Months before her death, Meenakshi Moorthy pondered the dangers of “chasing likes.”
As CBS News reports, 30-year-old Moorthy and her husband, 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath, were well-known travel and lifestyle bloggers. Expats from India living in California, the couple posted photos of themselves posing in scenic spots and even skydiving.
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Sooo tis’ no secret that I have always admired and aroused by women who dare to stand out in the crowd just by being themselves?You know the passionate ones?who “do their thing” no matter what curve balls the society throws at them, the driven ones?who venture on their wildest dreams,and whether they are rule makers or rule breakers, what they all have in common is, they stand darn true to themselves and their ideals?and don’t act anything less than what they are, just for the society to “accept” them.? … And Wonder Woman(fictitious or not, we will come to that soon) is exactly all that and more! She is strong (hell yes!) yet sensitive.⚡️She is badass but she doubted her strength and even gets yelled at for that.⚡️She is stubborn but she is also kind.⚡️Do you see, there is a Wonder Woman?⚔️in each and every one of you.Just let her shine through ✨✨✨and you will be unstoppable.? … Sooo ladies, sparkling in the #pinkpositivelight ?✨ let’s do this for the ?onder ?oman inside us. Tell me your strengths that you are proud of.?Not the others, but what do YOU love the most about yourself??And I can tell you this my Amazons,⚔️?once you believe in the spark ⚡️which makes you “you”, nothing can stop you from lassoing your way to be a Sassy, Strong, Ass-kicking Wonder Woman.?So c’mon, together let us pop, fizz and clink?to all the Wonder Women out there and celebrate their quirks and strengths.? … PS-For the “Super Man” reading this post, it would be great if you could share with us about the Wonder Woman?in your life. I can’t promise if Vishnu will dress up for a post like this for the men but we’ll see ? … PPS – Please be careful standing at the edge of canyons/mountains/high rise buildings. The wind gusts are extremely dangerous☠️ and your adrenaline rage is not worth your life. We waited quite a bit and made sure of this. • • • #dametraveler #ladiesgoneglobal #girlsborntotravel #wearetravelgirls #iamtb #myfavtourlina #sheisnotlost #femmetravel #citizenfemme #sheexplores #travelista #traveltales #thediscoverer #travelust #dreamscape #instagramaz #visitarizona #timeoutsociety #inlovewiththisplace #dametravelerconnection #sidewalkerdaily #travelinladies
In the skydiving post, Moorthy described herself as an “adrenaline junkie.” Several of her Instagram photos feature her posed at the edge of a cliff. Family members now believe that the couple’s quest for an adventurous selfie led to their deaths.
In late October, Moorthy and Viswanath took a trip to Yosemite National Park. They set up their camera tripod near a popular scenic overlook. When visitors saw the camera abandoned the next day, they alerted park rangers, who began a search for the couple.
The bodies of Moorthy and Viswanath were found about 800 feet below Taft Point, a ledge that offers a spectacular (and dangerous) view into the valley. Park rangers had to use rappelling and climbing techniques — along with the support of a rescue helicopter — to recover them.
A man who had been at Taft Point with Moorthy the previous day told CBS News that he had seen a woman with bright pink hair at the edge of the overlook around sunset. She even made it into the background of his own selfie:
“She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself. She gave me the willies. There aren’t any railings. I was not about to get that close to the edge. But she seemed comfortable. She didn’t seem like she was in distress or anything.”
It now seems certain that the cliff-top selfie led to the couple’s death. And according to Mamamia, Moorthy seemed to be aware that her search for astounding photos could take her life.
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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? ? … Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.?Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later?) A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs ⛰and skyscrapers?, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ☠️ Is our life just worth one photo? … When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south ? from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory ? and not the memory dump ?(I am still on the Inside Out ? train y'all ?) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot? I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this ?♀️ and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu ? with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. … Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?? None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.?✨ … Still there?? Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? ? What about a unicorn ice-cream ? ? with some Disney-approved cotton candy ?? and pixie dust infused sprinkles ?♀️ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? ? … PS – Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight
In March, Moorthy posted a photo on Instagram where she sat perched on a ledge at the Grand Canyon. In the caption, she writes about how “chasing likes” on social media requires boundaries:
A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo?
She went on to urge her fellow travelers to remember that people can die while trying to capture selfies — and not to hog a photo spot for the perfect shot. She concluded:
I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post.
In another post from the Grand Canyon, she even warned her audience about dangerous cliff-top photos:
Please be careful standing at the edge of canyons/mountains/high rise buildings. The wind gusts are extremely dangerous and your adrenaline rage is not worth your life. We waited quite a bit and made sure of this.
In an Instagram story, Moorthy wrote that she and her husband were high school sweethearts who spent years convincing their families they were ready for marriage. She called her husband her “world,” referred to her marriage as a “fairy tale,” and titled their Instagram, “Holidays and Happily Ever Afters”