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Chasing Gurans in Dolakha!

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Following on the footsteps of my cousin gang, I too finally took that much mandatory trip to Dolakha-Kalinchok-Kuri village. And I was not disappointed...specially considering I had to wait for 2 years after my initial plan because you know the earthquake and all. 😆

If you haven't been in this place already or have never thought of taking the pain to, let me change your mind with the following photos:












 All the rhododendron shots are taken in a place called "Lakuridanda" just after Kharidhunga. This rhododendron grove is the easiest to access from the main road, but if you have time and feel like hiking there are plenty of options along the highway and more off of it.




संघर्श, चुनौती अनी कथा फरक यौनिकता भएका बद्री दाईको

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“१. २०४४ सालमा गेम खेल्दा खेरि हामी पुरुष स्वभाव भएको एक समुह थियौं राम्री केटी देख्नै नहुने खोसाखोस गरिहाल्ने । अरु कुरा थाहा थिएन । 

२. २०४६ मा बहुदल आउँदा सम्म पनि एकदम हेला गथ्र्यो । काठमाण्डौंमा सामाखुशीमा एउटा कोठामा भाडामा बसेको थिएँ । त्यहाँ साथीहरुले केटी ल्याउने गर्थे । एकदिन एकजना साथी (transgender) केटी खोसेर लग्दा हामी लिन गयौं तर पुलिसले यस्तरी कुट्यो कि एक हप्तासम्म त विरामी नै भयौं । त्यतिखेर बेस्मारी दुःख लागेको थियो ।
३. त्यतिखेर मैले महशुस गरें यो पुरुषसंग नै विहा गर्नपर्छ भन्ने सिस्टम को विरोधमा भएँ । तर त्यतिखेर सम्म पनि समलिंगी विहे भन्ने दिमागमा …

TWENTY BRIDGES

The text is largely written by my colleague Ben Ayers.


Twenty Bridges by dZi Foundation on Exposure

Different in our similarity

"I wanted nothing more than to be a Nepali."

"I wanted nothing more than to serve my country."
"I wanted nothing more but to get some rights and dignity in this country."

"I wanted nothing more but to gain some recognition through my work."
"I wanted nothing more but my children to have at least a better future than me."

"I wanted nothing more but to provide for my family."
"I wanted to feel like this land belonged to me too."

"I wanted to feel like I did some good for this country too."
"I had a long plan for my life."

"I had a long plan for my life."
"I had never thought that one day I would pelt someone to death with stones."

"I had never thought I would be a cold blooded murderer."
"I had never thought that I would stop seeing another person as a person but as an obstacle to be removed."

"I had never thought I would stop seeing another person as a…

In Which I challenge Austin Meyer & Nick Kristof!

So many facts skipped over and simply wrong inthis article by New York Timestitled "India Dampens Nepal's Celebrations"that even opening up the link a second time tires me up. Really "international" journalists- you have to make such sweeping blanket statements regarding the state of my country which is not only ignorant but almost offensive? Even to go through it once more for a mere blog piece is an effort for me in practicing perseverance. To put it mildly, like I tweeted, this is a great example of "parachute journalism". Add to that, the parachute lands in an extremely small section of the country and comes in contact with only a handful of people who are from the same circle. What if the situation in USA is judged just by looking at Donald Trump's tweets or by following the Kardashians? A nation is always a complicated, dynamic thing. Even Nepal is not so simple. It is not just "water buffaloes" debating each other. You can actuall…

पानी परेपछिको आकाश खुले झैं

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“हैट, तपाइहरु त राई हुँदै होइन !”

तेस्रो चोटि पनि तपाइहरु राई नै हो भन्ने उनको प्रश्नमा मैले “हो त” भन्ने उत्तर दिदाँ हामीसंग पागंबोचेदेखिसंगै यात्रा गर्दै गरेकी कुलुङ राई बहिनीले पत्याउदै नपत्याएर यसो भनेको थिइन् । बिहान करिब ८ वजे फेरिचेबाट बाटोभरि फुलेको सुन्दर फुल, हरियो घाँसे मैदान, निलो आकाश र खुलेको हिमाल हेर्दै नाम्चे हिंडेको हामीले उनलाई तल्लो पागंबोचेमा भेटाएका थियौ । फेरिचेकै एक होटलमा काम गर्ने उनी आफ्नो होटल साहुनीको खुम्जुङमा भएको घरबाट केही सामान लिनका लागि डोको बोकेर बाटो लागेकी रहेछिन् । हामी दुई बहिनी काठमाण्डौबाट घुम्न आएको त्यसकारण फोटो खिच्दै र बिसाउँदै अनि वहाँ भने डोको रित्तै किन लाने भनेर साहुनीले कामीकोमा तिखार्न पठाएको फलामे औजारहरुको गर्‍हुङो   भारी टेकाउँदै लगभग उस्तै गतिमा हिंडिरहेको थियौं । बारम्बार विसाएर सुस्केरा हाल्ने ठाउँहरु एकै भएपछि मैले पनि एक बसाइमा सोधिहाले

 “बहिनीको घर कता ?”


तल्लो सोलुखुम्बुमा कुलगं राईहरुसंगको करिब डेढ वर्षे उठबस र एक हप्ताको माथिल्लो सोलुखुम्बु (खुम्बु वा सगरमाधा आधार शिवि रक्षेत्र)को अवलोकनबाट मलाई प्रष्ट भइसकेको थियो कि क…