Thursday, October 04, 2007

Writer MN Vijayan Dies Live on Television,

Now this is a death that happened before me, as I was watching the news on the television screen. (On a morbid note, this adds to the several deaths I have witnessed including my own parents'.)

Noted Malayalam writer, social critic, and Marxist MN Vijayan was speaking at a press conference in Trissur, and as he was speaking, I saw him drinking several glasses of water. Then he quoted George Bernard Shaw (I don't remember what that quote was), and as he did so, his eyes rolled, his frail body collapsed, and he died (Social critic, writer M N Vijayan dead).

It turns out that George Bernard Shaw himself was a socialist and according to wikipedia "wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society and became an accomplished orator in furtherance of its causes." Wonder if some socialist message passed between these two souls in the ultimate moments of their lives.

May Vijayan's soul rest in peace!

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