Condolence & Memory Journal

Alaka : Alaka's family and ours inter twine together since 1980 December through common Physics world. I am recalling now that Alaka and me spent hours, years without talking about physics or her any scientific achievement. But we had many other things to talk like movies, books, mythology society, gardening or about our common friend circle. Her smiling face always remind me her strong mind with her soft words, she was (!) a real friend whom we can count on in our bad days as well as good times.
She came to see us on wheelchair with smiling face on2015 thanksgiving day and then 2017 very last time she came on wheelchair with tearful eyes almost no voice. We are very proud and lucky to have you as a friend.
I wish that if we could talk just sitting on the floor with a cup of tea like old time, just once more..
Syamali Nandi, Stillwater, OK

Posted by Syamali Nandi - Stillwater, OK - Friend   March 20, 2019

How fortunate we were to have counted Alaka as one of our friends. Highly intelligent and highly intuitive, Alaka graced her friends with humor and compassion. From arranging elaborate dinner parties to excelling in her profession, Alaka exhibited a competence and balance that is an inspiration to us all. We will miss her terribly but will keep our memories of her as a wonderful person and great friend. Tom first met Alaka and Prashant at Pace Bend Park (Paleface Park) in the mid-1970s shortly before Jay was born, and has enjoyed knowing them since.

Linda Magee & Tom Wilmore

Posted by Linda Magee & Tom Wilmore - Bellingham, WA - Family Friend   March 20, 2019


We are very sorry for Prashant and family's loss. We had the pleasure to meet Prashant when our son went to UT-Austin for studies. It was a great relief for us to know that Prashant and Alka were there. May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by Smita Narvekar - ARCADIA, CA - Friend   March 19, 2019

I am so sorry for yours family's loss. It would have been a pleasure to have known Alaka. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Kathy Lodge - Heathrow, FL   March 17, 2019

Alka, You were a role model of a person with exceptional intelligence, modesty and kindness. We will truly miss you.

Posted by Vinkesh & Syama Mehta - Austin, TX - Friend   March 17, 2019

I am honored to have worked with Alaka for many years. She was a very loyal associate to Dr. Walser and a positive leader to all of our efforts. Alaka liked and appreciated my animals, especially the baby lambs and goats. She and Preshante-EEE-POO came to seethe 'heard' a while back and had a good time. Rodger has a picture of one of my dogs, Ranger with Alaka at her desk in MetaMaterials. Many will miss Her and I am proud to be included in those that loved Her.

Joe Swahn & Jane
Bertram, Texas

Posted by Joe Swahn - Bertram, TX - Coworker   March 16, 2019

A truly remarkable career, which we suspected but never really knew about it. Our contacts were on more mundane and social level but she was very special at those too - a class; always made us feel welcome to new town when we arrived several years ago. Will miss you.

Posted by sadashiv & Jaya Pethe - now in The Woodlands Tx afte, TX - Friend   March 16, 2019

I first met her as a graduate student in Austin. I was struck by her joy, kindness and generosity. Along with Prashant, she made me very welcome in Austin: several time preparing elaborate dinners where we could meet several people in the community. She possessed a sharp intellect and a ready with which simultaneously put her guests at ease and in splits. She was also a brilliant scientist and her depth of thought and analysis was apparent even in the shortest conversations. She was, of course, a brilliant cook and we would all look forward to her elaborate dinners. She managed a wonderful household while simultaneously engaging in an accomplished career. She will be greatly missed. My prayers are for Prashant and the rest of her family that they are comforted at this time: for a remarkable, unforgettable, source of joy was Alka.

Posted by Vishwanath Dalvi - Mumbai - Friend   March 15, 2019

Dear Alaka was always smiling, soft spoken, and gentle in her presence. I will cherish our times together in dance class as she loved learning and expressing herself through movement. Although we hadn't met much in the past several years, I will always remember her fondly. The world has lost a beautiful soul. May she be at peace as she continues her journey into the next realm. Prayers to Prashant, Jay, Sara, and Gavin and the entire family.

Posted by Anu Naimpally - Austin, TX - Friend   March 15, 2019


Lata and I have known Alka for many years through Marathi Mandal initially and I ran into her several times at the UT Balcones bldg. She always had a big smile and was extremely friendly. It is a big loss for the family and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to Prashant and the family. Peace to the departed soul. Lata and Tarun Parikh

Posted by Tarun and Lata Parikh - Austin, TX - Friend   March 15, 2019

I will always remember Alakavaini for her beautiful smile and bright eyes. She was a loving wife and mother. I remember her joy when Gavin was born. She was happy when my two daughters went to college and sent me encouraging words. It is a tremendous loss for the family and I hope we find peace and comfort as time goes by.

Posted by Varsha Walke - Mahwah, NJ - Family   March 15, 2019

Alaka was a wonder! Always happy and kind, finding time and energy for doing so much good. I am so very sorry, Prashant. Know that we are thinking of you. Much love. Emilia and Phil

Posted by Emlia Solano - Madrid, Spain - Friend   March 15, 2019

She was an inspiration throughout her life and she remained so to the very end. No words can convey the depth of the loss felt by so many. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

Posted by Mel Oakes - Austin, TX - Friend   March 14, 2019

A Spirit of light and love! Having met her encouraged, and will continue to encourage, the expression of love in all areas of my life.

Posted by Robert Case - Spring, TX - Acquaintance   March 14, 2019

Aunt (Mavshi in Marathi language) Alaka was a very loving, supportive, energetic, focussed and a multi-faceted personality. We all have spent many beautiful moments with her during family unions in India. I had many times received good advice and guidance from her on issues such as academics and career, along with uncle Prashant. It is a great loss to all of us that she is no more with us and I feel extremely sad. Peace be to the departed soul.
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Posted by Atul Sathe - Mumbai - Family   March 14, 2019

It was a great honour to know her and meet her while she was in India. May she rest in peace and lots of strength to the family.

Posted by Rahul Apte - Pune - Family   March 14, 2019

Wow. I only knew her as a beautiful and kind neighbor who was also a brilliant person. I am so honored to have known her and so sorry the world, and her family, has lost her.

Posted by Carrell Grigsby - Austin, TX - Neighbor   March 13, 2019


I have known Alaka for over two decades, as a wonderful friend and a happy-go-lucky person to be with, but never new her achievements till i read the obituary. She never bragged about her scholastic abilities with her friends. An intellect and yet with her friends she was a very down-to-earth person, and that quality of hers let her win many friends. She will be missed very much. May god bless her soul.

Posted by Anjali Paipanandiker - Austin, TX - Friend   March 13, 2019

We came to know how great Alaka was after reading obituary written by Prashant. May God rest her soul in peace and give strength to all of us to bear the loss. RIP Alaka !

Posted by Avadhut Sathe - Mumbai - Family   March 13, 2019