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The Nishil I knew


I knew Nishil ever since he was seven years old. He actually went to University of Washington (not WSU) and he had graduated with honors. He went to work for Phillips Medical System in Seattle after his graduation. He was a brilliant young man with a friendly nature and always a great smile on his face. His parents are devastated due to his sudden death. They will never recover from tragic sudden loss of their only son.

His boss during the funeral (in Portland on June 11) said that he loved to work on most complex assignments.

Being just a young software engineer, Nishil had surprised his engineering team by solving some of the most complex medical application-related problems in such a short time. Nishil loved hard work and he never bragged about his accomplishments.

His parents at the funeral were surprised when his boss said that Nishil's legacy will be saving the lives of many women around the world when their company introduces its latest device.

My heart goes after Nishil's family for the loss of such a precious life that could have been saved if Whistler had a life guard on duty or had provision for life saving emergency equipment at Lost Lake, or a couple of trained scuba diving people available during the emergency in that big name five- star resort that is going to host the Winter Olympics next year. Even posting a few warning signs all along Lost Lake stating that "Swimming can be Deadly in Frigid Water" would warn many visitors and could save some lives.

Yes, Whistler authorities tried their best, but they lacked the training, staff and equipment for water-related emergencies. It seems that the Whistler authorities are the laid back type, not quite ready for the world class Olympics. I would have expected a helicopter from Vancouver in 10 minutes with a team of scuba divers to rescue or even to pull the body on that same tragic evening. This a black dot for Whistler.

Bart Makadia


Family deserves compensation

Whistler City should be held responsible for not posting warning signs of dangers at the beach and not having trained divers on its staff that could have saved the life of Nishil Ajudia, a 24-year old Seattle, Washington man who drowned at the Lost Lake on Saturday, June 6 in the evening, and who's body was not found until 10 a.m. the next day. Whistler should pay adequate compensation to the parents of this bright young and promising computer science graduate.

Shantu Shah


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