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Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala was married to Sushila Koirala. Sushila was born in 1923. They married in 1936. She went to the Banaras Hindu University for higher studies. A trained Bharatnatyam and Kathak dancer, she made use of her dancing skills to earn money for the family during difficult times. A quote of Koirala from his autobiography (pages 23 and 24) describes Shushila as follows:

"I went to Calcutta to see Shushila. She was young and slim. She hadn't studied much, but was very fair. She once survived kalazar. When I saw her, I felt a lot of regret. I had already seen her, therefore, couldn't say no [to the marriage offer]."

"However, this changed later. Sushila soon grew to be the popular member of our family. She grew beautiful so much so that my friends used to tell me she was very beautiful. I was so proud of her that I even placed a bet with fellow prisoners in the Hazaribag jail, claiming that my wife was the most beautiful lady in the world. My friends couldn't agree upon another name."

That "beautiful lady" died after a quarter century of Koirala's death in 1982.