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"Fire-Hymn"- Summary

Last Updated :- 21-Sep-2019
Born1937 (age 82 years), Lahore, Pakistan
Period: 1957
Keki N. Daruwalla is an Indian poet and short story writer in the English language. He is also a former Indian Police Service officer. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1984 for his poetry collection, The Keeper of the Dead, by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.

Fire-Hymn is a nice heart touching poem which is highly composed by an outstanding Indo-Anglian poet Keki N. Daruwalla. In this poem, the poet has presented a very realistic scene of funeral rites performed after death at the burning ghat where dead bodies of Hinduism are burnt. Cremated on a funeral pyre.
                One day the poet goes with his father to nearby a burning ghat. There, he sees the unburnt dead body(the half-burnt finger). The red - hot embers still glowing many hours after a dead body has been cremated. Really the sight of that half-burnt dead body in the darkness of night creates the feeling of shock and horror pointing to that dead body. Father says to him that sometimes fire fells to perform its duty/task.
                  Being a Parsi and the worshiper of fire as a God. The poet is in very much pained at the tragetfulness of fire towards its deed. He shocked. Parsi instead of cremating their dead bodies carry it to the tower of silence to put their in. He horrified to see such cruel act.
                   The poet once come to such a ghat to cremate his own newborn child into the fire because there was no tower of silence there and the distance of the tower of silence was a thousand miles away from his residence.
                    The poet says that to burn a dead body is an inhuman act. At last, he regrets doing so because he has consigned his child into the fire.
                     He says that he has committed a sin by doing this inhuman act. At last, he swears that I will never to violate the Parsi code again in future. 

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