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My Personal Stories

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

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

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!”

Equality, Social Media

Hall of Shame IV

Reading Time: 4 minutes The fourth one in the series about Nepal needing a revolution…a revolution of the mind.
Here’s more of one of many MANY reasons why. . . . → Read More: Hall of Shame IV

Teacher Education

Back to Teaching…But Teachers This Time

Reading Time: 2 minutes I am back..into teaching. This time teaching teachers in Nepal instead of international students abroad. I figured educating teachers in Nepal on how to impart critical thinking skills on student might have a bigger impact than teaching students at one school. If you are interested in having me be involved in teacher education at your school, let me know! . . . → Read More: Back to Teaching…But Teachers This Time

United World College (UWC) Movement, UWC Nepal

UWC Scholarships: Stories of Hopes and Dreams Realized

Reading Time: 8 minutes From the late nineties, I have always wished that Nepal UWC committee would be able to send children from poor and/or marginalized backgrounds. All the time I have been involved in the committee, I have done what little I could to make that happen. This is the story of the things I did and the little gains we have made so far to that end. . . . → Read More: UWC Scholarships: Stories of Hopes and Dreams Realized

Parenting

How I Dealt With My Little Nephew’s Temper Tantrums

Reading Time: 2 minutes When a baby or toddler throws a temper tantrum, the easiest way to deal with it is to divert their attention to something else by talking to the child. It could be about something you see in the sky or nearby or it could be about the music you just started playing etc. The very very short attention span of such children means that they will readily and easily refocus their attention to a new stimulus from what they are fixated on when they are throwing the tantrum. . . . → Read More: How I Dealt With My Little Nephew’s Temper Tantrums

Grinnell College

Grinnell College And Grinnellians Have Humbled Me…Again!

Reading Time: 1 minute Grinnell College and my Grinnellian community of friends and peers have humbled me once again! . . . → Read More: Grinnell College And Grinnellians Have Humbled Me…Again!

My Personal Stories

#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?

My Personal Stories

#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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