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My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth III: Development (of) Beliefs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Development aid industry is a failed industry. Sustainable development rests in the hand of the locals, not the big bilateral and multilateral development aid agencies. To be part of that I decided to turn down the job offer and to return to Nepal. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth III: Development (of) Beliefs

My Personal Stories

Railing Against Structural Inequality Does Not Mean Hatred For Khas-Aryas

Reading Time: 4 minutes When the level and quality of education is abysmally poor, sizeable portion of the population view others (and the world) through very narrow lenses. Here’s an example of how some in Nepal have done just that. . . . → Read More: Railing Against Structural Inequality Does Not Mean Hatred For Khas-Aryas

My Personal Stories, Travel

Fly The Coop, You’ll Thank Me For It

Reading Time: 6 minutes Fly the coop as it were and travel the world! You’ll become much more than you ever imagined becoming and you’ll get to places, both literally and figuratively, that you never imagine getting to, some you might have never even bargained for!

Don’t let A culture and/or A people define you completely.

The world awaits! . . . → Read More: Fly The Coop, You’ll Thank Me For It

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth II: Working Towards a Dream

Reading Time: 6 minutes On February 12, 2013, feeling ready to return to Nepal, I turned down a job offer. All through my student life in Nepal as well as when studying, working, and traveling abroad, I had been doing a number of things in preparation for that eventuality to really fulfill a dream. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth II: Working Towards a Dream

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth I: The Offer

Reading Time: 3 minutes In February 2013, I had a job offer paying several thousand dollars a month. I either accepted it and continued on with my international teaching career or, as I had been contemplating for a while, turned it down and returned to Nepal to pursue a new career. I choose the latter. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth I: The Offer

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#LifeEh: Friends, Marriage, and Nepal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two observations about how the lives of my group of close friends from school in Nepal have unfolded. They didn’t unfold as we thought they would, not surprisingly. . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Friends, Marriage, and Nepal

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#LifeEh: Of Facials Features and Personalities

Reading Time: 4 minutes Leaving Nepal, I discovered a number of things about myself — such as my versatile tongue and the exoticness of my facial features — many of which I probably would not have, had I never left the country. Here are a few of them. . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Of Facials Features and Personalities

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And I Start Yet Another Phase of My Life…

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have resigned from COMMITTED and will now start yet another phase in my life. After over fifteen years of international teaching, followed by five of social work, what will be next? . . . → Read More: And I Start Yet Another Phase of My Life…

Mustang District, My Personal Stories

Biswo Dai’s Tharchyang (Retirement Celebrations)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Retirement celebrations were a big deal in the our village of Tangbe in Mustang District. But before 1990, even with a sizeable number of the people living in Pokhara, I don’t think many held their celebrations in the city because of the shame they felt in being ethnic Tibetan. Things have changed a lot since then. Here’s a glimpse into a celebration that I attended last month. . . . → Read More: Biswo Dai’s Tharchyang (Retirement Celebrations)

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Lost Friends, Lost Grandfather But Safe Cousin!!

Reading Time: 10 minutes An incident last October brought back memories of the untimely death of my dear maternal grandfather (the same year my classmates ostracized me at St. Xavier’s Godavari School). But determined not to let the same tragedy befall the cousin who had suffered a fall that October night, with help from his older brother, I defied the rest of the cousins to do as I saw fit. . . . → Read More: Lost Friends, Lost Grandfather But Safe Cousin!!

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