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Nepal To Paradise by way of Kensal Rise/Green

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.”

Sangita and son Shaan Sharma with a photo of Mr Chalisey by his commemorative plaque

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!

Mr Sohan Raj Chalisey’s commemorative plaque graces our Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu collection

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