Nurse Sangita Sharma has generously donated £500 in memory of her late father, Nepalese-born restaurant worker, Sohan Raj Chalisey. Mr Chalisey, who visited the library up to three times a week, could read English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu, as well as Nepalese books and periodicals.
The library’s South Asian language collection was launched at the unveiling of Mr Chalisey’s commemorative plaque.
The day before he died, immobile and unable to speak, Mr Chalisey indicated that he wished to go to the library. Somehow his family managed to find a wheelchair and pushed him there. Sangita says, “His eyes lit up.”
Mr Chalisey’s commemorative plaque graces the library’s South Asian language shelves. Although Sangita says her Dad was so knowledgeable about history, that we could always swap the Asian collection for history books!
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