Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Riotous red of rose petals,
sweet scent of night jasmine;
strewn on the dull grey road; haphazardly….

The steady rhythm of the drums….
I strain my eyes and crane my neck,
to see in the distant; decorated by
An assortment of flowers…. A casket

Peacefully sleeping forever;
Soul long departed….
The drums get louder; I notice 

Young men moving their body 
To the rhythmic pattern….
Its a celebration; of life and death 
Or so it seems

Celebration? I wonder…
More of a break from their mundane 
life. Dancing with ecstasy. 

Cheers to the opportunity…
Some are sober; while some 
high on spirits.
Celebration – of life and death? 

I search for a solemn expression; 
for a sombre soul…
Oh why do I think death should be grim?
What else should it be?

I then wonder; what would the dead have thought?
Cry for me a little; perhaps?
Think of me now and again; in joy and pain?
Let go of me in silence; I suppose?

Death….is a celebration. 
The dead is being paraded; like a deity. 
The life - celebrated; or the moment?
I would never know….

PS : Ive always been curious about why people give noisy farewell to the dead. The beat of the drums, the noise, the chaos, blocking traffic and causing inconvenience to others.....Would the dead person have liked it? I doubt..Also, whats in it for the mourners? I am using the word "mourner" here liberally. More often; I have noticed people dont mourn or pay respect; for some its a formality and a break from their daily run-of-the-mill life.


  1. Well said...
    actually the person is gone... the flowers and the drums are for the games our minds play...

    1. Thank you Dwiti. Yeah; those few moments of joy to forget sorrow :)...or so it seems....

  2. I am reading you after ages today and really liked the thoughts above. In some places Death regarded as a liberation from life and its hardships. The one who has died is regarded as a free soul and hence they celebrate.
    I am not sure if they like it or not, but if we believe that they are watching the celebration after their death, I feel, it is easy for them to move on in another world!

    1. Shesha,

      Welcome back and thank you for your comments. True that; thats the spirit with which these celebrations started. I just hope the living maintains the same spirit and honour the dead in their final journey.


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