Rescuing a Nepali Girl (V) Losing contact and finally meeting her again

After returning to Germany I naturally tried to keep in contact with Rita through the email account of the organization that she was with. Unfortunately it turned out, that this was much more difficult than I could have imagined: The first two messages I sent shortly after my arrival in Germany were left unanswered. For the third message – though – I eventually received an answer from ...

How I rescued a little girl: Arriving in Kathmandu

From our flight I mainly remember this little girl sitting by my side – tense from head to toe – almost terrified beyond the capacity to breath. Me trying to distract her – telling her some jokes, or some silly story. In this flight we met by chance another foreigner whom I had already met on my flight to Nepalgunj a few months earlier. We talked a little and I just remember Rita staring at him like he was the ...

How I rescued a little girl: Leaving home

Well so we had become friends. And my stay in that village was soon going to be over and I was to return to Kathmandu. Which I was happy about for myself, but the thought of leaving that kid behind to that very probable kind of dark future and in a present that was already bad enough to begin with … this thought really troubled me. But it was not like ...

Rita and I are becoming friends

The Nepali Podcast First part of the story What happened was this: I was staying in this village for quite some time, and I had developed this habit to have a cup of tea in front of the Nepali Hotel where I would also eat Dal Bhaat for lunch and dinner every day. I am the kind of person who really enjoys solitude and stillness ...

Rescuing little Rita

My Nepali Podcast Well this is the beginning of the story when I rescued a little girl from a harsh future. But it is also the story of me separating a young girl and her father and leaving her alone in a situation without any real guarantees that her future will be truly better. Which one is the real one? To spoil the ending for ...

Nepal: An insightful outsider’s perspective

My Nepali Podcast Often times I still feel weird and presumptuous to be writing about Nepal and the language as if I was a better expert on the subjects than any Nepali. Often my inner censor awakens and shouts at me: “Who do you think you are, talking about this? You better shut up!” But then I remind myself that I actually believe that such ...

Lost in translation: So many “toilets” in Kathmandu

Ok, here is a funny story for you. In the beginning of my travels to Nepal, not only my Nepali was extremely bad, but also my English was very lacking – to say the least. It was good enough to get by … most of the times. So what happened was, when I would be walking around in Kathmandu, I would see all these little ...

How I became almost friends with a Nepalese rat

The mouse… Or the rat … I am honestly not sure what she was. Are there mice with long naked tails? Are there white rats? Anyways, this is the brief story of how I became (almost) friends with a rat in Nepal. Luckily I did not end up eating the rat, as I ended up eating my goat friend. This a story from the same ...

Movie “Loafer”: Either Nepali movies have improved or my Nepali has

जीत (Jeet) – victory निर्देशक (nirdeshak) – director याैन [yaun] – sex हेर्नु [hernu] – to watch I have recently watched a newish Nepali movie: Loafer released in 2013 by निर्देशक [nirdeshak] Aditya Bikram Lamsal. By which I was pleasantly surprised. In 2001 I tried watching a few Nepali movies, but soon gave up since with my little Nepali I really could not follow the ...