Our Self-Written Obituaries – Maria Faraz, Cantt., Lahore, Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Maria Faraz, Cantt., Lahore, Pakistan

The 138th death. [Text by Maria Faraz; photo by Faraz Jahangir] Everyone thinks a psychologist knows everything, a proverbial mind-reader, magical being, twister of fates…. But she was an ordinary woman. Drawn to her destiny by the strings of circumstance…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Madhulika Ra Chauhan, Dalian, China

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Madhulika Ra Chauhan, Dalian, China

The 137th death. [Text by Madhulika Ra Chauhan; photo by Unknown] Madhulika Ra Chauhan, the vivacious septuagenarian, was found lying dead comfortably in her cozy home and without the hint of a scandal. Perhaps her face, which bore a mysterious…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ali F. Kazmi, Sargodha & Lahore & Karachi & Melbourne

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ali F. Kazmi, Sargodha & Lahore & Karachi & Melbourne

The 136th death. [Text by Ali F. Kazmi; photo by Hussain Kazmi] It was a moonlit night of early December when Ali F. Kazmi had his overly sweetened evening tea in the same soot-covered cup and slept for good. Although…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Pooja Tripathi, Delhi & Patna

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Pooja Tripathi, Delhi & Patna

The 135th death. [Text by Pooja Tripathi; photo by Remya Menon] This morning Pooja Tripathi, a well-known chronicler of city lives and loves, was found dead at her wooden cottage in the hills. Ms Tripathi leaves behind a books-filled home,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Samreen Shahbaz, Hunza, Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Samreen Shahbaz, Hunza, Pakistan

The 134th death. [Text and self-photo by Samreen Shahba] It was the last Saturday of November. The village and its inhabitants were still recovering from the heavy rain the night before. Little did they know that the old woman running…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Tanima Saha, Lutyens's Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Tanima Saha, Lutyens’s Delhi

The 133rd death. [Text by Tanima Saha; photo by Christopher Gardner] Tanima Saha was found dead in her Lutyens’s Delhi residence earlier today by a bunch of schoolboys. Every morning on their way to school the boys would throw stones…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Neha Sharma, Dwarka, Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Neha Sharma, Dwarka, Delhi

The 132nd death. [Text by Neha Sharma; photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] There were just two things Neha Sharma was sure about in life. One–she could eat pancakes everyday for every meal. Second–someday, she would be one of the oldest…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Oredola Ibrahim, Ibadan, Nigeria

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Oredola Ibrahim, Ibadan, Nigeria

The 131st death. [Text by Oredola Ibrahim; photo by Adegbaju Deborah Kevwe] Today marks exactly the 65th day after his 23rd birthday. Though he never made it to Forbes’ Lists or any of the “Most-Something” lists that lorded over the…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Poulami Chakraborty, Calcutta

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Poulami Chakraborty, Calcutta

The 130th death. [Text by Poulami Chakraborty; photo by Ria Chakraborty] The sweet grandma who used to write stories for her grandchildren is no more. She had just turned 70 when she died of a brain tumor. This kind-hearted lady…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Neha Taneja, Pusa Road

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Neha Taneja, Pusa Road

The 129th death. [Text by Neha Taneja; photo by Amit Taneja] It was raining hard. The earth was red and the air was filled with the fragrance of the wet soil. This was Neha Taneja’s last trip to the hills…