By Subhash K Jha
Singing diva Asha Bhosle is heartbroken. She lost her daughter 3 years ago on October 8. Now her son has died on September 26 .
26, as per numerology also adds up to 8.
The eerie coincidence doesn’t end there.
Says a close family member of the Mangeshkars, “Ashatai was performing in Singapore at a live concert when her daughter Varsha took her own life. Ashatai was again in Singapore for a concert when her sonHemant died.”
The bereaved mother was not told about her son’s death until two days after it happened. “We waited for her to return. We didn’t want her to be informed of the tragedy so far away from home,” says a family member.
Apparently Ashatai took the news stoically.
“She was somewhere prepared for the death, as Hemant was terminally ill and doctors had given up on him. But nothing prepares one for a child’s loss. And for this to happen to Ashatai twice! What has she done to deserve this?” a close family friend wondered.
Pooh poohing reports of Lataji’s birthday celebrations being cancelled, the family friend says, “Hemant passed away on September 26. Lataji already knew about the bereavement in the family . So there was question of birthday celebrations on September 28.”