“There is no service higher than service to humanity. If your job has no service to humanity element in it, I feel like your purpose in life is not justified,” says Shruthi Reddy, owner of Anthyesti Funeral Services in Kolkata, a one-stop service that takes care of all your funeral needs.
What is Anthyesti?
Literally translating to ‘last sacrifice’ in Sanskrit, it refers to the funeral rites for the dead in Hinduism. Reddy, a software engineer by profession, wanted to do her bit to serve humanity and came up with this one-stop funeral service in Kolkata. Why? Because she felt that families in India are usually plagued by funeral rites after the loss of a loved one -the lack of awareness about morgues, vendors, rates, expensive hearse vans, unqualified priests and harassing doms at crematoriums.
Hearse van services, priest services, mortuary services, banquet hall services, funeral helper and repatriation services are provided by Anthyesti.
They also provide funeral packages like Gujarati Shraadh Package (Inclusive of complete 13 day rituals of a typical Gujarati family with shraadh samigri , VIP Hearse van and a funeral helper) for INR 35000, Marwari Shraadh Package (inclusive of complete 13 day rituals of a typical Marwari family with shraadh samigri , VIP Hearse van and a funeral helper) for INR 55000, Arya Samaji Shraadh Package (Inclusive of complete 13 day rituals conducted according to Arya Samaji rituals with shraadh samigri , VIP Hearse van and a funeral helper) for INR 15000, Mobile Freezer Box/Embalming package (Inclusive of freezer box rent per day with complete assistance for installation and embalming charges as well) for INR 10000 and Human Remains Repatriation Package (Assistance at the airports and every level involved for the clearances of human remains along with airfares) for INR 35000.
Response so far
“Initial one year, we had to face lots of problems- from being the sole founder of my company to picking up my first employee the first month, we did close to 300 cases,” Reddy
What makes Anthyesti so unique?
Most of the other companies provide only one particular service, like hearse vans or repatriation services, but Anthyesti does it. Anthyesti is like an umbrella term when it comes to funeral services.
Did you know that you can now pre-plan your own funeral?
This is for everyone who is living alone or just want to rid their families of the hassels of funeral services after their death. If you pre-plan your funeral, you can choose your own burial preferences and ceremonies; and if you’re interested in donation of organs, you can do that as well. From providing funeral services to extra services like will planning, preserving memories in form of gifts, digital locker concepts, they make your last journey planned to the last detail.