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My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

A Ghost of Qatar

Reading Time: 5 minutes Following a traffic accident, when the other party, unable to get their way, though they were at fault, lodged a “case” against me with the police. When I was told that, I was scared. I didn’t know that the trauma of incarceration in Qatar had also engendered another feeling: fear of police cases and the the police. . . . → Read More: A Ghost of Qatar

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A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Children want to impress and please adults they look up to, whether the adults are family members, teachers, or members of their local community. As a teacher, if you have high expectations of your students, by and large, they will do everything they can to meet those expectations, partly to impress and please you.

This is a very feel-good story of a former student of mine who, as a HL IB Chemistry student, rose up to meet my expectations, succeeded AND went on to do a PhD in Chemistry at Oxford in the UK. . . . → Read More: A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

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#LiefEh: Life Works In Mysterious Ways

Reading Time: 2 minutes Near the end of my academic career at Grinnell College, I wanted to “go see the world” after graduation. However, even until just months before graduation, I had really done nothing towards that goal! And yet, I ended up working, living, traveling the world for 19 years following my graduation from Grinnell in May 1994! . . . → Read More: #LiefEh: Life Works In Mysterious Ways

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The Price

Reading Time: 5 minutes In Nepal, you pay a price if you, as someone Nepali society considers to not be sufficiently meritorious, comment on the issues the society suffers from or holds up a mirror. . . . → Read More: The Price

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The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Another way the universe appeared to have conspired to send me home was the racism it sent my way! 😉 I experienced a lot of harassment and abuse from locals in Baku as well as in Doha. I was also profiled by establishments in both the cities angering me greatly and compounding my depression, as well as adding to my weariness with moving and traveling. Nepal’s attractiveness had been increasing steadily. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

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#LifeEh: Oh, The Irony!

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the many issues I identified growing up in Nepal, which I believed would be the source of many unwarranted struggles to make something of myself, had been my severe lack of social capital. So, I worked really hard to escape from the country. Succeeding in doing so and spending most of my adult life abroad, I practically ensured I would have even less social capital when I finally returned home! #LifeEh! . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Oh, The Irony!

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Was the universe putting obstacles in my way to direct me homewards? While I enjoyed both teaching and traveling, issues at work and outside — especially ones based on my nationality and/or skin color — were making it harder and harder for me to continue to do so. With time, I also discovered my options for places I could seek work decreasing. I even lost a job! . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

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#LifeEh: Coming Full Circle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Another #LifeEh observation. This one about how I did everything I could to leave behind, “escape” from, and rise above the yoke of the Bhote label…only to return to Nepal as a middle-aged man after spending pretty much all my adult life abroad studying, working, and traveling just to discover I have come full circle! . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Coming Full Circle

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The Moment of Truth V: “The Time Has Come. The Time is Now.”

Reading Time: 8 minutes All the time I was abroad, even while preparing for the eventuality of returning to Nepal, I had never had a timeline. The first time I contemplated a timeline was the Summer of 2009: I gave myself five years. In February 2013, almost four years later, I decided, the time was right to return. Timing was right for a number of reasons, namely, financial, career, weariness with moving, and a little one at home. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth V: “The Time Has Come. The Time is Now.”

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The Moment of Truth IV: All About How And Why I Have Become Who And What I Am And Where Nepal Figured In That

Reading Time: 8 minutes This is all about how I went from thinking of myself as a Tibetan-Buddhist to a humanist, from a Tibeto-Nepalese to a human being first etc., and how and who I have become and where I have gotten to in life — through my international education, profession, and travels — was one of the reasons for turning down a job offer in February 2013 to return to Nepal. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth IV: All About How And Why I Have Become Who And What I Am And Where Nepal Figured In That

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