Q. 1. When and how did Shahid tell me writer about his approaching death?
Ans. Shahid told the writer on phone about his approaching death on 25th April 2001. He was turning the pages of his engagement book and then suddenly remarked that he couldn’t see anything. After a brief pause he said that he hoped it did not mean that he was dying.
Q. 2. ‘You must write about me.’ What was the impact of these words on the writer?
Ans. The writer took it as a very important thing which would have to be obeyed. He could not think of anything to say. He had to search the words to convey his promise. Finally he said, “Shahid, I will, I’ll do the best I can”.
Q. 3. How did the author come in contact with Shahid? When and how did their friendship grow?
Ans. The author and Shahid had friends in common and one of these put him in touch with Shahid. They had several conversations on the phone and even met a couple of times, but they were mere acquaintances till then. Then in February 2000 Shahid moved to Brooklyn in the neighbourhood of the author. Since then their friendship grew.
Q. 4. What do you learn about Shahid’s sociability?
Ans. Shahid was very sociable. There was hardly an evening when there was not a party in his livingroom. One would always find there about half a dozen people-poets, relatives, students etc. In the kitchen someone would always be cooking food or making tea. Once Shahid said to the author, “I love it that people come and there’s always food. I love this spirit of festivity.”
Q. 5. Where did Shahid wish to be laid to rest after his death? Was his wish fulfilled?
Ans. Shahid wished to be laid to rest in Kashmir after his death. But his wish was not fulfilled. Due to some unavoidable reason he changed his mind and, decided to be laid to rest in Northampton in the vicinity of Amherst.