A Different Alchemist: Himalayan Yarns of Nepali Shepherds

ब्लगमान्डू!: एसएलसी फेल, विहे पास

Conversation with young shepherds in a rural Nepali village. Topics: education, aspirations, flirting with girls and the marriage to produce more children for grazing oxen and sheep!

Unlike the shepherd in Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist, 18-year-old Padam Bahadur Rawal who has given up all hope of passing the School Leaving Certificate exams plans to spend the rest of his life with the woolly animals (22 pics inside)

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal

Rara (Mugu): Padam Bahadur Rawal is fighting with the clouds of smoke in a hut while about four hundred sheep with their shrunken faces in the drizzling rain are gnawing outside. A few other shepherds who have assembled here to avoid the rain plan to take their animals to the jungle as soon as the rain stops. The beans boiling in a small pot in the fire will be consumed by the shepherds as dinner. Welcome to the hovel situated just above the village of Jhyari nearby the Rara Lake. Continue reading A Different Alchemist: Himalayan Yarns of Nepali Shepherds

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Nepal Has New People Centric National Anthem: Of Hundreds of Flowers Made Are We One Garland Nepali

Nearly a century after it made a lyric-less national tune, Nepal bring out a brand new national anthem that sings the song of Nepali people and the country, not the rulers. Listen to the anthem and realize how beautiful and great this country and its people are

सयौं थुङ्गा फूलका हामी एउटै माला नेपाली
र्सार्वभौम भई फैलिएका मेची महाकाली…

Almost 15 months after suspending the old national anthem that eulogized the country’s monarch, the government made the official new National Anthem of Nepal public yesterday. Organizing a special function at the Parliament Secretariat, Speaker Subas Nembang formally made public the new National Anthem penned by poet Byakul Mahila and set to music by veteran musician and lyricist Amber Gurung -public. Speaking at the program, Nembang said the newly released national anthem reflects the innermost feelings of Nepalese from all castes, creeds, religions and regions of Nepal. “This is a historic achievement that has ended the old national anthem, which eulogized an individual and autocracy,” he said. Musician Ambar Gurung said he was proud of having fulfill the challenging responsibility of composing music to the national anthem, entrusted to him by the government. “I feel I have become successful in my long musical journey by composing music for the national anthem,” he said. Similarly, poet Mahila expressed great pleasure at being able to serve the nation by penning the new national anthem. Continue reading Nepal Has New People Centric National Anthem: Of Hundreds of Flowers Made Are We One Garland Nepali