Stories By 'SOMY PAUDYAL'
Tell me why, in a country like Nepal where almost all festivals have women as the central character, their situation is not as good as they would have us believe. Whether it be Janai Purnima, in other words Rakshya Bandhan which basically means brothers tying a thread around their sisters’ wrist which symbolises protection and a kind of promise that brothers will always protect their sisters, or Dashain where a female goddess Durga is worshipped for killing a demon who couldn’t be defeated by any other god, our society is based on stories surrounding women; yet in reality, their life is miserable. That is why I have a lot of questions for all of you.
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Women all over the world, by nature, are conscious about beauty and their looks. I am, however, talking about a majority of women as there are definitely some who don’t care a bit about these things. This month is particularly special for women. Most women fast hoping that their husbands will live a long life or that they will get a good life partner. They even decorate their hands with henna and wear green, red or yellow bangles. They want to look pretty after all. It is in their nature.
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Kathmandu is covered in dust nowadays. Have you ever wondered why it is so? One reason you might come up with is road construction. Well, there were no road constructions going on a few years ago, and even then the city was not clean. It has always been a polluted city with one problem following another.
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Words have power. They can give life to your soul or take your life. Oftentimes, we do not pay attention to what we say. We say things which might hurt others when we are angry, and we can also promise a lot of things when we are happy. For example, when we are angry we might say, “Oh, how well it would be if you just died! I wouldn’t have to bear with you!” Likewise, we might say things like, “If only I could go this country, I would definitely buy you an iPhone.” In both these cases, we get into trouble because of our careless remarks. In the former case, we would have created a big distance between us. That person might remember for a long time what we said and be hurt. Similarly, in the latter case, we might not be able to buy the iPhone even if we get a visa.
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Our education system unconditionally conditions us to be conformists
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I have been fond of chips from my childhood. Nevertheless, I didn’t often get to have them since my parents considered them to be junk food. When I was in high school, I had to become first in my class to have a packet of chips. I still remember the days when we would go to get the results, and if I came first, mom would buy me a big packet of chips along with some sour candy which is called ‘paun’ in Nepali. Chips have always been special for me.
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