Though a greatly romantic story, life was not all that easy after they moved into this house. With four children to feed, and not many opportunities for work, the family did face many obstacles. But as great love stories usually go, they survived the hardships and now live a content life.
Desh bahadur has always dreamed of having a concrete house, and his sons have promised to fulfil his wish this year. Until then, they’re perfectly happy in their little abode.
Though now it’s just the two of them, this small space was once home to the couple, and their four children – two sons, and two daughters.
Desh Bahadur, the son of an army man, lived in a house just a kilometre away from where he does now. It was a fortuitous night in 1975, when while attending a wedding, he saw his future bride in the face of a beautiful girl named Lhamu. So instantaneous was the attraction between the two, that they got married the very next day! The saved up while living in Desh Bahadur’s parents’ home for a few months, and slowly started building this house and their family.
Over a few months, Desh Bahadur and his wife built this cozy home over the land his father had gifted them. It is a traditional Gorkha house, built of mud, has a stoned roof, and ‘siru’ (thatch). Over the three decades of its existence, the house has been renovated about five times.
In this home in the hills of Darjeeling, is a big story of love – a love that was instant, complete and eternal. In the remote village of Gurdum Busty, lives Desh Bahadur Rai with his wife Lhamu. It’s always a happy day in this little house, when their one-year old grandson comes to visit. He knows his grandparents will spoil him silly!
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