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 ...

Do people in Nepal believe in Ghosts?

It seems fair to claim: Nepali believe in ghosts – much more so than I have ever encountered the belief in European societies. Yes, we have this whole horror genre and people like to play with the idea of the existence of monsters, ghosts and the like. But then again we only enjoy playing with that thought, since we are sure they don’t “really” exist. This certainty of ghosts not being really real, is much weaker throughout Nepal. The widespread fear of अँध्यारो [a~dhyaaro] in Nepal is greatly nurtured by that fear of ghosts, while admittedly other more natural dangers that are associated with the dark, do play their role as well. ...

The great variety of weather in Nepal depending on altitude

हावा [haawaa] – air, wind बादल(हरु) [baadal(haru)] – cloud(s) गर्मी [garmii] – warmth, heat कुहिरो [kuhiro] – fog The weather in Nepal has often been a somewhat confusing experience for me. This is mainly because – depending on the altitude – the weather differs greatly within this small country at any given moment. The monsoon climate seasons of Nepal Monsoon Clouds over Kathmandu (Timelapse) Source: ...

Pashupati Temple – what you need to know

पशु [pashu] – livestock मन्दिर [mandir] – temple मुख [mukha] – face क्षेत्र [kshetra] – area पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर [Pashupatinaath Mandir] is the temple of the God Pashupatinaath. नाथ simply means „Lord“. So often the God is refered to just as पशुपति. पति means „Master“ and पशु means „livestock, animals“. So he is the „Lord Master of the animals“. He is a incarnation of Lord Shiva, ...

Will Nepal’s tourism revive in October 2015?

अर्थ / अर्थनीति [artha(-niiti)] (economy) माैसम [mausam] (weather) विदेशी [wideshii] (foreign) पहिरो [pahiro] (landslide) Tourism has been an important part of Nepal’s अर्थ / अर्थनीति [artha(-niiti)]. Statistics suggest that it has contributed almost 4% of GDP in 2013 (which interestingly is low in global comparison – the average global GDP contribution of tourism is almost 10%). Obviously, after the earthquake, shocked tourists have rushed out ...

How to empower Nepal?

पैसा [paisaa] (money) विकास [wikaas] (development) शक्ति [shakti] (power, energy) वातावरण [waataawaraN] (environment) स्वार्थ [swaarth] (selfishness) गुनासो [gunaaso] (complain) I have donated money two weeks ago to the Party BibekSheel Nepali as it was recommended to me from several people whose judgment I trust as doing effective work. Of course there is never a certainty that this is true, but no other source had been ...