From The Nepali Press
Looking for dad
Kantipur, 28 March
FROM ISSUE #190 (02 APRIL 2004 - 08 APRIL 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Bhojpur-Englishman Kevin Benet has been looking for his Nepali father for the last 20 years. Every time he comes to Nepal, he hopes to find him, but in vain. His English mother, Mary Benett, never wanted to talk about his Nepali father. But she told him everything after he found out through an aunt. His father, Surya Bahadur Rai, a former British Gurkha soldier, had met Mary in England when he was stationed there. The two married in 1962 and two years later Kevin was born, but when they were posted in different places they lost contact. Surya had sent Kevin a letter and his photograph. Mary had married again. One day, as she was looking at his photograph, and her husband tore it in rage. Kevin has sought help from the British Embassy and had managed to trace his father to Pokhara, but couldn't find him. Now after six years, he is in Nepal again, this time searching in Surya's home village of Chinamukhi in Bhojpur. Kevin, who has a heart condition, wasn't strong enough to walk there, but sent his Sherpa friend. Surya doesn't live there anymore. The good news was that he came back with photographs of Surya's new family and information they were living in Janakpur. Kevin is now sure he can trace his father in his next visit after having to rush to England for an operation.