Sunday, June 28, 2009

MJ & ND

The news of Michael Jackson’s death did not affect me much. Of course it’s sad he died, it’s sad when anyone dies. Well he was great, i suppose. He had it, he definitely had it. World famous. An icon. A king in his own right. They said he had it all—talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. A great success since childhood and into middle age. No one could undermine that. He had taken the world by storm. In his heyday, the late nineties, it was almost impossible to watch a news channel without seeing him. He was omnipresent in the media world.

But i just wasn’t one of his fans. When i first heard him singing ‘Bad’—here i’m not denying his skill—it just irritated me. I simply didn’t like his voice or his stuff, never really watched him dance. Perhaps that’s why i didn’t feel anything as such when he died, for all his name, fame and following.

On the same day that the king of pop died, an 84 year old woman died quietly of cancer in a corner of Mumbai. This death affects me more, much more. She’s neither my relative nor my friend. I had not talked to her even once, though i once saw her at a function.

Neera Desai, whom my boss affectionately calls ‘Neeraben’ was a person who did her bit to uplift the downtrodden and underprivileged. She was a pioneer of women’s studies in India. She had set up the country’s first research centre for women’s studies at SNDT Women’s University and wrote several books on women’s issues. She was especially concerned about dalit and tribal women.

I’m going to miss ND more than MJ, although he and i share the same initials!

11 comments:

Naupang^Fel said...

Make sense to me

feddabonn said...

...pity neeraben didn't sing and dance on t.v. or have nose surgery. apparently those are the important things...

Benedict G said...

RIP Neeraben.... for they have already been rewarded for whatever they have done, but you left unnoticed . Behold your rewards are to come.

illusionaire said...

We are touched by different people in our lives, and their death affect us tremendously because of the loss. RIP MJ, ND and many other great souls out there who have left us. See you all on the other side.

mesjay said...

@ Naupang Fel, Glad it does. And thanks for the visit.

@ Feddabonn,that's so sarcastic, hehe!

@ Benedict, thank you for visiting.
Neeraben's mourners may be fewer than he other's, but they're more genuine.

@ Illusionaire,did you cry? Btw, i believe there are two widely divided places on the other side.

ruolngulworld said...

hey, never realised you share the same initials with MJ. was in delhi the day he died. though i never really liked him or his music, a lot of old memories flashed before my eyes the morning i learned of his passing away. memories of my first trip to delhi, grammy 85, especially his 'beat it', 'billy jean' etal. ironic - delhi, where my first memories of MJ began, and, delhi, where i happened to be when he died.
ND - never heard of her, but am sure she will RIP, unlike MJ, if his recent and nor-so-recent history is anything to go by.
but who am i, or you, or anyone, to judge. perhaps, MJ is also finally at peace, exchanging notes with ND up there.......

mesjay said...

@Ruolngulworld, that's an interesting co-incidence, isn't it? So MJ and Delhi, i guess, will always be clubbed together in your mind.
True, it's not for us to judge who's going to land in which world. We can only decide our own case by entrusting ourselves to the Saviour.

OpaHmar said...

MJ...has become a memory, maybe they will talk about his best selling albums...but its still dust to dust and yes make sure u get the better seat on the other side, the alternative is not so cool

mesjay said...

@Opa, 'dust to dust' it is, and several ppl believe everything ends there. Sad.

Sekibuhchhuak said...

Agree! Hotunu i blog ka comment leh thei ta e:-)

mesjay said...

Seki,i dam maw? I thawhna lamah i kir leh tawh mi? Chawlh i hman nawm ka beisei.