Nepal Yatayat, Maoist Comrades and Today’s Youths

Teenager’s Talk: A Kathmandu girl writes how it feels to be a member of youth brigade in today’s Nepal. “[B]eing a youth in Nepal is a problem in itself,” she says. “In the villages you are the perfect choice for the so called People’s Army (where the person is never given the choice). In cities, the exposure results in making you over ambitious, you dream too big everyone remarks. When the reality is even an MA doesn’t fetch you a job.”

By Zade 15

[UWB Note: Recently, a popular Kathmandu transportation service Nepal Yatayat halted its operations for a few days after receiving threats from the underground Maoist Party. Thousands of people in the city were seriously affected. That incident triggered the blogger, a regular commuter of Nepal Yatayat, to write this article.]

I have a history with Nepal Yatayat!

Sounds a little out of the ordinary but couldn’t think of anything closer to the truth than this. It all began some four years ago, freshly out of school (10 yrs of bordered life) after S.L.C which was around the same time Nepal Yatayat began its services. NY was my first acquaintance with public transportation services in the valley. So I have gone through all the stages of development of this popular NY Services: the supersonic NY (which resulted in a nasty experience of me falling into a puddle of dirty water as I got off the bus, the fateful day I got my Citizenship), the snail paced bus everyone complained about and as of some days ago the most efficient transportation in Kathmandu. And my experience as a regular commuter of the bus for the last two years and a frequent one before that portrays NY as a world of its own. Continue reading Nepal Yatayat, Maoist Comrades and Today’s Youths

Echoes of Painful Nepali Society

A Nepali doctor living in Australia pens his debut novel

By Deepak Adhikari
Saturday Blog

Ravi Thapaliya, the writer of Echoes of Pain
Ravi Thapaliya, the writer of Echoes of Pain

In an age of increasing numbers of reading (also buying, I guess) communities, a good book doesn’t remain long in the shelves of bookstores. But, not so in Nepal. When I fished out a novel called Echoes of Pain from inside Sajha Prakashan’s book stall at Bhrikutimandap, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu, it had already gathered few layers of dust. Its author, I would discover later, is a handsome but slightly plump (I noticed his increasing lovehandles in the pics) doc with chubby cheeks, currently being trained in medical rehabilition in Down Under. Born in a farmer’s family in Chaturale, Nuwakot, Ravi Thapaliya,40, did his latter half of schooling from Shanti Vidhya Griha High School in Lainchour; and went to Amrit Science College (popularly known as Ascol) to study science. He completed his MBBS from Teaching Hospital, TU. And, in his early 40s, his literary talent surfaced with a brilliant piece of art. Continue reading Echoes of Painful Nepali Society