The Life of Manoj Nair


Mr. Manoj R. Nair passed away June 19, 2021. He was born to Ms. Sumathy R. Nair and the late Radhakrishnan Nair on May 31st, 1974, in India. In 1992, he immigrated to the United States where he has lived since. After completing his Bachelor’s in Chemistry as a top scholar at Temple University, he continued his studies by obtaining a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Leavey School of Business (Santa Clara University). His illustrious career spanned various Fortune 500 companies across the east and west coasts. 

During his time in Pennsylvania and California, he was beloved to all for his caring nature and willingness to help all those around him. Everywhere he went, his lively personality and compassion allowed him to form new connections and tight-knit friends. He was engaged with the community, as an active volunteer for the local temples, Chinmaya Mission, and other cultural/political organizations. As an avid golf player, badminton champion, and ardent Eagles fan, he always embraced true sportsmanship. We will always remember his fun spirit, whether it was singing and dancing, or just laughing with all his loved ones. 

Manoj Nair is survived by his mother, Sumathy Nair; sister, Maya Empranthiri; brother-in-law, Vinod Empranthiri; niece, Divya Empranthiri; and his cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family that will miss him dearly.

We will always carry your memory in our hearts. 

yo mam ajam anadim´ ca

vetti loka-mahesvaram

asammu?hah? sa martyes?u

sarva-papaih? pramucyate

 “He who knows Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds—he only, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins”

 – Bhagavad Gita 10.3

na jayate mriyate va kadacin

nayam´ bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah?

ajo nityah? sasvato ‘yam´ puran?o

na hanyate hanyamane sarire

“For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain”

– Bhagavad Gita 2.20

avyakto ‘yam acintyo ‘yam

avikaryo ‘yam ucyate

tasmad evam´ viditvainam´

nanusocitum arhasi

“It’s said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable, immutable and unchangeable. Knowing this you should not grieve for the body” 

– Bhagavad Gita 2.25









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Lightning and Thunder

Upbeat Funny Smiling Laughing Loving ; Came in to our life like a lightning and left leaving a thunder.  River rafting, Hiking, Movies, Golf, Tennis, Badminton, you name it , we were into it one time.  I won't be surprised if I wipe away a tear when no ones watching, when I hear a movie song being played, that we watched together at the theater.  You would bang my hand or shoulder so hard, out of the blue, in the pitch darkness of the theater when a joke hits the spot, or a stunt episode concludes or for an excellent song.  How I miss those days and how I'll miss you dear brother...

Posted by Unni E on 06/25/2021

Awesome person

A dear friend who always had your back. Conversations with him were so much fun. Will miss him a lot. Keeping the fond memories of him and praying for his soul. So long for now dear friend...

Posted by Tojo T on 06/25/2021

Family Union Mementos

Its still fresh in mind when we meet at ‘Tharavadu’ home a few years back during weekends or any special event.. Manoj is very lively and persistently cheerful person who  always spread positive vibes among the people around him. Manoj will always be living in our sweet memories and the wonderful time together with us will always be a treasure

Posted by Anand S on 06/25/2021

My Babutuku

Words can't express the person who Manu was. He was a kind hearted soul, lived his life to bring joy and happiness to others. I will miss him more than words can express. Om Namah shivaya may your Soul merge in the Brahmin. 

Posted by Madhu E on 06/25/2021

Kerala visit

Dear Aliyan, So much fun filled memories.. you light up the neighborhood. The most fitting for you is making you eat Irumban puli with salt. We will miss you. Good bye.


Posted by Shaji J on 06/26/2021

Veshangal Bhavangal

Veshangal Bhavangal.. That was the name of the Manca program in 2004. Even after close to two decades of going through many roles and emotions I still remember Manoj's unique, warm and magnetic personality.

He was a newcomer in our circle at that time. But he's such a sweet person who doesnt need any time to knock you down with his charm and love. I cant forget how he ready jumbed in and made things happen without any hesitation or inhibitions. We performed a scene from the typical namboodiri life of yesteryears. He just transformed into karyasthan konthunni nair and it was fun.

Though our lives took us to different parts of the world after that short encounter in the valley i am sure we wouldnt have felt any gap if we were to meet again. He is such an easy going and open minded buddy for whom friendship is totally unconditional. Manoj is one of those rare people you meet in a lifetime who believes only in giving without expecting anything in return.

Dear Manoj, you will continue to live in the memories of so many of us who considered your love and friendship as very special. Adeu dear friend.

Posted by Prakash B on 06/27/2021

All the hikes we had..

He was such a joyous and active person.. remembering many of the hikes we had done together, including the half-dome one. Manu will continue to live in our fond memories.

Posted by Manoj T on 06/28/2021