R.I.P Ligesh KT - part 1
By user13334066 on Qer 10, 2009
A friend took his life. 32 year old Ligesh KT, originally from Kannur in Kerala and based in bangalore. He owned a software company called Lxlabs.
What prompted this blog entry is the load of freakin bullshit that has come packed in along with the various news reports.
They can't get his age right. It's 24, 32, and so on. He is reported as an 'anti christ'. Some news reports claim he was drinking the night before. One even goes as far as to mention that his depression was caused by the recent death of google mentor Rajiv Motvani. Others talk about the suicides of his mother and sister 5 years back.
The news seems to have created quite an uproar because:
1. Lxlab's products (HyperVM, Kloxo) are used by many
2. Ligesh was the founder, driving force, and for all practical purposes for most of the time, the single technology/engineering resource at Lxlabs. (Yes, he was a genius)
Going around the net, i see so many threads in so many forums discussing the incident, the consequences, the future, and plain old stupid pointless gossip. There are, apparently, people out there who doubt if the news is true or the incident was real.
So to whomsoever it may concern.
The news is true, incident is real. I was there at the cremation with a few friends.
I've known him for 15 years. He was my classmate at REC calicut (now NIT calicut) from 1995 to 1999. He was probably my best friend back then and is easily the most intelligent, as well as eccentric, person i've ever met by a very long margin.
He loved computers, programming, heavy metal, philosophy, never touched booze smoke or drugs, and was, once upon a time, a diehard vegetarian who used to survive for days on nothing but fruit juice. Depending on how well you knew him he came across as either an arrogant person with a penchant for verbal encounters or a sensitive hyper-intelligent guy with a slight aggression problem that originated from a rather heavy, but honest, ego.
If you have ever felt like having let somebody down and at the same time know for a fact that there was nothing you could have done or not done, then you probably understand how i feel right now.
I can go on and on. Let me stop for now. More later.
RIP old friend.