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Spouse girls

A succession of spouses over a quarter century, with a rate of a wife almost every year, is what it has taken Ramachandra Katuwal from Khandbari to unlock the secrets of wedlock.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2008 20:26 IST

They say marriage is not for the faint-hearted. But then some are braver than others. Even as most men find themselves tied up in knots over keeping the missus happy, a Nepalese gent, having tied the knot for the 25th time, claims to have
finally found nuptial bliss. A succession of spouses over a quarter century, with a rate of a wife almost every year, is what it has taken Ramachandra Katuwal from Khandbari to unlock the secrets of wedlock.

Getting hitched and ditched had become a way of life for the 49-year-old till he hitched his star to Wife No 25. Perhaps battered by the thoughts of alimony, Mr Katuwal’s connubial joy includes the important fact that he only remembers nine of his previous wives. That’s just as well, for they were quick to forget him. The never-say-die (but ever-say-aye) braveheart continued to chase after an elusive marital wonderland, even as his various ex-wives were whisked away by others.

The poor porter, having shed the burden of his hazy marital marathon, wishes to focus on life ahead, now that his silver spouse has not made the run for it even after seven years. Mr Katuwal believes that a “house is not a house without a wife”. So, for those of you still looking for the promised hand, it would seem that variety is the spice of wife.