Remembering Dal Bahadur Tiwari

Dal Bahadur Tiwari, 79, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, while taking a nap at his home in Geylegphug, Bhutan.

Born in Lopsibhotey, Chirang, Bhutan, to Amar Singh Tiwari and Tulasa Tiwari, Dal Bahadur had a difficult childhood, although he was made stronger for it. He claimed his father was an intellectual and a voracious reader, and earned the respect of his villagers because of it and was considered a learned man.

His mother left him in Bhutan and went to Assam, India, along with her two daughters when he was eight. He repeatedly narrated the story of how his hope died when he was never again reunited with her following this incident.

After his separation with his mother, Dal lived with his paternal grandmother, and for this reason he was locally known in the village as nati. At a young age of just 11, Dal was arranged for a marriage to Chandra Maya Nepal, which flourished and worked out great until her untimely death at a young age in 1979.

Then a widower, Dal, with the support of his in-laws, raised his kids to be exceptional, leaving no doubt about his abilities as a father. As a testament to love for his wife, he lived for 38 years as a single man, refuting the idea of marrying again also because of the burden he felt it would pose to his children.

Never one to shy away from challenges, he instilled in his children and grandchildren a tenacious determination to succeed in life. One of the most striking traits of his was a fierce craving for an independent life, especially towards the end of his years. He traveled to India, Nepal, and the United States, and those surrounding him were all aware of his desire for autonomy and to not be a bother to anyone.

He is survived by four sons – Dil Bahadur, Dr  Purna Chettri, Lok Bahadur, Bhim Chhetri, daughter-in-laws, Pravha, Bidhya, Kirti Maya and Kobina, and eleven grandchildren.

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