Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Facing Difficult Time



We are facing difficult time.

It has become three months that I did not write anything. In the beginning I got busy to complete my thesis as it was delayed few years. Then, there was a massive earth quake which affects all of us in Nepal. My house collapsed together with many of my neighbors. I went back to my village 3 times during this period and I made a temporary house (tent like) for my mother. Everything was standstill during a month including the closed down of the offices and other services. There were earthquakes which the expert said it after shocks. We remained outside the house in Kathmandu, for a week or more. It was really a very difficult time. Many people lost their life. Infrastructure and national heritages are collapsed within a minute time. We want to forget this situation which we cannot because of the evidence everywhere.
While our life started to become normal, we needed to rush to the hospital due the severe pain in the stomach of my wife Sabina.  We stayed 3 days at hospital as Sabi needed to get operation of her gall bladder as there were multiple stones which caused the severe pain. While writing this blog now, Sabi is recovering now and yesterday we went to hospital again to take out the stitching.  At the same time my mother is suffering from fever. House collapsed; wife and mother serious sick and my relatives are also homeless due to the earthquake. This is really a very difficult time for us.

Regards,
Hari Shrestha

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why Violence to Women?

These days, there are frequent news about rape, sexual harassment and attack on girls. Girls are victim all the time. Even though they are doing their best on their own, people of criminal minds are not tolerating it. For those rapist and criminals there should be the punishment. There has to be a justice to all including girls (it covers child to women).  But we will have to look at the socio-economic, culture and our level of thinking to what happens to our daughter, mother, and sisters in our country Nepal. Why such kinds of violence are happening in our region? How can we prevent them? What are our roles to stop those kinds of violence? There are issues which come on the ground these days. There is a death of a 7 year old girl after she was a victim of rapist. It brings the demand of death penalty for such criminals. But will it help to stop the violence? For this we need to look at other countries which are implementing death penalty and still facing the problems. Our neighbor India can be the example. There are sad and bad news every day about such events. We need to look at our social values, and need to change it, if it will still bias to the women. Changing the law cannot stop such activities but changing our thought can be helpful.  I will continue to write about this issue in the future as well.

Best Regards,
Hari Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Visit to the Temple and Historical Place


In the last few days, I was not able to write anything as I was on short trip. On Wednesday, we (along with my wife Sabina) went to Manakamana Temple. On Thursday we remained stay at home as the office was off due to the national festival Holi. Friday, I was at my office and got busy all the day due to the absence of previous two days. On Saturday, we went to our village, and returned on Monday. On the way to our home at village, we visited Jalpadevi Temple in Devighat and Bairabi Temple as well as the historical place seven story palace (Saathtale Darbar) of King Prithivi Narayan Shah in Nuwakot.  This historical place is 7 kilometers from Bidur (Headquarters of Nuwakot District) and it is situated on the top of the hills and we can see all the direction from east to west to north to south or vice versa. It seems that King Prithivi Narayan Shah was very much intelligent person who planned to make his palace at this very high area where other people cannot come and attack him easily.

At the time of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, there were 22-24 states and they were fighting each other to expand their territory. King Prithivi was the one who won all the states and made the one state/ one country/one nation and we Nepali as a result of his contribution call him the father of modern Nepal. He has the good name in the History. He united the nations and we are very much thankful to him.

I will put some of the pictures of that historical place in my future blogs.

Regards,
Hari Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pollution, Population and Poor People



On Friday, I traveled in the afternoon. A day before, there was rain, however Friday was sunny day. I drove my motorcycle nearly two hours; and during that time I felt suffocation due to the long traffic jam and pollution. Even in the afternoon, there was a long line of jam on the street and it was very difficult to ride a bike. I normally drive maximum 10 Kilo meters a day for my office and home. But at that day, I needed to drive more than two hours. And all most all the time, there was big pollution. Roads are under construction.  I think, there is no proper management of drainage system to pass the rain water. It seems that rain water brings the mud on the street and it covers the whole surrounding while the vehicles run on those muddy roads. 

I think pollution increases due to the increase of the population. There is lack of proper management due to the poor people in the management and bureaucracy. We have to plan and execute any action as per the plan. 

I will continue my writing about this topic in my future blog. I need to stop it now as I have other urgent work. 

Regards,
Hari Shrestha
 Kathmandu, Nepal

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jeff Goins Inspiring Blog



I read Jeff Goins blog today. I am reading his blog regularly as it gives the insight and the inspiration to do something in life. He explained how he becomes a professional writer in his blog. When they (Jeff and his wife) decided to have a child, Mrs Jeff needed to stay at home to become mom and Jeff had to work hard to sustain not only for them but also for the new coming baby. He worked hard. He continuously worked hard on his passion to become a writer and within 18 months, he published number of books and he finally gets success and doubled his income. In his hard work he substitutes the income of his wife and at the same time he becomes a professional writer and he is now a full time writer and living his life from his writing. I don’t know whether such case will happen or not to me. But I reveal that we are also planning to have a baby however we still would like to continue our job as it will be difficult for us to manage our daily life. I am supporting Sabi (my wife) as we both are working and I know I have to take care of her much more than normal once we decide to have a child.
I also plan to work hard. I am not a full time writer and I know I am just beginning to explore my story to the world. In the beginning, this will not be easy. I do not care about anything. I just plan to write. Whatever comes in my mind, I try to write. However at this moment, this is just my passion and I know I cannot give much more time. I have to give full time at my office where I have to give my hundred percent efforts. At the same time, I have to be a very supporting and caring husband at my home. Sabi works hard than I do and she deserves more rest and her physical condition is also weaker than mine. I don’t mean she has got problem. But she has to ride her scooter nearly a 25 kilo meters day in a bumpy road everyday which is itself a tiresome work. At the same time she gets busy all the day at her office, from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. So I have time to read and write at night after our meal.
We are happy in our life and doing our best. But we have to still work hard for our coming generation. So we are very much careful in each and every action that we take now.

Mother Loves to Stay at Village

I asked my mother to join us to live together. She is at my village. She is happy there to stay alone. She is active and doing all the farming works. She is busy from early morning to the late evening. Once mother will be with us, I think we will have more fun. But I know I cannot force my mother to bring in the city. City is full of people and this place will be very difficult for her. I know it will be very suffocating to her. She tells me that, “I cannot go outside as I don’t know how to cross the road. Even if I go outside I cannot come back to the place due to the so many ways.” She does not have the habit of the city as it is normal that she has spent rest of her life in the village. According to my mother, she was just 9 year old at the time of marriage. She spent few years with my grandmother after marriage and came to home (marriage home) in about 12-13 years. Then she has been living there continuously till now. She is now 67. Among six children, we four are survived and two have passed away after two months. At that time, it was very difficult for mother as she got the problem of bleeding for several months. There was not the hospital in the village and we all the children are born at our own home instead of hospital. I know many people still give birth to their child at their home instead of visiting hospital. My village is not that much far from the city. 10-15 KM far from the city and the capital city is not farther than 80 KM.

I will write more about my village, if you (reader) are interested. I will even place the few pictures of village. This is the way of my village. 

Best Regards,
Hari Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Praiseworthy Marriage

A Praiseworthy Marriage

On last Friday, I attended a wedding ceremony of Ms. Laxmi Khanal and Sagar Prasai. Laxmi is an Electrical Engineer working full time at Nepal Telecommunications. She is about to complete her master’s degree in Rural Development as well. Sager is working at an INGO and runs his own NGO as well. They both love to work for the social welfare. This wedding is a bit strange in the eyes of the most common people not only in Nepal, but in other part of the world as well. Laxmi decided to get married with Sager who is differently able person. He needs wheel chair for the movement. According to Laxmi he has got that problem from his birth. I know that Sagar is able to do many works and he is performing it since long. I read his articles, and his views on the news paper. In the decision of Laxmi, her entire family and relatives supported her. I would like to say: GOD BLESS YOU BOTH. Common people cannot think out of the tradition and such type of action needs more courage and willingness to act. Laxmi is the one who dare to go beyond this tradition.


Here is the picture of them.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Be Happy in Life

Be Happy in Life

When I connect with great minds, I feel amazing and thrill by their ideas. I normally connect with them through their views on articles, books, and quotations and so on. When I read them, I become fresh and I see the world beautiful. It’s really beautiful because of them. They always see the world through their positive perspective. That is why; I read them regularly to fresh my mind, to live my life peacefully and beautifully. They never tell you not to long for the worldly material possession, but they are always focusing on the passion that we have. Yes they also advise us to work hard, to take our action continuously, and to get success. At the same time they are also advising us to be content with what we have. They teach us to live our life in peace even when we have fewer things. They are always careful in each and every matter and they never take anything for granted. Even for small matter, they take it responsibly. Life should not be taken for granted. That includes everything such as health, family, job, and education and so on. Everything is important in life. They suggest us to keep balance on each and every part of our life. We should not ignore to anyone. They all are interrelated to each other. So we have to take care and should not take it for granted. I read the books and articles of the following writers. I listed a few in numbers and there are long list which I will try to post in the future as well. I do read the books of Robin Sharma, Birendra Kapoor, Zig Zilan, Shiva Khera etc.
Those who are interested please read them. They will change your thinking in life. They will help you to live your life in the better way than in the past.

Best Regards,
Hari Shrestha
Kathmandu, Nepal