Last time out, I gave an update on the Pokhara family. So today here's:
My Kathmandu Family
This family connection was born in a bookstore in Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist district. All my trips to Nepal -- over a dozen of them -- began and ended with a few days in KTM.
Every day I was there, I'd buy the latest edition of the International Herald Tribune at the same family-owned and operated bookstore.
I got to know the family quite well. The younger son, Nimesh, came to the U.S. to attend Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri. He worked in Ocean City, Md. during his college summers and often spent a few days at my house on his travels back and forth.
After getting his undergraduate degree at Truman, Nimesh enrolled in an MBA/Finance program at American University. AU is within walking distance from my house. So Nihesh stayed here.
He continued to reside here at the house as he began a career at the World Bank in downtown DC, an easy commute from the house.
From Friends to Family
Through these years, Nimesh and I became good friends. But I didn't think of us as family. That relationship began in March, 2012, when Nimesh married Bhawana in a traditional Nepali/Hindu ceremony in Kathmandu.
Bhawana was finishing up her studies in an MBA/Finance program at the University of Wales satellite school outside Mumbai. She and Nimesh spent hours talking on Skype. As this picture shows, the arranged marriage became a love marriage.