Sunday, May 16, 2010

Maid in Manhattan story gets Nepali twist

He became an instant celebrity in the US this week after an astonishing windfall brought him two multi-million dollar apartments in an exclusive neighbourhood and a priceless art collection in a plot straight from Bollywood or even Hollywood. However, in a Nepali twist to the story of butler-turned-billionaire Indra Tamang's amazing fortune, his family back home has no idea about his amazing change and continues to lead a hand-to-mouth existence.

Tamang, now in his 57, shook the dust of Nepal off his feet more than two decades ago when he left for the US to work as a domestic help for Charles Henri Ford, the gay poet-writer and artist whose co-authored novel, the Young and the Evil, created a storm in the sedate 30s. After Ford's death in 2002, he was taken under her wings by the American's sister, Ruth Ford, a model and Hollywood actress. The story became even more like pulp fiction after Ruth was estranged from her only child, daughter Shelley, and left her estate to Tamang, who had served her devotedly.

Full report here Times of India 

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