Our Self-Written Obituaries – Ayushi Shah, Mumbai
The 164th death.
[Text and photos sent by Ayushi Shah]
Ayushi Shah is no more. Not a shocker though, as she thought growing older was stress inducing and she survived 20 only by calling it ‘twenteen’. After all, like her Instagram says, “The idea is to die young, as late as possible.”
She lived for adventure and was gradually raising herself to be a rebel for all that and all those she loved. She wrote, and smiled a lot. Her plate always had more bowls than she could gulp down – but would have it no other way. She would zone out often because that’s where all her brilliant ideas came from, or at least that is what everyone was told. (We’ll never know now.) These ideas included new declarations everyday; being a poet / artist / waitress / a professional exam giver / moving to New York in next year. She was a living cliché but knew that the world needed kindness and clichés.
A lot of books were found in her room; some stacked, some stuffed and some hidden. They will be passed down to her siblings – whom she loved dearly.
She died of hypothermia as she stargazed 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, with a group of perfect strangers. She saw twenty seven shooting stars that night. She went despite her parents’ cautious no. Although, something about her smiling body says she doesn’t regret it one bit.
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