Bajrabarahi and Chitlang Valleys [बज्रवाराही र चित्लाङ]

  हालै मैले काठमान्डू उपत्यकाभन्दा पश्चिमको क्षेत्रका केही भागको यात्रा गरेँ । सहर छाडेर म ककनीबाट बाहिर निस्केको थिएँ, नुवाकोटको बट्टारमा रात विताउन । त्यसपछि म टिस्टुङ देउराली हुँदै मकवानपुर जिल्लाको नबिथोलिएको र विमल बज्रवाराही उपत्यका पुगेँ । चन्द्रागिरि र दामन डाँडाहरूको बीचमा फैलिएको यो बस्तीमा जान मलाई धेरै अघिदेखि मन थियो । बज्रवाराहीबाट एउटा सानो […]

Buddha’s truck with trilateral aspirations

A truckload of aspirations: I was traveling along the curvy Tribhuvan rajpath, heading towards Tistung Deurali, last week when I saw this truck parked precariously on the edge of the road above a house. I stopped for a few minutes to take stock of the situation including the geopolitical one. Would I live in the […]

Ghangaru (घँगारु) the Nepali Firethorn

Ghangaru berries are a familiar sight in the Nepali hills. The ugly, unfriendly and thorny bush transforms itself into something incredibly attractive and appealing as its berries ripe. I love eating them. Popular Ghangaruko lauros (the Ghangaru sticks) are made out of its sturdy twigs. I could be wrong but it looks to me that, like Lapsi, […]

Panche baaja पञ्चे बाजा

A wedding ceremony? An auspicious occasion? Someone very important, a thulo manchhe, coming in the village? Play the panche baja (the five -musical- instruments). That’s still the case in many Nepali villages. These photos are from Dhampus village, north of Pokhara that offers beautiful views of the Annapurna range. When I was there last year […]

Horse breastfeeding

तपाईँलाई इमेलमै पछिल्लो ब्लग, लेख र तस्बिर पठाउन पाउनु मेरोलागि खुशीको कुरा हुनेछ । बाकसमा आफ्नो इमेल ठेगाना हाल्नु होला । धन्यवाद 🙂

बारीको पाटामा

A helicopter ride is not an everyday event. Rarer is when you fly several times in a matter of days in different whirlybirds. Add hill-hopping to that. And these details: walk in a national park looking for tigers in the afternoon and wake up in the morning atop a hill to find the mighty Manaslu staring […]

कानको सफाई

[This post details my recent encounter with an ear cleaner in Koteshor, Kathmandu which reminded me of an incident that involved an ear cleaner in Old Delhi a few years ago.] झन्डै पाँच वर्षअघि पुरानो दिल्लीको जामा मस्जिदका सिंढीमा बसेर भव्य लाल किला हेरिरहँदा मैले एउटा अनपेक्षित दृश्य देखेको थिएँ । एउटा अपरिचित ठिटोले मसँगै त्यहाँ पुगेका […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tea Lady of Basantapur, Kathmandu

15 December 2015: Marking the ‪#‎InternationalTeaDay‬ by highlighting the entries on cuppa on the home page: https://t.co/gtYtR7OKUA [A day after the earthquake… this spot was under rubble.] Past entries on tea: Cuppa A Cup of Tea and Nizamuddin Our Cups of Tea (by Deepak) And one on coffee: A Lot Can Happen Over Coffee