Jatra [जात्रा]

[This post was written on 21st March.] The Nepali word jatra means a festive atmosphere. Ghode Jatra is the festive atmosphere that involves ghodas (horses) and men, of course. Don’t know if horses too enjoy the moment but that’s a topic for another entry. The word jatra also means a mess. Things are not in […]

Kathmandu Darbar Square- A Day After the #NepalEarthquake

A day after the #NepalEarthQuake, I went to Kathmandu’s Darbar Square. The scale of devastation was massive. Many of its attractive buildings, former palaces and temples, had either completely collapsed or were heavily damaged. The landmark Kastamandap building had been reduced to rubble. Two other beautiful temples nearby were not where they once stood. The “nau […]

What Did Dharahara Mean to You? (#NepalEarthquake)

Collapse of the Dharahara tower symbolized all quake-related devastations. But did the Bhimsen Stambha embody our pride and morale? The #NepalEarthquake claimed thousands of lives. A million houses have been destroyed, most of them in rural villages. If there was a symbol of this destruction, it was the fall of the Dharahara tower. The tower’s collapse […]

The #NepalEarthquake Day

Like everyone else, I knew it was coming. But I didn’t know when. I had no idea about its magnitude. It’s devastating impact. That’s because, like a generation before me, I had not experienced a strong earthquake. Like most Nepalis, I wasn’t prepared for it. Also, no one can predict an earthquake. So why think […]

माघ १९ (१ फेब्रुअरी २००५)

[Remembering the day 10 years ago when king Gyanendra staged a bloodless coup. Newspapers reacted very strangely. Follow the link at the end.] तत्कालीन राजा ज्ञानेन्द्रले कू गरेको १० वर्ष पुगेको अवसरमा आज माघ १९ मा कतिले त्यो दिन अनि त्यो बेलाको सम्झना गरेको देखें । कान्तिपुरका समाचार सम्पादक हरिबहादुर थापा अनि सोहि पत्रिकामा माघ […]

चन्दनपुर गाउँ [Chandanpur Village]

मैले अाफू घुम्न अाएको भन्दा सुन्नेले पत्याउन सजिलो थिएन । त्यो अनकन्टार गाउँमा काम नपरी वा कतैबाट सरूवामा नपरी किन पुग्ने । कुरा ठिकै हो । धेरै ठाउँमा त्यसरी नपत्याइएको स्थिति मैले सामना गरेको छु । तै पनि म “हो, घुम्नै अाएको हुँ” भन्न छाड्दिन । एकछिनपछि मान्छेहरू पत्याएजस्तो गर्न थाल्छन् । अनि मलाई वेवास्ता […]

विदेशिन आटेको केटो

Originally posted on ब्लगमान्डू:
दिनेश वाग्ले वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल यो लेख आजको कान्तिपुर कोसेलीमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । ‘दुबई जाने चक्करमा छु हो सर,’ केही क्षण अघिसम्म उल्लासमय लवजमा गफिएको यामले अलि निराश स्वरमा अचानक त्यसो भन्दा मलाई कताकता चसक्क गरेजस्तो भएको थियो। यस्तो लाग्यो मैले डकुमेन्ट्रि बनाइरहेको भए र उसले त्यो कुरा क्यामेरामा भनेको भए…

मोटरसाईकल डायरी

Originally posted on ब्लगमान्डू:
दिनेश वाग्ले वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल यो लेख पहिलोपल्ट आजको कान्तिपुर कोसेलीमा प्रकाशित भएको हो। हिलाम्मे र चिप्लो कच्चि बाटोमा दर्किदो पानीको चुटाई खादै ओर्लिएका हामी दिन ढल्किदै गर्दा कुहिरोले छेकिएको त्यो सानो होटलमा पुगेका थियौं। हामी चढेको बाईकमा कुनै थकानका संकेत देखिएका थिएनन् तर केही घन्टा अघि काठमान्डूको महाबौद्धमा चारसयमा किनिएको डबल…

Bhatte Danda

The idea was to revisit the areas of Lalitpur where I had gone in 2011 in a fun trip (which, in those days, would almost always come out as “work” trip too. My favorite quote from this story: “खोलामा खुट्टा टेकेर निस्किँदा त्यो कसको हो थाहा हुँदैन ।”). Recently I went up to Bhatta Danda and […]