Nepal consul-general says goodbye

Friends and colleagues recently bid adieu to Nepal consul-general Chandra Kumar Ghimire with a farewell dinner at HHI.

  • Published 16.01.16
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Outgoing consul general of Nepal Chandra Kumar Ghimire (centre) with wife Sarita and German consul-general Olaf Iversen

Friends and colleagues recently bid adieu to Nepal consul-general Chandra Kumar Ghimire with a farewell dinner at HHI.

Ghimire spoke of the solidarity and support he had received from Calcutta after his country suffered a devastating earthquake last April. The man who describes himself as “a poet first” even broke into song — first Five Hundred Miles and then Ek pyar ka nagma. “Singing is my hobby,” he later admitted.

“My Hindi has improved since I came here, which would be January 12, 2012,” he told t2, pointing out that he enjoyed soaking in the intellectual flavour of the city — the cultural programmes, College Street, the bookstores, the riverfront, Rabindrasangeet, baul music... “And, of course, the food! I am a fan of paturi. I was not aware of the variety of fish that you get here. I also discovered sandesh and relish the Arsalan biryani.”

Ask Ghimire what the low point of his stay was and the smile vanishes from his face. “I could not bring back Chanda Gayen despite my best efforts. She is still lying in the mountains,” he says of Bengal’s intrepid mountaineer who was lost in an avalanche in Mt. Kanchenjungha in 2014.

He is leaving on a high, though, being promoted to the post of secretary in the Nepal government. “We will all have a home now in Kathmandu,” S.K. Khaitan, the honorary consul of El Salvador, quipped.

Sudeshna Banerjee
Pictures: Sayantan Ghosh

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