Writer & environmentalist Kasturi Desai expired

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 23 March 2012 22:35 IST

Kasturi Desai

Dr Kasturi Narayan Desai, a writer, researcher and environmentalist, expired tonight after brief illness.

After bringing to her Nageshi residence in Ponda by 11 am, her body would be donated to Ayurvedic College in Shiroda, as per her last wish.

She was 55.

Basically from Kolkata, Kasturi was married to eminent educationist Narayan Desai in Goa.

She had passed her MSc at Ranchi University.

She was teaching Botany at PES College and was very popular among students due to her friendly nature and environmental activities.

In fact lots of students rushed to KLE hospital in Belgaum to donate blood, where she was being treated for last one week.

She had bagged Sahitya Academy award last year for translating Mahashweta Devi’s novel in Konkani – Adhikar Aranyache.

Kasturi was also an active member of Goa Bengali Cultural Association.

In Ponda, she was actively involved in a movement against plastic as well as several other environmental activities.

She is survived by her husband Narayan and a married daughter Apruva.

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She was our Didi...knew her from my childhood...was so proud of her many facets...what a terrible loss...

- amit B, crawley,UK | 24 th March 2012 17:44


Kasturi, amchi Kasturi. She had made everyone who came across her like her कस्तुरी सुगंध. She was born that way. To spread the fragrance of love.

We have lost a Sahitya Akademi translation award winner. A good botanist and one who explained botany as if saying you know, water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. She made things seem simple. Her death was a shock to all - family, of course, but friends and students and all others. She will be remebered for a long time to come.

- Damodar Ghanekar, Panaji | 24 th March 2012 15:24


dukhanyan grust astanai tanchya tondar sadach hashem astallem. Ek prasanna vyaktimatva. narayanbabak mhaji sahvedna

- nayana adarkar, panaji | 24 th March 2012 14:21


jatasya hi dhruvo mrtyur/ dhruvam janma mrtasya ca

tasmad apariharye 'rthe/ na tvam socitum arhasi (geeta 2:27)

A traumatic week in Goan society?

What's happening?. We are receiving one jolt after another....Matanhy, Atmaram Angale, Ashok Kare, Remi Colaco, and now Kasturi....I woke up with a start today morning with stinging pain in left shoulder which went away after some time...but my wife was scared..

We would miss Kasturi forever... forever...

I remember young and smiling Kasturi Bhattacharya of early 80s before she married Narayan. They are made for each other cuple and no words of condolence would be sufficient to console Narayan and Apurva. Her love of poetry, nature, art and literature was exceptional.

Our paths converged after I joined Botany department. Both of us were fighting alienated teachers at university who felt nothing for the society, She had contributed to many environmental movements and esp. causes like biodiversity conservation. She had urged me to save sand dune vegetation at Miramar when I was conducting public hearing in 2002. Her last input was to plan need based courses in food processing for the report which I had submitted to government in Nov. 2011 on food processing vision and policy. Her son in law Mandar was my student. We had common friends and enemies. Kasturi made important contributions to our understanding of poisonous and toxic plants of Goa, the sand dune vegetation and she was an inspiration to her students. While unwell she continued to give health tips to readers of Navhind times through her Sunday weekly column.

Gata sun gatasunsch nanu shochanti pandita...time would heal everything but memories would continue to flood us...

- Dr. Nandkumar Kamat, Taleigao | 24 th March 2012 11:32


She has contributed in her own way in building the Goa of today....She was popular in the College and was a good teacher who knew about her obligations to the society...May her soul rest in peace....

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 24 th March 2012 09:46


loved her infectious smile, simplicity and sincerity... my heart goes out to Narayan Desai...

- Pravin Sabnis, Alto Betim | 23 rd March 2012 23:16


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