This time, the terrible news came in an email.
At least it wasn’t a text, like the hasty, solitary line that exploded K.S. Narendran’s world almost three years ago: “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.”
His wife of 25 years, Chandrika Sharma, was one of the 239 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
On Tuesday, Narendran learned the search for the missing plane had been suspended. He saw the email a little before noon at his home in the southeastern Indian city of Chennai.
“An email is an improvement over an SMS message,” he posted on Facebook. “So, small mercies in an otherwise difficult period.”