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Dashain the Festival is an Opportunity to Travel

This post contains related links to the articles that have been mentioned or referred to in my article published in today’s Hello Shukrabar, (त्यो दसै‌मा) the youth supplement of Kantipur.

Nepal’s Polyandry Tradition: Young Men Don’t Want to Share Their Wife With Brothers in Kimathanka

Polyandry family of Kimathanka, Nepal

A polyandry family of Kimathanka, Nepal

In the polyandry culture the older brother is the head of the family. He is also the official father of the kids even if their biological father is his brother. For example, in the citizenship, the ‘father’ of the shared wife’s children is the older brother. House and land are registered in his name. Kami Nawa, Chairman, Ward No. 6., of the VDC said: “The mother decides which children belongs to which husbands if the brothers wanted to separate.”

A question related to this made the otherwise cool Sherpeni, Rishe who was had decorated her hair with a jasmine flower, somewhat agitated. “We are living now in harmony, there is no necessity of separation,” she said curtly. Continue reading

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Around the World on a Bicycle: Spreading Message or Loafing Around?

Saurab Dahal World Cyclist from Nepal (Kantipur)

Saurab Dahal, World Cyclist from Nepal, in New Delhi recently. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is on the background

The ‘world cyclist’ finally arrived in Delhi last week. He had been traveling in India for the past several months. He had added me on Facebook a couple of months back. I had been following his updates on and off. He had posted photos of his meetings with at least two chief ministers, some Bollywood actors and soldiers of Gorkha Rifles, Indian Army. His entries provided insights into his travel experience. One of his status updates said that he had to flee the house in Punjab where he was invited to stay overnight after the male host attempted to kiss him. [एउटा साइकले ठिटो– नेपालीमा ।]

Saurab Dahal was 14 when he started his world tour on bicycle in 2002. He dropped out of the school (9th grade) to spread awareness on issues like “green environment”, “education to children” and “world peace”. He said he was disheartened by the sight of street kids sniffing glues and begging for food on his way to school in Koteshwar, Kathmandu. “I wanted to do something for them,” he said. “That’s why I decided to leave the school and travel to tell the world about the plight of such kids who are not able to go to school.” After traveling 21 countries including Nepal and India Saurab has mastered the art of convincing people that dropping out of school is the best way to contribute to child education. “I am on a noble mission,” he says. “The people and Nepali embassies must help me [by providing shelter and air tickets]. Continue reading

एउटा साइकले ठिटो

Saurab Dahal World Cyclist

सौरभ दाहाल । विश्व साइकल यात्री । भारतको नयाँ दिल्लीमा । ठुलो पार्न क्लिके हुन्छ

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‘बुझ्नुभो दाइ’, उनले फोनमा भने- ‘नेपाली दूतावासले मलाई सहयोग गरेन भनेर मैले ‘हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्स’लाई इन्टभ्र्यु दिएँ ।’

‘दूतावासले बडो ठीक गरेछ’, मैले भनेँ- ‘तिमीजस्तो घुमन्तेलाई सिङ्गापुर जान दूतावासले किन प्लेन टिकट किनिदिनुपर्ने ?’

‘हैन, एकरात पनि राखेन मलाई’, उनले भने ।

‘एकरात पनि राख्न हुँदैन तिमीलाई’, मैले भनेँ- ‘तिमी आफ्नै रहरले साइकल चढेर विश्वयात्रामा निस्केको । फेरि तिमीले नै भन्यौ, तिमीलाई थुप्रैले चन्दा दिएका छन् । बस्न होटलमा आफ्नै पैसा खर्चेर ।’

‘नेपालीलाई सहयोग नगर्ने दूतावासको के काम ?’ उनले भने ।

‘दिल्लीका बस्तीमा रातभरि लड्ठी ठट्टाउँदै र सिठ्ठी बजाउँदै मजदुरी गर्ने गरिब नेपालीलाई सहयोग गर्नसकेको छैन नेपाल सरकारले’, मैले भनेँ- ‘त्यसैले तिमीलाई दूतावासले सहयोग नगरेकोमा मेरो कुनै सहानुभूति छैन ।’

‘तर म त विश्वभरि सन्देश फैलाउन हिँडेको’, उनले भने ।

आठ वर्षअघि साइकल यात्रा थाल्दा सौरभ दाहाल १४ वर्षका थिए । कोटेश्वर, काठमाडौंको स्कुल जाँदा ‘बाटोमा ग्लु सुँघ्दै माग्ने बच्चा देखेपछि’ विरक्तिएका उनले त्यस्ता बच्चाले स्कुल जानुपर्ने सन्देश दिन साइकलबाट विश्व भ्रमण गर्ने निधो गरे । नौ कक्षाको पढाइ स्कुलमै छाडेर उनले एउटा साइकल समाते र नेपालका विभिन्न जिल्लाको यात्रा थाले । उनले आफ्नो यात्रालाई थप उद्देश्यमूलक तुल्याउन त्यसमा केही बिकाउ सन्देश पनि जोडेका छन्- वातावरण बचाउँ र विश्व शान्ति । नेपाल र भारतसहित २१ देश घुमिसकेका सौरभले मान्छेलाई कसरी प्रभाव पार्नुपर्छ सिकेका छन् । ‘म पत्रिकालाई इन्टभ्र्यु दिँदा खारिइसकेको छु’, उनले मेरा प्रतिकूल प्रश्नहरूमा भने । मैले सोधेको थिएँ- नौ कक्षा पास नगरी स्कुल छाडेको डुलुवाले बच्चालाई स्कुल पठाउनुपर्‍यो भन्नु हास्यास्पद होइन ? पसिना बगाएर काम गर्नु र समाजमा योगदान दिनुको साटो पैसा माग्दै विदेशमा हिँड्दा नेपालका ‘बाटोमा ग्लु सुँघ्दै माग्ने बच्चा’को हित कसरी हुन्छ ? स्कुल जाँदैमा शिक्षा पाइन्छ भन्नु गलत भएको सौरभले बताए । ‘नेपालको शिक्षा प्रणाली गलत छ, धनीले मात्र पढ्न सक्छन्’, उनले भने- ‘यात्रामा मैले स्कुलमा पाउनेभन्दा बढी कुरा सिकेको छु ।’ उनले बितेका केही वर्षमा आफूले जम्मा गरेको सात लाख पैसा नेपालका मध्य र सुदूर पश्चिमका स्कुललाई चन्दा दिएको दाबी गरे । ‘त्यसैले म डुलेको मात्र छैन, सहयोग पनि गरिरहेको छु’, उनले भने । Continue reading