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The flu has me. For some reason, it tends to keeps jalsa at bay. Thus the strange diversions into deathly matters.

My grandmother (yes, the curious one) has this macabre daily habit of reading the Hindu obituaries column. She scans the list for familiar names and implores my dad to call the bereaved family even if they happen to be relatives as distant as the Andromeda galaxy. Not one to miss social graces even at the age of 90.

I took a look at today’s column and made a list of the phrases Chennai uses to describe death.


passed away


attained Sivaloka Praapthi

attained Vaikunta Praapthi

reached heavenly abode

attained the Lotus feet of Sri <insert name>

attained Acharyan Thiruvadi

slept in Jesus

It’s all about telling stories. We mythologize our births, our lives and our deaths. Our language reflects our story-telling heritage. We don’t just die. We simply move on to another, even more exciting adventure. In the world of imagination, Death is dead.

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7 responses to “Remembrances”

  1. Marc Avatar

    Interesting stuff. My obituary will read “OMG they killed Kenny!”

  2. Karthik Krish Avatar
    Karthik Krish

    “You bastard.”


  3. Marc Avatar

    Heheheheh! 😀

  4. Ramsu Avatar

    Being a TamBram from Chennai currently residing in Bangalore, reading your blog has been the most refreshing experience I’ve had in a long time. Fantastic stuff. Keep ’em coming!

    This one is my favourite post in your blog. Your closing lines will stay with me for a while.


  5. krishashok Avatar

    Thank you 🙂

  6. Rex Avatar

    Hi Krish,
    Bear with me while I trawl your archives 🙂

    “That is not dead which eternal lies,
    And when eons pass, even death may die”
    (Oblig. Lovecraft quote :D)

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