Something I have been curious to learn more about for a while: Why are Nepalis so defensive when it comes to comments about, or criticisms of, their beliefs or cultural practices? And why is one of the objections always, "You can't view it through Western lenses"? Here's an example of one such instance which got me scratching my head...again.
Why do most of the contestants and winners of Miss Nepal beauty pageant belong to BCN (Bahun Chhetri Newar) trio of ethnicities?
My tentative answer is that they are the most privileged groups in the country, and the pageant is of the BCN, by the BCN, for the BCN!
One of the crucial ways our aviation industry in Nepal is failing us and why.
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.
Dassain is...a holiday for exploring the country!
WARNING: The blog contains a photo of a bloody, headless chicken, a photo of a defeathered chicken, a goat carcass and descriptions of animal body parts that some might find unpalatable or even revolting.
In the embedded video, Chinese pedestrians take drastic action at crosswalks (zebra crossings). What if pedestrians in Kathmandu did the same? How would Kathmandu drivers react, I wonder! I really do!