The third phase of local elections has made a few things clear. First of all, the local election from Limbwan-Kochila in the east to Tharuhat in the west is a prologue to the main show of parliamentary elections that will follow soon.
I may come from the land of mountains, but oceans have held an equal, if not greater, fascination for me. Raised in the eastern Nepali plains, I grew up with the Kanchenjunga mountain standing tall to the north.
This time, my return trip to the United States after a month-long hectic stay in Nepal, India and Indonesia produced more intense jet lag than ever before in my almost three decades of travel between the US and Nepal.
I don’t recall having heard of Bali before reading Clifford Geertz’s essay “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” in a collection of essays called The Interpretation of Cultures (1973) some quarter of a century ago in the first graduate school I attended in the United States.