Updated: Jun 23, 2022, 16:35 IST
What saddens me the most about death is thinking about unfulfilled wishes. When I saw Chaturbhuj Jha, a 95-year-old retired teacher from Bihar, lying in a sparse room waiting to die, I wondered if he had any. But this, his grandsons told me, was indeed his last remaining wish — to die in Varanasi.
“He used to say he would draw his last breath in Kashi,” Brajesh Jha, his grandson, told me. “The doctor had given him a week to live after a heart stroke. We rushed him here from Delhi in a car so he could die in Kashi.”