The grownup Pi Patel in the Life of Pi lamented about his heartbreak when the tiger Richard Parker left him on the coast of Mexico without saying goodbye.
“I was weeping because Richard Parker had left me so unceremoniously. What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell…it’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse”
I am moved to tears while seeing this Movie today knowing that Irrfan has left us as unceremoniously as Richard Parker left Pi, the characters Irrfan Khan plays in the movie. I have never met him but I think I knew him from all the characters he has played and that familiarity is enough to move the thousands that are pouring their heart on Twitter and other social medias. And I wonder if animals have this ability where you grieve a death in your species though they are not a part of their “herd”. Do they feel a sense of loss like we do?
There have been many deaths across the world and we all were moved beyond words by them. We all have lost something, something which will not come back. I do not want to leave you all pessimistic and would like to share the hope which Sutapa Sikdar, Irrfan’s widow has shared with the world and may it restore your faith in all beautiful things that life has to offer, like love , like humanity and everything in between.