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Memorial Created By
Shahnoor Tilak

Mandakini Tilak

January 27, 1927 - April 19, 2020

We have created this memorial to celebrate the life of our beloved Mandakini Tilak. We invite you to share your stories, memories, pictures and videos to help commemorate Aaji's life.

OBITUARY
Mandakini Tilak, born in Pune, India on January 27th, 1927, passed away peacefully in Toronto, Canada on April 19th, 2020. Known as Aai to her children and Aaji to her grandchildren, she is survived by her four children—Pratibha, Hemant, Shekhar and Shashank; her ten grand-children—Zena, Girish, Nisha, Shahnoor, Sushil, Alshana, Justin, Jaclyn, Manisha and Rakhi; and her five great grandchildren—Shane, Maya, Isabella, Madeline and...  see more
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  • Sharon & Hugh MacIntosh
    Dear Pratibha, Shekhar, Hemant, Shashank and family,

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.

    My brother and I met Manda through Harbourside bridge, and Keshav through Manda. Up to August of last year we had a foursome of bridge with Manda...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
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  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Read in the Harbourside Update newsletter :

    Manda Tilak
    Manda and her husband were one of the pioneers in our building, buying their unit even before construction was finished. Manda served on early Boards of Directors, and for many years faithfully...  more
  • Shree Hardikar Nath
    (Sorry, unable to edit my initial post)

    Some of my most cherished memories are the late night conversations Mandamawshi and I had at my parents’ home during Baba’s illness. She was an excellent listener, realistic yet supportive. She told me, ...  more
  • Shree Hardikar Nath
    Mandamawshi is dearly missed. I am grateful to have had recent conversations with her.

    There are countless Mombasa memories I could recount, as several others already have. Our families spent so much time with each other- an important constant during my...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    From Durga Pachapurkar:

    Dear Pratibha, Shekhar, Hemant, Shashank and family,

    Since our beloved Mandatai’s passing on April 19, so many thought are rushing through my mind that I don’t know where to begin.
    My late husband Govind and myself had the...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    From Our friend Sudhir Oak who visited Aai in November in Toronto.....

    Dear Pratibha,

    Being in Canada since March 17, I heard about Mandatai from Namita the very next day. I just wanted to give you some space before I wrote to you.
    If we could, we...  more
  • pratibha deshmukh
    From Chokkey today:

    I have been praying for Aaji always and I see her in my mind reflecting her kindness and concern about each of you individually. May Aaji be blessed with happiness. Love to you from Chokkey and family.🙏🙏🙏🌷🌷🌷📿📿📿
  • Benifer Chohan
  • Benifer Chohan
    Dear Pratibha, Shekhar, Sashu and Hemant. Words have been hard to come by and it is hard to express the loss of a dear mother, grandmother, aunt and family friend. Our parents new the Tilaks from way back in Mombasa. When we immigrated to Ottawa we...  more
  • pratibha deshmukh
    From our dear friend, NANDA Kandalgaonkar (Received this morning May 1, 2020)

    Mandatai, ARCHANA on the TERAHVIN (13th day!)

    Dear Pratibha, Shekhar, Hemant and Shashu,
    Today is the 13th day of dear Mandatai's passing. All of us who have been her...  more
  • pratibha deshmukh
    pratibha deshmukh added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • pratibha deshmukh
    From Maya and Isabella:
    We love the comforters that Senior Aaji made for us......Thank you Aaji!
  • pratibha deshmukh
    pratibha deshmukh added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
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  • Sonal Lakhera
    I am so sorry to get this news.

    Manda mavashi was such a vibrant woman.
  • Chhaya Kulkarni
    From Vinaya:

    I am so sorry to get this news.

    Manda mavashi was such a vibrant woman. I have felt like a part of their family all my life. She was the “cool” mavashi with a short haircut and always took a deep interest in anything my sister or I...  more
  • Chhaya Kulkarni
    I am not sure where to begin.
    We met the Tilaks soon after I arrived in Toronto in 1968. I was newly married and in a new country. I was introduced to Manda Tilak through mutual friends, who called her mavashi. I was so captivated with all their...  more
  • Zaheeda Nasser
    My deepest condolences to the entire family. You are all in my heart, mind, and prayers. Our families have been intertwined from Mombasa days. You've always been, and always will be, a second family to me. Thank you for making us a part of your loving...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    From Sudha Ogale
    .......
    Dear Pratibha,

    I just wanted to send this quick note to extend my deepest condolences to you.

    The passing of dear Mandatai was so sudden. From my daily conversations with Nanda, she seemed to be her usual self until just a few...  more
  • Alshana Tilak
    Posted on behalf of Shiraz and Naseem Ismail:

    Our condolences to the family for the loss of dear Aaji She was a remarkable woman, devoted to her family, welcoming to others, open hearted and never without a smile. She genuinely liked people, took...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Shripad Joshi
    Shripad Joshi added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Shripad Joshi
    मंदाताई सोबत आमची ओळख ज्योत्स्नाताई ओगले यांच्यामुळे झाली. प्रत्यक्ष भेट होण्याआधीच...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha Deshmukh added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    Pratibha, this is Mandatai’s sketch done by one young , new mother from Toronto!
    She met Mandatai only once. Was very impressed with her warmth and decided to draw this😘😘
    Her name is  Madhura. She is Jyotsnatai’s young friend, visiting India...  more
  • Pratibha Deshmukh
    From Vasanti Vora of Amara Trust Charity in Kenya:

    Hema Karve has sent Amara £250 in memory of Manda kaku.

    Once schools reopen...hopefully mid May...Amara will keep you informed on what we are going to do with the money.

    My aim is to use part of the...  more
  • Ojas Deo
    Me and my wife Rasika met Tilak Aaji only once in 2019 Diwali program of MBM.
    Even though she only heard about us through our common family friend, she was so warm and loving while talking to us.
    Her smiling face and graceful personality will stay in...  more
  • Nisha Deshmukh
    From Prabha Brutsner:

    Dear Pratibha, hope you are hanging in there after all!
    I feel like missing so much! I have been planning from last year to come over. I had shared many things & good memories with both of them.

    What a journey they made,...  more
  • LadyEmma BP
    So sorry for this loss. She was an amazing woman who made you feel so welcome in her home and made sure you had tea and a snack.
  • pratibha deshmukh
    Felt like posting my favorite photos of my parents (together) over the years!
  • pratibha deshmukh
    pratibha deshmukh added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • pratibha deshmukh
    pratibha deshmukh added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Shahnoor Tilak
    From Maya and Isabella.
  • Sarita Karve
    From Sarita Karve:

    Manda kaku, as we knew her, was a joyful and inspiring presence in my life. Much has been written here already about her legendary energy, enthusiasm, warmth and empathy. She will surely be missed by many.
    I have fond memories of...  more
  • Ratnakar Khare
    It was hard for me to accept that Mandamawshi is no more in this world. Just a week before we chat on whatsup video call....she was my second mother for me....my memories of her are many since she loved me as if her 5th Son...whenever she used to visit...  more
  • Ratnakar Khare
    Ratnakar Khare added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Ratnakar Khare
    Ratnakar Khare added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Ratnakar Khare
    Ratnakar Khare added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Mandakini Tilak:
  • Shahnoor Tilak
    Tribute from Hema Karve, family friend:

    My name is Hema Karve, I have known Manda (and all the family) since 1956, when all of us lived in Mombasa.

    For quite a few years we lived opposite each other in the grounds of PANDYA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. Over...  more
  • Amita Sharma
    A gracious, graceful , beautiful woman - We had many conversations over the years including quite a few about our mutual love of tennis The last time I met her was when we visited her in Toronto and shared a lavish high tea with snacks made by her How...  more
  • Alshana Tilak
    There are so many loving memories I have with Aaji. Whether it was making mini chapatis on her kitchen floor (which she would cook and cover with ghee and a sprinkling of sugar), cousin sleepovers in her living room, trips to centre island for repeated...  more
  • marushka bland
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. While I had only visited with Aaji (that's the name I knew her by!) a couple of times, she left a lasting impression on me and my family - she was an incredible, strong and vibrant woman.

    We (the Blands) have a...  more
  • Vineet Bapat