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In an attempt to primp up their digital personas, a travel blogger couple had unfortunately lost their real lives.
29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, who shared the Instagram account ‘holidaysandhappilyeverafters’, plunged to their deaths from Taft Point in California’s Yosemite National Park.
The cliff top is a popular viewpoint, albeit a dangerous one, as it does not have a railing.
Eerily enough, Viswanath and Moorthy, who had relocated to California from India, had cautioned their thousands of followers not to risk their own lives for social media just months ago.
“A lot of us, including yours truly, [are] a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be fatal?” Moorthy wrote in a post uploaded in March. “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… Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot…”
The pair plunged some 800 feet below Taft Point. A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol assisted with park rangers in recovering the bodies late Thursday afternoon, according to a Yosemite spokeswoman.
Viswanath’s brother told NBC News that he believed the couple had placed a tripod near the cliff’s ledge to snap a selfie before falling off the cliff. However, authorities declared that it could take days before the investigation of the deaths comes to a close.
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
Heylooow incredible people of the Instagram world! Just wanted to let you all know that this account "minaxivishnu" is renamed to “HolidaysandHappilyEverAfters” , in sync with our brand new blog … Most of you already know this mermaid-haired wanderess Minaxi and her captain Vishnu, but in case some of you missed, we are an NYC based gypsy couple “Consumed by Wanderlust , Compelled by Adventures and Conviction in HappilyEverAfters” I, Minaxi looove to waltz with words and will remain the high-spirited story-teller at our blog and all social media, while Vishnu is the go-to “techie-in-residence” . He is also the head photographer of most our pretty pics! (aided and abetted by his mermaid of course ) … Diagnosed with the curious case of interminable travel bug, as we wander around the world we absolutely love sharing our adventures with this community , and each and every single comment and conversation we share with all of you undeniably makes us a helluva happy bunny … As much as all social media uses the word followers/subscribers, we hate it and would rather use the word friends or even family, as some of you have quite made a habit of warming the cockles of our heart Sooo, welcome aboard all you dear fabulous friends and wander with us in our happy place of HolidaysAndHappilyEverAfters • • • #travelblog #travelblogger #traveldiaries #newblog #travelogue #expatblogger #blogging #femaletravelbloggers #darlingescapes #sheexplores #welivetoexplore #maketimetoseetheworld #lifewelltravelled #exploringglobe #letsgoeverywhere #instatravel #mytravelaffairs #travelcouple #newyorkcity #nyc_instagram #newyorklike #ig_nycity #igersofnyc #newyork_ig #nyc_highlights #nyc_explorers #timessquare #streetsofnewyork #timeoutnewyork #timeoutsocietyNBC News, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402208/Travel-Blogger-Couple-Falls-Off-Cliff-After-Apparently-Trying-To-Snap-A-Selfie/
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