Oftentimes viral Internet fame comes at a terrible price, but in the case of one long-suffering Indian family, it brought them back together.
Khomdram Gambhir Singh was a soldier in the Indian army who mysteriously vanished forty-one years ago. The 26-year-old man left behind a family that greatly missed him and worried about his disappearance.
They ended up receiving a glimmer of hope via the Internet. A YouTube video posted last Fall featured a singing beggar. Despite the four decades apart, the Khomdram family were certain that the 66–year-old street performer singing Hindu songs in Mumbai was him.
Singh’s brother, Khomdram Kulachandra, said: “I could not believe my eyes when one of my nephews showed me the video footage. We had lost all hope of seeing him alive again.”
Carrying the man’s photo, the Mumbai police were swiftly able to locate Singh in Bandra, a suburb.
Inspector Pandit Thakaray told the BBC, ” We found him outside a railway station. He was in a bad state, he was not well.”
The Mumbai police wasted no time in arranging safe passage and transportation for the veteran. He was welcomed home by both his family and a newly refurbished house in his hometown of Imphal. No longer will he have to beg or go without.