Though it is said that death is an uncertain thing as no one knows when and how it will strike but, on the contrary, it is also said that few people even get the intuition of its arrival way before.
Probably the legend Shiv Kumar Batalvi was also one of them, as he saw it coming way before everyone else. The legendary poet, who left for heavenly abode in just 37th spring of his life, had started giving indications of his fate when none could even imagine it.
After his passing away, Batalvi’s stage mate Balwant Gargi, another legend of Punjabi literature revealed an exciting conversation, which took place between him and Batalvi in the 60s. Gargi revealed that ‘Birha Da Sultan’ once told him that his diehard wish is to die young. This was so because he was not fond of the old age and feared that living up to old age might be a painful experience for him.
In that conversation he famously said “Gargi Ji, have you heard about Japanese Samurais? They spend most of their adolescence and youth age in enhancing their physique. And by the time they approach their old age, they end their life by committing ‘Harakiri.’ Similarly, the depletion of cherry blossom trees starts exactly when its beauty is on its peak. Thus, the beauty of death can only be best experienced in youthfulness.”
However, Prof. Gargi said he couldn’t understand the crux of what Shiv Kumar Batalvi meant immediately but realized it only after his death.
Gradually the intuitions of Batalvi started turning out right when his health started slipping into deterioration. Plus the undue criticisms of his work from his other counterparts further increased his disenchantment from the world. He then pushed himself into a state of confinement, which further worsened his physical and mental state.
He finally left this painful world behind in the early hours of 6th May 1973 at his village Kiri Mangyal Pind of Pathankot district.