“With Appa, we have lost a storehouse of Indian culture” – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BENGALURU: His body was failing him, but mentally Appa was completely himself until the very last night of his life. His mind never wavered, and his mind was mostly calm and focused on what time he had left. He knew, as we all knew, that when he died, a vast amount of knowledge and insight into Indian culture, classical and modern, would go with him.

Arshia Sattar was his friend for many years, and Anmol (Tikoo) was my friend. We talked about the fact that we only had the physical energy left to give one last long interview and to my eternal gratitude, they did.

What they captured is quite rare and special. They were there to record some of his very last words, to make sense of some of his last breaths. He made his last recording with them on Saturday evening, in my presence. On Sunday evening he was with his family – surprisingly, my sister and I were both at home – and that night he died. Amitav Ghosh later compared Appa’s departure with Bhishma’s ichha mrityu, the power to choose when you die. That’s what it seemed to me too.

BENGALURU: His body was failing him, but mentally Appa was completely himself until the very last night of his life. His mind never wavered, and his mind was mostly calm and focused on what time he had left. He knew, as we all knew, that when he died, a vast amount of knowledge and insight into Indian culture, classical and modern, would go with him. Arshia Sattar was his friend for many years, and Anmol (Tikoo) was my friend. We talked about the fact that we only had the physical energy left to give one last long interview and to my eternal gratitude, they did. What they captured is quite rare and special. They were there to record some of his very last words, to make sense of some of his last breaths. He made his last recording with them on Saturday evening, in my presence. On Sunday evening he was with his family – surprisingly, my sister and I were both at home – and that night he died. Amitav Ghosh later compared Appa’s departure with Bhishma’s ichha mrityu, the power to choose when you die. That’s what it seemed to me too.

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