30 Minutes of Traveling: Stories from the Streets of Kathmandu #2

Variety of People

It is really amazing that we rarely observe the people we travel with.  I often look at the passengers boarding the bus. Most of the people I notice are in a hurry. Sometimes their faces vividly show their inner tension.

I notice many, while a few draw my attention.

A woman in her 60s is screaming at the young man to leave the “mahila seat” for her, but the young man wouldn’t go down without a fight. There is a Grand Pa who is kind and tries to converse with every inside the bus, a few teenage girls who are self-conscious about their looks and the dress.

Bus rides on the same route can be boring so I always try to get the window seat so I can enjoy the view and watch the people on the road. As I look out of the window I see a young man who is speeding his bike, not bothered about anything coming his way.

I enjoy the laughter of school kids the most. Their faces are the brightest.

-Sushaili Pradhan


A Day to Day Chaotic Beauty

It is 9:00 AM on a Monday morning as I stand at the bus stop waiting for Annapurna Tempo to go to college. Annapurna is the only tempo that gets me to college without the need to change vehicle in between. It usually arrives at an interval of 15 to 20 minutes. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and get myself ready for the day. It has been 10 minutes already that I have been standing, waiting, tired of the assignments due last evening.

I look around the place and I see ‘busy bees’ humming all over the place. Everyone has somewhere to reach, something to do and everyone is in a hurry. A bunch of people are waiting for vehicles to reach their destinations. Most of them are middle aged women chattering and laughing among themselves. I wish I knew what they laughed about.  An almost full tempo arrived; people stopped talking and began the ‘struggle for the seat’. They do not care about who might be watching, they do not mind if they step over someone’s foot and they do not even bother to apologize. More people are cramming themselves inside the small tempo. The scenario is displeasing.

Amidst the crowd I notice a boy of about five or six. I see something pink in his hand; I guess it is a set of fancy erasers. He is curiously observing his possession. A man is holding his hand, probably his father. With the look on his face, I assume his mind is occupied by bills to be paid, his salary date, school fees, monthly expenses, his pending tasks at office, his wife at home, and such or maybe not. What is troubling him? He has not left hand of his son all this time, but he is not looking at him either.

It is 9:20 AM and there is no sign of the Annapurna tempo. I take a tempo to Gaushala and from there I will have to take another bus to college. The struggle for the day begins for me as well.

-Riju Joshi


The Nepali Way

There’s the right way, the wrong way and the Nepali way. The slang/jargon “chalxa nepal maa” is so famous that it almost seems like we are growing into it. Most of the times it’s not about what’s right, but what’s acceptable.

On my way back sometime during May 14 in Jamal I could see a taxi and a tourist in a cycle. The cycle was on the left lane and the taxi had to take side. Without turning on the signal light, the person driving the taxi waved his hand out of the window and started cornering himself. The cycle was speeding in and the tourist started shouting “hey hey hey ” but alas he didn’t know the Nepali way and it was already far too late to stop the taxi. The tourist had to force brake his cycle.

I think he knew there was no talking through this (maybe this was something he had learned by now), so he just rolled his eyes and moved along.

-Aakriti Thakali


What can I say but utter two little words ‘Thank You’ to everyone who stopped by, read and also shared their stories. Stories on the streets have a different taste to them. Sometimes they shown us the irony of our culture, other times remind us of the beauty in life, other time they just happen like a state of time. 

This May let met take you through the streets of Kathmandu through this little project. 

Read more of 30 Minutes of Traveling:

Stories from the Streets of Kathmandu

That Piece of Metal

Three Rupees

Alfa

 

 

What are they made up of?

Iron melts after a certain breaking point, turning into its molten state. It is forged to make the sword. It is beaten, beaten and beaten until its edges can stand no other. In the hands of the warrior, it is a lethal weapon, one that drew kingdoms over maps.

All of us have been that iron, put through the furnace, beaten, beaten, into pieces and we have the capacity to emerge as the slender razor sharp weapon.

The heat is inevitable, so is the beating, but great swords become great in the process, so do achievers. One may never know what the sword has been through but its sharp edges as it pierces through the wind. They are all the same swords put into the heated furnace, beaten by the hands of destiny, and they rise like shining silver in the sun. They began as irons and ended up drawing kingdoms.

“I’ve been called Nepal’s Bill Gates, but I have nothing in common with him. I don’t wear glasses.”

-Mr. Allen B. Tuladhar.

He’s the creator of the fun filled “Typeshala” that we grew up with, who declined the offer to be the second man at the Shanghai office of Microsoft to work for his country, where there are still places with ‘potatoes, corns and no salt.’

“We do not need to copy Bollywood.”

-Mr. Nakim Uddin.

He’s the man behind the multiple QFXs cinemas that hundreds of people walk in and out of everyday. Team Quest was the first to digitize cinema in Nepal. QFX, the name that echoes in every major mall in Kathmandu was inspired by commonly used technical terms VFX and HFX.

“I knew nothing about the restaurant business, I knew nothing about food except to eat.”

-Mr. Shyam L. Kakshapati

The flagship café in town, Nanglo Bakery Cafe is his brainchild. His passion for food, friends and good music, a cafe and pub that began with 18 stools forever changed the outlook of restaurants in the Nepali eye.

As I walked out of the hall, Stephen Hunt’s words echoed in my ears. “If you’re not living at the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” 

You’ve been taking up too much of space! Go run and chase your dream!


I had this amazing opportunity to attend The Storytellers’ Pioneer Series on 30th March 2016 where three amazing personalities graced the stage with their stories.

By the end of the show, a thousand stimulus had flashed across my mind. We often only get to witness the sharp edges of the sword, as they collide against another in the battle against time; very rare do we get to see it being forged like million others.

What are they made up of? Flesh, bone and blood, like we are too. They’ve had their good, bad and ugly times. And yet they stand. So can we. 

If you do wish for everything, sometime

‘You can’t have everything all the time, Princess Vali.’

The princess nodded her head silently.

‘But if you do wish for everything, sometime,’ added Lord Vadin, ‘Then you must do your best, and then let destiny roll the dice.’

And they watched the night sky fill with stars, the colors of the space engulfed the atmosphere.

Paw Mgmt: What do you call a Cat who is an Entrepreneur?

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Spring semester is back and the class is taking a course on Entrepreneurship. Ideas are flowing from every nook and corner, and we are getting closer day by day into knowing who is an entrepreneur and what is entrepreneurship.

My thought on the same note: perhaps entrepreneurship is a feeling much like love, friendship and respect; an act like loyalty, persistence or perseverance. Entrepreneurship is a verb, a noun, an adjective, an adverb and much more. The entrepreneurial basket is expanding like our infinite universe, every year, every second, every moment.

Unlike last semester (when I planned much), this time around I’ll write and share my ideas on management much more often. I won’t become a couch potato and keep dreaming without actions.

The idea this Spring is #ICanBeAnEntrepreneur #WeCanBeEntrepreneurs

What are your thoughts on entrepreneurship? How did you find my Caturpreneur Cat Zinger? Do let me know in the comments.

Til’ the next post!

Alfa


I am an undergraduate student of Business Administration. And I’ll be sharing some of my ideas in ‘Management’  here in my blog. I hope you will enjoy reading these excerpts and feel free anytime to drop in a comment or a suggestion!

We are always learning!