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Great ‘Janata’

Traditional norms, values and practices are either already superseded by more liberal, modern and open approaches or in the line. It is said, older generation has lost its influence, power over burgeoning newer generation thus contributing for old practices to disappear. Even, it is alleged that, culturally, religiously or socially still relevant and important centuries-long traditions are at risk at the hands of younger ‘digital generation’.  Not only in cities, even in small towns, villages and countryside, long practiced important traditions, be they cultural, social, religious etc. are about to extinct thanks to burgeoning ‘bad’ young generation. 

But, wait! Things have not gotten worse to the extent as is often thought. Our rich, old traditions are still alive and functioning.  Yes, they are. And, the credit for conserving those heritages goes to none other than today’s young generation. Yes, they are the ones upon who the future of the country rests if to repeat the ‘cliché’ yet again.

Tika-Jamara and swings (Linge or Rote) are staples of Dashain. It was often thought that swings were becoming obsolete in the greatest festival of Nepalese. But, this Dashain, I found a very different picture. Roped swings were hung in most places and the sight was common. Even at the heart of bustling Lakeside, Pokhara, there were both roped and wooden-made (Rote) swings especially installed for Dashain and upcoming Tihar and people were crowding to play on it as it is said one should relieve the mother earth of their load by being on a swing once in a year. I later knew, it was an effort of a local youth club.

The sights of swings (mostly roped ones) was common throughout along the Prithvi Highway, too. And, no doubt, those efforts were mostly from young men.

Rote Ping 

                  A ‘Rote Ping’ at Deurali, Gorkha, seen at Dashain.

People seem to be unaffected by the ordeals such as price-hike, insecurity, government incapacity etc. when it is about working for their culture, when it is about preserving heritages. Even in adversity and desolation, they are working.  Eventhough the onus of promoting and preserving cultures lies on the government, its apathy and zero attention is nothing unusual in our country. Even without help and support from the government, people are working on their own for the uplift of their culture. Its great. They are great. Hat off to them!

Until a few years ago, such sight was not that common, but in most recent years, such sight is common. It seems, the younger generation has finally understood the values of such traditions. After working for years in foreign countries as being humiliated, low-paid and snubbed, Nepali youths might have finally understood the value of their own homeland, their own rich traditions and practices. And, now they are working to preserve them.

It is great. Nepal could be far better off with this young ‘Nokia generation’ than with the old, conceited ‘Dev Anand era’ one.

विदारक कथा

राँगो लगाउन जाँदाखेरि भैंसी भिरबाट लड्छ । भीर त्यति अग्लो पनि होइन । भैंसी उठ्न सक्दैन; पछाडीको हर नै भाँच्चिएको रहेछ । दुध दिने लैनो भैंसी । कम्तिमा 30 हजार हालेर अस्ति भर्खर भदौमा किनेको । त्यहि भैंसीको लागि ती दम्पतीले कम्ती दु:ख गरेनन । ती नारी दिनरात नभनी काम गर्थिन । भैंसीलाई घाँस, पराल, कुँडो-पानी आदि अनि दिनभरी बाख्रासँग रन-वन चाहार्दाको थकाई, तैपनि ती महिला सन्तुष्ट नै देखीन्थिन, बिहान-बेलुका बाल्टी भरी दुध दुहुँदा तिनि सबै दु:ख बिर्सिन्थिन । त्यहि भैंसी किनेको पैसा बुझाउनु पर्दा तिनिहरुको दशै-तिहार पनि रमाईलो भएन, दु:खमा नै बिताए । ती दम्पती विलखबन्दमा पर्छन । त्यहीं भक्कानो परेर रून्छन । मान्छे जम्मा हुन्छन । भाँच्चिएको मेरुदण्डको उपचार गर्न पाए त्यो भैंसी मज्जाले बाँच्ने थियो । तर अब त्यो दुर्गममा उपचार सम्भव नै छैन । कहाँबाट डाक्टर ल्याउने, आदि आदि । आखिर ती दम्पती छँदा-खाँदाको भैंसी तामाङेहरुलाई काटेर मासु खान दिने निर्णयमा पुग्छन । तामाङेहरुले बन्चरोले हानी हानी त्यो निर्दोष प्राणीको विभत्स हत्या गर्छन । यता घरमा सानो पाडी कराईरहन्छ ; दिन रात । ती दम्पतीमाथि पीडामाथि पीडा थपिन्छ । घरमा सहारा पनि अरु कोहि छैन । ती दुई दम्पती मात्र छन घरमा । छोराहरु पनि जागीर र पढाईको लागि घरदेखि टाढा छन । यो सुनेर म आहत हुन्छु । आँखाबाट तरक्क आँसु चुहिन्छ । पछि भेट हुन्छ, तिनिहरुसँग । म सान्त्वना दिन्छु । खुशी बाँड्यो भने बढ्छ अनि दु:ख बाँड्यो भने घट्छ । म सोच्छु, के मेरो सान्त्वनाले तिनिहरुको पीडा अलिकती भएपनि कम गर्न सक्यो होला ?
 
(Written on 27 Dec. 2008)

The Grandfather

I sometimes imagine how life would have been without grandfather at home. The ailing octogenarian has made a great impact in our lives especially mine. I really love him. He has been staying in our home since decades although he sometimes takes sojourn at uncles’. Now it seems, he’s too old to live any longer, think he could scarcely live for some months until this year ends. We know, we don’t want him die this soon but the situation sometimes compels people to think/behave differently than they were in previously. He lost his wife at 33. At such young age full of libido and potency, he managed to keep remain chaste after then and sublimate his energy into raising his children. This is the most admiring fact as to him. I came to know about it only at this Dashain when ”Thulo Buba” talked about it. He was here to receive Tika frm grandpa. I was really inspired……Dinesh dai really dislikes him cos of his oldness. My mom also gets irritated at times cos of tired of nurturing him. She has to clean her clothes, which use to be stained with spits, coughs, urine and sometimes excrement too. Despite this, She does it like her daily chores. Actually, My father is responsible to take care of grandfather not my mom, cos it is said, ”Buhaari” is not supposed to clean ”Sashuraa’s” spits, excrement, urines etc. My mom often resents about it with my father. But father….My father might be the busiest man in his area. He hardly have any leisure time at home, keeping himself busy for always in official and here-there works. My mom always talks with me in isolation that my father is always ignorant to her, even when she is ill and lying on bed. I say nothing, just become speechless. I think within myself, my beloved mom, I would become a great person, will earn more money and give you lots of pleasures, prosperity, Sukkha, Aananda etc. and whenever you became ill, I’ll take you to an expensive, sophisticated hospital where all kind of illnesses can be cured… I go emotional.

What my father is doing is also not a thing to be undermined. He’s doing for his family’s good. He’s been doing. Spending his energy, knowledge for his family, not only his family but also for his people of his area. Before Dinesh dai had a job, he was the sole bread-earner of our family. Now he is promoted too and earns handsome salary.

My mom often expresses his dissatisfaction over my dad’s ignorance to especially her. I explicitly understand it. Although my mom is illeterate, she could understand things quite widely and wisely. She is surely more liberal than dad. She often talks about politics too. And, I also keep informing her about current national and international news and other informations.