May 19, 2011

Raj's Memory Page

To share a story, memory, photo/video or anything else of Raj, please send an email to: All entries will be posted on this page within a few days. 

May 18, 2011

Message from Shannon and Jonathan

How to decide which memory of Raj is the most special? More than a year later, we still can't pick just one. It is all the memories. So, this is more about who he was; what we remember him to be. 

We think of him every day. The ability to become hugely successful but never let it get in the way of friendliness and warmth is a rare trait. How many people can honestly tell you they love you, even before really getting to know you? That's usually an animal thing, not a human thing. It's no surpr...

February 7, 2011

Raj and Close Friend Dan Sharing Some Love

January 3, 2011

Message from Raji Krishnaswami


I must admit I have an interesting connection to Raj. In the electronic music scene from "back in the day", I was perhaps the original "Raj", and Raj Shahani was "TranceyRaj". I spent alot of time with him at this or that nightclub around the millennium and in the first half of the decade, and when I moved to Japan he probably became the pre-eminent "Raj". I used to chastise him for sullying our good name with his questionable taste in Trance music and after returning from overseas, I became th...

December 20, 2010

Message from Susan

I met Raj at a fall 2007 Budokon workshop in NYC, and a friendship was born. He was so playful, encouraging, and quick to make easy conversation. 
As you know, he enjoyed helping and empowering his friends. One way he did so with me was through a friendly coaching barter; he would listen to me, and then discern ideas and actions he believed would provide me with the self-confidence and motivation to succeed.

The following story is one that resonated with me at the time, and it still resonat...

December 1, 2010

Message from Brian

Friends & Family of My Dear Brother Raj,

Thank you for this beautiful commemoration of Raj's work. I was and am proud to call Raj brother, as we were brothers in spirit. 

I share this story with you all because I cannot think of any better way to remember him. Raj and I became involved in charity:water together through a mutual friend. charity:water suggests that on your birthday, you ask friends to donate to their cause as your birthday present. Raj and I were inspired by this...
November 29, 2010

Message from Chris

I spotted him from across the gym.  I found him wandering the the gym floor looking up at the marvelousness of architecture.  I could tell he was new to the gym -- being one of the trainers on staff, I had never seen him before.  I asked if I could help him find something...that's how it started -- our friendship.  Raj became one of my clients with the grand goal of wanting to fight MMA.  He had a spark in his eyes that only hinted at the raging fire that burned in his heart.  He was pas...
November 21, 2010

For Raj from his Family


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tre...

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