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TRIBUTE TO KETAN LAKHANI (article first published : 2007-10-16)

Ketan Lakhani passed away at his home in Durban on Friday 28 September. I had the privilege of travelling far and wide with Ketan for many years and know that this last journey would not have daunted him any more than any of the other travails we shared. Ketan’s personality was his passport to philosophical spaces and metaphorical places that most of us hardly dream of. Crossing borders – of culture, class, race and/or religion – was his speciality. No visas required.

He was a big person with big ideas, and little tolerance for small perspectives or self-imposed limitations. Ketan challenged, argued, and counter-argued his way around most of the significant boardrooms in corporate South Africa and the Nordic countries. To be found wanting in the logical or ideological underpinnings of your responses would elicit from him a particularly terrifying kind of exasperation. Mostly tempered with compassion, however - one of his unique trademarks. Many withered beneath it, but most were catapulted forward to new landscapes of understanding. And after wondering desperately how they would ever return to familiar ground, realized they didn’t want to anyway. No-one was more delighted with travellers’ tales of transformation than Ketan.

Contradictory and obstinate, his persistence in holding an opinion on everything was often frustrating, irritating, insufferable and arrogant. He loved being told he was arrogant because for him that was part of the game and such fun. That’s how insufferable and exhilarating he was. Being first in line to receive Ketan’s gaze was a dangerous and extraordinary place to be.

His capacity for truly creative living meant that he was also a master at crafting wonder in his own backyard, too. He knew very well that the greatest journeys are the most intimate ones. He lived well and full. He loved well and full. And he was consummately proud of his loves. His son Bhaskar, daughter Ishtar, family, an extraordinary array of friends, his students; and even his clients, to whom he always described himself as an “equal opportunity abuser.” It was hard not to jostle to be first in line.

Ketan Lakhani lived for the journey of the Now and was a first class traveller in the truth of the moment. For all this he was loved and honoured, and will be remembered. - Nicky du Plessis (October 4, 2007)




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