Have you every had a car or bus ride where you had to get down and push it to pull aside or jumpstart? Well, I’ve had one of those experience in the past where we were told to get off the bus and push it to start the engine that suddenly turned off on its own. You stay behind the bus or car in a push-up position, hold your breath, and push the vehicle with all your might just like the picture below;)
How about pushing a truck?
or a tanker?
What about an AIRPLANE?
The Independent reports that a plane’s take-off and landing gear failed to work due to Siberian cold while it tried to taxi onto the runway. The plane was boarded with seventy-four oil workers and seven crew members. Passengers had to get off the plane and forming a human rope to give it a push. Oksana Gorbunova, an official at the local prosecutor’s office was not entertained when he learned about the incident. Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted her saying that her office would be conducting investigation on the incident. “They pushed the plane as if it was a car that had got stuck, which is categorically forbidden, as it can damage the plane’s exterior, for example.”
On the second day of our trip, we went to see the elephant breeding place in Sauraha, Chitawan National Park. Ticket counter has an adjacent room that is used as one-room museum that displays the big skull of a dead elephant. Four walls of the room is covered with valuable information on elephant’s life-cycle, its inhabitant, health issues and challenges to rear them etc. etc. I captured the skull from four sides for my blog readers.
Elephant’s Skull Frontal
Elephant’s Skull Right
Elephant’s Skull Left
Elephant’s Skull Rear
Our tour guide told us that only male elephants have two long tusks. Females have short ones under their trunk. We saw more than half a dozen elephants (male and female) tied their front legs with metal chain under the tall sheds. Behind them in the open space was their dry poop piled up. Staffs of the park set fire on the heaps of dung to burn them.
In the backdrop, sun is setting down behind Champadevi Danda (hill). The sun is like a new bride covering its bright face behind the veil in the dusking sky.
The high-voltage power line tower has been there for years without any power. It’s still awaiting for wires to come and adorn it like a garland as if it were a new groom.
Answering your child’s peculiar questions can be pretty daunting task sometimes. In the midst of our conversation the other day, I told my sons that once they go visit their grandparents in Nepal, they have to learn to live without power (electricity). They won’t see light most part of the day, as blackouts are quite frequent and have become a part of life. I showed my oldest one some pictures from Flickr and asked how he feels about it. His quick remark was that there are many motorbikes, and driveways are nonexistent.
Then he asked why his grandparents do not have driveway. To keep my answer simple, I told him that unlike most Americans, not many Nepalese people have their own cars. His next “Why?” question dropped even before I finished my answer. In one breath, I summed up that only rich people can afford to buy a car. Instantly, he concluded that his grandparents must be poor, since they do not have driveway. We all know kids say funniest things; here he equates driveway with richness. His quick-fire repartee, however, is so close to the truth that only rich can own a car in a country like Nepal.