Remembering Dr. Narsi LS Narasimhan (NARSI )
By Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD
One of the prominent and beloved member of the Indian community
in Atlanta, Georgia- Dr. Narsi LS Narasimhan, popularly known as
Narsi among friends and colleagues-passed away on April 29th,
to a massive heart attack at night in sleep at his apartment. Narsi was single, and he devoted all his free time to the
betterment of the Indian community in Atlanta. He was part of
multiple Indian-American organizations and served as president,
organizers, volunteer at various stages. He received numerous
community service awards awards for his work.
Narsiís hometown was Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. He
spent the last two decades of his life in Atlanta, Georgia which
became his city. He had a stellar academic career. He did his
schooling from De Britto High School, Devakotti. The he finished
his engineering from Benaras Hindu University in 1984. He came
to USA and did his further studies and PHD at University of
Texas at Dallas. Narsi became a Professor of Management
Science / Management Information Systems at Georgia Institute of
Technology from the late 80s to the early 90s. Then he founded
his own company based on his new ideas and insight.
Pic: My first meeting with Narsi in 2014: Sagnika Mukherjee,
Panchajanya Paul, Ajit Kumar, Mallika and Narsi. From FaceBook,
uploaded by Tony Patel.
In my brief stay in Atlanta, I met him about five times at
Indian cultural events. I vividly remember my first meeting with
him in 2014, at the Asian Pacific American Councilís 29th Annual
Unity Gala. I found him friendly, social and quick witted. He
loved to talk about his accomplishments and shared with me all
the activities with which he was involved and encouraged me to
join. He introduced me with the consulate general of that time
Mr. Ajit Kumar and other dignitaries present on that day. I
remember discussing with him my idea of a chess-club, and he
within 5 minutes gave me a blue print of the proposal with clear
steps about how to proceed and how to make it a success. He used
to come and enquire about the whereabouts and was always
interested in the Indian community activities. I was scheduled
to meet him on 21st April again at the IPN, but alas it didnít
materialize. It seemed to be the last social event that he
Pic: Last Photograph of Narsi from Facebook, uploaded by Mr.
D.V.Singh at the IPN meeting , April 21,2016
Narsi for all his accomplishments, always remained a humble and
friendly person who was always approachable. He became a beloved
leader of the Indian business community in Atlanta. Narsi had a
gregarious and a vivacious personality. With his eternal energy
and youthful zest, he vitalized the community. His absence will
be dearly felt by the Indian community. His memorial services
and cremation was held on May 2, 2016 at Wages & Sons Funeral
Homes and Crematories. He is survived by his niece Sunanda, and
nephews: Raghu, Ramaswamy, Shreya, and Srinivasaraman. Narsi
will always be missed. May his soul rest in peace.
Some of Narsiís Accomplishments:
CEO of Pallam Inc 2003-2016
Founder of the Indian Professionals Network (IPN) in 1993
President of Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC)
Chairman of Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) in
Member of the Board/Leadership Team, Kettering Executive
Network, Inc. (KEN)
President of the Asian/Pacific-American Council of Georgia, Inc.
(APAC) in 2005
Received community service award from the Indian American
Cultural Association Inc. (IACA) in 1999
Vice president of simulation and optimization at IndUSA, a
management consulting firm.
Board of directors of Atlanta-based BOSS (Business Oriented
Software Solutions Inc.), ISBDI (International Software Business
Development), and the Chennai, India-based ACL Chemical Ltd.
Served on the Board of advisors of Vyapin (India) Pvt. Ltd., an
Indian software developer.
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD, ABIHM, ABPN, is an American Board
certified - Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist. He is a
diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic
Medicine. He holds adjunct faculty position at Emory University
School of Medicine; University of Georgia & Georgia Regents
University, and University of Central Florida School of
Medicine. He is a freelance writer who lives in Atlanta.