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Not surprisingly my twitter feed is flooded with Indian PM Modi’s visit to Nepal – more so than the tragic #Bhotekoshi floods that everybody seems to have forgotten ever since Modi’s plane took off from India heading for Kathmandu! So much so that Nepal is even trending on twitter, I suspect mostly due to the Indian media’s coverage of their PM’s visit to a neighbouring country with supposedly centuries-old friendship but also with difficult relations.
While I could go on and on with who
said tweeted what and possibly storify the whole thing, what really caught my eyes is some of the idiotic tweets coming out of so called bujruks (whom I would call उपबुज्रुक) from Nepal (mostly Kathmandu) about the use of Hindi, again! I sincerely fail to understand What is wrong with Nepalis giving interviews to Indian media in Hindi? Knowledge of any other language in addition of your own should be a matter of pride not shame.
These individuals who apparently spoke Hindi better than Sonia Gandhi did rather well I would say. These same people are tweeting that Modi should speak to Nepal’s parliament in English and not Hindi! Why English? As if most of our parliamentarians understand that language! I bet a majority will understand Hindi perfectly well than they do English, and for the rest I’m sure there’ll be a professional live translation of his speech.
As a Nepali, I am always proud to list Hindi as a language that I can read, write and speak a bit, just as I am to list English, in addition to my mother tongue Nepali. I wonder if these bujruks will ever take off their idiotic nationalist cloak and understand that it is good to know and be able to show that you know more languages than your own. Languages should be something that bridge the divides between people, not create barriers!
Torrential rain is one of those things I miss the most from the tropics when I’m in Northern/Western Europe. Although I have witnessed heavy rain almost every day (nighttime actually) since arriving in Tana, I still get excited when I hear the rain thumping on the tin roofs around, making so much noise that you have to shout out load to be heard. It has been raining at night usually, but today it rained in the afternoon and the raindrops were some of the largest I’ve ever seen. When they hit the roof, it felt like hailstones hitting the roof, only that they were just big raindrops!
Its not always that we get sunny days in Bangor, considering the average number of rainy days in this city is around 20 days a month! But whenever we do get sunny days, the views are just fantastic in this place, just see below.
Another random blog post before I head off for my fieldwork for two months or so, where I will probably be beyond the reach of internet, telephone or even electricity for the most part of the trip.
Lately, I’ve become a big fan of writing in Markdown, and more I use it, more I like it, especially when I can export what I writing in the format that others want without me having to spend a lot of my time trying to format the text. Although I have a pretty good setups to write in Markdown at home in my Mac and on my iPad, I haven’t yet found an app that I’m completely happy with for my Windows 7 PC in office. As I am looking for and trying new Markdown apps for Windows 7, I have found one that is Open Source and looks pretty feature rich, and it lets me publish on my blogs directly – its called MarkPad. If you are into Markdown writing, its worth a spin.
Now, for my fieldwork, I’m heading to Madagascar and will spend most of my time there in the eastern rainforest. Its the rainy season there so expecting lots of torrential rain, probably some typhoons, and plenty of mosquito and leeches. I’m prepared though, and very much looking forward to it
I bet you had a number of other thoughts but the one I’m going to talk about as soon as you saw the title of this piece, the headline. And I’m also pretty sure this is not going to be a moving piece, albeit I am going to talk about moving here – moving as in relocating, changing places.
A few weeks ago I alluded to the fact that I was going to be changing job, country of residence and so on. Now that time is coming ever so close, may be just a couple of weeks. Although we haven’t yet found a place to live in the new karma thalo, we have started clearing things at our present place, making our minds up for the eventual move, and wondering how and when and where to start packing. We are hoping to be able to fit our lives within a few boxes and some suitcases when we finally make the move so a ruthless clearing is the key, not going to be easy, but got to do it regardless.
I haven’t spelled out yet where we are headed, but a google map could easily tell you that, like so: (and before you wonder, of course we are not going to walk all the way!)
Image: Google Maps