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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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Qatar…From Afar: “I’m sorry about what I did to you”

Reading Time: 4 minutes A few heart-warming messages from Qatar Academy and a very surprising communication from the student whose father got me fired from my job and incarcerated. . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: “I’m sorry about what I did to you”

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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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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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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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The Moment of Truth III: Development (of) Beliefs

Reading Time: 5 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

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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

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The Moment of Truth I: The Offer

Reading Time: 5 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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Qatar…From Afar: What Others Saw vs. What I Was Going Though

Reading Time: 9 minutes The first month and a half back in Nepal following my ordeal in Qatar, I discovered a lot of people, both on social media and outside, who were interested in what I had to say and did. The attention, while flattering, made me quite uncomfortable, and at times embarrassed. But while on social media I gave the impression of doing decent enough job of moving on with my life, internally and also in my daily life, I was struggling greatly. With hardly any emotional and social support, I was having to deal with that on my own, by myself. . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: What Others Saw vs. What I Was Going Though

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