Our HUMJAYEGA: A ‘real’ fictional ‘joker’


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By Dweep Subba

Most of the nepali people spread all over the world have heard about “HUMJAYEGA”. From the old person to the children of class-II or class-I, the Nepalis are very much fond of Humjayega’s jokes. Almost every Nepali is very much familiar with this name.

“HUMJAYEGA”…many people don’t even know whether “HUMJAYEGA” was a real person or it is just a fictional character. So this work of mine is a tribute to make people know who “HUMJAYEGA” actually was.

Who Was “HUM….JAYEGA”?

“HUMJAYEGA” is nodoubt a humorous comic character that is very much popular among the youth of Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Doars, Kalimpong, Assam and among Nepali’s all over the world. The word “HUM…..JAYEGA” simply means “I will go”. Although “HUM…JAYEGA” is a comic fictional character but he was also a real person. His name was “Dal Bahadhur Gurung” a.k.a “Humjayega”. Born in 1921 in the tea gardens of Chungthung (Darjeeling), his ancestors were from Panchthar, a district in Nepal. It was his grand father Dhaujbeer Gurung who migrated along with his family in 1814 A.D. from his native home Nepal and settled in Darjeeling. His father’s name was Mr. Man Bahadhur Gurung.

Humjayega’s adolescent life was full of struggle, hardship as he left his studies after completing third grade itself. His family was very poor and due to frustrations and tensions, he left Darjeeling in search of better livelihood. He landed in the crowded streets of “Calcutta” in the year 1936. He was only 15 years old then. In Calcutta he was looked upon by a saint called “Prabhuddanda”. The saint took Humjayega to Bhawanipur and consigned Humjayega to his uncle’s cab.

Humjayega

The Second World war was on the air and a lot of workers became unemployed. Most of them were seeking employment as a British soldier. Humjayega was also one of such men trying to prove his wits but he failed because he couldn’t reply in English to the British Officials. Later, in frustrations he joined the “Baligung Engineering College” with the help of British officials and studied there for a year. At last he was recruited in the army. His after life as an army employee passed smoothly. He was employed as a driver and whenever any British Officials had to go on a long trip, they would ask “who wants to go?” At that this time he would simply reply….”HUMJAYEGA”(I will go).

After Indian became independent in 1947, he returned to Darjeeling in 1948 and undertook the same profession of a cab driver at the Club Side Motor Stand (Syndicate). In this new circle of friends he was known by his nickname…….”HUMJAYEGA”.

There are many small puns to his name. He was the first man to take the vehicle to the Summit of Tiger-Hill and Tumling (No cab driver had ever before agreed to trudge their vehicles to Tigerhill or Tumling because of the risky journey. Humjayega, though he was new, drove the vehicle and returned safely).

From 1984, Humjayega started acting in humorouos plays, satires, films etc. He even acted in Kollywood Nepali film “KUSUME-RUMAL” and with the help of these factors he criticized the negative aspects of the society in a humorous way. But Humjayega was a drunkard. He was very much aware of it but was unable to quit wine. He is survived by his seven daughter’s and three sons.

This great fictional legend passed away in the April 1992.

About the author:

Dweep Subba is pursuing his Graduation in English from Sikkim University. Dweep believes that he is an introvert who thinks sensitively. He often shares his thinking on his blog http://rationalites.blogspot.com/

 

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  1. rajen upadhyay

    Rajen Upadhyay

    I have gone through your article about the celebrated Nepali humorist Hum Jayega. Your particulars based article has been able to make it clear to the readers that Hum Jayega was not an invented character who is illustrious to most of the people who belong to the North Eastern part of our country. Interesting one..You are an implausible writer and a great forecaster who has a long way to go..Keep on writing.. Sikkims best wishes are always with you.!!!

  2. yugal

    SINCE CHILDHOOD DAYS I HAD HEARD ABOUT HUM JAYEGA BUT I WAS UNAWARE ABOUT THE FACT THAT A REAL HUM JAYAEGA EXISTED UN OUR SOCIETY ONCE……..
    THANX 4 SHARING SUCH A WONDERFUL KNOWLEDGE TO US……..
    THANK YOU DWEEP,YES NO DOUBT U ARE BECOMING A HISTORIAN TOO….MARVELLOUS!

  3. DWEEP MUSTANG

    THankyou, Mr Rajen Sir and Yugal…!

  4. Monica

    Thank u Dweep for sharing HUMJAYEGA’s story

  5. Jyoti

    thanks Dwep, you are the amazing writer and creative outcommer, your style of writing technique is different than what we found today,keep on writing, thanks for sharing the article knowledge and clear the illusion of hum jayaga which we believed in the past days that he was joker probably from Darjeeling.

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