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Thanks, But NO Thanks!
A load off your shoulders, 77 kilograms to be exact
26.09.19 - kanwar manjit singh
A load off your shoulders, 77 kilograms to be exact



 
September 26 is an important day in my life’s timeline. This year, I marked it once again but with a decision I have been long mulling over. To me, it was significant, though it could be a passing trifle for others.
 
As you may well know, invariably when I write a piece or post something on social media, that involves a critical comment touching upon a person or persons, policies, religious rituals or a decision of the state or the federal regimes, too many well wishers rush to proffer advice to me, counseling me "to take it easy” and either "why annoy anybody” or "do not annoy anybody at all.” 

At times, friends with an intellectual bent of mind, are quick to quote Surjit Patar:

ਏਨਾ ਵੀ ਸੱਚ ਨਾ ਬੋਲ ਕਿ 'ਕੱਲਾ ਰਹਿ ਜਾਵੇ,
ਚਾਰ ਕੁ ਬੰਦੇ ਛੱਡ ਲੈ ਮੋਢਾ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ
Aina vi sach na bol k kalla reh jaawein
chaar ku bande chadd lae modha den lyi.
 
(Don’t speak so much truth that you are left alone,
You must leave at least four persons unprovoked, who may act as your pall bearers)

For a few days now, I have been wondering what if after my demise, my family is unable to convince four people to act as pall bearers and coolie my body to the cremation grounds (delectably named Swarga Dham)? Will they have a sense of guilt, and will I be blamed for making them feel guilty?

Serendipitously, I came across this quote by an American artist and thinker, David Wojnarowicz:

I worry that friends will slowly become professional pallbearers, waiting for each death, of their lovers, friends and neighbors, and polishing their funeral speeches; perfecting their rituals of death rather than a relatively simple ritual of life such as screaming in the streets.

Soon I was contemplating different scenarios after I stopped breathing continuously for several decades: What if my body is not cremated or buried or immersed in water? Would it make it any difference to my soul? For what’s a body without a soul!

So, I have decided that there should not arise  an occasion for my body to wait unattended for a pair of four shoulders to dispose it off.

I know that I was possibly not very useful during my lifetime on this planet, but at least my dead body should serve some purpose. 

Hence, I have pledged to donate my dead body for the purpose of medical research. I am pledging to donate all of my harvestable organs.
 
Doctors should extract whatever useful organs and then handover the cadaver to medical students for their research and practical work.

My request to my family members, relatives, friends and persons who even remotely know me, is that if my death happens somewhere nearer to you, please inform the concerned authorities immediately so that they can take my dead body to appropriate hospital/institution without wasting time as organs have very little time window during which these stay good enough for recycling. 

INITIALLY, I had decided to pledge to donate my organs after my death. My understanding was that after extracting whatever useful organs, the remains will be handed over to my family and they will cremate it.

When I discussed this with my son, the young man asked me with a mischievous smile and twinkling eyes, "But Sardar (he addresses me like that whenever he is sure of having a scoring point), how do you know that your organs would be fit enough to be of some usage? What will be the utility of the entire exercise if your organs are not useful? ”

I was happy that at last we are on the same page, even if on a rather morbid subject.
 
I asked him, what if I donate my dead body for research and practical work of medical students. His response was, ‘I don’t mind but am not sure if even your corpse will be of any use.’

At that point, I realized that this Ullu ka patha was feeling relieved that he won’t have to bother to handle my dead body, arrange ice slabs, make funeral arrangements, gather people for carrying my corpse to the cremation ground and then collect ashes and immerse the same into some apparently holy water body. After all, that’s the way a dead body is treated.

But this time, I don’t want to disturb his easy go lucky lifestyle and his fun life.

So, thanks everyone and relax, ye buddies, you don’t have to bother to come and say goodbyes, carry a sackload on your shoulders, and wonder what time to reach the cremation site —  before they set me ablaze, or just when the prayer ceremony is over and people are disbursing. Consider yourself free. Some of you have been dead to me anyway for years now, and others will long live in my memories. Some of those memories, possibly, in other bodies! Unnerving? Eh! That was exactly the idea.

(kanwar manjit singh is the founder editor/publisher of a little-known media house, Punjab Today, and usually disregarded for his insane write-ups, posts and tweets)

 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT





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HAMARI BHI SUNEY ‘MANN KI BAAT’
An open letter from Stray Dogs to the Prime Minister
18.09.19 - A STRAY DOG
An open letter from Stray Dogs to the Prime Minister



Dear Prime Minister,

You are our guardian. We may not be able to cast the votes, but the Constitution of India has given us the Right to Life. The Supreme Court and few High Courts have also pronounced several decisions in our favor. Despite this, in recent years we have been dying of hunger and thirst and our life is in extreme danger. Hope you will consider our agony.

Laws on animal atrocities have become outdated. There is an urgent need to amend the laws formed in 1960, and make them stringent. The punishment for those who kill or maim us should be increased from five years to 15 years. There is a big difference between other animals and dogs. You can leave other animals in the forest, but not us. We are dependent on humans for our survival. We live in a certain territory. Our companions would attack us if we cross our area. We survive on the food we get from the people of our area, which we hardly get nowadays.

Urbanization and the expansion of roads has put our life in danger. There is no place left for us to sit peacefully. There are no trees or water bodies available for us. Motor drivers hit us frequently. Earlier we used to find some leftover food from the garbage dump, which has disappeared now, thanks to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In such a situation, Dear Prime Minister, it is your duty to protect our lives.

Humans domesticated us about 14,000 years ago. We used to help them in hunting, protecting their houses and giving them a company. Gray Wolf is thought to be our ancestor. With genetic engineering, humans created over 400 breeds. Today, foreign breeds are preferred, however we Indian (Indie) dogs have more stamina, strength and loyalty. You would rarely find an indie dog in hospitals, while foreign breeds are aplenty there. We are fit for the Indian climate.

Mr Prime Minister, our population is continuously increasing. We are unable to control it by ourselves. For this, we seek human intervention. Our females give 8 to 10 pups every six months. How can we feed our kids, when there is no food even for us. Many mindless people hit us with stones or sticks. Our babies are put in sacks and thrown away to die. Some ruthless people poison our food. Our death does not make a headline in newspapers. On the contrary, our frightening pictures are published and we are projected as a villain. Our version is always missing in the news. We keep dying in oblivion. This is a gross injustice.

The people of India are not as religious and cultured as before. People no more offer us food or water. No one bothers to check whether we are sitting outside their gates hungry and thirsty. Multi-storey residential societies are the worst case. Their doors are always closed for us. They pretend to be kings.

Not only us, many foreign breed dogs are also suffering. Irresponsible people abandon their pets in unknown areas and in miserable condition. Since these pets are not used to the cruel world outside, they die or suffer tremendously. On the one hand, millions of tons of leftover food is thrown into drains, and we die of hunger. This is how you treat your friends?  

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 needs amendment. Those who kill us and misbehave with us should get harshest punishment. Every locality, colony and housing society should designate a safe place for our living and feeding. If we get one loaf from every house, that will be enough for us.

You are requested to appeal to the people of India to show kindness and compassion in your next ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Please ensure our sterilization and vaccination. Ask people to adopt Indian dogs, instead of buying expensive foreign breeds. Advise people to keep a bowl of food and water outside their houses. Tell people that pet dogs are not toys, but a living being. Pets should not be teased or abandoned  under any circumstances. We seek your love and attention.

yours,

A stray dog
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This open letter is written by Mr Narvijay Yadav, President, Chandigarh Chapter of Bloggers Alliance.

 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________

Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

_______________________________________________________________

Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT





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