Niharbabu's Last Rites
By Nirendra Dev
A Short Story
Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an
acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The
Statesman, New Delhi and author of the books Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra
was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with
paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.
We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.
WBRi has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories
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Nihar Chakravarty had woken up slightly depressed. The pain on the
chest was punching him. So much to do, so much to tell the children,
their spouses – his two son(s)-in-law but he knew he had very little
time. So little motivation left. Yes, that was the most depressing part.
The pain was getting unbearable. The visit to the doctor in the far off
nursing home in the district town has not helped much. Unnecessarily,
we had to cough up so much money. His eldest son was predictably
disturbed. The pain would be killing and at last, Niharbabu passed on to
comma. But that was it….. The journey from comma to full stop came
sooner than his ‘urgent’ auto drive in the three-wheeler to the local
hospital. Niharbabu had collapsed.