Got a shock when reading the newspaper today morning. Homi Bathena, the founder-owner of the erstwhile Jazz Garden had met with an accident on the Bombay-Pune highway and was no more. Apparently, a bus rammed into his car, though some other passengers in the car survived.

Jazz Garden was one of the several restaurants that was part of the ABC Farms complex. It was a favoured haunt for me and like minded friends and we would often chill out there and enjoy the live music over good food and drinks. This place was a fantastic platform for new and upcoming musicians to showcase their talent, and I remember thinking highly of some of those bands at the time.

My personal interaction with him was limited to barely a couple of occasions some years ago, but even then, what I felt drawn to was his sense of humour and his never ending enthusiasm to live life to it’s fullest.

He was only in his forties, and did not deserve to die so young. R.I.P Homi, you will be missed 🙁