Unhappy with his meagre income and burdened with the responsibility to look after younger siblings back home, Khatri, who was just 16 then, had quit his job, and bought a bus ticket to return to his village in Dailekh. He had bought new clothes for his mother, brother and sisters. Khatri had just begun eating when the narrow eight-storey building started shaking violently.
Before he could figure out what was happening, a huge concrete pillar fell, and he was trapped under the rubble He cried for help, spitting out the food that was stuffed in his mouth. He realised two of his friends were also trapped there. One of them, 14-year-old Pemba Lama, was miraculously rescued alive after six days. The other was rescued four days later, but died soon afterwards