The journey of ‘Dear Zindagi’ started a year ago, when many of my friends and well-wishers were not in favour of this concept. At that time, a dialogue on suicide was considered as if we were talking about some other part of the world. None wanted to realise that problem persists within.

People usually relate the term suicide with lack of resources. They think that people take the extreme step as they are not able to fulfil their desires, but this is only one side of the coin. Farmers are dying in debt every year, failing to pay their bank loans and even middle class people with EMIs  are going through this phase. The need of the hour is that people should understand that their life is more important than any sort of debt. Though people talk about this, they fail to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Now there’s a different set of people, who are unhappy despite having a prosperous life. In the United States, two eminent personalities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade ended their life last week. Kate Spade, a 55-year-old iconic fashion designer, was found dead in her New York City apartment. Spade’s husband said his wife was being treated for anxiety and depression.

Days after Kate Spade’s death, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reportedly committed suicide at the age of 61. The celebrity chef shot to fame with a bestseller named Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Television personality Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France’s Strasbourg while he was working on an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown.

The question that now arises is – why are people running away from life?

It seems that people in US are getting fed up of the concept of ‘use and throw’. They are clueless and are still unable to realise the meaning of life despite earning name and fame both.

In the world’s most prosperous society, cases of suicide are increasing rapidly. If we go by figures, compared to 2009, suicides in this part of the world have increased by 24 per cent.

We are not keeping the United States as the point of discussion here because two affluent celebrities hailed from this part, rather it is because America is ahead of us in terms of money and resources. If a society, which is ahead of us, is facing such problems, do you think this is indicating something?

It simply means that our life doesn’t only revolve around money and worldly pleasures. In life, love and affection play an important role. These days, people are drifting away from their near and dear ones. Distance is leading to loneliness and in turn to depression and suicide.

Parents should understand that their child is precious than any dream. Children need to be taught that love and affection play a prominent role in one’s life.

Listen to your loved ones more, give them the time they need, because we are moving from the circle of love and affection to the orbit of suicide. Let loneliness not take over a life full of love and affection.

One should keep writer and poet DH Lawrence’s words in mind —  “The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”

The article has been translated from Dear Zindagi blog on to English by Ruchi Dua. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The writer is solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article.