In Dhangadi, Suresh Khadka is also relieved to have finally reached Nepal from Mumbai where he was working in a hotel. Suresh is lucky because he only had to wait at the border for a day before being allowed in after thermal screening.
He spent four days in a quarantine centre at a school in Dhangadi where he tested negative. He was then sent to his local municipality, where he is again in isolation close to his home, where his family brings him food.
“This is much more convenient, another week and I can be with my family,: he says.
Both Suresh and Hari are uncertain about whether they will return to India or not after things get back to normal. “I have good cooking skills. If the hotel where I worked reopens, they will call me back as I am a trusted employee,” says Hari. “I am also interested in finding a job in the Gulf where I can earn more.”
Some names have been changed.