By Hrishikesh Marale
IT has been one year since Mr Satish Shivnarayan Verma passed away at the age of 62. But his family members, close friends and people of Kasarwadi still can’t believe that an ever-smiling, ever polite and a gentleman to the core, is not in this world.
An advocate, a cricketer, a cricket expert, an activist and an outstanding human being, Mr Satish Verma was a source of inspiration from many. It was Mr Satish Verma who along with his friends like Mr Gulab Landge, Mr Thakeray, Mr Namdeo Kaskar and others started the first cricket team of Kasarwadi in the 70s. The sowed the seeds of cricket on Kasarwadi terrain.
Born and brought up in Kasarwadi which is in Pimpri-Chinchwad area, Mr Satish Verma graduated from Modern College and then went on to become a well-respected lawyer. He practised at the sub-registrar’s office where citizens go through a long nightmare to get their work done. But with the presence of Mr Satish Verma at this office, citizens felt at ease as he got their work done without much hassle and complications. He helped thousands of residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad get their property registered or did their property related work within no time. And this is one of the reasons why several residents admired him, praised him and befriended him. He thus became a popular advocate in whole of Pimpri-Chinchwad. Mr Satish Verma is survived by his wife, Bina or better known as Bina bhabhi, married daughter Reshma, two brothers and their families.
People in Kasarwadi where Mr Satish Verma was born speak very highly of him. Kasarwadians usually don’t speak highly of some residents who left and never returned. But Mr Satish Verma was also present among Kasarwadians, helping them, cooperating with them guiding them, encouraging them. Of late, he was living in Kothrud but never lost touch with people of Kasarwadi. “Mr Satish Verma was a friend of friends. He was selfless soul and extended his best helping hand to those who sought his help,” says Mr Prakash Landge, who had known Mr Satish Verma for 50 years.
Another eminent resident Mr Vilas Pagaria said,”It is difficult to believe Satishbhau is not in this world. He was a true friend. I can recall several occasions when he made complicated task at the sub registrar absolutely simple for ordinarycitizens….For people of Kasarwadi and Pimpri-Chinchwad, his presence at the sub registrar’s office was a reassuring sight.”
For the Verma family, among the respected and popular ones in Kasarwadi, it was a double blow in 2018. As Mr Satish Verma’s sister-in-law Varsha had predeceased him by just a few days. Mr Satish Verma’s father, Shivnarayan Verma, was also a respected figure in Kasarwadi. He was strong, healthy and knoweldgeable person. He was very active till the end. Mr Satish Verma’s mother was a woman much admired in Kasarwadi for her loving and caring nature. Her equation with her daughters in law was always spoken about as the Verma family had never seen a saas-bahu quarrel which is common in most households. Both his parents had died over 15 years back.
Mr Satish Verma’s two brothers, Mr Sanjay Verma and Rajendra Verma, who are rattled by their bhau’s death, are yet to come to terms with the great tragedy they have suffered. Both of them are hard-working, soft-spoken and down to earth just their elder brother. “I never thought we will have to live this life without bhau,” says Mr Sanjay Verma. “I simply can’t believe bhau is not in this world,” says Rajendra Verma with moist eyes.