You Don’t Know How It Feels Without Tom Petty

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You Don’t Know How It Feels Without Tom Petty

Illustration: Shruti Yatam / Arré

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ome songs sear the heart, while some singers take a shot at healing it. Funny how some people exist only to pretty much show light. And when their own light is dimmed for good, you feel a sense of loss that is too close to be forgotten – and yet, somehow, far enough away to not devastate completely. When Tom Petty died, I was probably on my way to work, stuck in Bombay traffic, and muttering “Into the Great Wide Open”.

When Tom Petty died, probably from overdosing or overworking his heart, I was most likely looking dead-eyed at the post-Dussehra celebration waste on the roads and wondering when would be Mary Jane’s last dance.

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