Childhood days of Dr. Achhyut Mani Acharya


Dr. Achhyut Mani Acharya, a seventy years old doctor, has so many interesting and inspiring parts of his personality. This is how he recollects his early life.

"I passed my babyhood in and around Chabahil, playing with lifelong friends like Ramesh Vikal and Vinod Dhungana. I recollect how the latter stole a mohor (half-a-rupee coin) from his father and fed bread to our group when we were studying together at Padmodaya High School. Later, his father caught and named us 'Pauroti gunda' (bread pirates)."

"I lost my mother when I was two. I was never intimate with my father. Till I was grown up, I never knew who my father was. Once I even beat a man for asking me about my father when I believed, I did not had any father. I used to call my father 'Dai' and did not know that he was my daddy. Emotionally too, we were never close. My grandmother took all my care and inspired me to pine for something great in life. She is the source of all my intellectual and spiritual health. She gave me the Gita, which taught me how to look at the world."

"That was a wonderful time. It was heaven. Although we lived in poverty and scarcity, we all knew and loved eachother. True equality prevailed then. Everyone was everyone's near-and-dear one. The Bagmati carried pure water, where we would swim and quench our thirst. We could even pick up coins if they fell in it. Compare it with today's Bagmati. Impossible!

"I had a literary talent, but my profession as a doctor didn’t allow me to nourish it. Bal Krishna Sama gave me an award once and called me 'future poet'. Laxmi Prasad Devkota was my teacher and I used to pass times listening to his poems. Bhimnidhi Tiwari is another name, who encouraged me in literature."

"I love old people and children. A large portion of my earning goes to the orphanages and old-age care centers around the city. I visit them regularly, examine and treat them free of cost, distribute food, sweets and clothing."

"I don’t eat anything till I feed corns to the bevy of pigeons that visit my courtyard every morning." 

"I do not believe in accumulation of wealth. Life, like the one we see in the west, is monotonous and boring, because it has no spirituality in it. Life is a divine gift to do something for the country, for the family and for the society. Wealth is momentary, earn name and fame through the service of humanity."                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Mahesh Paudyal