When I went to meet him ten years ago at his home in Bakum Baha to research his life and work, tall concrete buildings were already towering over the lush courtyard of his home. As always there were people waiting to see him from early morning. Members of the Patan Chamber of Commerce were there to invite him to their convention, the Kartik Nach committee was also there, a group involved in heritage conservation was waiting for its turn to consult him.
Over the last decade that I continued to visit him, Satyamohan Joshi was always his age-old self – gracious towards visitors, inquisitive about others’ work and ideas, and nurturing towards all aspects of culture and society.
Satyamohan Joshi was a beacon of hope, creativity, and humanity at a time when there is such an absence of integrity in the country. He was always looking at the positive side of things, trying to find solutions, avoided back-biting, spoke directly and to the point, and had the capacity of distilling even the most complex issues into simple terms.
This is why his passing is such a great loss to Nepal and Nepalis.