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Our Self-Written Obituaries – Namya Sinha, Caribbean Sea

The 19th death.

[Text by Namya Sinha; photo by Showkat Shafi]

It was confirmed early morning today that Namya Sinha, a flamboyant elderly lady, was among the missing passengers in the cruise liner Isis (named after an Egyptian goddess, not the terrorist organisation) that sank late last week in the Caribbean Sea at 11.40 pm (ship time), two hours after hitting a floating island, 20 miles off the coast of Barbados. The ship was carrying about a thousand tourists; most of them were from the Himalayan city of Simla. All of them are presumed dead.

Miss Sinha grew up reading shallow books about deep love. She died the way she lived — traveling around the world with the latest Mills & Moon paperback tucked in her Chanel handbag and a Cartier necklace around her slender neck.

A great meat eater, Ms Sinha was extremely fond of stray animals. Each time she chanced upon a wounded pigeon, for instance, she would carry it all the way to her city’s sole avian vet.

Ms Sinha had an eye for skin deep beauty. She was obsessive about taking selfies and would always pout for her cellphone camera. By the time she flew off to meet her creator, Ms Sinha had millions of such photographs. She is survived by two children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grand daughter. It is not clear who among them will inherit her selfies.

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