Abandoned 40 years ago, US techie reunites with family in India

I read an amazing story today in the Times of India about an Assamese NRI who was abandoned as a child in India, and lived to tell an incredible success story.

In the summer of ’69, a four-year-old boy inGuwahati was asked by his mother one day to go into the kitchen and eat an orange she had left for him there. By the time he was done, his mother had bolted out of the house and abandoned him. She never returned. The boy and his eight-year-old sister had barely coped with the loss when their father, who was then posted in the Assam capital with the 4thAssamPolice Battalion, sent them to a relative in Kathmandu. They confused their way and found themselves instead on the streets of Nepal, alone and inching towards certain death.

That little, lost boy, Kisan Upadhaya, is today a top notch IT specialist who provides tech support to four institutes within Duke University, North Carolina — Social Science Research Institute, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), DIBS Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. But in all these years, as he scripted a phenomenal success story for himself, there was always something that ate him up from inside – the thoughts of his family and the sister who tried hard to feed and protect him. He had to find them.