My search to know about death goes back to my childhood. When I was 6 years old, my grandfather died suddenly from a heart attack. During the days that followed, I realized that one day, I too was going to die. This was a shocking revelation which had a profound impact on my young mind and world view. When I tried to talk about it with others, I was told, "Don't be silly. You're not going to die for a long time." But the fact that death was a future event didn't pacify me. Some day, sooner or later, I knew that death would come, and I would have to face it by myself, within myself.