Saw these photos yesterday. Noticed anything out of order or interisting? These men have at least one thing in common: all of them have headed the National Planning Commission of Nepal. The man at the extreme right is the current boss.
When I first rode a tricycle in Manila I sat behind the driver the way men do in Nepal when they ride pillion on a motorcycle. I was told later by a Filipino friend of mine that that was the wrong way of sitting on a tricycle. The correct way, I was told, was to sit like the way most women-especially those clad in saari- do in Nepal: by hanging both legs on the same side.
But that’s for the third (and last) passenger on a tricycle. The other two are holed up in a small carriage- supported by a tire- on the right side of the motorbike. When that carriage is attached a bike becomes a tricycle (or a motorcycle taxi). And tricycles are everywhere in Manila though their future seems uncertain. For some (and that includes city officials) they are traffic nuisance and for many others they are cheap medium of transportation in the city. Continue reading
Two photos taken before (above) and during (below) rains in Kathmandu within two hours. It’s been raining a lot in the capital city these days. According to a report in today’s Nagarik daily by reporter Shyam Bhatta, this year’s pre-monsoon season has created record. Kathmandu valley saw heaviest of rainfall of this season on Friday with 27.7 milimeter. Normally, according to the report, the month of May experiences 116 mm of rainfall on average. “But this time the first week alone has seen 73.7 mm of rains.”
April saw the normal (average) rainfall of 56.9 mm.
Whatever the data is I must say that I am enjoying the rains (especially the cool temperature- the direct result of the rains.) Continue reading