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With profound grief, we would like to inform you that Peerbagh’s founder and board chair, Vatsala Kakroo (38) passed away on May 7th, 2024 at 5:35 am after an intense period of an untimely cancer diagnosis. She fought bravely but ultimately transitioned peacefully with her family around her.

In 2021, Vatsala Kakroo founded the Everything Times, a global monthly children’s magazine in Montreal, Canada. This was a volunteer-led effort engaging hundreds of schools in India, Montreal, and the United States. In March 2023, this work was brought together by the creation of Peerbagh which Vatsala joined as the board chair.

Vatsala was the soul of Peerbagh. Like everything else in life, she ran it with a mission to make a difference bringing joy and creativity to the work. Vatsala co-created Peerbagh’s tagline, “Creating Little Joys and Magical Stories”. She was deeply involved in our mission. She also volunteered and led the organization’s first in-person large event, Varta – Storytelling Festival in Dehradun, India. This event engaged 3000+ students and 50+ volunteers directly managed by her.

She poured her creative energy into several projects released by Peerbagh, including writing a bestselling children’s book, Ravan’s Lost Boon. Vatsala imagined this book as a part of a series. We will bring more books from the festival series in the next few years and months to honor her vision. She also created several audio story capsules bringing stories to kids around the world. We will release some of these projects in the remainder of 2024. 

Vatsala Kakroo legacy Peerbagh

Vatsala loved stories and songs from Shah Rukh Khan, and Sonu Nigam, and slept peacefully hearing Gulzar’s songs. She had an incredible need and ability to find balance in all situations and always gave generously. Everyone who met her found her to be warm and full of joy. Vatsala made friends everywhere she went. She worked with great empathy and purpose. Her warmth and legacy are a colorful rainbow that’ll continue to provide joy through her memories, words, and smile. These will always stay with us.

In her day job, Vatsala was a proud member of the SAP community. She worked in the organization in India and Canada for almost all of her career. She is survived by her young kids, Riaan (10), and Amyra (3), her husband Saurabh, her parents, sister, and loving family and friends. The family recommends donations to some of the charities endorsed by her. 

  • One Tree Planted (Tree plantation drive, Canada)
  • Support for building her audio and published books (festival series). We will donate these books for free to rural Indian libraries via Peerbagh 
  • Universal Literacy for Children in India, Pratham

Like she would often say, Zindagi Lambi Nahin Badi Honi Chahiye, Babumoshai. In her short 38 years, her impact on her family, friends, and children around the world will last generations. Like a bright shooting star, she left us in her glittering light, wishing upon a million dreams. To honor Vatsala’s legacy and work with Peerbagh, we will continue steadfast in building stories for kids. She will remain a vision for everyone who believes in the magic of storytelling.

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