Asha Bhosle’s Daughter Varsha Bhosle Attempts Suicide

Kaveetaa Kaul

It was shocking to hear the news of an attempt to suicide by Varsha Bhosle journalist daughter of Asha Bhosle (link). Initial reports flashed over the electronic media clearly spoke of her admittance to Jaslok hospital following an overdose of sleeping pills. Subsequently Doctors and the print media have tried to avoid terming it as a suicide attempt.

September 8th marked the 75th birthday of Asha Bhosle and  the media was agog with interviews, tributes and so on. A few hours later i.e. 2 a.m. on 9th morning Varsha was found unconscious by her maid. If reports are to be believed she was not present in the festivities that took place the previous day.

Varsha known for her fiery, erudite and incisive writings was living with her mother at Prabhu Kunj , Peddar Road. She is estranged from her husband Hemant Kenkre, also a writer.

Varshas writings have been a personal favourite for their lucidness and clarity of thought.. though lately not much was heard. On hearing of the news, in an attempt to read more, I chanced upon this absolutely amazing piece of work..Varsha on Asha (link). Although it was she speaking on life with her mother, what came through on a subtler level was Varsha’s eloquence, her evolved sensibilities, honed talent in writing, say-it-as-you-see-it style of expression apart from the fact that she absolutely doted on her mother. It moves you tremendously, the force and impact of her words.

When such a person, apparently an Iron Lady, resorts to ending her life it screams of abject helplessness and a cry from the soul for help. Her angst is almost palpable.

One hopes fervently that she recovers from this trauma and heals on all levels,  spirit, body and mind.


  1. Aarkayne
    September 12, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    Indeed i had read this article when it originally appeared on many, many years ago. Agree 100% that she is an extremely articulate writer. I just wish she writes more. I did not agree with her always, but how does that take away from her ability to put forth a thought forcefully and quite smartly? She is one of the Rediff columnists I miss thoroughly. Apparently there was quite the umbrage at some of her ‘vitriolic’ writing and she had a falling out with the powers that be at the portal.

    In a couple of email exchanges with her it was clear that inspite of her popularity/infamy she remained fairly grounded, accepting compliments with child like glee!

    I do wish her a speedy recovery and as Kaveeta you put it perfectly, at all levels of mind, body and soul.

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