India.

In keeping with our mission in mind, the school is dedicated to the loving memory of Anuj and his father Aditya Mohan and will continue to operate for many years to come. With the idea of building from the ground up, the school will be providing children with elementary level education.

Our goal as always is to make Anuj's dream of recognizing any and all opportunities of providing less fortunate children with the power of quality education, a reality. This is just another step in doing the same. Anuj will be proud to see the impact that a child can bring after receiving education at this school. With the hope that these children will help cultivate an entire community, here is wishing them success in the years to come.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Anuj Mohan Scholarship Awarded

We are proud to announce that yet another Anuj Mohan Scholarship was awarded this week. The awards were given out at Anuj's high school - St. Francis' College.

1) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for “Best Student” for the year 2009-2010: Mohd Athar
2) Anuj Mohan Scholarship for securing highest marks in Grade 10: Shubham Agarwal

The day was extra special as the school also celebrated 125th year since it was founded back in 1884. The school continues to produce great talent like Anuj and we only hope that the scholarship will help the deserving winners accomplish their dreams and become role model for future generations. We would like to congratulate both the recipients and wish them continued success.

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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anuj's Thesis at Library of Congress

Recently the Mohan family was informed of some welcoming news from the Library of Congress. Anuj’s Master Thesis titled “Example-Based Object Detection in Images by Components” which he wrote with his advisers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tomaso Poggio and Constantine Papageorgiou is part of the breathtaking collection of archives at the Library. The paper that was published in an IEEE journal is housed in a bound volume of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Volume 23, January-June 2001.

The Library of Congress which is nation’s Oldest Federal Cultural Institution, serves as the research arm of Congress. The library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collation of knowledge and creativity for future generation.

We are proud and honored for Anuj’s work being a part of the largest library in the world. For the family that comes after Anuj, those who might have heard of him but never met him, and the rest who can still learn from his findings, this has created a sacred and long lasting symbol which will in a way has immortalized not only his research but Anuj as well. We hope to come with our children and grandchildren one day to introduce Anuj to them and his cutting edge research.