The bravest comrade QS Mumbai has ever seen, Namrata Madkaikar, was that unbelievable spirit that ruled QS Mumbai office's enthusiasm and general zest for life. She was an inspiration for the team. An inspiration that we lost, lamentably, to cancer in January 2019.
Nama joined QS in early 2016 and was instrumental in bringing QS LEAP every milestone we achieved together. A meticulous worker, she is remembered by colleagues for her outstanding wit, grit and her infectious joie de vivre. She brightened any space she entered with her zest for life and crackling presence. Every day we spent with her, we spent in admiration for her sheer force of will and her unwavering commitment to bettering herself every day.
Her experience with cancer was a true battle that raged for long! She was first diagnosed in 2011 in its early stages and endured the prolonged pains of surgery and radiations that came with it. Then again in 2014, she went through multiple rounds of radiation, after which her reports came back clean.
Things looked good until March 2017, when she was detected with Stage 4 cancer. This time, it was terminal. Her doctors declared she had 12 months to live, leaving all her loved ones shell-shocked! But Nama being Nama, chose to believe otherwise. She believed she could live and fought for it with grit.
Over the next 6-7 months, she went through multiple sessions of chemotherapy, followed by hospitalization for reduced platelet count. As the mental trauma of it bore down heavily, she kept it together and STILL kept her faith alive. Her visiting friends and colleagues broke down at the sight of her, but she braved it all.
And then in July 2017, despite all odds, her reports came back completely
clean. She had survived the treatment - it was a miracle! The doctors said so
too. After a few months of recovery, Nama joined work again in late Jan 2018, almost a year after another detection.
Once back in action, the team expected her to start on a slow footing but she was too spirited a work'wo'man to take things slow. She dived right back into work and completely surprised everyone with the infectious energy, dedication, and perseverance she brought to the table, often pulling us back up when we fell short. She truly appreciated the gift of life, and was now doing better work than we had ever witnessed before!
Nama's triumph and our overwhelming joy were short-lived, unfortunately. Come November 2018, Nama's illness came back. This time, things spiralled out of hand and we lost her on the morning of 10th January 2019.
To say we all miss her terribly, would be a massive understatement.
While there is not much we can do to lessen the pain of the loss for her
family, this fundraising initiative is a small step to help them cope with the