A man with 18 children 3 wives, yet alone.
I learned sewing at the age of 9. My father taught me this skill and since then this very profession has supported me, my 3 wives and 18 children. 6 from the first wife, 7 from the second and 5 from the third. All together 9 boys and 9 girls. My father and were the only tailors of people in our village but now he no more lives. I miss my father a lot time and again.
Back in days people used to offer us grains and goods in return of our work, but now I get paid in cash and it is good in a way because I can spend on what I want.
All my daughters are married and are pretty happy with their family. I first got marriage in the year of 2018 BS, followed by second and third in 2035 BS and 2042 BS respectively. Sadly, my first wife is no longer alive.
In an average, I earn three hundred to five hundred rupees in a day. I could earn a lot but I am old now and I can’t work as fast as I could like before. My hands are getting stiff and aren’t swift anymore and sadly this profession needs a lot of handwork. With this earning I barely make my living and as well send a portion to my three children for their school fees, who are still studying. I want to retire but that is my sole obligation. And, everyone is busy with their own life and they barely remember me.
(Tek Bahadur Pariyar, 68, Pinda-06, Dhading)
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