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 […]

म साँझको पाहुना

“त्यै सरको अोछ्यानमा सुत्नेभए पाइन्छ,” उनले भनिन् । त्यो सुन्दा म साह्रै ढुक्क भएको थिएँ । त्यसअघि थुप्रैबाट मैले निराशाजनक जवाफ पाएको थिएँ । तैपनि झिनो अाशा राखेर मैले उनलाई सोधेको थिएँ, “वास पाइन्छ तपाईकहाँ ?” हालैको एक सप्ताहन्त म जापानले बनाइदिएको बन्दिलो साँघुरी राजमार्गमा केही समय दौडिएर दिन ढल्किनै लाग्दा मास्तिर उक्लिएको थिएँ । […]

उबरमान्डू

धेरैपछि फेरी एक पटक दिल्लीको गर्मीमा अाफैसँग सिकसिको लाग्नेगरी पसिनाले फतक्कै भिजेको डेढ दिन के भएको थियो मलाई काठमान्डूका कतिपय कुराहरू खड्किन थालेका थिए । १४ सय मिटरमा अवस्थित उपत्यकाको प्रशंसा गरेर नथाकिने मुख्य कुरा यहाँको मौसम हो जस्तो लाग्छ मलाई । सजिलै पुगिने र चढ्न सकिने वरिपरीका हरिया डाँडाहरूलाई पनि म यो ठाउँको सवल […]

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 🙂

An ‘AirTruck’. Headed to China.

One recent afternoon I spotted a few beautifully decorated trucks not very far from the China border north of Kathmandu. They were stuck there. Mudslides had blocked a long stretch of the narrow road, or what we in Nepal unashamedly call a highway. I asked a driver why his truck along with others had images […]

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 […]