Death will most certainly come to all, but it is a subject most do not want to confront. One would rather not think about it. Especially as no one can definitively say anything about the hereafter – or even if there is one.
To Arun Shourie, this is surprising. If the event is inevitable, why not at least try and prepare for it? In his latest book, a scholarly and reflective work, he explains the views of great saints and personalities like the Buddha, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Ramana Maharshi, Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave; refers to religious texts and rituals; ponders the eternal questions of whether there is a soul, a God, life after death; discusses his own views and experiences and tries to bring the reader to a place where death can be contemplated with calm and readiness.
An author and journalist and ex cabinet minister who was recognised as one of fifty ‘World Press Heroes’ whose work has sustained press freedom.