Anil will always be in
the prayers and memories of everyone at Instinet.
Some of his co-workers share some of their thoughts
about him here:
The essence of Anil for
me was his gentle low key style, combined with
his powerful intellect. I wasn't lucky enough
to regularly spend much time with Anil in person;
mostly it was those conference calls, usually
with lots of NY background noise, often with Anil
on the far end of a perhaps flaky line in Tokyo
or somewhere. Discussion would flow and the first
input from Anil would trigger a round of repositioning
microphones; then Anil would have to repeat so
we could hear him - the key being that everyone
always wanted to make sure we heard the always
valuable words from our guru.
Somehow Anil's unique style
also managed to come through in his e-mails; the
short tentative sentences, the opinions expressed
as questions, and the absence of capital letters.
I'll also miss the phone
calls, always heralding a stimulating discussion,
which began "I just wanted to try out some ideas
on you". He was always the most calm and civilized
friend and colleague.
I got to know Anil quite well this year when he
joined the Asia Management Group and came over
to visit us often in the Far East. Anil spoke
fluent Japanese and was quickly adopted as one
of us. Anil was always humble and soft-spoken,
but when he spoke, it was because he knew how
to help. He would call me in HK at midnight NY
time to talk about development project costs --
talk about dedication to Instinet! I joked with
him that he must sleep with his computer so that
he could respond to his email at all times.
When I heard the news about
Anil, I could not believe it. It was only the
week before that Anil spent a week in the Tokyo
office with me and the Asia management team. I
wished him a safe flight home. If only he had
stayed longer in Tokyo office… I believe that
Anil has been found and God has found him and
is keeping him safe. He will always be with us
in spirit and in memories. My thoughts and prayers
go to his family and all in the NY office.
I put together a photo
book last year, August 2000, when a bunch of us
were over in the Tokyo office preparing for the
Tokyo Stock Exchange Membership implementation.
If you look thru it, there is a photo of Anil
with Fukushi-san, his "main man" in the IJL office.
I always thought of Anil as the zen-master of
There was a great deal
of mutual respect and camaraderie amongst all
the people shown here. Anil had dealings with
all of them, and shared a meal or two with many
of them. I'm sending the whole book, because I
thought Anil's family might like to see what some
of these folks looked like.
When I look at the expressions
on these faces, the phrase "blissful innocence"
comes to mind. Anil had a lot to do with that,
by always conducting himself in a manner that
was calm and quiet, yet commanding and confident.
My heart goes out to his
family and to our family here at Instinet. Anil
will be sorely missed. Wherever his soul is, I'm
certain he is at peace.
-- Rene Dickens
Having been born in India,
raised in Japan, schooled in California by way
of Canada, and frequently visiting his family
in Thailand, Anil was truly a citizen of the world,
even apart from his duties at Instinet. But as
head of the Global Exchange Linkages at Instinet,
he took world travel to amazing new heights. Anil
made the Europe swing, the Asia swing, sometimes
five countries in five days, like a magistrate
riding the circuit. I would joke with him that
every time he went around the world west to east
- NY, London, Tokyo, NY - he actually became a
Building linkages was what
Anil was all about. The linkages between Instinet
and stock exchanges around the globe. The linkage
of people of diverse nationalities to form a global
team. The linkage of the various tribes of Instinet;
developers, sys admins, traders, business analysts,
senior management, support groups, not to mention
vendors and exchanges, to form cohesive cross-functional
teams that actually succeeded and delivered.
Anil stressed the human
side of the technology products he orchestrated.
For every role in the project, Anil would ask,
"how is this new thing we're building going to
change your life". And then Anil would guide them,
all of them, through those changes. To have that
kind of influence, Anil needed to build strong
relationships across all these diverse domains.
Anil built these relationships on trust, honesty,
integrity, and frankness. Apart from my wife,
Anil Bharvaney was the only person on the planet
that I trusted 100 percent.
As he raced through the
time zones, it was like he never slept. He would
chair meetings across three continents from his
hotel room, at 2am local time, and be in the hotel
lobby for breakfast by 7:30. If I sent him an
e-mail, at any time, no matter what time zone
he was in, I'd usually get an answer right away.
Back in the States, those
of us left behind often met with "Anil-in-the-box",
the speakerphone on the conference room table.
Anil was extremely soft-spoken. The image of five
necks craning across a conference room table,
five ears attached to the speakerphone like petals
on a flower, draws a warm laugh from anyone who's
Once I was in Tokyo with
Anil. The night before, we were dinner guests
of Instinet Asia at the exclusive Sazanka restaurant
atop the Hotel Okura. We were served a Japanese
style meal called teppanyaki. It featured tables
with embedded grills, with expert chefs cooking
many courses while we looked on. The next night,
Anil expertly navigated us through the labyrinthine
Tokyo subway system. We emerged in Shinjuku, Tokyo's
answer to Times Square. We walked a few blocks,
through streets and alleys and went though a doorway,
upstairs to a storefront restaurant. "Tonight
we are having okonomiyaki", Anil informed me.
We were led to a table. The table had an embedded
grill like the night before, but it was a table
for two, with no place for a chef to stand. Anil
ordered for both of us - the menu was in Japanese,
of course. Soon our waitress came. She heated
up our grill and brought our food. Well, at least
the raw materials for the food. Egg batter, beef,
seafood, and vegetables. Anil cooked as I watched
in awe. We ate. As the meal progressed, I watched
him carefully. Sure enough, near the end of the
meal, he told me it was my turn to cook. I tried,
gingerly, knowing I would be rescued if I made
too bad a mess of things.
In the many years I worked
for Anil, he never directly told me what to do.
Instead, he would ask me questions. Usually, if
our thoughts were in sync, the process was short,
and was simply an affirmation. But if we weren't
in sync, he would ask questions to rein me in,
back on the path, until the answers I gave made
it clear to me what had to be done.
I was in London when the
tragedy of September 11th took place. Going to
the office the next morning, I made my way from
the hotel to the Underground station. Instinctively,
I went to the ticket machine on left wall just
inside the station entrance, took out £1.50, and
pressed the Zone 1 button. It dawned on me that
even this most basic, everyday life procedure
was something Anil had taught me.
In his bio, Anil's quote
is "At first: figure out what is the right thing
to do, then second: have the courage to carry
it out". He told me that this was advice given
to him by his father, and he truly lived by it.
Having walked down many roads with Anil leaves
me both honored and humbled. Most of all, I'll
miss him, as a teacher and role model, as a colleague
and as a friend.
-- Mike Meehan
Anil was a very gentle, kind and thoughtful person.
He was greatly respected by all the staff in Asia/Pacific
and over time had developed strong friendships
with many of them.
Anil joined the Asia Management Group early this
year and contributed a great deal. His wealth
of knowledge and experience in the technology
field, coupled with his unique touch in dealing
with people and situations, proved to be invaluable;
his sound reasoning and judgment were both an
enriching and a sobering influence on us all.
Anil will be greatly missed by all of us.
-- Geoffrey Flynn
To Anilbhai, whom I met this year at Instinet in
Toronto office: We were working together on the
TOWER project to link the Toronto Stock Exchange.
I have never met any one like him who is very
knowledgeable, constructive and soft-spoken. When
I started working with Anilbhai, I had lots of
questions about this project. Anilbhai set me
down in the boardroom and drew four boxes, put
a few labels and gave me the full explanation
of how stock exchange linkage works and what happens
to order in TOWER. Yet to this date, even though
I do not have any notes or diagrams, I still remember
the whole picture and know how linkage works,
all because of the way Anilbhai drew the simple
diagram. Anilbhai had a very good knowledge and
teaching technique. I do feel that how come I
did not met Anilbhai years ago, I would have learned
a lot more. Since I heard about Anilbhai and the
WTC, I am hoping for a miracle at ground zero
for Anilbhai 's return.
Anilbhai we all will miss you. In case if any one
wants to know why I said Anilbhai, in our Indian
custom we address any older male person with "Bhai"
after the name. Thank U.
-- Girish Patel
I am personally very affected by Anil's departure.
The other day, I was so troubled that I wanted
to speak about Anil to another of my best friends,
and I told him the following:
At my very first meeting with Anil (a conference
call during my hiring process) I had a good overview
of what my relationship with him would be in the
next four years: honesty, trust, respect, interest
in technology and a big problem to hear him over
I saw in the past years two faces in Anil: The
technician who made his projects work and the
manager of a large team. He was able to have a
wide view of the industry and to focus on detailed
He leaves behind him a group of team players. These
individuals can only continue to act in the same
way in the future. I don't know anyone who didn't
enjoy working with him as he always took great
care of individuals.
Only a few people in my life taught me that much,
both in my professional life and in my personal
behavior. Anil had a unique way of sharing his
thoughts and methods. We all remember meetings
with him, where he was introducing the issues,
then everyone was speaking for hours, Anil staying
almost silent waiting for the end to say "Hum,
I have three more questions…" Simply the key points.
We became friends and started to share personal
stories, feelings and taste for good things. We
ended up meeting in all sorts of places ranging
from Europe and to New York. Po and Anil never
let me down when I was staying for the weekend
in New York, taking me to Philadelphia, Princeton
and other parts of New Jersey. On my side, I took
great delight in returning the favour by showing
Paris and those tiny places where the food and
wine are highly recommended for the health.
What I was trying to explain to my friend is that
Anil was a model and a friend for so many people
around the world. The sum of our pain is unbelievable.
My friend concluded, "I wish I knew him, you were
lucky you crossed his path"
Wherever your soul is, Anil, I'm sure that place
is going to be greater. Au revoir, mon ami.
-- Alain Leroux
I am thankful that I knew Anil Bharvaney. I didn't
know him for very long, but from the few meetings
and emails I received from Anil, I admired and
respected his kind and gentle manner.
Here is just one example of his leadership-
From: Anil Bharvaney
I heard so many superlatives in today's meeting
about how you folks managed the "unplanned" power
outage at NFC, that i just had to say...
very well done folks!
-- Kim Ngo
Although a while ago - maybe five years, I remember
very well a warm evening in Paris and sitting
outside a wonderful restaurant - the Moliere -
with the French traders and Anil, whom we had
persuaded to join us.
Although our paths rarely crossed since, I remember
Anil for his warmth and friendliness to a group
of relative strangers in a beautiful city on a
balmy, innocent night.
Thanks Anil for joining us that night.
-- Charlie Guy
My greatest memory of Anil and the merry team he
led is as follows:
During my time in Hong Kong, we were working with
Anil and his team on building a Direct Link to
Australia and or Japan. It was mid-late morning
Hong Kong time, which meant Anil and his team
were up late at night in NY. I think they were
working from someone's apartment and we had a
great time joking that we could hear the refrigerator
opening and chips being crunched as he and his
team attended the conference call. those on the
Far east end. I certainly noticed the effort of
he and his team to work at ANY HOUR of the night
to help achieve our goals and build our vision
for Instinet in Asia. Although he worked more
closely with others than myself, I immediately
got to feel the true dedication to his work and
the effort he received from his team. The quality
of the exchange linkages built around the world
were a real tribute to his knowledge and most
of all his willingness to work as a team.
Anil always had a good smile for me and was always
the most pleasant man in an ever demanding environment
I will truly miss his smile.
I didn't know Anil that well as I never really
worked for or with him, but I did attend a few
meetings with him. I was surprised that he remembered
my name and always had a friendly smile to give
the few times we bumped into each other. He always
spoke with such confidence and clarity and seemed
to know how to help people reach a compromise.
He too will be dearly missed.
-- Scott Kravatz
Anil has meant a lot to me and to a lot of people
that have worked closely with him. I remember
when I first joined Instinet the team was small.
It was only Anil, Sutapa, Mike, Steven and myself.
We grew from 5 people to 80 plus.
Modesty: I remember one of the first times
we went to Tokyo together for the Tora project,
our Head Trader in Tokyo asked Anil to do a presentation
to all the traders in Japanese. Anil was very
reluctant to do this but eventually agreed and
presented to our Tokyo traders. I asked him afterwards
why he was reluctant, and he would say in his
own modest way that his Japanese was not fluent
enough. A couple of years later after I got closer
to the Tokyo employees, the topic of Anil's Japanese
came up. Apparently his Japanese was perfect.
Leadership: At Instinet we have many leaders,
but Anil was special. The only way I can describe
it was I felt that he was a leader of leaders.
Anil would lead by example with his hard work
and knowledge, but once he felt people were up
to speed, he would let go. Anil would take control
of situations when he needed to and be the final
decision-maker. Anil would listen to what everyone
had to say, even if we were going in the wrong
direction, before he explains to us how wrong
we are. Anil was always soft-spoken, calm, cool
and under control. He would always take time to
groom the leaders of the future and explain to
us how to become a leader. The most important
aspect to me was that in the 4 years I have been
here, he has consistently led our group to success
in the US, Europe and Asia.
Hard Working: It is amazing how many hours
Anil worked. It always seems like he worked 24
hours a day from here. I normally had my 1x1 meetings
with Anil every other Wednesday morning Hong Kong
Time, which is the evening in NY. These meeting
always lasted longer than they really should,
but I think we both just enjoyed the conversations
over the phone. These meeting normally ended when
one of us realized that it was way too late.
Mentor: Approximately 3 years ago I had a long
conversation with Anil to discuss my career growth
and goals. I had an interest in moving into management
and wanted to explore the position of heading
the Asian Exchange Linkage. After conversations
with various people, he agreed to mentor me into
that position. One year later I relocated to Hong
Kong on a 2-year contract to head up the Asian
Exchange Linkage group.
His way with people is a real unique skill. His
approach at teaching, coaching, listening is a
very special skill. I feel very lucky to have
had Anil be my mentor.
-- Thomas Mok
It is hard to me how words I can say to him for
now. He was here in Japan in the previous week
of the one of the tragedy in US… why didn't you
stay over here? Why were you there at 105F? Why
didn't you move to the Japan office last year?
We deeply miss you a lot. You are the only person
well understanding our requirement and familiar
with future plans for the Japan office. Let's
talk them over again when you come back.
-- Makoto Kanda
When I started as an intern over a year ago, Anil
was one of the first people I met here at Instinet.
He was my best friend's uncle and so I went to
see him. I found him to be incredibly down to
earth and approachable. He was somebody who made
you feel instantly at ease. We talked about books,
work, school, his niece, and the rest of his family.
I remembered that he enjoyed "Einstein's Dreams".
I would send him silly pictures of his niece and
even though he was extremely busy, Anil never
failed to reply to an email.
I also remember the day we took the photos for
his INsite bio. People came into his office to
watch this impromptu photo session, and it was
obvious how well loved Anil was. I've never seen
his door closed. They called these his "mug shots"
though anyone who knew him also knew how gentle
Anil was truly someone special here at Instinet.
-- Tracy Chin
Prior to representing Instinet in Belgium and Luxembourg,
I was working for Tradeware, an order routing
software company in Belgium, where Anil had been
I remember Anil as a very bright and charismatic
person. We indeed had the chance several times
to have dinner together to share Belgium and US
experience. He explained me also how everyday
he took the train with Bernard Finzi to get to
work, to let me imagine what is life in New York
City. Thanks to him and also some other people,
I work now for Instinet. He convinced me about
the creativity and the look for new technologies
that Instinet can undertake to be successful.
I remember also a man of great culture and devoted
to his work. I also remember driving him from
Waterloo to Brussels and he fell asleep next to
me, due to the so many jet lags he had to meet!
We discussed that day about the BMW 7 series of
I will always remember Anil as an example for many
-- Frederic Goblet
I've never worked for Anil, or even closely with
him on any projects. He was always off on a business
trip, and I'd be surprised to see him in his office
(and sometimes disappointed, when I was hoping
to use it for a spontaneous meeting).
But his essence was clear to anyone who had been
in the same room with him for more than a minute.
He was quiet, composed, untroubled. In an industry
where histrionics are commonplace, he stood out
as a foil, and a gentle reminder that success
doesn't require emotional gyrations or table pounding.
My guitar teacher once told me that the truly great
guitar players hardly move when they play in the
studio, or they simply rock gently to the beat.
We've all seen the "Boy this is hard!" expression
on a guitar player's face when performing a solo.
It may add to the performance, but it doesn't
add to the music.
Anil made it clear that our jobs aren't really
hard, or pressured, or frenzied. We simply choose
to respond that way. With effort and practice,
we can break the habit.
I was hunting for a disaster recovery phone number
on INsite the morning the WTC was hit. I noticed
that Anil's bio had been posted, and went and
read it, though I had no idea he was in trouble
at that moment. Go and read the quote at the top,
they are truly words to live by. I know they helped
me get through that day.
-- Andy Velwest
memories of Anil are that he was a very gentle
man, very well spoken and polite. Over the years
that I worked with him, I could see that he
was a very humble person.
attended our yearly CTS/CQS/OPRA Conference
in May of this year. My thoughts of him at that
time were that he was the same humble and gentle
the Bharvaney family and friends, please accept
my deepest heart felt sympathy.
Cheryl Boamah, a former colleague in SIAC
only met and spoke to Anil for around 5 minutes
some two years ago but still have the clear and
distinct memory of a very calm, intelligent and
inspiring man. It is a sad loss that he is no
longer with us.
I think of Anil, I can't help but always think
of how soften spoken he is, a man with a soft
voice, but with very insightful and valuable
thoughts. Although it was often difficult to
hear what he was saying on a conference call,
it was worth straining to hear his words, as
Anil only speaks when he has something of value
to say or contribute.
thing that comes to mind when thinking of Anil
is how he always put others first. For example,
I know that if the only way Anil could reward
an employee would be to sacrifice his own reward,
Anil would make that sacrifice without thinking
about it. I cannot say that for many managers
I have known Anil since he joined Instinet and
he took over exchange linkage development from
me when I relocated to Bedford. He and I worked
together during that transition and as peers
working for Steve T and Jean-Marc for the years
since. I always felt we had a special relationship
-- he would look out for me and I for him. We
would exchange information to keep each other
plugged in. We shared the belief that we both
performed better that way.
the last year I felt that Anil grew significantly
professionally, and that growth is evident in
his rise to the high ranks of Instinet senior
management. I feel that he had finally attained
a position here at Instinet that he was striving
for, to really lead, to get a chance to do more
for Instinet, to make more of a difference for
all, and to have more responsibility. I think
he was happy with his achievements and I am
happy for him.
was only a little more than a month ago that
I was told that as part of some upcoming organizational
changes, I would be reporting to Anil. Anil
and I spent 3 hours talking about the challenges
ahead and I remember shaking his hand at the
end of that meeting to say it will be good working
for you and with you, partner, let's do some
good things together.
I think of Anil every day and will try and apply
some of the simple things I learned watching
this great man -- listen carefully, think before
you speak, people are important, and we can
do anything if we do it together.
though I never had the pleasure of meeting either
Anil, I'd like to express my condolences to
his family. Please know that you have been in
known Anil since he was hired in June 1996.
I remember the first day he came in with a big
smile and a handshake. He always was warm and
kind to everyone he came in contact with. I
worked with him for 2 years as his direct report
and then the last 3 years as an indirect report.
He always looked out for everyone's career,
mine included - whether you worked directly
for him or not.
also regarded Anil as a mentor - someone whom
I looked up to for guidance on matters such
as how I should behave and what I should do.
I also came to him when I was looking to solve
a problem that I found was not solvable by anyone
else. He could easily solve such problems -
to me it almost seemed like magic. So and so
is discouraged - because he fears a layoff?
"Don't worry, I'll talk to him"… that sort of
I admired most in him was his ability to understand
human beings like no one else can. At least,
that's my view of his ability. He could easily
put himself in other people's shoes (whether
he had to or not) and look at the situation
from that person's view. Then he could re-adjust
his view to that of his own and solve the problem,
whatever it was. He always said that a simple
thing like a chair put in front of two people
looked different from each one's perspective
and the person who could reconcile these two
views was the one who was at an advantage. He
also said that one should take pleasure in simple
victories - I suppose that is a quintessential
manager's viewpoint. He chided me for wanting
to be a complete perfectionist - nothing wrong
with that, he said, just that a perfectionist
never finds a point in which to rejoice in what
they've done, they move on to more and more
without pausing for a moment of joy.
talked to him about many things - including
Indian philosophy, religion and his relationship
with his father. He liked to talk of such things.
Lately, he had come to peace with his relationship
with his father. He said that the one person
who taught him to always do the right thing
was his father. He said he had this special
relationship with his father - not many words
were exchanged between them but they understood
each other completely. I'm glad he came to this
point in his life - since it was taken away
cannot express my sorrow at losing such a fine
person - a really great man. I pray for his
family, so that they may find peace in knowing
that he touched so many people in such a positive
way. I know that I will never forget him.
have been trying all week to write down my thoughts
and memories of this wonderful man. Of all the
many things I could think of, one small little
human quality keeps popping into my head.
was also a man I respected and trusted. Even
when I didn't work in his department, I felt
I could go to him and talk things out. His door
was always open. I was very happy when they
moved our QA department into his group so that
I could work closer with him. I felt that he
trusted me and respected me not only as an employee
but also as an individual. He also used to come
in early and, like Steve, off with his shoes.
I remember being on a business trip to London.
We would always have late dinners. Anil was
waiting on a call from some other office, whether
it was the States or Tokyo or Hong Kong. We
always waited for this soft-spoken man who gave
so much to us all.
guess I will always remember this man at his
desk early in the morning with his shoes off.
Working hard, but never too hard to look up
and say hello.
heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.
often called me from the other side of the world
at a reasonable time in New York, which often
translated to the middle of the night in the
place from which he was calling. As we talked,
I often expressed concern that he might want
to get some sleep. Anil's concern for getting
pertinent information to me generally surpassed
that need. He carefully provided me with whatever
details he deemed critical and, more often than
not, followed up with a color-coded spreadsheet
to support the conversation.
I think of Anil, I think of his tireless drive
and a sense that he came from a very balanced
and centered place. His calm presence and great
concern for his employees always impressed me
and commanded my greatest respect.
struck me most about Anil was his calm and gentle
nature. He spoke in a low voice. He kept his
lights turned low in his office because it was
more peaceful. He grinned much. Even his laughter
met Anil shortly after I started at Instinet
in London in 1997. I took a call from a Japanese
speaking client who had come through to my phone
by accident. I asked Bill Laverack, sitting
next to me, who was the most appropriate person
on our Asia desk to refer them to. He recommended
I transfer the call to someone called Anil,
which I did. He also said that I should go and
introduce myself to Anil, as he was a key part
of the Exchange Linkage project team I would
be working with.
after I went looking to say hello, and got to
the office to which I had been directed, but
could only see an Indian guy focusing intently
on an IBM laptop - no sign of any Japanese people
subsequently saw this same initial reaction
repeated in Japan with my many Japanese colleagues,
who had a further refinement of not so much
"where's the Japanese person?" as "where's the
guy speaking with the downtown Kobe accent?"
Anil, who must after so long have been somewhat
fed up with this, always took the inevitable
"but your Japanese is better than mine" comments
with his characteristic grace and respect. He
had that serene little smile and a twinkle in
his eye as if to say "Ah yes, another person
who has yet to see the light."
the next four and a half years that I was privileged
to know Anil we worked together on many projects,
and my wife and I saw him and Po on their trips
to Europe and Asia. We always had dinner when
we were in the same city - sometimes by ourselves,
sometimes with family, sometimes with colleagues.
Particularly memorable occasions: dinner at
my house with Alain and Anil who had decided
to cover the two most important food groups
by bringing lots of sponge cake and red wine;
on the motorway back from Aubrey's wedding,
acerbic comment from the back seat "you can't
go this fast on the New Jersey Turnpike"; lunch
at the "best asparagus place in Frankfurt" with
Dieter and Oliver and a lengthy discussion on
the merits of asparagus; and out with the Hong
Kong team and a "So this is Shanghainese cooking?
What's so good about it?" debate.
took me a while to cotton on to his meeting
technique. At first I just thought his quietness
in meetings was another manifestation of his
natural reticence, but of course it was because
he was happy to sit there and let everyone else
in the meeting tie themselves in knots, then
deliver the three piercing questions which completely
illuminated the process, set the next steps
forward, and made everyone else in the room
wonder why they hadn't thought of them. And
of course the whole time he had that serene
smile and twinkle in his eyes.
never really understood how he managed to keep
on top of so many things so well until I moved
to Japan and started receiving phone calls from
New Jersey. It would frequently be past midnight
there, and we had so many series of exchanges
of "Anil, go to bed", "yes but what about x",
"good point, but go to bed", that it became
a standing joke. Whether he was operating on
two hours sleep from just having flown around
the world or was just back from one of his rare
holidays he was the same peaceful, insightful
and caring person.
was the best kind of technology manager: he
didn't actually care about the technology. He
was only interested in the people, and how they
could best work together to deliver to their
commitments. He would never ever commit to a
delivery date unless he was absolutely sure
that it could be met, no matter how loudly people
jumped up and down. He built a lasting monument
in the various teams that worked with and for
him: teams that are embued with his sprit, ethos
and attitudes. There can be no better tribute
than having your ideas be carried on to the
next generation. And it is those teams that
deliver perfect solutions that we all use every
day. He not only had the most obvious possible
failures thought through and solved, he also
imagined scenarios of failure that were almost
impossible to happen and had systems in place
to deal with them.
is rare that any of us can ever say that we
have known someone who was truly a good person,
someone who operated entirely without malice,
without selfishness, and whose overriding consideration
was always for the well-being and convenience
of others. I have only really known two people
in this category, one of whom passed away some
time ago, and now the second one is gone too.
I will miss Anil profoundly both at work and
outside. Rest in Peace.
I have worked in Instinet for less than a year,
I was fortunate to get a few opportunities to
work closely with Anil. He always made you feel
important and had mind of a teacher, philosopher
and, above all, a savvy manager. On many occasions
I bumped into him on my commute back home, and
we talked about various things totally unrelated
to work, I was profoundly impressed with his
knowledge of business and technology. Above
all he was open and willing to share his experience
and knowledge with all.
was rarely in the office, as he was mostly travelling
to far out places, visiting Instinet offices
in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong. He would be the
last person I could imagine who would be in
New York that day, let alone attending conference
on top of WTC. I believe it was his destiny
and I pray to God, together with my family to
give peace and strength to his family
was always gentle and nice to us whenever he
visited Tokyo. His Japanese was perfect which
made it easier for us to communicate with him.
just hope there will be peace in the world.
I would like to thank him for his big support
and sincerity. We all miss him very much!
met Anil on June 9, 1997, when I was interviewing
for a job at Instinet (I had flown from Athens,
Greece, to London for this interview on a day
trip). I started working at Instinet in London
on July 1st 1997 and as time went by I was interacting
more and more with Anil as I was working on the
European exchange connectivity team.
was a Great Mentor to me and this is how I will
always remember him. He knew how to praise, how
to advise, how to encourage, how to point out
mistakes. He had his own way of doing this, just
by saying a single word or by asking a single
question. Even though I left Instinet 1 1/2 years
ago, I often think of him and of the lessons I
learned working with him. Whatever I achieved
at Instinet, a great deal of it was thanks to
remember a little 'incident' which at the time
was very embarrassing for me, but later, whenever
we were discussing it with Anil, we had a good
laugh about it:
was in the early days of the exchange connectivity
projects when every new project was big news.
And obviously any outage was a serious business
issue (well, the latter is always the case, I
guess). Anil was in London in one of his trips
around Europe. On that day we had a problem with
our Frankfurt Stock Exchange Connectivity project
which had to be resolved otherwise there would
be a serious outage the following day (to the
IT people this means that there was a problem
with Autosys and FORE would not start the following
I worked with Anil on my side and with Thomas
Mok on the phone from NY and we managed to sort
it out by 22:30 London time. Satisfied with the
successful results we decided to head off, Anil
for his hotel and me home. I knew that Anil was
staying at the Tower Thistle most of the times,
which was a 3 minutes walk from the London office.
So as soon as we were out on the street, I hailed
a cab, hopped in, said goodnight to Anil and headed
following morning I realized that Anil was NOT
staying at the Tower Thistle that time. Instead,
he was staying at the Waldorf, which is a 10 minutes
cab ride from the London office. I had done the
biggest mistake I could make. I got first into
that cab and headed off and left Anil alone on
the street in the middle of the night.... I was
Anil did not resent it. He never would. But we
often used to mention this 'incident' to each
other and to other colleagues as well and always
had a good laugh about it. I will miss him.
Marinos Pappas, Goldman Sachs
are wishing you a sincere sympathy for the loss
of Anil Bharvaney and Steve Tompsett and may the
lord be with you in your moment of sorrow and
grief. May he give you strength and courage to
tackle your trials and problems. God bless you.
met Anil first time in Toronto, this was in June
2001. We were working together on the TOWER Project
to link Toronto Stock Exchange. We had lunch together
and spoke about music, culture, and hobbies. You
sure will be missed in my heart.
the short time I have known Anil, I got to see
a master at work. He possessed the rare combination
of people, business and technology skills any
organization would grab. I was enjoying the relationship
I had with this gifted person and was looking
forward to learning much from him when this tragedy
stole that opportunity from me, from us…. I too
pray that, God willing, a miracle will find him
so many others who were drawn to Anil by his leadership,
courage and warmth, I am deeply grieved and bewildered
that he was among the ones that suffered in this
unexpected tragedy. I have worked as Anil's assistant
for three years and I cannot bring myself to believe
that he is gone. I guess God needed one more angel
to help him up there. Anil will always remain
very much alive in my memories as I sincerely
loved and respected him and I feel privileged
to have worked for him. My thoughts and prayers
go out to his family.
is hard to find words to express my feelings as
to the fate of Anil and Steve. My whole life at
Instinet has been spent working closely with both
of them, particularly Anil. They have both acted
as guiders, mentors and sourses of inspiration
for me since I started here over 5 years ago.
two of them will forever live on in spirit. For
as long as I work and breathe, Anil and Steve
will remain my backbone and I will strive to serve
the memory of them both well in my future life.
Their words of wisdom will never be lost. Our
thoughts and prayers are with their families.
has been with me every step of the way since he
joined Instinet. My first ever experience of him
was via a telephone conference with the SWX routing
project. My then boss, Kay and Anil were having
a disagreement over something or other. The bizarre
thing was that they seemed to be resolving it
by staying absolutely silent on the phone for
10 minutes or so. This turned out to be a regular
fixture of these meetings and when I later spoke
to Anil about it, he said that this was nothing
compared to some of the one-to-one calls they
had where silences of 45 minutes or more were
not uncommon. Many would no doubt wish I'd taken
in this lesson and remained silent during meetings
but I guess it is one thing that is always going
to be out of reach for me.
to say, this project was a success and I went
on to work with Anil on every other project I
have ever done at Instinet. He always took the
same painstakingly thorough, methodical approach
to every piece of work. He never criticised or
disagreed: his tact was always to get you to question
your decisions or information. He never balked
a difficult conversation or challenge but always
faced in head-on with honesty and forethought,
always taking the sting out of an outraged trader
or adding light to the grey areas of the unknown.
The only downside to Anil was trying to hear him
over the phone - I forever had to ratchet the
volume up as far as it would go to hear him and
then pay the price on the next call (hoping to
God it wasn't going to be Steve!)
worked amazingly hard and was one of the few people
who always seemed to read and comment upon every
document that was churned out. He always asked
the right questions, both in terms of getting
the necessary information for him to add further
comment/thought or to help you do the same. He
had a great ability to always look at issues from
every perspective and had the patience of a saint
when trying to get others to see the same. A great
tenet of Anil was to always take stock, check
the facts, pause for thought and then do what
is in your brain and heart as being the right
year ago, Anil became my boss and it was one of
the major things that kept me at Instinet. He
was a true mentor who always provided the canvas
and paints and allowed you to paint the picture
in your own way (with some helpful hints, naturally).
He gave me the confidence that I didn't have that
I could do the job and that it was the right thing
for me to be doing. He made me see that mistakes
were not damning finalities, but necessary steps
on the voyage to enlightenment. The trick was
always to analyse and learn from them: not be
afraid to face up to them. He encouraged us to
take responsibility and give everything your best
was also a person that only ever saw the good
and the potential in people. He never gave up
on someone, rather, he tried to build on their
strengths and help them mitigate their weaknesses.
He always had time for people (even into the early
hours of the morning), no matter how busy or stressed
he was. He had a genuine open door policy that
was proven by the number of people who took advantage
is really no surprise to say that I have always
seen Anil more as a great friend cum benevolent
all-wise Uncle than as a boss or colleague. I'll
never forget the fact that he came all the way
over to the UK from New York with Po to be at
my wedding. A couple of our friends were due to
drive him and Po from London to the wedding itself.
However, one farce led to another with the end
result being Anil and Po being taken on a mad
dash against the clock across the countryside
on train and foot. They eventually got there in
the end and so began Po's love for Pimms (a fact
Anil constantly reminded me off every time he
trudged through duty free at Heathrow!)
never quite knew how Po (or Champagne) managed
with him working all hours and jetting off around
the world at the drop of a hat for weeks on end.
He would often talk about Po whilst away, telling
various tales of their life together and their
respective families. I think Po knew what he was
like from the outset as he mentioned that shortly
after they were married, all that Po saw of him
for the first few weeks was the snoring form of
his back. As ever, Anil had a ton on at work and
was having to work ridiculous hours to get things
done! He had a wish to get to grips with Chinese
as he felt he could understand what was being
said when Po's family was around but could never
contribute! His other favourite topic was always
the cat and what new tricks he'd gotten up to
and what his new hiding places were.
was a very unique and special person who I will
always miss. I cannot measure the influence he
has had over both. His like are very few and I
guess the only bonus is that I got to meet and
work with Anil for over 5 years: a blessing that
I will always be grateful for.
best wishes and prayers for Anil and his family.
I have worked with Anil several times and have
great respect and admiration for him.
had the great pleasure and fortune to know and
work with Anil ever since he joined Instinet back
in May 1996. I worked with Anil on numerous market
data, exchange linkage, exchange membership and
other trading projects over the years, mainly
in London and New York but we also traveled to
other cities together including Paris and Amsterdam.
business that Anil devoted so much of his time
to, I soon learned that he was extremely thorough
and seldom forgot a single detail. But more importantly,
he acted as a mentor and leader, he always had
the time to listen and advise, and never stopped
asking if he could help me. I have a lot of happy
memories of my time spent with Anil, from debating
crazy stock exchange rules with the exchanges,
to sharing Anil's taste of fine cuisine around
the world, to our chats over drinks, to the times
when Anil showed me around some of Manhattan with
Po. I have so much to thank Anil for. What I learned
from Anil will live on with me forever. My thoughts
are with Po.
is so apt that Instinet is arranging the memorial
for Anil on "All Saints Day", that says it all.
ELG department head that spoke softly, who traveled
around the world to increase business and market
share for Instinet. It seems as if sky is the
limit to what you can do. Your achievement, dedication
and contribution to Instinet will be always remembered.
So much still lies ahead of you... It is unfortunate
that I did not have a chance to get to know you
better. I only learned what I can from your colleagues...
and I worked for many years together, basically
for the entire time he worked for the Instinet
Corporation. Though I didn't work for Anil directly,
we did share a lot of projects in common based
upon my knowledge and experience in working with
the main trading system. As a result, I had the
opportunity to get to know and admire Anil for
the person he was.
I had to come up with a one-word description of
Anil I think the term I would use would be gentleman.
Not as in its usual context, that of someone who
treats women with respect, but rather as in the
combined meaning of the two words, for he was
truly a gentle man. In all the time we worked
together I cannot recall Anil ever getting visibly
angry at anyone or in verbally showing frustration
in anything but a calm and controlled manner.
Also, having been in the industry for quite a
few years there are few people (myself included)
who can maintain that level of calm and composure
in the face of the many irritations and anger
provoking incidents that are part of the environment.
I really can admire that in someone, and especially
in someone who is managing people. It makes working
for and with the person a pleasure, even when
things are intense and deadlines and temper short.
also had a very easy sense of humor that made
being around him that much more of a pleasant
experience. Though he was by no means as quick
to the jokes as some people are, he would often
quietly make humorous observations about something
going on, including about himself, and then share
in the laughter. He also was quick to laugh and
appreciate the humor of others in looking at what
otherwise might be a tense situation.
fellow workers who worked for him and from my
own observations Anil also seemed to be fair with
his people. Although he himself worked tirelessly,
working long hours and travelling a great deal
of the time, he never seemed to pressure the people
working for him to emulate his behavior. From
what I could tell, he seemed to want people to
have lives outside the office and didn't want
to unnecessarily impact them with unneeded emphasis
on long hours in terms of performance. My opinion
is this was a sign of a much more enviable trait
and that was "respect". Anil respected his employees
as both workers and as people and thus did not
feel the need to "force" productivity by demanding
long hours. He trusted enough their self motivation
and discipline to get the job done so that he
did not resort to coercion to get results. I do
know this was much appreciated among those who
worked for him. He also tried to get his managers
to embrace this culture of respect, too. This
was reflected in the small things, like encouraging
managers to give thanks and other forms of praise
for jobs well done or in having budgets for managers
to take their people out for a group meal on a
regular basis. It also was in a more major way,
in trying to have his managers credit the people
who had worked on a project and performed successfully,
rather then in taking the lion's share of the
credit for themselves.
one direct experience with him that touched me
was rather recent. Anil was supposed to take over
the responsibility for the group that I work within
and he made the effort to come and talk to me
about how I felt about the change. As it turned
out, it was not a problem for me as I obviously
had a lot of respect for Anil and looked forward
to working as part of his organization. However,
it was the effort that touched me deeply. I have
been at Instinet for the past 12 years and have
been through many restructurings and layoffs and
other disruptive incidents. This is one of the
very few times that anyone has ever shown me the
respect and courtesy to see how I felt about whatever
was going on. Anil didn't have to do this, since
in effect I was not directly affected by the change,
but that showed me the kind of person he was and
the kind of respect I could expect from him in
the future. Needless to say, I was quite moved
by this gesture once I thought about it a bit.
like Anil are extremely unique and rare in my
experience and I shall miss him personally and
professionally. He leaves a very empty hole in
the organization both professionally and personally
that cannot be easily filled or accounted for.
I feel myself lucky to have worked with a special
person like him and am glad that I will have memories
of him to hold onto going forward and I know I
share this with a lot of people from here.
been a long weekend knowing that one of Instinet's
most enlightened and employee-focused managers
will not be returning to work. He truly exemplified
the desire to lead people into a bright future.
And he lived his values of wanting to continually
learn and lead others. This man has left a powerful
example that I plan to follow and that we can
all carry on to serve others.
have had the pleasure of providing technical support
for Anil. He is a role model for me professionally
and as all an all around good guy. I will be profoundly
changed by the loss of so many friends, but I
gain strength in the knowledge that this City
and this Country will rise from the wreckage with
renewed spirit and strength to carry on. WE SHALL
OVERCOME. GOD BLESS US ALL!
remember meeting Anil Bhavaney briefly in March
of 2001 - an instantly likeable person with a
gentle disposition and a warm smile that could
cheer up anyone. The kind of person one is glad
of having had the opportunity to meet. I am sure
he will be missed by many...
Anil Paulose, Bloomberg
me introduce myself first. My name is Mitsunori
Fukushi and I am an employee at Instinet Japan
Limited. I joined Instinet just 3 weeks ago. But
I know Anil from before because this is the second
time I work for Instinet. The first time was from
May 2000 to March 2001, I worked on the Tokyo
Stock Exchange linkage project under Anil. The
second time has just started from the October
1st. I am working on a project that Anil and Bernard
created. The project is to build a middle office
system that will be used for client reporting.
September 5th, it was about 5 months after I left
Instinet, I met with Anil for dinner. I was waiting
for Anil at Hotel Okura lobby. While I waiting
for him I was thinking of various things. The
topic on that night was "my returning" to Instinet.
In the beginning, I was thinking in this way....
a person like Anil, whom I respect so much, who
looks very strict on work may say that "Whatever
the reason was, one should not return to the same
company, once you made the decision and you left."
I continued thinking in my imagination. As time
gets closer to the appointment time, I found myself
enjoining the time I was waiting for Anil. I realized
that I had my mind getting calm. He has something
special with his atmosphere and with his big and
on time he came to the Hotel from the office that
is close by. When he found me, he smiled with
his usual smile and talked to me in Japanese.
"How are you, Fukushi-san? Please wait for a little
while, I go upstairs and leave my bag in the room".
went to a restaurant I picked. On the way to the
restaurant, in the subway, when walking, we kept
quiet, which was as usual with Anil. We arrived
at a Japanese style restaurant. There they serve
deep fried meat, seafood and vegetable on stick.
the restaurant, we were different. We talked a
lot. And it was the first time I spoke Japanese
with him for all the time I was with him. He talked
about what is necessary and missing at IJL. He
talked about his thoughts in the past and for
the future. He also talked about his wife and
his plan to take her to Kobe, showing places to
visit, showing places where he grew up.
I tend to remember very casual conversation more
vividly. One thing is this, when we heard a Jazz
music in the background music at the restaurant,
it was the famous "Moanin" by Art Blakey and Jazz
Messengers. Anil asked me "Why in these days this
kind of Japanese restaurant have the 60's JAZZ
music playing? Is it in fashion?" Another thing
is that, seeing an advertisement of Japanese "Sake",
he saw some deformed Chinese and Japanese letter
and he asked, "How do you read that?" It was the
alias of that liquor meaning "bottomless (barrel)"
I believe it was the only word he was not able
to read. For a fairly long time I enjoyed talking
we got out of the restaurant, I said to Anil "Anil!
I have decided. I would like to work with you,
work for you again. If it is possible, please
make some arrangements so that I could come back
to Instinet!". Anil smiled and agreed to do so.
these days I try not to think of the tragedy but
when I have the chance to go to the Hotel Okura,
I look at the same chair on which I was there,
I try to see myself on that chair when I was waiting
for Anil. Some people around me said that we have
lost a great asset, not only for the company but
also for the world. I really think so too. I will
never forget of Anil who talks in a small voice
but everybody try to listen to him very carefully.
I will continue working for Anil at the Instinet
still very much struggling with the loss of Anil.
While hope remains, the likelihood of ever hearing
Anil's quiet calming speech is low. I always had
respect for him with the way he presented himself
in a dignified and calm manner, and how he was
able to give a down-to-earth perspective on things.
He is genuinely a great guy, and that's the part
I'm going to miss the most. God bless you Anil.
I never got the opportunity to work one on one
with Anil, I had the chance to admire his skills
often during the year we worked together. He would
capture the room when he spoke. I loved watching
the dynamics in the room it was amazing, for when
Anil began to speak, everyone leaned forward and
listened, not just because he was soft spoken,
but because when Anil spoke it was always worth
listening to. You learned something from his insight
into the situation or he led the person in the
right direction to solve the issue at hand. He
never took credit for himself, he just made it
happen. Thank you Anil for steering us in the
right direction. May your whispers be always at
now, more than a month after the September 11
tragedies, it is hard to make sense out of all
that has happened. We question how man can come
to hate so much and how far that hate will take
them. We look at those who have lost so much and
wonder how we can help. We watch the heroes work
without rest and want to lend a hand. We finally
see each other as part of a family and our support
unites us. We watch our world grow angry and wonder
when peace will come. We look at our own lives
and take stock in on what truly matters and what
will last, and not what we once thought was of
value, but was only a passing fashion or material
diversion. It is difficult to find joy in the
simple everyday things we once took for granted.
It is difficult to let life get back to normal.
and Anil touched so many lives here at Instinet.
While one spoke with a booming voice and the other
just above a whisper, both men commanded the respect,
admiration and dedication of those who worked
along side them. I learned a great deal from both
Steve and Anil. A lot was business and technology
related, but most were life lessons. Respect those
who work with you, teach and nurture, work hard
but take time to enjoy yourself, be true and fair,
above all family-family-family. I think I'm a
little smarter now, but I know I am a better person
for having known Anil.
prayers are with their families. God bless Anil.
first met Anil when he interviewed me in early
April of 2000. It's remarkable to look back
and realize that within five minutes of talking
to him, we had found a bond that rapidly became
friendship and mutual trust of each other. When
I arrived for my first day of work at Instinet,
Anil told me he had to travel but he had a crisis
situation in one of his groups. He changed my
role that first day and briefed me for a short
time that week. He then traveled around the
world leaving me on my own. His trust was immense
and greatly appreciated.
rapidly established sessions between us that
were wide ranging and always concentrating on
the group and especially the people in the group.
He cared about everybody in his group. It didn't
matter if the individual was one of his direct
reports or an entry-level programmer. He cared
for all of us. It could be 2AM where he was
but it didn't matter to him. I would always
ask him if it wasn't time for sleep and he would
respond, "I have one more meeting." Then in
April I had a problem in New York while I was
in Toronto and needed to talk to him to brief
him on the actions and events that had happened.
After a long discussion, he responded with "what
time is it where you are?" When I told him 2AM
he asked, "isn't it time you got some sleep?"
I laughed at this and said, "touché." He then
had a good laugh at having turned the tables.
I enjoyed it.
of the hardest things about working for Anil
was his voice. He was so soft spoken that it
was often difficult to hear what he was saying.
Many times I would have to ask him to repeat
himself when we talked on the phone. His meetings
with us when he was on the road would often
wind up with all of our heads down struggling
to hear him. We did this because his words were
always important and his wisdom sought.
you met with Anil in his office he would always
offer a piece of candy from his small jar. As
always he made you feel comfortable and at home
before the discussion was to begin. In my experience
with Anil we had for the most part reached the
same decision but as usual arrived there from
different points of logic. He thoroughly enjoyed
understanding my path and I enjoyed learning
his. Every time you met with Anil, it was for
me a learning experience.
everything that has happened I will miss his
guidance and insight the most, it can not be
replaced. I find myself now asking what would
Anil have done in this situation before I act.
No greater a compliment could I give another
I think about Anil - after the overwhelming sadness
of missing him washes over me - I always think
of him as a tower of strength. Anil was always
there for anyone, and always provided the most
thoughtful and incisive and supportive responses.
His quote line in his INsite profile is really
perfect: "At first: figure out what is the right
thing to do, then second: have the courage to
carry it out." Anil always did sought out the
right thing to do, without regard for the impediments;
and he had the courage to carry it out, even if
he couldn't do it all at once. This strength was
so unusual, and his focus was so keen, that it
was a real privilege to watch him work.
my friend. I miss you greatly.
first met Anil when Steve asked me to interview
him. At that time we were looking to staff a position
in the exchange linkage development area. I spent
one hour or so with Anil; the breadth of his knowledge
and experience impressed me; I was pleasantly
surprised to learn of his complete fluency in
Japanese. We had recently opened our Tokyo office
and I could foresee interesting potential here.
After Anil left my office, I did two things. First,
I called Steve and told him that we had to offer
the job to Anil - Steve had of course already
reached the same conclusion. Second, I made an
appointment with my otolaryngologist. I was relieved
to learn from him that there was nothing wrong
with my hearing - "maybe you have been conversing
with someone who is very soft-spoken", he told
me. Soft-spoken, Anil, indeed!
joined Instinet soon after, and started his journeys
within Instinet (that's the "course of life" connotation
of journey) and his journeys around the globe
(that's the "traveling" connotation of journeys).
journeys within Instinet led him from his initial
assignment to new ones, to new areas of work,
to increased responsibilities - the price one
pays for being so good at one what one does, as
journeys around the globe followed the path of
the expansion of Instinet in Europe and then in
the Asia/Pacific region - Anil contributing to
the success of this expansion through the systems
and applications he and his teams put in place
in our offices worldwide.
was fortunate to travel some of the way with Anil,
to share with him experiences and moments; to
learn with him and from him as we were discovering
new markets, new technologies, new people; and
equally to enjoy the places where this work would
take us. Here are a few remembrance from this
aspect of Anil at Instinet. Extracts from my travelogue
would include train travel - of course the frequent
rides on the New Jersey Transit between Princeton
and New York (we live not far from each other),
in our case using this travel time to extend the
working day by a quiet hour; other train rides
in more comfortable and much faster trains in
Europe - the Eurostar between London and Paris
or Brussels, the Thalys between Brussels and Paris;
my travelogue would of course show air travel,
perhaps a picture of the United Airline Lounge
at JFK where a couple of armchair probably still
keep our imprint, Anil and I waiting for the departure
of the Tokyo flight - a trip we made frequently
in the past few years. Occasionally we could even
be seen on a boat, for a more leisurely trip -
a ride on the Discovery Bay ferry between Hong
Kong and Lantau Island, invited there for a Saturday
evening dinner by Rebecca and her husband Bruno;
or a somewhat agitated ride in a fast-moving water
taxi in Sydney Harbor, from the Rocks to Rose
Bay, where David Horsfield would treat the team
to dinner at a seafood restaurant. Talking of
restaurant, I am reminded of the celebration of
the implementation of the link to the Zurich stock
exchange, which took place in a restaurant set
up in an old building, a large hall filled with
armor and weapons on the wall - muskets and SWORDS
- the name of the link to SWX being … what else
… SWORD. Need I add that this was a beer hall?
I am also reminded of a quieter evening on the
Grande Place in Brussels, at a dinner with Jean
Marc, just about one year ago, as part of our
Tradeware (European version) initiative. I am
reminded of all these small local places in Tokyo
which no one but Anil or a local could actually
negotiate, but also the not so small Okura Hotel
and its Sunday night buffet which used to host
Anil and his staff during the implementation of
Tora last year
travelogue would also show picture of moments
of quiet enjoyment and of cleansing the mind from
the too often overwhelming workload. I fondly
recollect two such moments in particular. One
evening, after many long days of hard work, rather
typical of the schedule Anil kept, we decided
to take it easy and we treated ourselves to Mozart's
opera Idomeneo at the Sydney Opera House - marvelous
singing and wondrous music in one of the architectural
marvels of the 20th century, overlooking stunning
Sydney Harbour. Anil did enjoy Opera, yes, but
jazz was his preferred music form. During a recent
trip to Tokyo, just this past summer, Geoffrey
Flynn, having learned of Anil's keen interest
in jazz music, booked an after diner table at
the Blue Note Jazz Club of Tokyo, where we enjoyed
one hour of a piano trio with an amazing percussionist
regaling us with all sorts of rhythms and sounds.
That session ended in time for Anil to return
to the hotel and get on his weekly call with his
management team - 10:30 in the evening in Tokyo,
the team in New York at 9:30 that same morning,
hunched over a speakerphone and thus carrying
on their business.
A Noble Intelligent Leader.
Noble - as "one who has outstanding qualities"
- as" characterized by superiority of mind and
character" - and this in a quiet, modest, almost
Intelligent - not only quick perception and
understanding in the domains of his professional
activity, but also a generous interest in all
things of the mind, an easy interaction with people
at all levels, a clear vision of goals and how
to reach them and a remarkable ability to communicate
these to those around him.
Leader - soft spoken but strong willed, exemplary,
surrounding himself with men and women whom he
could trust - guiding them and then relinquishing
responsibilities to them - growing the people
around him son that he could himself continue
to grow and deliver more.
has left an indelible imprint on many of us around
the world. A few weeks ago in Tokyo, at the end
of a successful working session with the local
team, Anil's friend Fukushi-san said: "I feel
that Anil was with us just now". He was right.
What Anil has left with all who worked with him
lives with and inside each of us - will be living
for a long time.
good friend, farewell.
-- Bernard Finzi
determination to always be the best he could be,
and encourage the best from his fellow empolyees
is a model for us all. That is our experience
of him, and that is what we learned from him,
and that is what will live in our thoughts of
our cherished friend.
Douglas M. Atkin