In memory of Dhaval Dhairyawan

Posted by Girish Karkera at 07:32 am on Thursday August 16, 2012

I've never written an obit. Never thought I would.

But this is for a man who never ceased to amaze me - with his goodness, with his talent, with his eccentricities... With his 'humaness'. Dhaval Dhairyawan, a person who I will always regard as a friend first and then the chief photographer of TopGear India, left this world of ours yesterday, March 22, 2012, after a prolonged illness leaving behind a doting sister and a caring father.

When I joined TopGear, I knew most of the guys working here. Among the handful I didn't know, was Dhaval. But it didn't stay that way for long. And I think of it as a privilege because like a lot of things in life, Dhaval was also extremely choosy about his friends and people he would like to be with.

From being a young photojournalist at the Times Journal of Photography to blistering the automotive segment with his prolific style in TopGear, Dhaval was easily one of the best photographers in India, today. His energy was unending - especially if there was a set of wheels to shoot. If there was anything else that he loved as much as his work then it was cars. Which obviously always made him push harder and further.

There have been times when I urged him to go easy on the innovation for the smaller shoots but he would not listen. I've not met many perfectionists in life, but Dhaval definitely was one. His courage and steely resolve to get things done and soldier on - I was envious at times of his tough character and immense talent. There have been moments where I have drawn inspiration from him but I never got a chance to tell him that.

I knew Dhaval for only six years, but I will cherish his friendship for my lifetime. And I am sure, I am not the only one who would think that way.

If there's any such thing as rebirth, Dhaval, it will be a pleasure to meet you again.


Girish Karkera,

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5 Responses to "In memory of Dhaval Dhairyawan"

  • Shobhit Gosain said...
    Sunday April 01, 2012 at 04:24 am Link to comment

    Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.

  • gaeks37 said...
    Saturday March 24, 2012 at 07:00 am Link to comment

    God Bless you mate. You were brilliant, will miss you!!!

  • MNM said...
    Saturday March 24, 2012 at 03:23 am Link to comment

    Peace to you Dhaval. We will miss you. Thank you for the smiles, stories and art you have left us with.

  • krishna budhani said...
    Friday March 23, 2012 at 10:22 am Link to comment

    I have a collection of top gears from the year 2008 and have read all of them, it is a great experience doing that and the one thing that made it more beautiful was the pictures shot by Dhaval. RIP Dhaval.

  • theslayer said...
    Friday March 23, 2012 at 07:43 am Link to comment

    If there were other reasons me and my brother bought Top Gear every month, they were soon eclipsed by the awesomeness of Dhaval's photography. As Girish rightly points out, even the smallest of shoots had the signature Dhaval touch. The Koeniggsegg shoot, and the Punto shoot in the markets of Mumbai are all time favourites. RIP Dhaval.

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