Our Self-Written Obituaries – Phebe Bay, Singapore

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Phebe Bay, Singapore

The 34th death. [Text by Phebe Bay; photo by Marcel Sim] Born to a middle-class couple, Phebe Bay did moderately well, although she was not exceptional. As a student, for instance, she was neither the best in her classroom, nor…

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saudamini Jain, Sector 40, Noida

Our Self-Written Obituaries – Saudamini Jain, Sector 40, Noida

The 33rd death. [Text by Saudamini Jain; photo by Pallavi Gurtoo] Saudamini Jain, a journalist and writer, died in her sleep, precisely the way she would have liked to. Ironically, death was perhaps the only thing that went according to…

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…