His contribution to discover four grassland bird species in
Childhood in wilderness
Born on October 12, 1967 in Prakashpur village of eastern
Dhangadhi was a “big change” for him in terms of language, culture and people there. But the wilderness was “still the same”.
Travelling was another thing that he enjoyed as a child. Even today he remembers walking the entire Churia hill with his father to buy a buffalo. “My father was like a vagabond who loved travelling and I too acquired that characteristic from him,” he expresses.
And as a student, “he had a strong desire to study biology”. So, despite lack of textbooks and trained teachers, he studied biology in school and even at college though Dr Baral “was never a good student”. However, encouraging words of two teachers — Tulsi Dhar Bhandari and Sushila Sitaula — turned him “into a good boy”. And he became the only student to pass SLC in his batch in 1983 (2040 BS).