Dr Subash Lohani dedicated his life to learning about the human body, biologically and spiritually. As a surgeon, he saved people’s lives, and as a wanderer, explored human consciousness.
Born in a remote village in Jhapa district, Lohani grew up traveling to different places with his father. Perhaps this is why he had a sensitive heart that was fascinated by everything he saw in the world around him.
After studying biology at St Xavier’s College, he joined the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, and finished his MBBS in 2007. In his time at the medical school, he met Dr Upendra Devkota, the man who pioneered neurosurgery in Nepal, and an inspired Lohani was determined to follow in his footsteps.
His dedication took Lohani to world-renowned institutions such as Harvard and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In 2010, he received a fellowship to train at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Later, he was chosen a neurosurgery research fellow there.
At AIIMS, he pursued his MS in general surgery, which he completed in 2016. He later completed his neurosurgery Mch (Magister of Chirurgiae) from Kathmandu University, and started working at the Upendra Devkota Memorial Neuro Hospital, Bansbari, Kathmandu first as a neurosurgery medical officer and later as neurosurgery registrar.
He was also a spiritual person who used to meditate and contemplate the universe and the human mind. His mind loved traveling, riding on cosmic waves of consciousness, as he used to say, questioning the physiological state of humanity's existence. He believed his life would be incomplete without his spiritual adventures. Humans are like bees in a beehive, Lohani used to wonder, and our consciousness is being traded like honey.
He described himself as a centrist who believed in the cyclical nature of the human mind and the ever-changing nature of social behavior. Lohani also had an immense love for nature. He loved studying trees, and he used to celebrate different occasions in his life by planting a tree. He also loved singing to the tunes of harmonium and the piano.
A young man with so much light still left in his life, Lohani left this world too soon. Police say he had tested positive for Covid-19 only a week ago before he was found unconscious in his house. Later, investigators found he had overdosed on anaesthetics. He was only 39 when he passed away. He is survived by his wife and his little daughter.