What a telling line by a poet who obsessed over death and wrote about it in a pen dipped in sarcasm.
Yes, I never read him as I am one of those idiotic convent educated anglophone. Yet, when I read his obituary in the Indian Express, the words Bhavishya Ghat raha hai ( the future is shrinking), I knew what it is to be an illiterate.
This blog is about the Sahara Akademi Award winning Hindi poet KAILASH VAJPEYI. On Wednesday as Ananya Vajpeyi lit the pyre of her 79year old words from his famous poem ” Bhavishya Ghat raha hai” kept ringing through her head. The Indian Express quoted verbatim.
Only let’s take a detour, his death and his obituary are published at same time that Delhi struggles with a slow death with pollution, it’s institutions known more for noise than substance and it’s citizens craving for sanity and exhibiting the rage of slow insanity.
DEATH BY BREATH-PART III accompanies this obit as the front page screaming headline. For all the children who have struggled to stay sane and healthy his poems title would be apt. Is there a future , has Dilli already consumed it and it’s children will always be 2nd best. With respiratory problems, chronic headache, possibility of behavioral problems like ADD, is there a chance for them or recruiters and insurers will smile wistfully and deny them.
The future has shrunk, these children will not be 1st among equal so but poor little Delhi kids best to compete among themselves and not the world.
That’s why these words are important. KIDS, CMON THEY ARE KIDS WE PRO MISE THE WORLD AND WE GAVE THEM HELL.
Nothing really matters, really, it’s going to be the same, it’s happened before. The times are not changing or as Vajpeyi is quoted in this obit àt the end “there is nothing in life worth mourning for once gone”