Robin Williams. 1951- Yesterday.
This is not an obituary. This is only a deeply personal collection of thoughts about an obituary. Me to You. The institution I work for or any individual I am stuck with on this planet is not singularly or collectively responsible for what I am saying. Grief comes topped witha streak of recklessness that most people of goodwill give and take without pointing fingers. That is what I am counting on to wriggle out of all potential gaffe.
One thing I am not all that happy about going to heaven is that I don’t get to choose what I want there. It is kinda predetermined no matter which religion you follow. There is something hopelessly dictatorial about the heaven that is offered by most current versions of Gods and religions.
I always wanted my (own) heaven!
And I wanted Robin Williams in there.He was part of my design just like my dog Rough, Essays in TIME Magazine, my reading couch and my goblet of almond laced black coffee with audio clouds of Talat, Kishore and Mukesh floating around.
Whether he went there early or followed me into it wouldn’t have made any difference. I would have waited with old VHS tapes of Mrs. Doubtfire and episodes of Mork and Mindy, happy with the thought that he is down there somewhere still making a few billion people smile, laugh and think, making it a little easier for them to wake up into another work day.
Just as his wife wants (Where were you when he most needed you?!) I too don’t want to focus on how he left me back on the drawing board.
But I happen to be in the business of marking dots on teenagers' time space coordinateswith the hope of enabling them to connect the dots to a happy ending.
Robin Williams is everything I wanted you to be. Talented, charming, conscientious and most lateral of all lateral thinkers. He did a comic Hamlet. Nobody was better equipped to handle human frailties.
I just want all the boys and girls I deal with to understand, if at all you ever needed conclusive proof, there is no way out of the cocaine, alcohol conundrum. Trips into the Padmaviewhams of alcohol and drugs are purely one way. The Gods who failed Robin Williams will fail in your case too.
There is no remedial.
Rehab is just a waiting game. People around you waiting for you to screw up again!
Just don’t do it. Not even once!Click to post comment
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