Donating to Nepal

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I should say right off the top that I am no expert here and do not claim to have inside information. I’m just making some observations from the ground and from local news. Perhaps we all have some reticence about … Continue reading

Kathmandu Komment: Everything is Everything

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The citizens of Kathmandu are leaving town in any way possible. So far at least 100,000 have reportedly left, though, as always, the official numbers hardly give the full story. More like double that, probably. Where are they going? To … Continue reading

Kathmandu Komment: quake update III

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Internet is patchy at best here. I just moved from a residence that had wifi and water to a hotel that has neither, despite promising water just yesterday. I am now in a cafe barely 1km away that has wifi but … Continue reading

Kathmandu II

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Pashupatinath Pashupatinath temple is Hinduism’s holiest place in Nepal and yet another Kathmandu World Heritage site. The new prime minister of India recently visited and pledged 40 million Rs for restoration and maintenance. It’s oldest structures date to the 6th … Continue reading

A little Nepali poetry

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Here are five short poems written by a young Nepali I met at the Battarai’s house last week, Subas Neupane. They are notable to me because this is a person writing poetry in his second language. He is clearly not … Continue reading

I’ll have the Coke, please

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What does this name Lhundrup Choeling mean, anyway? Well, I’ll get to that. It was a lovely afternoon. I had spent the morning with Aryan at the Pentagon College with the social work students talking about recycling and climate science … Continue reading

Kapan Gompa

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Yes, I realize you’re probably already bored with me talking about driving in Kathmandu. But I tell you, it’s such a significant aspect of the local reality that is so radically different from what any of us who don’t live … Continue reading

One Fine Day

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Just for starters, I’m eating samosa chaat prepared by a food stall at Bhat Beitani, the large grocery (Indian owned chain) store next to where I had just picked up my laundry. Two samosas smothered in chopped onions, chana masala, … Continue reading