youtube.com – नेपाल हाम्रो घर हो, डेरा होईन

नेपाली भनेर होइन बनेर देखाउने हो। यदि यो देश ढले, हामी पनि यसै साथ ढल्छौँ।
आउनुहोस् विवेकशील नेपाली बनौँ, नेपाली राजनितिलाई बदलौँ।
Become a BibekSheel Nepali & transform the way this country is run 🙂

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— यस भिडियोको शब्दहरु आत्मसाथ गरौँ र साथीलाई भनौँ:  नेपाल हाम्रो घर हो, डेरा होईन

कुनै घरमा डेरा गरेर बस्नु र त्यसैको मालिक हुनुमा नितांत फरक छ।
यदि त्यो घरको भित्ताहरु चर्कियो भने डेरा वाला लाई वास्ता हुँदैन, उ त सजिलै अर्को घरमा सर्न सक्छ। तर घर मालिकलाई थाहा छ कि आफ्‌नो घरको हेरचाह आफै गर्नुपर्छ, अरु कोहि आउनेवाला छैन । त्यसैले उ आफैले त्यस घरको भित्ता टाल्दछ।

४ मध्य ३ नेपालीहरु तपाईँ-हामी जस्तै युवा हौँ। समस्या यत्ति हो कि हामीले चाहिँ देशलाई डेरा ठानेका छौँ। हामीले अघिल्लो पुस्तालाई यो देश बरबाद गर्न दिएका छौँ । उनीहरुको झगडामा हामीलाई कठपुतली बनाउन दिएका छौँ। “तिमीहरुले यो देश कहाँ हाँक्न सक्छौ?”
उनीहरुका यस्ता बकुम्फुसे गफ वारम्बार पत्याएर आफैलाई उल्लु बनाउन दिएका छौँ।
उनीहरुलाई यो देश लुट्न दिएका छौँ।

अहिले हामी कोहो रक्सीको चुस्कीमा लुकेका छौँ त कोहो आफ्‍नो धर्म वा समाजको बन्धनमा।
कोहि हामी ईन्टरनेटमा सिमित छौँ त चिया गफमै। यो सोच्दैछौँ कि कुनै दिन यो नेपाल भास्सिएर बिलाँउछ अनि बल्ल नया नेपालमा हामी जान पाँउनेछौँ।

आफु घर भित्र लुक्छौँ र अरु नै कोहि हाम्रो लागि सडकमा जाअोस् भन्ने चाहन्छौँ।
अहिले हामी मतदाता कार्ड होईन, ग्रिन कार्ड खोज्छौँ। हामी आवेशमा छौँ , तर केहि गर्न भने डराँउछौँ। यो देश बचाउने ठेक्का अर्को बुद्ध वा पशुपतिनाथको होईन । न त कुनै दाताकै।
सरकार र अहिलेका राजनितिक शक्तिहरुले त प्रस्ट देखाईसकेका छन् , कि यो काम उनीहरुको पनि होईन। जिम्मेवारी भनेको आफैले निर्वाह गर्ने हो। नेपाली भनेर होइन बनेर देखाउने हो।

अब बिकल्प कुर्दै बस्ने होइन अाफै हुने हो। किनकि यो देश ढले, हामी पनि यसैसाथ ढल्छौँ । अहिले नगरे कहिले ? हामीले नगरे कसले?

disclaimer – video shared from YouTube. i did not make it, or was involved in making it, and do not own the copyright or left to the video. I am sharing it because it reverberates with my thought and desire to do something for my country. I also shared it, because I could share it, via  YouTube standard license agreement. The Nepali video was itself inspired by the African Video (linked above). Music credit: Peas In A Pod

coming to Nepal? consider mo:mo

momo
momo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One notable experience with most of my foreign friends coming to Nepal, has been to deal with few food poisoning in Nepal. We have no problem with available food options, but It becomes unpleasant for first timers in Nepal or those who are back after long time. My medical knowledge is quick to recommendation over the counter drugs/medicine, that does provide relief, but is not the cure.

So what food do I recommend gathered from my experience on preventive medicine? – mo:mo

Meat product wrapped around in roti and steamed for 20 minutes. Affordable, available and Awesome with minimum side effects. For those that hate meat, there is vegetable mo:mo, and those who love milk/dairy products there is paneer mo:mo.

Travel guides for Nepal, highly recommend mo:mo for all foreigners/tourists coming to Nepal.

These basically resemble dumplings, and are the safest bet for anyone. Not a unique dish to the country but absolute favorite among Neplalese. To my knowledge, mo:mo has its origin along the Himalayan Mountain belts – which includes North Nepal Border, the Tibetan Platuea, and parts of North India.

Wide variety of food services – restaurant, food court, hotels, and even smaller street food vendors – serve these in almost all the price range. Kathmandu is full of mo:mo shops, and is one of the most served dish in Kathmandu. So, anyone coming for the first time to Nepal, or coming back after a considerable amount of time – opt for this good food. Steam kills 🙂

disclaimer. This is not an advertisement for this specific food, rather a health tip from a perspective of preventive medicine. The blog title – “momobites” has some thought process related to this food as well, but let it pass for now. Some other day, may be.

happy new year – the gregorian new year – 2013.
I think it’s cool to celebrate two new years, every one earth revolution. The other one being the Bikram Sambat (Nepali new year). If I was living in and around – Chinese culture, I’d love to celebrate the Chinese new year as well. I was born in the year of “Ox”.

P.S. taking two days break. Doing some local search on good Nepali business. Be back in January 2nd, 7:30am, Nepali Standard Time.

the Nepali way of buzy-ness (business) – part i of ii

English: Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal
English: Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aditi had a conversation with Thomas (forgot his real name) from Europe. What he liked about Nepal (and what I now think is adept for all the South Asian, and developing countries in the world)- that every one, in some way is an entrepreneur. Here’s how…

a story I know
Seven years ago, during months of November, Mr Wagle (name changed) and his wife came knocking at our place (my parents place). Stayed with us for 20 days, and moved out to a small one room (12 by 10 inch) rent apartment (?) which is 15 minutes walk away. On the second month in Kathmandu Mr Wagle had a job to run an office canteen (in partnership). Worked there for next nine months. When this office moved out, he began selling one liter (in plastic bags) morning milk from national dairy association (DDC Nepal) for few months and then skipped this to become a small “nanglo pasale” near a bus stand.

Nanglo” – a small bamboo made, approximately 2 feet radius, flat plate/dish.
Pasale” – shopkeeper

Nanglo pasale means a shopkeeper with a size of shop that fits in this small dish/plate. Mostly selling small stuffs, like chewing gum, cigarette, biscuits, etc. They are super mobile, open up early in the morning, close late night, can carry their shop around, and are somewhat illegal (run from police and local authorities).

So what does this absolute mobile shop near a bus stop do? Bus and micro-bus often require coins, and when they run out they need someone nearby who can give them coins in exchange for a small price. Last I heard, 10 one rupee coins cost NRS 11. This earned him good money, and he could even finance his daughters wedding. After four year, Mr Wagle recently upgraded to another job. He is now a shopkeeper to a small coffee shop. Cold and crowded with monthly rent of four thousand, this is his fifth job in Kathmandu. His daily income now is around two thousand, which is around five hundred to one thousand of savings every day. He is struggling, but has enough to make his life available for this busy life in Kathmandu.

back to being entrepreneur.. .
Any one can open up a coffee shop in Kathmandu. If its a small shop with no rent/legal problems, you don’t even have tax cuts. There are (mobile) vegetable shops in every nooks and crannies of Kathmandu. Every evening food stalls spring up in most town centers. Most of the central city roads are usually lined with street shops at side lanes. They are too many of them, and often it becomes difficult to walk. ..

will be back.. with part ii .. in few days time..
I want to find/write more examples of what i think is nepali entrepreneurship, and hence doing my first local reasearch. Sadly there is very less in internet. I seriously need to go find a party venue for my wedding. Plus – a wedding photographer, invitation card designer, and a tailor for daura suruwaal.

P.S. Aditi is a friend, colleague, partner and my boss. We’ve been together for seven years and getting married soon. Exited. Will soon be writing few words on skewed (nepali + english + indian) wedding culture of Kathmandu.

next post – December 31st – 9.30pm NST