Budhikot: A Perfect Place for Mountain Viewing

Well, this Tihar , on 18th of Kartik, 2073, we were on a brief hiking to the mountain of Budhikot situated at  an elevation of some 2000m at Deurali-6 & 9, Gorkha.

The trip was memorable in that  it consisted of an unexpected assemblage of hikers and the view from atop the mountain was breathtaking thanks to the perfect time and season chosen.

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Well the trip was proposed and initiated by me myself. For quite a while I’ve been an avid enthusiast of hiking and trekking. Even though I was born and raised amid the gigantic hills and in the country life full of ‘hardships’, I’ve constantly loathed the enervative city life. Nature in its crude, pristine form is the most beautiful and pleasing thing for me.

The hiking lasted for approx. 5 hours. We started at 7 in the morning and came to conclude by the noon.

What to see?

Hiking to Budhikot is full of excitements if not wonders. Besides the breathtaking, panoramic view of the Himalayas which is the main attraction, you can feel the nature in its unspoiled, pristine form. 

Panoramic view( A composite panoramic view of the Himalayas as seen from Budhikot)

 

(A sweeping view of the Himalayas as seen from Budhikot with the blogger in the foreground)

1. In spring, you can see the mountain painted in red of rhododendrons. Though not in abundance, rhododendrons found at and near the mountain top nonetheless provides a rare respite from the arduous walk up or down the steep slope.

2. Mt. Budhikot is famous not only for its breathtaking, sweeping view of the Himalayas  which includes Mt. Dhavalagiri in the west to Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchray, to Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh etc. in the far east, but also for its sacredness as it is surmounted with a beautiful temple of the goddess of Budhikot- also called ‘Budhikoti Devi’.

3. The top of Budhikot is a perfect place for picnicking too. Although water is not an easy amenity there, there’s often a reserve of enough water required for picnicking purposes. There’s a system of collecting rainwater and thus collected water can be used for other purposes if not for drinking. Enough CGI-roofed sheds have been built in order to prevent from weather elements.

4. If you’re lucky enough, you can spot some wild animals, too like red monkeys, hares, mongooses, jackals, etc. We had witnessed a large group of monkeys and a wild rabbit before we descended down the mountain.


Lastly, I am very much thankful to Badri Adhikari and his nephew Pradip for readily accepting my invitation (for the hiking).

 

Some scenes from the trip:

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How Hindus are Mass-producing Christians

Well, this’s been happening for long and there’s an unprecedented upsurge in recent times. Westerners think we Hindus in Indian subcontinent are only producing poverty, corruption and different forms of discrimination based on caste, ethnicity, etc. There’s one more thing we’ve been producing, actually mass-producing, for long: Christians!

We know this is happening, more profoundly in recent times, but have seldom been serious to it. We cuss Christian missionaries with noble causes for the ‘forceful conversion’ of Hindus but we ourselves are turning our back to this patent truth, this insidious ailment which has long been ailing our Hindu society, caused by no other than we Hindus ourselves. Discrimination based on caste, it seems, has taken its damaging toll on Hinduism seemingly irrevocably.

I’ve two Christian friends from so called Dalit backgrounds: one belongs to Jehovah’s Witnesses and the other is a member of Church of God – a Christian sect founded in Korea. Majority of their church attendees are so called Dalits; the rests are Janajatis. All cheerful and showing amazing level of discipline and polished manner. How poor they were previously, they couldn’t even exercise their basic human rights in their former societies. For thousands of years they kept tolerating it – maybe hoping someday the tide will turn; they kept waiting for this inhuman discrimination to be over. Don’t you salute their unwavering patience for all those years?

Now they have found their perfect refuge where there’s no discrimination, deprivation, ethnocentrism, ghettoisation, stigmatization and so forth. Can we suppose they’re now living in some sort of, if not perfect and complete, happiness there?

Perhaps they could be licking their wounds inflicted by Hindu degenerates in a richly decorated and brightly lit yet tranquil hall of their church.

Grieving for a Friend

GRIEVING FOR A FRIEND

Well, New Year didn’t bode well for me? I say I think I didn’t celebrate New Year in the manner generally expected or people normally do. Didn’t go for a hike (or a trek, my favorite pastime); didn’t have no eating binge; didn’t visit any temples – as people customarily do on this occasion; didn’t make no phone calls to none – which also is another normal during such occasion; didn’t indulge myself in nothing sort of whatsoever. I say now New year didn’t quite like it.

Well, one of my friends got terminally ill. Very recently. Who you call your friend? There could be a thousand different definitions of a friend. We have heard there was a very intimate friendship between the great king of Punjab Maha Rana Pratap and his steed. Lord Krishna and Arjuna, a legendary archer but otherwise an ordinary man, were also great friends. King Birendra, as hearsay puts it, had a special inclination towards one of his British-built Landrovers. In fictional worlds, too, we can find many of such ‘unusual’ friendships. For instance, in George Lucas’ Star Wars world, Captain Han Solo and his hirsute anthropomorphic sidekick Chewbacca are inseparably close (so in deep amity). Captain Nemo and his own-built Nautilus as mentioned in Jules Verne’s sci-fi are also the epitome of a great friendship.

What do all these speak of? Friendship is feeling, or rather deep feeling, and it doesn’t necessarily entail friends from same species, status, recognition, etc. A sentient being can develop a feeling towards an inanimate object. But for this to happen, that inanimate object must also in some way interact with that being. Here, interaction can include being useful, being helpful in need, in want, apart from merely responding to the other party.

Well, some nine years back, my family, particularly my big brother, presented me with a 2.1 subwoofer system from Creative Lab Inc. At first, I didn’t value it much even though it was a novel addition to my existing audio system. But slowly over time I began to develop kind of a feeling, a connexion towards it. It’s small, of convenient size (convenient enough to accommodate on my table) and I connected it to my computer purely for song and movie purposes. It produced so deep a bass and so crisp a high frequency sound that whoever visited my study couldn’t help but admire it. Not only that, I loved its body, its outlines. Finely designed body, finely assembled parts and equally fine its overall architecture. Yeah, it’s beautiful. It’s muscular, strongly built. It lay astride the computer so whenever I would be using the computer I would be facing it, looking at it, too.

So how this inanimate thing drew me closer? Well, this is the very audio system that whetted my appetite for foreign music especially Black music- rap, hip hop, R & B, etc. I didn’t know before then who 2pac, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Dr. Dre – some of the great names in rap and hip hop scene – etc. were. Even if I knew, I had only a little taste of their music. All those years I kept growing (in musical sense) with it and we happened to develop a very close relationship. Music, movie and it were synonymous (to me) as I seldom listened to music and watched movie on a medium other than this. Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, John Wayne, Spenser Tracy and other great Hollywood actors and their great act came to my acquaintance right through it. Since my childhood, so far I know, I was not outgoing type and so spent most of my time indoor with such different objects as radio, TV, cassette player, magazines, etc. To borrow the words of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, my childhood was, like his own, very sheltered and uneventful. This could be the reason why I developed a sort of affinity (or intimate connexions) with some of the objects and articles at my home.

Creative Lab Inc.'s 2.1 subwoofer system

Yeah I took it to a repairman. My dear thing was forcefully loosened, opened and then checked over. During the process, it incurred a great deal of bruises, snapping and abrasions. I had to put up with all those manhandling of my dear friend! But the repairman was no audio expert. Most of our repair jacks lack expertise on their fields and they fail to make fine distinctions. He couldn’t repair it. Nor others will as I think as I visited a few repair shops to no avail. Maybe it’s gotten old like I myself and needs to rest now (after years of service).

My dear little friend has indeed got me forever indebted. But it pains me to say that I couldn’t get him in his previous health and condition.

Long Spell of Hibernation

Well, returning after a long spell of absence has its own charms and singularities too. This, this very blog, was my refuge built in the most depressing and blackened times and it is where I would find solace and comfort (from? I know you know).

I’ve moved on, I don’t say quite far ahead, but have also yet to find a clear road ahead. I’m, however, sure for one thing: I’d continue spilling myself onto these pages anew. The hibernation is not completely done with but it won’t be long before I start clacking (the keyboard) prolifically!

Wonderful Venezuela

Maybe Venezuela’s famous more for its leftist anti-US president Hugo Chavez and lately also for the cheapest- in- the- world petroleum price, a meagre 9 cent for a gallon, for its people.

This Angel Falls, world’s tallest waterfall for its uninterrupted plunge at more than 900m, and the accompanying Tepuis, also called ‘table top mountains’ for their shape, in Venezuela is probably one of the few most awe-inspiring natural wonders on planet earth. Visiting this wonder is a far off thing for me but for now picture itself is enough to feel the vibe and grandiosity of it.

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     (Angel Falls in Venezuela.  Picture taken from http://wonderfulworldreview.blogspot.com    and some infos are borrowed from elsewhere on the web.)

तिहारको शुभकामना

तिहार शुरु भईसकेको छ . सबैमा तिहारको शुभकामना !!!

Pushing the Envelope of Vulgarity

Kishore Nepal of Nagarik Daily thinks he’s been doing a decent job as editor-in-chief of raunchy weekly Shukrabar? Maybe this poor little old man might have read one or two of Playboy magazines in his youth and perhaps had jerked off too while drooling over the pictures of women in the buff. So he wanted a Nepali version of it. Maybe even more.

Kishore Nepal’s dirty tabloid Shukrabar is what demonstrates the sign of degeneration of Nepali media and society altogether. Go grab it from the nearby kiosk and you cannot help but acknowledge that it’s not only raunchy, but far dirtier than any men’s magazine is possible such as Playboy. No monitoring, no censorship. It’s an etiquette that breast nipples are not shown in nude pictures unless otherwise. Shukrabar is neither a R-rated tabloid nor a magazine like Playboy, yet it’s been churning out such pictures even without nipples obscured. Why’re the fucking Information Ministry and other regulatory bodies condoning such vulgarity in media?! Poor we, we ourselves are happy wallowing in the decadence of our degenerated mind and society.

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I sleep for not more than four hours. When one is riddled with problems, a good night sleep becomes a far off thing. It’s said, an adult must sleep at least for 6 hours. But it’s been a long while I’m short on that minimum regimen. No problem.