Friday, September 10, 2010

conversation with death - part 1

I was being followed! It was strange considering the fact that I am no millionaire or celebrity but just a ordinary man.

First I thought it was a hallucination. Whenever I looked for this strange man he would be around. Always, he was in black robe. His face was expressionless, no emotions whatsoever. He would just keep staring at me. Day and night, anywhere, everywhere he would follow me.

Like any educated person, I decided to consult a psychiatrist. Apart from advice on good life style, lecture on stress, lack of physical exercise/yoga and some sleep pill, I did not get much help.

This continued for some more time. I did consider getting help from astrologer, exorcist and modern yogis, but it was out of character for me to even to give a try.

One night I was alone at home. My family, wife and two kids, had travelled to my in-laws house to attend function. As usual I had to miss due to work and project deadlines.

I came home late & was pretty tired. Changed the dress and hit the bed. Slept like a rock. It was half past two, suddenly woke up for no reason. Then realised I had forgotten to switch off the lights. Got up from bed to turn off the light. He was there in the corner!

As usual dressed in black robe and that expressionless face. It sent a chill down the spine. In other occasions I would have hugged my wife and slept. This time it was different. In bright light he was sitting in the corner! I mustered all my courage, I decided to confront him.

In husky voice, with cold sweat running down the face, I asked him " Who are you? What do you want? Why you are following me?"

Again his face was expressionless. In simple & as-matter-of-the-fact style he replied "I am death. My job is to follow you"
( be continued)

- VidyaShankar Harapanahalli

1 comment:

Critic said...

yes, the only true thing that can happen to any living being is death. Death is certain and one cannot escape.
I could not stop saying a story I had heard regarding death after reading VSS story..

Once a person was on his deathbed. Death comes to him and says his time is over and he will take his life away from his mortal body. Then suddenly the man realizes all his past sins and pleads death to give him one last opportunity to do one last good deed before he dies. he pleads death and asks him to give one chance to correct one mistake he has done in the past. Death laughs and says, "You had your whole long life to do good deeds. But you were merrily happy thinking that you are young and have a long time to do good deeds. Then you became old and did not do any good since you did not have physical strength. and NOW, you want time to go back and correct one mistake you did in the past? How funny of you?. I don't wait for anyone. You have to come with me this very second."
I think the moral is pretty clear. Do good today. Live like today is the last day in your life and you can never do any wrong to yourself or anyone else.
I am forced to say one another incident that happened to my colleague. He was traveling from Mumbai to Pune via train. He just got out of the train in Pune and collapsed on the platform. Passers by tried to bring him back to his feet. But due to a massive heart attack, he was dead. He was just 32 years old and had a 3 month old baby.
Time and tide and DEATH waits for none.