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Panchakanya: A Tale of Five Women


The Poplar Tree


A Journey to Remember

Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is attainable only after great suffering.  Life is full of uncertainties and surprises and this is the reason why we can take a look at the past and always cherish those moments. 
I remember the day 24th June,2013 which holds a wonderful cover story. Actually, I have no words to explain that moment, every single part of the day but still I tried to scrabble. I was on my way to Pokhara after spending some quality time at home. I like to travel a lot but not in vehicle. I just hate to be limited to a seat and spend soo long time doing nothing. But, I am compelled sometimes. Another thing is I am very gregarious and a chatterbox. I feel really bored when I have a very silent company beside. During my journey, I have  met many types of people; some are too serious, some are funny, some are irritating, some are adorable and some very creepy. I specially travel via tourist bus so I meet many tourists too and I just love …

Voice against Assault!!!

Oh God, not again. I don't know why newspapers are always filled with violence against women in different forms these days. You know what women are always susceptible to violence in each and every step of her life. Between April 2012-13, WOREC recorded 793 cases of domestic violence, 200 cases of social violence, 256 cases of rape, 42 cases of attempt to rape, 163 cases of murder and 22 cases of attempt to murder, 32 cases of trafficking and 55 cases of sexual violence. It is not common for women to seek assistance from any source for violence they have experienced; 77% have never sought help and 64% have never told anyone. Beyond such direct forms of violence, women experience violence when trafficked into forced labor or prostitution. Between 5,000 and 12,000 girls and women aged 10 to 20 years of age are trafficked every year, 75 percent of whom are below 18 years of age and the majority of whom are sold into forced prostitution. With a heavy heart, I rushed towards my college. …

World Environment Day 2013 : THINK, EAT, SAVE

Every morning when the clock strikes 9, my mom yells loudly from kitchen in an alarming tone ‘Everybody is invited for the food, do please trouble yourselves and eat.’ We rush towards dining hall as if we are released from the dark dungeon.
My mother has a strange habit, every time she serves food, she always gives us lesser than we need. And I always used to demand her more as I need heavy appetite ;) I would like to quote her saying, “I would prefer to serve lesser food than wasting it carelessly.”
I used to be pissed off often but ironically I always had to eat much, quite full indeed. I was the only child whose stomach is composed of transitional muscles so you can stretch your belly as much you want, while others had quite inflexible ones. Hence, I had many nicknames like Miss. Humpty Dumpty, Miss Baby elephant, Miss Food Almighty, Miss Food rescuer, Miss. Scooby Foodie Doo but the most widely known was “The Living Dustbin”. Here comes the giant the living dustbin who never waste a…

The Dark Side

The tusks that clashed in great battles are just showcases And no more wild as the wilderness is gone Have turned to living specimens with nothing own Compelled to live behind the bars And hear the human’s noise and tease. The legendary is dead and gone.
Yes, this is the plight of almost all the captivated elephants in the Chitwan. Recently, I had a chance to visit Sauraha through WEPA. Altogether there are around 80 elephants in captivity including private owners, elephant breeding center, hattisar and NTNC. Elephant riding, bathing etc have been one of the major tourist attractions contributing in the Nepalese tourism industry.
Elephants had been close to human since ages. Airawat, the vehicle of Lord Indra was an elephant. In Shri Swasthani, story of selection of a king by elephant is quite famous. Likewise, most importantly, Elephant is regarded as a symbol of Lord Ganesha too.
Similarly, elephants are also linked with the monarchy as we have heard that kings used to ride on elephants ar…

Water, water everywhere – but no water to drink!

“I remember when I was a child. I used to watch the rivers flow with all its heavenly beauty. Devotees thronged there every morning, children took a delightful stroll into the sparkling waves, couples would bask at the bank of it and enjoy the cool breeze.” – my father reminisces.
But I never got to enjoy the rivers. What I see is the dark, hellish filth mistaken as rivers. No one can walk along the riverbanks without masks; foul smell hits our nose. Rivers have become dumping sites. Rivers – once known as the source of civilization – would be the fall of civilization.
Every year many die of diarrhea, dysentery and cholera. Not only humans, as animals also have died by drinking the poisonous water mixed with hospital wastages. No birds hover around the rivers. It has become a place of disgust.
Rivers which was regarded as bliss has now turned in abyss. How? Good question.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Earth can fulfill one’s need, but can’t fulfill one’s greed.” Who else can be so selfis…