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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, 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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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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Qatar…From Afar: “[You] [m]ust go back to court to argue case[.]”

Reading Time: 7 minutes Returning to Nepal after twelve days in a Doha, Qatar, jail, I have made a number of interesting discoveries. One of them is the fact that I shouldn’t travel to the Gulf at all and the other is that the charges of insulting Islam has, indeed, NOT been dropped. . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: “[You] [m]ust go back to court to argue case[.]”

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“Men Observe Hijab?” Yes!

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Reading Time: 3 minutes A reproduction of an excellent twitter thread on the question of the Hijab. . . . → Read More: “Men Observe Hijab?” Yes!

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Qatar…From Afar: Freedom Cries

Reading Time: 8 minutes Jailed for allegedly insulting Islam in Doha, Qatar, my cries for freedom were answered four years ago today (May 12, 2017). Then came (and I discovered) freedom cries (too). . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: Freedom Cries

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Qatar Has NOT Abolished Kafala

Reading Time: 5 minutes News published in numerous around the world over the past week, describing how Qatar has abolished the extremely restrictive Kafala system, is NOT true. Read this blog post to find out why. . . . → Read More: Qatar Has NOT Abolished Kafala

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Qatar…From Afar: Communiqué

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s how details of my incarceration in a Qatari jail on May 1, 2013 and the Free Dorje Gurung campaign unfolded on my Facebook Timeline. . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: Communiqué

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Migrant Laborer

Kantipur FM Commentary: The Price Unskilled Laborers Pay…

Reading Time: 3 minutes The plight of Nepalese migrant workers as discovered in 1998 and commented on in my radio show I used to host on Kantipur FM. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: The Price Unskilled Laborers Pay…

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