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Tale Of The Two Nang Khets

Updated on January 2, 2016

Sisters From Afar

One was called Nang Khet

another Nang Khet replied

sisters from afar

Are we not all brothers and sisters?

What follows is a true story of a younger and an older "sister" who are unrelated. Both have the same nickname Nang Khet ("Miss India" in Laotian), one from France one from the USA meeting in Laos by a strange coincidence.

The two Nang Khets


Our granddaughter Jane has some features that caused my wife Manolie to give her the nickname "Nang Khet" (Miss India).

At a market in Laos, Jane was straying a little too far away, so Manolie called to her, "Nang Khet, come here."

In response, another young woman whose mother had given her the nickname of Nang Khet approached Manolie to see why she had been called!

At that point Jane also approached Manolie and the two Nang Khets met for the first time, trailed by the older Nang Khet's mother (shown nearby, standing and looking to the right as she talked to Manolie of their shared amazement.)

The latter had been startled to see Jane and commented to Manolie that Jane was exactly what her daughter had looked like when her daughter was Jane's age!

That mother and daughter live in France and were visiting family in Laos and, as coincidence would have it, happened to be within earshot in the same market when Manolie called out "Nang Khet, come here."

Manolie and her granddaughter Jane were visiting family in Laos. They had come from America.

To their knowledge the families of the two Nang Khets are not related. But it seems clear that somewhere back along their genealogical trails coincidence coincided.


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      Demas W Jasper 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      This story of "happenstance" occurred just more than a year ago. It is said that "everyone has a double somewhere in the world!" It wasn't mentioned that those doubles might be younger and older versions of each other.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - I believe it thrilled many more people than just those two. I know it surely has throughout our family and friends.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sounds like the fates meant for them to meet. Two very lovely girls and nice that they met.