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Rama Rani (Prasad) Srivastava

September 29, 1940 ~ June 5, 2022 (age 81)

Obituary

On June 5, 2022, Rama Rani Srivastava passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Menands, New York, surrounded by family. A loving wife, mother of three daughters, grandmother to three granddaughters, beloved human to two dogs, aunt to nephews and nieces around the world, and friend to countless people, she was a vibrant, joyful woman who lit up the world with love, laughter, and wit. 

Rama was born in Dumraon, Bihar, India, in 1940, into a loving and extended family where generosity was a way of life. Everyone who entered her parents' home was treated like family, a legacy she continued into her own adulthood. She married Dr. Kalika Prasad Srivastava in 1958, and in the 1960s they moved to Troy, New York, building their life and forging bonds across communities in their new country. Rama made friends with people of all ages, charming them with charisma and conversation, making each person she spent time with feel heard, respected, and treasured. She had a talent for talking to children, helping them feel cherished and showing them she valued their opinions despite (or perhaps because of) their age. Her drive to make the people she loved as happy as possible made her a lighthearted spark in every room she entered, and an irreplaceable rock for her husband, children, and the many people who thought of her as one of their mothers in the world.

She was a firecracker with a quick but quickly forgiving temper and a wildly generous heart, and enjoyed both the ridiculous and profound. She expressed her love through what she valued most: education and nourishment. As a founding member of the Tri-City India Association and the Hindu Temple Society, and as a supporter of Emma Willard School (where she sent all her daughters and granddaughters), she acted on her belief that community, intellectual inquiry, and cultural exchange are the bedrocks of society, and she helped extended family and others worldwide access educational opportunities. Rama was a brilliant cook who—though she viewed cooking itself as annoying—crafted unforgettable meals, believing that sitting down to eat together forged indelible bonds of love and community.

She had an active interest in politics, environmental conservation, and local sustainability. One of her favorite pastimes was visiting farmers markets and farmstands throughout upstate New York, apple picking and gathering ingredients for her famous pickles and chutneys. She loved to travel and learn how different people lived, ate, and celebrated. There wasn’t a wedding, bar mitzvah, pooja, graduation, or medical conference she didn’t attend with joy. As a trained singer and dexterous seamstress, she sought out handicrafts from textiles to jewelry, especially from local artisans in the US and India. And oh, did Rama love her fashion: She curated an extensive collection of unique saris, including hand-painted Madhubani, Banarasi silk, Kanjeevaram, batik, bandhani, and artisan-designed clothes from across the world.

Rama is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. K.P. Srivastava (retired general surgeon in Troy); her daughters, Jyoti (Robert Castracane), Pinki (Sunjay Verma) and Lina; and beloved granddaughters Anjali Dayal, Sarina Verma, and Anika Verma. 

She was the daughter of the late Gauri Devi and Dr. Nagendra Prasad, the Chief Medical Director of Dumraon Raj Hospital, and the youngest and last living of her sisters, including Krishna Saran (Lakshman), Savitri Prasad (Bhuneshwar), Bhuneshwari Sinha (Akhouri Mahendra) and Padmawati Sinha (Ratneshwar). She leaves loved ones across all parts of India, Europe, and Australia, and North America. In the United States are Randhir Sinha (Meena), Suresh Chandra (Indra), Shashikar Dayal, late Dharmendra Sinha, Sanjay Sinha (Sunita), Kavita Sinha (Ankur), Shalini Sinha, Puja Chandra, Pria Sinha, Neal Sinha, Nikhil Sinha, Swetha Shalini, Nina Ramondo, Shiva Shekhar (Cherito), Prakhar Sinha, Prashant Chandra (Kavita), Neetu Chandra, Rahul Chandra, Nanda Bhuvan (Bharat), Manoj Mehta (Suki), and Amal Mehta.

The family will commemorate Rama in a celebration of her life later this summer. Please contact the family for further details.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Rama’s deep belief that no child in the world should be hungry, sick, or unloved, the family requests contributions in Rama's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: In Honor of Rama Srivastava 

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