Bhubaneswar: Captain V. K. Narula, an eminent pillar of the Punjabi community of Bhubaneswar passed away on the 17th September of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 79 years of age. Born in Abbottabad, in the North West Province of Pre-independent India, Capt. Narula had, as a young boy, experienced the travails of partition.
He was an eminent personality who will be remembered for his immense contribution to the various socio-cultural and philanthropic organisations of the State. He was an erudite and well-read scholar and never let go of any opportunity to lend a helping hand to whoever needed one.
A widely traveled man, he was a Master Mariner, who after spending two decades at sea set up the office of J.B.Boda Marine Surveyors in the State. In the last four decades he was instrumental in the setting up of many bodies, both professional and cultural, all of which have flourished under his guidance. He was the founding member of the Punjabi Arya Sanatan Biradari, which has been rendering yeoman service by their humanitarian work during times of distress and disaster. His leadership qualities were commendable and inspired many who joined hands for the betterment of the society. Besides being a man of principles himself, he had a remarkable influence on those around him.
He was the former President of the Bhubaneswar Golf Club, which came up under his aegis and is now one of the top clubs of the country. Besides being a member of the Bhubaneswar Music Circle, Bhubaneswar Club and Calcutta’s Saturday Club, he was also a Life Member of the Company of Master Mariners.
Condoling the demise, Vice Admiral SH Sarma PVSM (Retd) said that Capt. Narula was among the rare breed of selfless persons who believed in giving back to the community as much as he could. Ram Hans, the noted philanthropist and former President of the Arya Samaj said that in the death of Capt. Narula, we have lost a mentor who will be remembered for the goodwill and cheer that he spread all around him.
A prayer meeting will be held at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Unit III, Bhubaneswar at 4.30 p.m. today the 20th September 2018 .