Sunday, December 30, 2007

Kirtipur-BagBhairav to Naikap

We had to collect some notes (I don't know when I'll read 'em) but we always collect them. Today we finally made it out, Krish had taken an early leave from his school and I had a usual day off. ...& I thought I could consider this day a free day, ... well well, what did I say? "A free day"..HUH, these days, none of my days are free; and I'm almost tired of that. so don't let me think of the pending work, lets just continue.



Or. just let it be, I think I rather go with the photographic story-boarding.

TU main buildingTU: Standing alone, on this Lhosar. I didn't know it was a holiday on Lhosar this year. Was it a holiday last year? I don't remember.

BagBhairav Temple Bag-Bhairav Temple. 
 BagBhairav from side Just an anti-light effect.

 Gham taapdai hajur aama Prabhu,
Timi ani yo nyano gham,
timro aangan, ani yo mero eklopan!

 Baje Personality of the day. 
 Smiling Baje I quit drinking 30 yrs ago, today I'm 80.

Baje   ...ahh, well, I haven't been able to quit smoking though :(

Pond near BagBhairav The small pond dint look this clean when we were there.

RopeWay
The remains of historical Hetauda-Kathmandu rope-way: these trolleys no more move.

And it went like a short hike.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Peaceful Siddha-Pokhari

Sidhha Pokhari


Sidhha Pokhari 2


Sidhha Pokhari 3
It had been quite a time since I hadn't had a seating in solace.
But I was in such a deep trouble that time, I was restless inside. 
Did you notice the disorientation? probably not, as I'm almost the same all the time these days.

The short sitting however gave some peace.

Hey, thanks for this.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

... and it went again.

never predicted to be this way, here it goes again.

 

and i hate it to be this way.

 

 

 

may be, this will end and i'll be able to make a good turn, once and for good.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The circle of life

This is something that I found in the internet. Sounds interesting.

I think the life cycle is all backwards.

You should die first, start out dead and get it out of the way. Then you wake up in a nursing home, feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, you're carefree And you get ready for High School. You go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a baby, then, you spend your last 9 months floating peacefully with luxuries like central heating, spa room service on tap, larger quarters everyday, and finally you finish off as an orgasm.

:)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dashain २०६४


टिकाको तयारी


टिकापछिको आभाष


बेलुकाको दशैँ घुमघाम, बसन्तपुर हुदै...


धरहरा तिर!

दशैँको मौकामा काठमान्डौ अलि खालि होला भन्ने ठानेको थिएँ, तर सोचेको जस्तो खालि थिएन सडकहरु। न्युरोडमा उत्तिकै भीड। बरु मुख्य सडकमा गाडीहरु चाहि अलि कम थिए।
अनि तेसैले बेलुका बसन्तपुरमा चिया पनि खान पाइएन। तेसै फर्किइयो।
आफ्नो त निकै बर्षदेखि दशैँ काठमान्डौमै बित्ने गरेको छ (सबै परिवार यतै भाको ले) झन यसपाली चै निकै साथीहरु यतै भए, हल्का रमाइलै भयो।

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dashain aayo









नवमीको साँझमा बसन्तपुरतिर बरालिँदा

Friday, September 14, 2007

stumbled upon...

...
Pepperberg said the last time she saw Alex on Thursday, they went through their goodnight routine, in which she told him it was time to go in the cage and said: "You be good, I love you. I'll see you tomorrow."

Alex responded, "You'll be in tomorrow."
(Alex was discovered dead in his cage Friday morning.)
[From: MSNBC]


And here is something Matthew Parris has to write about the vulnerability on social safety conditions. Although the content relates to the English perimeter, it is well applicable to all the societies worldwide.
"
At dawn on Thursday morning I was flying through fog at more than 100mph, three feet above the ground. We had no means of diverting from our course, nor of stopping in less than a mile. The visibility was perhaps 50 yards. I was on a train.
..
Doing more would be so easy. In an open society like ours the national throat is open and exposed for the cutting in a hundred places. A small amount of explosive beneath pylons in a million unguarded locations will bring down a high-tension power supply. A drop of poison at a thousand access points to our water supplies could kill hundreds. A brick dropped from a motorway bridge on to a coach’s windscreen combines a good chance of murder with minimal risk of capture. Our railways are essentially unguarded.
..
Is there some strange way in which this satisfies both? Is there a kind of unconscious agreement? Are we and the terrorist supplying for the fight a title that satisfies the vanities of both teams “War” on “Terror” then choosing the domain and battleground where fixtures are to be played: exotic venues such as jets, subterranean railway tunnels, nightclubs, packed commuter terminals; and finally agreeing even on a pair of mutually opposed and appropriately impossible outcomes counting as the knockout win that both half-fear: the Destruction of the West vs the Elimination of Terrorism? Is there a creepy, subliminal pact? I ask not rhetorically this really is a question but because I have noticed a series of clues for a riddle to which this could (I emphasise could) be an answer.
"
get more here in TimesOnline

...

ok, coming back to home, its Teej today, festival for ladies. The justification of the motive behind the celebration has always been questioned, however it still succeeds to maintain its own charm in the female mind, as I see.
It used to be good fun and the sense of festivity spread all around when all the sisters gathered in our home, and the neighboring ladies as well gathered to have a sing-dance program.
We were kids and we just enjoyed the presence of the guests in our home.
it was a long time ago, a really long time. Now its difficult, even to imagine, the gathering of all, in one place now. Besides, the "agenda" of celebration itself has changed.
Time change, people change, society changes... its the way.
anyway, for all those who pray for Mahadev, Good luck ladies :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

quick meditation

its specially effective and appropriate for the busy people who want to but don't have enough time for meditation.
So give a quick try.

When: Do it many times during the day.

Duration: Even for a moment is good but as a meditation at least 40 minutes.

Step 1: “Just sitting on a chair or in the train, close your eyes and put your palms lightly on your eyes, without pressing.

“In a relaxed mind thoughts cannot move; they get frozen. They live through tension. So when the eyes are still, and the energy moves inwards, thoughts will stop. You will feel a certain euphoria that will deepen daily.”

From: Osho Times

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Questions

Questions, I've got some questions
I want to know you
But what if I could ask you only one thing
Only this one time, what would you tell me?
Well maybe you could give me a suggestion
So I could know you, what would you tell me?
Maybe you could tell me what to ask you
Because then I'd know you, what would you tell me
Please tell me that there's time
To make this work for all intents and purposes
And what are your intentions, will you try?
Impressions, you've made impressions
They're going nowhere
They're just going to wait here if you let them
Please don't let them
I want to know you
And if they're going to haunt me
Please collect them
Please just collect them
And now I'm begging
I'm begging you to ask me just one question
One simple question
Because then you'd know me
I'll tell you that there's time
To make this work for all intents and purposes
At least for my own
What is a heart worth if it's just left all alone?
Leave it long enough and watch it turn into stone
Why must we always be untrue?

"Questions" by Jack Johnson

Saturday, September 01, 2007

How a Millionaire’s Brain Works…

A man walked into a bank in New York City one day and asked for the loan officer.

He told the loan officer that he was going to Philippines on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000. The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan.

Then the man handed over the keys to a new Ferrari parked on the street in front of the bank. He produced the title and everything checked out The loan officer agreed to accept the car as collateral for the loan.The bank’s president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the guy for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral against a $5,000 loan.

An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank’s underground garage and parked it there.Two weeks later, the guy returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest, which came to $15.41.

The loan officer said, “Sir, we are very happy to have had and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multi millionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow “$5,000″.

The millionaire replied: “Where else in New York City can I park my car for $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return”

Well thats how the rich stay rich, they know a lot more about Money Management. All the millionaires I have met in my life were penny wise. Look after your cents and the Dollars will look after themselves.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nepalthok-Dumja Hiking

Rain came as a guest that morning, and in the midst of rain, cold weather and the weekend, for a second I thought whether I should join the hike or not, but for my first hike in D2, without having any further dilemma, I started packing up and I moved ahead.

When all of us met in the office premises, it was already 7 am, and soon we set out for the trip.
Our destination for the hike: Bhakundebesi; well, I’d never heard of this place before, at least for the details. When the route continued, we went through Koteshwor, Suryabinayak, Banepa, Dhulikhel and ahead. I’ve been up to Dhulikhel on this route so far.The real marvel began once we took a right turn from Dhulikhel. Unforgettable scenery, mist covered curved road with greenery all around. We could see some villages at distant when the mist accidentally cleared up - ideal looking small villages beside a small river. Sounds like a description of a painting. 

Bhakundebesi, a new place for us all, was a really beautiful place. As an attraction point, we’d heard about a temple in Bhakundebesi where the worshipping continued for 24 hours a day, non stop.
However, we suddenly changed our mind about the hike destination, once we reached there, as the temple seemed to be very short distance to make a good hike. We asked the school kids walking by the road to school, they said “chheu chheu Roshi, tala pugera Koshi, ani tespachi last ma Nepalthok” (just go side by side with Roshi river you will reach the Koshi river, and finally you’ll reach Nepalthok). Thus, we rather thought of moving ahead towards Nepalthok, almost 31kms ahead. The road was still enchanting and in good condition. We reached Nepalthok at around 11am. Surprisingly, the road appeared as a dead end. FYI, it’s an alternate highway which links Kathmandu valley with the Terai. Two ways construction work has been carried out, one from Bardibas and the other from Dhulikhel, and still 33 KMs of road had to be built to complete the high-way between Nepalthok and Sindhuli, with 14 bridges to be built.

Surprisingly Nepalthok itself appeared to be a small village, but with lots of nearby villagers’ moving through, it appeared as future Mungling for that area. We got our lunch arranged in a nearby hotel and started the real hike from that point (514 mtr) with a steep hill looking at us from the top. We planned to reach the top and circle it around, through the village called Dumja (1154mtr). Starting from a rough track, and then through a foot trail, we reached Dumja at 1.30pm. Dumja is a beautiful village situated in Sindhuli at the border of two districts: Kavrepalanchok, and Ramechhap; we could see the three districts in the horizon in three directions.

There was an old man standing nearby the trail.
- “हजुरबा! कति बर्षको हुनुभो?”
- “चौरासी!”
Oh my god, eighty-four years! guys see the man’s face at once. We were all surprised. He looked so healthy and energetic that his age was unbelievable. For one more surprise, Mr. Rudra P. Koirala turned out to be a friend of Matrika P. Koirala, brother of B P Koirala & Girija P. Koirala. In fact, he was a relative of the Koirala family and he now owned the property of the PM’s family. It was the birthplace of B.P. Koirala’s father Krishna P. Koirala, and in this sense, thus it became a historical place as well. He showed some of the hibiscus flowers tree originally planted by K.P. Koirala, which he has preserved as a token of memory, and could be a proposed place to erect a statue of Krishna P. Koirala if his son Girija bring Nepal in right stream for Nepalese also.

Our descent started at around 1.45 towards Nepalthok through a different route, circling the peak. In the rain, it was a comfortable descent, even though we lost the main track for few minutes, and finally we dared to take a path of a landslide, unknowingly assuming it as the main trail.

Our lunch with champagne was amazing, with a story of a cloth businessman who went bankrupt and started hotel business in Nepalthok. After the late lunch, we returned with a tired body but refreshed mind.

Off the hook:
“Why do they put up the dried maize shoots in a cone structure preserved for future use” - For firewood (no way), for cattle feeding (do they eat the dried twig?), or may be it was for the cattle-sheds. We were curious all the time. Never saw those structures before.
And while we returned, we stopped by and asked a lady beside the road about the maize-dried twig structures. She said it was for feeding.
- “Didi, yo makai ko sukeko dhod lai kina yesari rakheko hola?”
- “Hiud ma gai-bhaisi lai khuwauna”
- “Yesto saaro pani gai-bhaisi le khanchhan ra?”
- “Khaanchhan”
- “Pakayera khuwaune ho?” (Vishnu Dai)
- “Ha ha, haina yettikai khuwaune!”

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Here’s something about the meaning of Kosh (equals 3.33 kms), traditional measurement of distance, as told by R. P. Koirala. And there were 3 types of kosh:
- Rumale Kosh- Wet a handkerchief and start walking, when it dries up, the distance covered till then would count as one rumale kosh.
- Syaule Kosh- leafy branch
Pick up a fresh branch of a green and start walking, at the point where it dries up, you’ve travelled one syaule kosh
- Hatti kosh -300 step
As easy as the name suggests, it’s the distance covered by the elephant in 300 steps. 

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So, that’s how my first hike in D2 went. Undoubtedly, it was a great experience.

And here's the review, best spoken in the visual:



हुस्सुले छेकिएको बाटो


उ-- तल देखिएको त्यो सानो गाँउ




बाटोसंगै कुलो,




"त्यो गीरि फोरी बहने रोशी"






Looks like a real hike! and it was!


रोशी र कोशीको दोभान






दुम्जा निरको डाँडाबाट देखिएको नेपालथोक, अनि रोशी-कोशी दोभान










सजिमनको पातबाट फोका उडाउदै, बाल्यकालको याद दिलाउंदै!


रुद्र प्रसाद कोइराला, ८४, मातृका प्रसाद कोइरालाका साथी!


उ--- पर सब सिन्धुली जिल्ला, अबको राजमार्ग बन्ने ठाउँ














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