Our Self-Written Obituaries – Siddhartha Gigoo, Mount Kaylasaa

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Siddhartha Gigoo, Mount Kaylasaa

The 16th death. [Text by Siddhartha Gigoo; photo by Vinod Veerakumar] On a hot July day last year, Siddhartha Gigoo went to attend a concert by Dr Yama Reaper (Phd, D.Litt), the famous violinist from Naraka, who had come to…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saumya Kulshreshtha, Vikaspuri

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saumya Kulshreshtha, Vikaspuri

The 15th death. [Text by Saumya Kulshreshtha; photo by Savi Garg] Saumya Kulshreshtha was a confident, but confused soul most of her life. She was at the heart of Delhi’s art and culture scene, and it was poetry which she…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Rakhshanda Jalil, Somewhere in Delhi

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Rakhshanda Jalil, Somewhere in Delhi

The 14th death. [By Rakhshanda Jalil] The erstwhile noted writer Rakhshanda Jalil died late last night. Living the life of a recluse in straitened circumstances, not much was known about her last years. With over 20 books, innumerable newspaper articles,…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shujaat Khan, Jaipur

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Shujaat Khan, Jaipur

The 13th death. [Text by Shujaat Khan; photo by Yuvan] On a lazy winter afternoon of 12 January 2088, Shujat Khan shifted from his 1 BHK abode in Pratap Nagar, Jaipur, to his heavenly abode. Phew! At last, no more…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sanchita Guha, Somewhere in the Himalayas

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Sanchita Guha, Somewhere in the Himalayas

The 12th death. [Text by Sanchita Guha; photo by Deepali Guha] Sanchita Guha, a journalist by profession, both remarkable and unremarkable in many ways, was always a vocal opponent – at the risk of getting much flak – of the…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Somak Ghoshal, Swiss Alps

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Somak Ghoshal, Swiss Alps

The 11th death. [By Somak Ghosal] Somak Ghoshal, who spent the better part of his adult life torn between the urge to write books and to edit them, was found dead at his desk on a glorious morning in April….

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Krishnali Pratap, Esauli

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Krishnali Pratap, Esauli

The tenth death. [Text by Krishnali Pratap; photo by Zakir Khan] The death of Krishnali Pratap defies exactness in totality. This is the only thing she wanted — no certainty. Ms Pratap’s life had been a mysterious concoction of assumptions….

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri, Sector 23 Dwarka

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri, Sector 23 Dwarka

The ninth death. [Text by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri; photo by Tanushree Ghosh] We are thankful that she at least died doing what she loved, eating her favourite food at home while watching a Bollywood award function on TV. As Salman…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Raza Rumi, Not in Pakistan

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Raza Rumi, Not in Pakistan

The eighth death. [Text and photo by Raza Rumi] Raza Rumi was a wanderer who came to Delhi in his 30s and found another home in the city – in the shrines, lanes and by-lanes of the mythical Delhi. He…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Manika Dhama, Sector 51, Noida

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Manika Dhama, Sector 51, Noida

The seventh death. [Text by Manika Dhama; photo by Unknown] Manika Dhama, a Metro-loving poet and writer, had a great fall at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station in Central Delhi early Monday morning. It did not end well. Witnesses noted…