Stories By 'Tsering Ngodup Lama'
On March 11, a three-wheeler pickup drove into Neemkhotiya village in Bardiya. On the back of the truck, there were five bio-sand filters meant to be delivered and distributed to families in the village.
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For the first 30 minutes of the hike from Jagdol, Kapan to Tarebhir Village, a Tamang village in the foothills of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, the trail was all uphill.
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It’s a warm February afternoon and the last of the day’s classes are over. A group of children play football at the Lekshed Tsal School in Tanahun, a few chasing 14-year-old Pema Wangyal as he heads straight for the goalkeeper.
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One well-worn topic of Rajina Shrestha’s stand-up comedy is feminism. Her typical old grandmother, says Shrestha, starts her day at 6 in the morning and spends the whole day cleaning, cooking, and feeding everybody in the family.
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Pramod Raidas has vivid memories of the day the government’s citizenship distribution team arrived in his village of Neemkhotiya in Bardiya district. Pramod’s siblings were able to get their citizenship certificates, but Pramod was born on December 22, 1990, and according to the citizenship distribution team, he wasn’t eligible for citizenship.
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It’s a few minutes past 1 in the afternoon when two workers from the Shambala Noodle Factory in Fulbari, Bouddha, enter the factory’s noodle-making room, where space is sparse and everything in it, except for a bright pink speaker, serves some noodle-making purpose.
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