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The poem Obituary is written by A.K. Ramanujan who was born in a typical Brahmin family. However his mother had to undergo surgical operation (not a normal delivery) during his birth (which is not a tradition of Brahmin family). He went to America and found a totally new culture. He married a SyrianRead more
There are many images used by the poet A.K. Ramanujan in the poem Obituary: dust on a table of papers: means nothing. named by a toss of coin by him: i.e. the name of young was somewhat similar to poet's father. being the burning type: it means that his father was bad-tempered. eye coins: means thatRead more
A.K. Ramanujan was born in India and later on went to USA and married a Syrian Christian girl. Hence after coming back to home, he started to see the society with a different perspective. He calls his father greedy and emotionless though he made other believe that he has special powers (as he was aRead more
The poet describes some customs and traditions of Indian society and particularly of Brahmins. First, he talks about the problems of patriarchy. After the untimely death of his father, the whole burden of his family came on him including depts of his father. Next, he explains how Brahmins consider tRead more
Decadence means decline of morals due to excessive indulgence in luxury and pleasure. It also means corruption. In the poem Obituary the poet talks about the death of his father and various problems which arise because of Brahmin culture and tradition. He was not sad or sorrowful because his fatherRead more