Alone you come into this world and alone you go out. Well, now you may not be quite so alone going out. In a globalised world, e-mails, SMSes, webcasts and podcasts are the vehicles of nurturing relationships. The same can now be said of the other world. Thanks to the Madras Cemeteries Board, one's grand finale on earth will be well attended even though the corporeal presence of one's kith and kin may be missing. The Board, which looks after three cemeteries, has decided to start online telecast of funeral services for kin of the deceased who can't make it to the ritual.
The e-service will offer two options: live and deferred.
This is not the first time that the web has entered our very personal and spiritual space: we have logged on to the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and the Tirupati Board for sending
and have watched webcasts of Durga Puja
straight from the
of Kolkata. Like these, the Board's effort is just an answer to the constraints of the times we live in.
So, all you have to do now is to log on to the internet, swipe that much-abused credit card (there's nothing called a free lunch, if you remember) and switch on the laptop monitor to watch the final passing-out parade. In future probably you will also have the facility of sending an e-card to the family of the bereaved. No more guilt about not bidding adieu to the dearly departed. A smooth passage from life to afterlife. A grave thought, that.