In a 2009 article published in Nepali Times Weekly, a writer Subodh Rana wrote about how Jung Bahadur Rana used “Tip” a Nepali word by throwing gold coins to an opera singer in UK in his Britain visit of 1850 AD.
I did a video report on the article.
There is skepticism that the incident actually happened. But, it is a fun story so I have done the video report.
Jung Bahadur died 59 years old. He first got married when he was 10 years old. That makes – 48 years of his married life. He got a new wife almost every year. Despite of these strange facts, Jung Bahadur was a dedicated and loyal lover. He fell in love with the younger sister of his first wife – Gajendralaxmi.
But, Gajendralaxmi’s father wouldn’t let Jung Bahadur marry her and he married her off with another guy. I wrote about the love story in my previous post (Read the strange love story of Jung Bahadur). Now, let’s dive into 42 “known” wives of the dictator.
Jung Bahadur would find a way to get everything he wanted; whether it is a person or the power. He killed the prime minister to declare himself the prime minister of Nepal. He also tried to make himself the king, but failed. When it comes to women – he would get all of those he liked. He would woo them or if they are unwilling he would abduct them and bring to his palace. That was what he did Gajendralaxmi. He snatched Gajendralaxmi from her husband.
This is a very strange and ambitious love story. The story has everything – a desire, promise, tragedy, reunion and love. It would certainly be a super-hit film if made properly. The love of one of the most ruthless and powerful person in Nepal. A brave, strategist and successful person, Jung Bahadur was also a great lover.
Watch the story video:
This is an example how he obtained everything he desired for. It is really interesting how far he could go to achieve what he wants. For the girl he was attracted to, he did everything from asking for, fighting for and stealing her from her lawful husband. Although he was strong and successful, he didn’t take advantage of her. Instead, he fulfilled everything he promised her – even an impossible promise – to make her a queen.
To make his girlfriend a queen, he snatched the power from the prime minister by killing him. He resigned and declared himself the king. But, nobody accepted him the king. In the mean time, Jung Bahadur had appointed his brother the prime minister of Nepal. When, his attempt to become the king was unsuccessful – his prime minister brother died in a mysterious circumstance in less than a year of being appointed the prime minister – opening a path for Jung Bahadur to become the prime minister again. Continue reading