Pankil Matalia


As Interviewed by Ashna Bhansali, March 14, 2015
"The first thing that came to mind is that I forgive everybody in this process."
Pankil Matalia

Introductory Profile: About Pankil Matalia

The name of my interviewee is Pankil Matalia. I met him a few years ago, through a religious group. He had moved to Texas from Iowa, and he has a wife, daughter, and son. Mr. Matalia is of Indian descent, has brown hair, and his wise brown eyes reveal a religious man, who stays strong to his beliefs, and practices them even in the hardest of times. He is a very close family friend of mine, and I most frequently see him at religious or Indian community events.

Throughout the interview, we talked about the tragic murder of his sister, Trupti Nitin Shetty, in Kenya. Trupti passed away on September 5, 2012. I found it quite inspiring how during the interview, Mr. Matalia showed no feelings of hate towards the murderers of his sister, and instead chose to be strong willed, do the right thing, and forgive them. He stayed true to his religious and moral beliefs, and put more emphasis on how we need to treat everyone the same, no matter what their race, age, or status is, and only then will we all be equal. I think Mr. Matalia is a great man, and his words are well worth a listen.