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Our Self-Written Obituaries – Alok Prasanna Kumar, H. Nizamuddin West

The 66th death.

[Text by Alok Prasanna Kumar; photo by Ankit Goel]

Alok Prasanna Kumar, a legal policy expert and collector of trivia about the Indian legal system, was found dead yesterday by the police in his flat in Hazrat Nizamuddin West. The neighbours had complained of a strong stench with no one answering to the door bell. Mr Kumar was 33.

The cause of death has been determined to be exhaustion and dehydration which resulted from a marathon session of playing Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void – an end eerily similar to the so-called ‘Self-Written Obituary’ he had submitted two years ago to the popular website ‘The Delhi Walla’. The Delhi Police are presently questioning the owner of the website, Mayank Austen Soofi, for any possible involvement in Mr Kumar’s death.

According to friends and family, Mr Kumar had been looking forward to Legacy of the Void and might had spent the entire weekend from Friday evening (after work) to the moment of his eventual death playing it on his PC, without breaks for food or water. His could be the first known death in India caused by video games.

Apart from being a regular columnist on legal issues across various newspapers and websites, Mr Kumar was also the author of the forthcoming book, Repugnant Honours: The Ten Worst Judgements of the Supreme Court of India that is presently the subject matter of contempt proceedings in the Supreme Court. Friends say that Mr Kumar was delighted by the free publicity for the book when the Court issued the contempt notice, and looked forward to defending his work in person in front of the honourable judges.

It is understood that the publishers have decided to pulp all the copies of the book.

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