Ranting Against Accent

Just because I have lived in West Michigan for few years does not necessarily mean that I need to imitate the native English speakers and sound like them. As opposed to mimicking, I want to learn to pronounce words clearly and speak fluidly without verbal fillers.

Be courteous to the person who is speaking your language. They had to learn it from the scratch. Continue reading Ranting Against Accent

If We Were Having Coffee

The first thing we do every morning is grinding some fresh beans from the airtight jar. We often find ourselves worrying if we are going to wake up kids from their sweet morning sleep while grinding the beans. Sometimes, I feel like pre-ground coffee comes in handy on times as this morning. Kids were sound asleep. I feel very bad and am filled with guilt of waking … Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee

Do You Grow Your Own Food?

Many of you wouldn’t know what our last name, Maharjan, means. Maharjans fall under the Newa:  caste system which defines a group of people who were/are farmers. Of course, Maharjans are not just limited to farming anymore. So, sometimes I wonder if our inclination to growing some of our food has to do with our roots. I know, farming is not something many people aspire to … Continue reading Do You Grow Your Own Food?

Mourn the Loss for Cattle Over a Human Baby?

One thing I don’t understand: People feel pain for the loss or miscarriage of their cattle while do not feel the least of the pain when their daughters-in-law miscarriage a baby girl/fetus for thinking, “She can have a baby again.” I am not raising the issue whether a fetus is a baby or not here. Neither am I trying to contest that people should not … Continue reading Mourn the Loss for Cattle Over a Human Baby?

Year in Review: Ministry Partnership

Happy New Year 2016 We have come to an end of the year 2015 and are looking forward to New Year 2016 with new hope and partnership in ministry. This year has been a mix of blessings and sorrows in terms of health, family, new friendships, new endeavors in ministry despite the earthquake devastation in Nepal. My hometown Khokana was also hit hard by the … Continue reading Year in Review: Ministry Partnership

I am an Interpreter

“Hi, I’m Satya, Nepali interpreter, from ___ (agency) for ___ am/pm appointment.” This has become my regular introductory part every day since I became a freelancer. Having taken on different roles at different workplaces, I have seen and felt that my introduction and identity also has been taking a different form. There are places and people to whom I introduce myself as a pastor, husband, … Continue reading I am an Interpreter