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Crested Gecko, Alisha No more


The reason I resisted having pets for a long time in the US, even though my children wanted a puppy, is that I had many heartbreaking experiences in the past. Losing your best pet is like losing one of your family members. I had witnessed my pet dogs died on me. It was absolutely heart-wrenching to watch them die followed by horrendous feelings that would … Continue reading Crested Gecko, Alisha No more

Cultural Shock – A Ratchet and Wrenches


“Sat-ya, can you get me 9/16 and 5/8 wrenches from the workshop and a set of sockets and a ratchet from the shop?” asked my boss thirteen years ago. Many English speakers get my name wrong. I guess it is easier for them to parse my name that way. Whatever! That day, I was helping him with fixing a snow plowing truck. It was my … Continue reading Cultural Shock – A Ratchet and Wrenches

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Farmer’s Outcry- Government’s Systemic Repression


This picture in the story is not of a communist China, or totalitarian state North Korea, theocratic Iran or Saudi Arabia, or autocratic African countries where the state confiscates the private properties of a political opponent. It is happening in Khokana – a little town of Newa: indigenous people group on the outskirt of the capital city in Nepal. The farmers were trying to till … Continue reading Farmer’s Outcry- Government’s Systemic Repression

Hāttiban Hike— Passing Through My Memory Lane


This view is one of the things I miss living away from my hometown. We had many memories made on the hill named after an animal ”hāttiban” for its rough shape of an elephant. We used to go hike the hill, at least, once every week, and forage wild berries such as ainselu ‘ऐंसेलु’ [yellow Himalayan raspberry, blackberry], chutro ‘चुत्रो’ [Indian barberry or tree turmeric], … Continue reading Hāttiban Hike— Passing Through My Memory Lane