Dear Friends,

With deep regrets, we announce the demise of our beloved mother, Chitra Kaku in the early morning hours on 22nd January 2021. In our overwhelming sadness, we are reminded of the wonderful, calm and determined person she was, who took on all challenges of life with a smile.

Chitra’s journey started from the city of Karachi where she was born on the 10th March 1938. After the partition of India, her family migrated from Karachi, then part of undivided India, to Mumbai.  She completed her school years in a quaint suburb of Mumbai and was always keen to pursue a university education, which was progressive in conservative India. Determined, she secured her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Mumbai University in English Literature with a flair and finesse for the language. This aspiration for further education always stood good in her head and the same was inculcated in her children.

Chitra joined the Indian Navy at the age of 25 in the civil department and served uninterruptedly for 35 years until she retired at the age of 60. She married Bhagwandas Kaku who worked for the Merchant Navy and parented three kids – Saroj, Vanita and Hari. Just when things were going smooth, a massive tragedy struck the family. Her spouse was reported missing after his ship sunk thirty kilometres from Salalah, Oman in the sea of Arabian Gulf. This was a major turning point in her life. Putting on a brave face, she endured the calamity in her personal life unfalteringly and shielded her children from the vagaries of life. Chitra strove to complete the education of all three children and was instrumental in instilling core human values in them. Above everything else, she taught them the importance of being independent and thus, played the role of a caring mother and a disciplined father with aplomb.

With the passage of time, Chitra’s talents, determination and her fervour for life only got better and better. This fascinating approach to life earned her countless friends at every step of the way. Besides her infectious smile and gentle nature, she also strongly believed in giving back to the community. Chitra had a unique ability to converse in several other languages though her fondness for the English language remained till the end.

She used her spare time productively in learning and developing the art of crochet patterns, tailoring, embroidery and stitching clothes. She also loved her lengthy shopping excursions where she would walk around tirelessly to find good buys. No matter what, she never gave up wearing the traditional India Saree, maintaining her long hair and always focused on natural beauty – no cosmetics her entire life. Elegance in simplicity would be apt for her. She was also an amazing cook and enjoyed vegetarian food. No yoga, no gym; just authentic good food with a dash of positivity and a garnish of optimism. Her jest for healthy living amply stood by her throughout her life.

As time went by, Chitra finally settled in Canada nurturing her grandchildren selflessly. Her journey from India to Canada was quick-settling and tranquil as she effortlessly navigated through a new culture while making lots of new friends on her own. Chitra was always active and on her toes till the last days of her life. She lived for her family, serving and caring for them throughout. Chitra never complained about people or circumstances, always taking life in her stride with family as top priority. Most importantly, she was an epitome of family values. Wearing the wrist-watch her father had gifted her on graduation day till the very end of her life was proof enough to explain her commitment to family ties.

Chitra’s life can be summed up as a life “complete and serenely fulfilled”. She will always be remembered as a caring daughter, a loving wife, a determined mother and a charismatic grandmother. Above all, Chitra was a great human being inspiring everyone she met.

She will always be loved and missed by her family and every life that she touched.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Victoria General Hospital for their care.

A private family service, by invitation only, will be hosted in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 am. Due to current BC Health restrictions, all others are invited to attend virtually via Zoom by clicking on the following link.  Please use your video camera when joining so that family in attendance can see you and feel your support.

Topic: Funeral Service for Chitra Kaku
Time: Jan 27, 2021 09:50 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  • Paramjit, Perminder and Ruby

    Dear Hari and Deepa:

    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear mother. The inevitable event is so unpredictable; it is like we were socializing with her on our card games only recently and then we hear this news. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire Kaku family. May peace be with the departed soul!

    Paramjit, Perminder and Ruby Rana

  • Dr Raj Prasad

    Dear Hari and the family, I was very sad to hear the Nirvana of your dearest mother Chitra jee- she was such a kind and nice person. May her soul rest peace and all the best to the mourning family. We will miss her in the Hindu Temple. Please let us comfort you do not hesitate to contact if I can be of assistance. kind regards,Raj Prasad (ex- Secretary and President VHPCC)Victoria. Tears flow thru my eyes for your beloved mother as I lost my dearest wife Dr Shashiji recently. But all life comes to an end.

  • Narain Kokal

    Dear Hari & entire Kalu Family,
    Accept our heartfelt condolences, she will always be remembered. May the departed soul rest in peace & may Almighty God give you all courage to bear the irrepairable loss.

    Narain Kokal

  • Hiroo kokal

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother, mohini didi Her presence always made me feel happy

    I wish you courage and strength to overcome this emptyness

  • Mukesh - Praveen

    Dear Hari, Deepa and Family: We are deeply saddened by the news of your huge loss. May god give you strength and brings you and your family much needed peace during this sad and difficult time. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.

  • Bhupendra Ranawat

    Dear Hari and Deepa,

    Our deepest condolences to your family.
    May her soul rest in peace.

    – Bhupendra and Hema

  • Guddi Singla

    May her soul Rest In Peace.She was a very lovely person with a beautiful smile. She will be missed dearly.



  • Harish Aswani

    Our heartfelt condolences to Kaku fsmily. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti

  • Ashok and Usha Agarwal

    Please accept our condolences for the loss of your mum Chitra Ji. Her lovely smile and true friendship will always remain not only with us, but with every one in Victoria as well. We will always miss her as true friend. GOD less you all the courage and strength to bear such a loss of loveable mum. May GOD rest her soul in peace. Jai shree Krishna

  • Harish Kokal

    Dear Didi
    You will be missed. Love you. May you rest in peace.

    Meena, Harish, Girish, Neetu, Tina, Ritvik, Drishti & Naina.

  • Manoj K

    May Aunty’s soul be in peace and inspire generations.

  • Diksha kokal

    May her soul rest in peace, and give strength to family for the loss.

  • Dylan Fraser


    Your mother was an amazing soul and I was honored to meet her several times through the years of us working together. The writeup above is a beautiful tribute to your loving mother.

    Thinking of you and offering support from the entire organization at Advanced Solutions. Take care and we will be thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Best Regards,
    Dylan Fraser

  • Poonam Sharma

    May her soul Rest In Peace. She was very lovely person.

  • Sima and Manoj Saxena

    May her soul rest in peace forever!

  • Sunaina and Manoj

    Dear Hari and Family

    May fond memories of Mohini Didi bring you comfort during this hard time. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May her soul rest in peace. She will be missed.

  • Indu

    We as a family have always been inspired by the love and bonding shared by Daddy Mummy and Mohini didi. May God give us strength to bear this loss. OM SHANTI

  • Kamu Hingorani

    May her soul rest in peace. The gracious lady with a beautiful smile

  • Vimal Upreti

    Sad to know about Aunty ji’s demise. Our heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. May her soul rest in peace.

    Vimal and Mona

  • Urmila and Rashmi Patel

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  • Prasad and Sharada Chintalapati

    Dear Hari
    I have wonderful memories with your mother and I used to fondly call her Mummy Ji. It is not just your loss, it is a huge loss for me and entire Hindu Community of Victoria. Constant smile on her face and the affection that she showered on Sharada, myself and our son are permanently etched in my memory. My heartfelt condolences to you and all in your family. I pray that God gives you enough courage and strength to sail through this difficult period of your life. May the departed soul rest in Peace.

  • Kavita, Kedar, Dhruvi, Nyotaa

    An Angel she was,
    A true soul she carried,
    Never gave way to harm or cause,
    For a pure spirit had she married.
    She had always been more like an angelic figure to us, giving life to everything around her, which was what made her so special to us. As a mother, as a guardian angel, as a person, she was the epitome of strength and goodness. She is such who cannot be forgotten, ever. Love you Didi, you’ll always be in our hearts.

  • Jitendra Kaku

    May her soul rest in peace

  • Darshan and family

    We were at distance but we always felt some warmth that aunti is head of the family and is with us at all the time. The loss is irreplacable. May God rest her soul in peace.

  • Bandna J

    To Hari, Deepa, and girls, my deepest condolences I am so deeply saddened to hear about auntie. She was ever so cute and smiling kind caring lady I will so miss seeing her smile. May god give you strength to endure the loss of such a wonderful woman and may bless her soul.

  • Dhruvkumar Sonejee and family

    May the soul rest in peace. Om shanti. Jayshree krishna

  • Rajesh Kandhari

    May her soul RIP will always be remembered being one women army.. hats off ..

  • Chinna Reddy Katireddy

    Sorry to hear your loss. She was an inspirational and brave women. She will be missed dearly. Our deepest condolences to your family. Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti.

    Katireddy’s family

  • Prem/Jyoti Nariani

    Dear Auntie, We going to miss u a lot. You gone from this World but will be always in our Hearts. Don’t forget to play card with Uncle there. Love

  • Prakash kaku n fmy

    May her soul rest in peace.

  • Ram and Priya

    Dear Deepa and Hari,

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother, Chitraji. We feel honoured to have met and known her in the short years here. We will remember her for her warm smile and ever welcoming self. Her presence always made us feel part of the community here in Victoria from the time we first arrived here.

    May her soul Rest In Peace. Wishing you courage and strength to overcome this loss. We have you in our prayers.

  • Deepa Kokal

    Dear Hari & Kaku Family

    The loss is not yours only. We all feel the same pain that you feel today. I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.
    Deepa Kokal

  • Jim Peng

    What a lovely person, who will be deeply missed. I remember enjoying the most delicious ginger tea that Chitra made and proudly served us.

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