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Nepal To Paradise by way of Kensal Rise/Green

When he was alive, Nepalese-born restaurant worker, Sohan Raj Chalisey, visited  Kensal Rise Library up to three times a week and “always had a book from the library”, says his daughter, Sangita Sharma, pictured with her son Shaan.  

After a life  of hard work supporting his family of four children, Mr Chalisey sadly became very ill. Immobile and unable to speak without difficulty, Mr Chalisey still wanted to go to the library. Somehow his family eventually managed to obtain a wheelchair and finally pushed him there. Mr Chalisey pointed to the books he wished to borrow. “You could see the light in his eyes, he was so happy,” Sangita recalls. Mr Chalisey died the next day.

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

Sangita, who works as a nurse,  has generously donated £500 in memory of her late father. We are thrilled that she and Shaan came to unveil the plaque commemorating Mr Chalisey during opening hours this week.

The commemorative plaque graces the library’s South Asian language collection, which was launched  simultaneously in Mr Chalisey’s honour. Mr Chalisey read English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu, as well as Nepalese books and periodicals. 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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