IN MEMORIAM: To dearest Ajaybhai – my blogging angel

(c) Ajay Mody {Ajaytao}

It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that we mourn the passing away of Ajay Mody, also known as Ajaytao, blogger of “Ajaytao2010” and the “Ajaytao Botanical Photography” blogs. He left this world on the 10th August 2014 after a short illness at his home in Mumbai, India.

Ajay was an incredible blogger,  a great friend and a proud Mumbaikar. I was humbled, yet reassured, by his kind and spiritual take on life. His imagery was moving and beautiful. He loved nature, loved children and loved life. He has been a great blogger and a firmly loyal friend to many of us.

United by a common knowledge of Gujarati language and our love for blogging, I first encountered Ajay in April 2013 after I stumbled across his blog, possibly after he had visited one of my articles and liked them. The simple imagery of flowers, exotic birds and the kindly smile of a young neighbour on her favourite tricycle that was the highlight of Ajaytao 2010 in those early days of our friendship soon warmed my heart to what I appreciated as a kind and gentle soul. I related to Ajay as a fellow introvert and a keen photographer, and soon developed a respect for him as an elder brother. It was no surprise that I took to calling him “Ajaybhai” – literally “Brother Ajay”. In our first conversation, responding to comments left by him on my blog’s information page, he complimented my rather derisory attempt at speaking Gujarati, and always addressed me too as his brother and friend.

Apart from his sheer talent as a blogger, Ajay also struck me with his generosity and support for the Half-Eaten Mind as we marked our second year of operations. He often sent various blogging awards my way, and indeed probably a third of the awards we picked up were thanks to my new and illustrious elder brother in the blogosphere. His comments were sweet and reassuring, but he did not hold back from telling me I made a mistake if I did. But this was rare, and never in a harsh voice, but merely to guide and notify. I looked up to him, the way he blended powerful imagery with quotes from the famous and the historical, and was slightly jealous, in an admirable way, of the many hundreds of followers he had acquired. Ajay was someone I looked up to and aspired to be like.

Ajay made many friends and supporters during his few years blogging. He was probably one of the most enthusiastic and patient bloggers I have met in my more than two years at WordPress. Yet he was never an overly proud man. Obviously brimming with a talent and wit that was apparent as soon as you visited his site, Ajay always expressed himself boldly but in another way, was quite understating in the skills and mastery of language and visual that he had. Many of his images were profound and detailed, yet were calming. Glimpses into the beauty of nature. Ajay must have made quite an impact on behalf of the world battle to safeguard the environment beyond his laptop and camera.

The last time I wrote to Ajay was a day before his passing, when he posted an article on his worsening health. I knew that Ajay was advanced in his years and had a heavy blogging schedule, yet always kept things going on Ajaytao2010. Only a few weeks previously, he had started two more blogs and was branching out into one of them, which was a homage, an online gallery of his invitingly vivid photography of plants. Botany was one of Ajay’s pet loves, and one which he could happily wipe Magnus Magnusson over the studio floor with had he ever appeared on Mastermind. Unfortunately old age did take its toll on my good friend and he was confined to home due to a cardiac issue. Though his heart troubled him, he made happiness blossom in all our hearts.  His dedication to blogging was so strong, that even though the doctor handling his condition advised him against using the computer, Ajaybhai still wanted to give it his all to the thousands of fellow bloggers lovingly following his every post. I told Ajay, in that friendly jokey joshing way that we Mauritians always do, that his doctor must have surely made a mistake and that he should get a second opinion. I wished him a speedy recovery and glowing health…as you do. 

I am still reeling from the shock as I type this. I am tearing up but trying to keep a brave face. I was not even aware of Ajay’s departure from this world until I visited another blogging friend, Serena, and saw on her site her own dedication to this shining bright light of the blogging world.

I can understand that he passed away from a heart attack brought on by the protracted illness on that Sunday morning with his friends and brother passing on the sad news to those who had called Ajay’s home in Mumbai to check up on him.

Dearest Ajaybhai. Thank you for supporting me and inspiring me to reach new heights and for your steadfast support for my little east London blog. Your kindness and motivation, direct or indirect, was one of the reasons that I knew blogging would always be a part of my life. You were always a bright star illuminating the community and though the light here on earth has been extinguished, I know that now you are brightening up the heavens. May God/Bhagavan give you eternal Moksha and liberate your soul from all suffering and I offer my deepest condolences to all of your family and friends in this saddest of times.

Goodbye, Ajaybhai, my friend. May the heavenly flowers fill your heart with joy as much as the ones on Earth did.

II राम राम II

Ajay, Twitter
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42 thoughts on “IN MEMORIAM: To dearest Ajaybhai – my blogging angel

      1. Glad you found out. I just had another blogger “friend” of mine pass away as well. I’m not even sure if anyone else knows. So sad. He was so funny. 😦


      2. I’m so sorry to hear that. Tell me his name and URL. I can go to his blog and pay my respects.
        It’s very numbing to lose someone so close, someone who always makes us smile.
        My deepest condolences to you.


  1. He was a good Blogging friend of mine too. Before his heavenly journey, he replied my “get well soon” message on 9th and liked one of my post. Its a great loss for the blogging community. May his soul rest in peace.


    1. Thanks for your comment/condolences, Anil.

      It’s amazing how he helped unite so many people of so many interests right across WordPress. He’ll always be an illumination for us.



      1. Yes Vijay it is a sad news for me. He was a good friend of mine, He objected me when I address him as”Sir” but he said you are senior you should not call me Sir. Then he used to call me, sometimes, as Sir. That way friendship, respect to each other grew up between us. On 9th. he liked a post and replied my “get well soon message” too. He was a gem of a person. I never knew he was seriously ill.
        A great loss for us.


      2. Hi Anil,

        That’s one of the things that especially impressed me about Ajay. He just had that way of speaking to you as a good friend with a good heart, even if he’d never met you in person. He did always take the time to address and support all of his followers.
        Indeed, a massive loss, legends like him are truly rare indeed.


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      3. Yes, Vijay its a great loss for us. We never met still due to his brotherly behavior he was very close. In reply to my comments he used to say “thank you dear or thank you sir or sometimes thank you brother” which will never be heard again. Truly its a massive loss.

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  2. Hi Vijay! I’m so sorry to hear that, it’s very sad and hard to believe. Ajay also replied to my message “hope you get well soon”, always so sweet. Please, accept my condolences.


  3. When I read his latest post, I silently prayed he would pull through…have been away from WP for a while and my worst fear is to find any post dedicated to him…alas… 😦 😦

    Though we have to let him go, I am sure he is now at a better place right now.

    May his kind and wise soul R.I.P.

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  4. This is beautiful! I feel much the same way you do. Ajay was very much a part of my daily routine and life and he is greatly missed! I love this tribute and reading about your closeness! What a wonderful post! Blessings to you!


  5. This is such a loss to all those who knew him, loved him, or just virtually knew him.
    I still look for his posts, waiting for photos or inspirational sayings.
    Such a sweet, positive soul. He is missed.
    They say those that touch our hearts stay in them forever, Ajay will stay in many hearts. 🙂

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