Our Self-Written Obituaries – Serene Kasim, Bangalore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Serene Kasim, Bangalore

The 141st death. [Text by Serene Kasim; photo by Avinash Kaur] All her life Serene Kasim was told that she always looked like she should be somewhere else. Hers was an unremarkable life marked by a remarkable sense of restless…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saudha Kasim, Cochin

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saudha Kasim, Cochin

The 140th death. [Text and photo by Saudha Kasim] Saudha Kasim, who was just one calico away from being a cat lady unlike any the world had ever seen, was unfortunately lost to time due to a surfeit of pineapples…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shweta Kumari Sharma, Bangalore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shweta Kumari Sharma, Bangalore

The 139th death. [Text by Shweta Kumari Sharma; author photo by Unknown] This morning the sun was glistening brighter than ever. It was glowing fervently as it was going to embrace the soul of Shweta Kumari Sharma who just left…

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…