Our Self-Written Obituaries – Suhasini Soumitra Barman, Calcutta
The 227th death.
[Text and photos sent by Suhasini Soumitra Barman]
Drunk on memories, laughter and wine, Suhasini Soumitra Barman left for home last night. Back to her father, best friend, partner-in-crime; her whole universe rolled into one. With their crazy sense of humour and love for all things mischievous, they must be up to some insane prank right now. And in all probabilities, they must already be ready with a hit-list——her sister might be the usual soft target (they’ve missed this beloved ritual for quite a while now). And one can bet on it that they must be brunching together this morning because nobody loved food as much as these two did.
Impulsive, reckless and steadfastly kind, her favourite person often fondly called her Stargazer, for her infinite love towards the same and for him of course (you’re the brightest star in my constellation, she’d often tell him). Her 30 best friends have been duly assigned a day each to dust her books and make sure that they’re neat (OCD, you see). She loved hills, music, poetry and Agha Shahid Ali dearly and wanted her grave to reek of the same as well.
Yes, I remember it,
the day I’ll die, I broadcast the crimson,
so long ago of that sky, its spread air,
its rushing dyes, and a piece of earth
bleeding, apart from the shore, as we went
on the day I’ll die, past the guards, and he,
keeper of the world’s last saffron, rowed me
on an island the size of a grave. On
two yards he rowed me into the sunset,
past all pain. On everyone’s lips was news
of my death but only that beloved couplet,
broken, on his:
“If there is a paradise on earth
It is this, it is this, it is this.”
— Agha Shahid Ali
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