One Post to Mourn Them All


One Post to Mourn Them All

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré


hat an exhausting weekend it has been. “The Greatest” breathed his last. And he meant so much to so many of us, as my Facebook TL and Twitter feed bear testimony. Who knew? Quite frankly, the news of his death didn’t affect me at all. Please don’t get me wrong, but the guy meant nothing to me. Neither did I grow up watching him fight, nor was he my childhood hero whom I tried emulating.

With all due respect to everything he achieved in his lifetime, I didn’t share a personal rapport with the guy. Ali didn’t show up at my doorstep at 4 am when I was knocking back my fourth quarter and seventh slice of pizza to tell me, “It’s just a phase. You’ll be fine.” When I heard of his passing, I thought about him for a few seconds. Truth be told, I don’t know why, but I actually thought of Will Smith playing Ali for a few seconds. And then, I immediately got back to thinking about the things that actually matter to me – like, getting Arré to clear payments for my previous articles.