One of the inexplicable yet positive things about blogging is the sense of community with people that you have never met. On a certain level, you feel as if you know your fellow bloggers: you read their posts, laugh and cry with them, and wonder if they are all right when they haven’t posted in a while.
That is why I was shocked and saddened this morning when I popped over to Braja at Lost and Found in India to see whether she had arrived in Bangkok en route to New Zealand. I left a flippant comment and then started reading some of the other comments. That is when I was horrified to hear that she and her husband Jahnu were in a very serious car accident. Their taxi crashed headlong into a lorry near the airport, where Braja was due to catch her plane.
She is conscious and suffering from some broken bones and facial injuries. Apparently, she had plastic surgery on her face yesterday. Her husband is more seriously injured and is still unconscious. His condition is critical. The taxi driver is also seriously hurt and his legs are badly injured. You can find out more here – this is updated regularly with news about their condition.
Many of you will share my sorrow on hearing this news. Although we have not met Braja, we consider her to be our friend; a wonderful spiritual person who reminds us about what is important in life; who encourages us to remember the beautiful and spiritual side of life. And – oh! – how she makes us laugh with her wicked sense of humour!
I don’t know if you believe in the power of prayer: but I think she does. So, please, keep her and her husband and the taxi driver in your thoughts and your prayers. I’m a great believer in the power of positive thinking, so I’m hoping it will be helpful and uplifting for her to know that we are all thinking of her. You might like to visit her blog and leave her a loving comment. It is my hope that this will help lift her spirits during this difficult time.
I’ve included a picture of this rangoli design to remind us all of the beauty that is at the heart of Braja.