Sayagyi U Ba Than usually visits and pay homage to his saya Sayagyi U Ba Toke at least once every year.
In January 2017, Pansy Ba Toke (Thynn Thynn, ChE 74) asked her son-in-law and daughter to pick up Sayagyi U Ba Than (86 years young), Saya U Tin Htut (79 years young) and me to see her father Sayagyi U Ba Toke (96 years young).
Sayagyi U Ba Toke has some problems with mobility and vision, but his mind remains crisp and clear. He was born in December 1920, the same month that Rangoon University came into existence. They are “Phwa Bet Taws”. Sayagyi has deferred celebrating his birthday so that three of his grandchildren abroad could come back and join the celebration.
Sayagyi is pre-deceased by
- his beloved spouse
- his second son (6th out of his 8 children)
- his second daughter Kitty (3rd out of his 8 children), who passed away almost two years ago.
Pansy has offered to the Sayas who want to visit my father that she is very willing to arrange for their transports within Yangon.
A detailed account of Sayagyi has been covered by Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe (“Maung Thin Char”). I received an autographed copy during a previous visit. The book may need a reprint.