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Late Rinku Pattni


Jai Shree Krisna



Born: London

August 14, 1975

Om Namah Shivaya



Deceased: London

June 1, 2009

Rinku Pattni 

It is with great regret that we inform the members of our community that Rinku Pattni, d/o Niranjan Vithaldas Shamji Lakha, age 33 very sadly passed away peacefully after her fight against cancer since September 2008 on Monday, 1st June 2009 (Jeth Sud Nom, 2065)


Funeral service was held on Tuesday, 2nd June at 4.00pm

Prathana Sabha (Memorial Service) was held on Monday, 8th June 2009 at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple,  Stanmore, Middlesex, UK.

A tribute to Rinku Pattni by her friend Radha Mehta

as the last rites delivered at Golders Green Crematorium, London

2nd June 2009


Rinku The Person

The poet Philip Larkin said ‘What will survive of us is love’. This couldn’t be a more apt tribute to our dearest friend Rinku.

Everything that Rinku did was from the heart, and so it couldn’t help but touch the heart - which is where we all will continue to carry her wherever we go.


She first touched the hearts of Niru and Nalu entering this world on 14th of August 1975. At Northwick Park Hospital as the eldest of her generation. Born to Lead.

School Days

Her role started at St Margaret’s school in Bushey where she did her ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels. In one of the debates she advocated school uniforms should be abolished. “Brats like my unworthy opponents misbehaving have prompted all school children to wear uniforms. Service providers like Police Airline staff and others wear uniforms not the receivers of their services. Therefore I submit that school teachers should be wearing uniforms and not the pupils”. This statement made her the most popular girl amongst her fellow students as well as all the teachers!



Rinku went on to study economic at the London University, School of Oriental and African Studies. After graduation she went on to pursue a Master degree in Organisational Studies at City University.  Still hungry for more knowledge she went on to do her second masters degree in Indian Religions at SOAS.


She took on an assignment with a firm of literary agents AP Watts evaluating books destined to be published. This gave her a wide insight into writing. In the process she discovered that she had the ability to write.


Rinku, the Writer Laureate
All by herself she toured all over India to research the book she planned to write. While staying in Mumbai she did a course in fashion design and created her own label “Ameya” that she launched at a Fashion show in Mayfair, London. But her heart remained in composing her book. She spent more time in Mumbai, experiencing how ordinary mortals live in the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.


Her book was taking shape. Without telling anyone, she started writing. The scene is Mumbai; the Gunapathy Festival is the background. The characters are ordinary mortals of Juhu coping with daily life.  She transports them to the mythological past when Ganesh is being born. Again moves the reader to the colonial past when the party of Prince of Wales goes to Elephanta Caves and discovers Lord Shiva three dimensions Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. She connects all these time zones and takes the story further. ..


Radha recited a passage from Rinku’s book “ARRANGETRAM”

This is Rinku I know.

This is Rinku that you all now know.

She wrote all this before Slumdog Millionaire.

I look forward to the day when her book is produced as a film.

This is my tribute to Rinku.

What will survive Rinku is this book of hers

- Radha Mehta


The family wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all our relatives, friends and well wishers who stood by us and supported us and sent condolences by personal visit, telephone, by e-mail and paying their respects at the funeral and at the memorial service.




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