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Thank you, Rajee.

Rajee Ramanikanthan is a friend from my middle school days… I’ve known her since we were 11. We are like those people who meet after a few years of absolutely no contact and take off from where we left. Giggling uncontrollably is usually the ice breaker. So I met Rajee last month for coffee… she had come down to Chennai for her annual vacation… and she asked me about UDC. ‘What’s this thing you’re onto? I keep seeing stuff on Facebook.’ And after a few minutes of briefing her about what we do she reached out into her handbag, pulled out a wad of notes, dropped them into my handbag and said ‘Here, I wanted to give this to you.. keep it for the work you’re doing.’

It was a jaw-dropping moment… I fumbled for words to say… I don’t even know if I thanked her properly. But because we are silly giggly friends she may let my act of impropriety pass.
However, UDC must and will thank Rajee for believing in us. From the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you, Rajee… A million, billion, trillion, gazillion times!
 Thank you Rajee

About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.


One thought on “Thank you, Rajee.

  1. Dear Rajee,

    Not sure if you are following our blog, but, I would like to thank you for your unconditional support. It has been a big boost for us!



    Posted by devangiramakrishnan | September 26, 2013, 2:34 pm

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