My first vivid memory of Dinuk is when I saw this big giant of a body builder reading a book which had a familiar cover. I nearly fainted when I realized he was reading “The power of the subconscious mind” by Joseph Murphy. Generally one would assume that brains and brawn are not mutually inclusive but guess Dinuk was an exception to the rule.
Dinuk was the most senior trainer at the “Body Bar” gym. Gentle Giant is the best way to describe him because thanks to his weight lifting skills he cut an imposing figure. At first sight one would feel wary of approaching him but then when you get close you begin to see the gentle smile, the kind words and the soft touch and realize here is a very good and kind hearted man. Every day I used to go to the gym I could count on his smile of greeting. He was never selfish with his advice and also helped you out without having to be asked.
Dinuk was also well read not just about physical fitness but in a wide variety of subjects. He showed quite a keen interest in personal development. In fact as I write this post I am kicking myself for not getting down to emailing him the pdf copy of “A new earth” by Eckhart Tolle which he wanted to read. Guess now it is too late.
On Sunday I got the shocking news that Dinuk had passed away due to a sudden heart attack on Saturday evening. I had seen him that morning and we had exchanged smiles and a few pleasant words. For a few minutes I thought this was someone’s idea of a bad joke. Sadly it was not a joke and it was true.
It is said that to truly judge the impact a person has made on the world one has to be at his funeral. And if you were there at that little house in Moratuwa yesterday you would have realized what a huge impact this 30 year old had made on all those around him. From top CEOs to A list celebrities to gym instructors from other gyms in Sri Lanka there were hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered to show their respect to their friend. Even though it was a busy Monday with the end of the financial year looming no one came to just condole and quickly rush off. Everyone joined the somber procession which lead to the church burial ground where he was laid to rest and even once the last mound of earth was placed and the candles were lit found it difficult to tear away. People were gathered in small groups, united by sadness talking about the little ways he had made them feel special. The clients who he used to train were the most affected. And I could see a few faces on the verge of breaking down.
Dinuk you leave us with a lot of pleasant memories. You had inspired us to great heights and left an indelible mark in our hearts. My only regret is that I could not get to know you as well as some others have. You will be missed my friend. It is the phrase “only the good die young” that gives us some consolation. Rest in Peace Dinuk.