Our Self-Written Obituaries – Irfan Husain, Sri Lanka/England/Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Irfan Husain, Sri Lanka/England/Pakistan

The 32nd death. [Text by Irfan Husain; photo by Daisy Bunn] Columnist Irfan Husain shuffled off these mortal coils after an extended bout of moribundity. His last words were: “Too much temptation; not enough time.” His long life – too…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Seema Chowdhry, Hauz Khas

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Seema Chowdhry, Hauz Khas

The 31st death. [Text by Seema Chowdhry; photo by Priyanka Parashar] Seema Chowdhry left for her final journey on 13 April, a Friday, with the hope that she will finally meet a Yoda, an Avatar, a Spock or any other…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Roger Choate, Stockholm

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Roger Choate, Stockholm

The 30th death. [Text by Roger Choate; photo from private collection] Longtime journalist and Ganges campaigner Roger Choate disappeared recently while tobogganing near his home in snowy Sweden. When last sighted, the old guy was wearing a battered straw hat…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Jairaj Singh, A Smoky Bar Probably

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Jairaj Singh, A Smoky Bar Probably

The 29th death. [Text by Jairaj Singh; photo by L Coffta] It isn’t clear whether he is dead today, or still alive. What we do know is that Jairaj Singh isn’t here. It is also evident from what we know…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saon Gupta (1980 CE – 2700 BCE), Near Parliament Street

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saon Gupta (1980 CE – 2700 BCE), Near Parliament Street

The 28th death. [Text by Saon Gupta; photo by Dwaipayan Bhattacharya] She retreated into a time warp. If you have ever chanced upon it, there is this seedy back-alley tucked between 22-1B Parliament Street and Platform 3 at the Central…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Soumya Mukerji, Hindustan Times House

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Soumya Mukerji, Hindustan Times House

The 27th death. [Text by Soumya Mukerji; photo by Amit Singh] It was an anxiety attack that killed Soumya Mukerji. “A decade of dead-lined journalism or may be just love is enough to do that to you,” says her brother,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Gopal MS, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Gopal MS, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

The 26th death. [Text and photo by Gopal MS] We are happy to announce the death of Gopal MS aka Slogan Murugan. He used to walk the streets of Mumbai with a camera in his hands for many years. Mr…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Nilanjana Roy, Somewhere in Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Nilanjana Roy, Somewhere in Delhi

The 25th death. [Text by Nilanjana Roy; photo by Naina Redhu] Nilanjana Roy’s unexpected death at the age of 91, after what her critics considered several inconveniently robust decades of good health, was mourned as she would have wished. Her…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Precious Kamei, Tuscany Perhaps

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Precious Kamei, Tuscany Perhaps

The 24th death. [Text by Precious Kamei; photo by Grace Kamei] And she lay on the green grass and was happy. Precious Kamei, born to travel, always had that thing about her that made people say, “Ah, so her!” She…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Arpita Das, Gulmohar Enclave

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Arpita Das, Gulmohar Enclave

The 23rd death. [Text by Arpita Das; photo by Freddie Ribeiro] Arpita Das was an independent publisher of a whimsical list of books. Although she was often heard saying that she couldn’t be bothered with bestselling books, a friend remembers…