There are people you meet – live, in real life, in the same room and breathing the same air, a handshake and a hug away – and now there are people you meet via the ether of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other platforms , who are
I intermet Monica Bhide maybe ten years ago. I’m pretty sure she called or e-mailed me about Thanksgiving for the Washington Post, and then I found her blog and her books.
In a scenario that could be the basis of a Hugh Grant movie some day,
I decided to order her newest book, a novel, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken through my local bookstore instead of the internet. Score one for brick and mortar!
Through a series of mishaps, misfires and miscellaneous modern life confusions it took six – 6 – weeks to come in.
But the reason I wanted to own her book, and not check it out of the library ….
Monica’s husband was rushed to the hospital : (click for Monica’s blog)
So many of you, my readers, friends and fans have repeatedly reached out to ask how you can help. As you all know, medical situations come with financial concerns. To that end, as a writer, words and books are how I make a living. Sameer will need 24-hour care as he heals and recovers, and I will not be able to work full-time for a while, other than just completing a few writing projects here and there.
So this is how you can help: If you have enjoyed my work and want to support me through this, all I request is that you buy a book or two or more to share with your friends. The sales of the books will help keep our dream alive. I say “our dream” as my writing career is not just my dream. It is a dream that Sameer and I created together and we don’t want it to die.
So buying the book was (supposed to be) a quick and easy way to support and help and keep them in my thoughts and share the story.
(click the title for a link to the gofundme page)
a Gofundme page has been set up to raise money for Monica to
“…write a book, an interactive journal to help families and primary caregivers in the ICU and in hospitals so that they may benefit from my experience. This interactive journal will be filled with inspiring and thought-provoking stories of what happened with us, how we managed our emotions and found meaning in the most impossible moments. It will also have sections for people to write down thoughts and feelings during their own difficult time. The book will become a keepsake; each person who writes in it will make the book their own.”
So I’m asking if you could help – buy a book, or donate money, or share the story on social media, or keep this family in your thoughts and prayers –