Chacha hui!!! Girls Playing Ping as Dashain Fever Grips Nepalis Pic by Suraj Kuwar
“[Delivery of ] the message that the meaningful [peace talks] have started would be the best gift that Seven Parties and the Maoists could give [to Nepali people].”
Pradeep Giri, Political thinker, in a Kantipur Op-Ed (Sept 29).
And my heartfelt condolences to all the little hens, ducks, Bhedas and Chyangras along with the Khasi bokas in line to be murdered for food. A Dashain Blog
It’s an uninhabited part of the city, so close to it yet so far from its hustle and bustle. Blue skies above and a vast expanse of green below, I could spend a lifetime staring outside the window or lying on the terrace below the cloudless sky.
The holidays have begun and what more it’s DASHAIN! And nothing can beat the experience of being in Kathmandu during this time of the year. Flower blossoms, the humming bees, birds flying in flocks across the blue skies and the perfect amount of sunshine, just enough to warm your skin. The feeling is plain Heavenly! Take a walk down the streets and you can see White Mountains peeping into the valley from their regular hideouts. It’s the capital at its best. Stop for a while to look around while crossing the road (even the busiest of traffic as in Baneshwore and Koteshwore) and the world of beauty unfolds. Kathmandu is the mélange of the Good, Bad and the Ugly. You walk beside the garbage dump while your eyes savor the sight of the mountains and the dark green painful hills. Can’t see any reason not to fall in love with this city 🙂
Writers are presumed to be loners. And if writer only means someone who makes sense out of his/her writing then I would prefer to be called an expressionist. It’s safer that way. Nevertheless I’m a loner too. Thereby the weather factor appeals more than any other aspect of the festival. But money matters are an equally appealing aspect too. Lucky to be a girl in Nepal, once in a while 🙂 Sadly no dashain for me this time as a relative passed away. So much for earning the extra “Do”. Even if it weren’t the case there wouldn’t be anything more than weather and money to look forward to in Dashain either
On the onset I happen to be a Veggie. So everywhere I go the same old question Of Why Did you Turn into a Veg? And the thing is I didn’t turn veg some months or even only 2-3 yrs back. I have been a veg since ages, God! I was only six. Still my darling relatives seem to have a very poor memory asking the same question again and again. If we had a dashain then would have surely given them my blog address to figure out the great reason. The other part is knowing absolutely nothing when it comes to cards. Of course I do know the “Jut Patti” game though. But tell me if there is anyone who loves to play that other than kids. No meat, no cards and no relatives my age too. Imagine my dashain.
And what about the shopping? It makes me roar with laughter. As a kid, I would cry, yell and throw a tantrum every time we had to go shopping. Now, I go out with Dhungz and anything I bring home is welcomed with a question: “What’s this, some new cloth to wipe the floor?” What respect of my shopping sense. I am still attempting to improve it. 🙂 Any tip is most welcome. If I buy a t-shirt for Rs. 600, my sister goes its worth only 200, if its something that cost only 200, she says only 100, that’s the maximum cost and if its 100 she goes: “wouldn’t have bought it even if it were only Rs 2”! And if the 100 thing is a surprise to you, don’t be this year every thing in town has gone really cheap. The purchasing power parity of us students has surely gone up. I bought a real cool jeans at mere 275 but “Say” told me she bought her pair at 190!!! I would surely love to know where she shops! Wear Cheap, think big and act smart: that’s my style. What’s yours? Not that I wouldn’t love to be a branded person but then a Reebok t-shirt for some thousand bucks! Yeso ganti heri haad nilnu paryo ni, kamai zero and luga chahin hero! That so uncool. But if you just can’t resist that lifestyle then head to “Bluebird Bird Mall” a new shopping paradise in town, over 60 or so branded shops. Haven’t been there though, just heard of it. Can’t afford a Price Induced Heart Attack, so young. 🙂
Moving on to the other aspect of Dashain is “Being with friends and relatives is the best part of festivals” cliche. To begin with “Being with friends” is a white lie, who doesn’t know friends will be busy with their relatives (in case both aren’t far from their families) and relatives, I feel as though I am forced to know them! It’s a lot easier dealing you people you chose to know isn’t it? But relatives are a compulsion,never an option. As kids you are the inseparables, but as time passes cousins turn into mere familiar faces. Where’s the fun in being together when all that you converse in your rare meetings is what you study, which year and then a sudden silence. Like a car coming to a screeching halt, knowing not where to head for or rather unwilling to go any further.
As kids we were crazy about a sister of ours, always yelling “…dijju” and all, then we went to hostel, barely saw her family, she went abroad, he went away too and now it’s only a “Lalmohan khane” place for us! The family bond isn’t so strong in nuclear families I guess. Sometimes I wish ours was a large family too, like a lot of Bahuni sathis I have hahaha… seems like the Bahuns (not trying to be ‘castist’ if the word exists as every “term” seems to erupt a controversy these days and the ambiguous meaning is always there) really yielded to that “Santan le Dadakada dhakos” blessing in dashain. They seem to have folks living all over the country, all parts of the capital, just everywhere. A fren of mine has over 1000 members in the immediate family tree!! So kool.. in my case I am the eldest grandchild in my maternal side, come 4-5th in the paternal side too. No one my age, and am not exactly great with kids too. And what more, I and my sister are responsible for naming any new kid born to my maternal uncles!! Have been doing the job since I was 10! Am working on the name of a baby boy at the moment too! Hahaha
Whatever the case, it’s Dashain so a compulsory time to Relax and have fun! So have the time of your lives flying kites, playing cards, drinking, dancing anything that makes you feel good. (I for one am enjoying these cool fast tracks in my stereo, can’t remember how many times I have jumped out of my chair for a dance as I write this entry.) And my heartfelt condolences to all the little hens, ducks, Bhedas and Chyangras along with the Khasi bokas in line to be murdered for food. Bohohohoohoh 😦 Not to forget the big eyed buffaloes all in the name of an Angry Goddess (apologies lord). Thank God these Non-Vegs haven’t moved on to eating the Vegs! Well, can’t say don’t eat em but don’t overeat to an extent that you can barely leave one place to put Tika in the other 🙂
Wish you all a very Happy Dashain and a Wonderful Ramdan!
Darshan maintains her personal blog: Zade Xpress