प्रतिरोध बोल्छ मेरो उपनिवेशित जिब्रो
मेरो जिब्रो एउटा उपनिवेश जहाँ मलाई पूर्वजहरुसँग जोड्ने मेरो मुटुको भाषालाई विस्थापित गरेर आधिपत्य जमायो बाँच्नको लागि चाहिने भाषाले हाम्रा कथाहरु दबाउँदै हाम्रा स्मृतिका पानाहरु मेटाउँदै आगन्तुक शब्दका आवाजले जरा गाडे मेरो बाल मस्तिस्कमा अनि, लज्जित बनायो आदेश अनुसार बटारिन नमान्ने जिब्रोले गलत, अप्रासंगिक शब्द फुत्किने डरले मुटुमा रातदिन राज गर्यो तैपनि मेरो जिब्रोको एक कुनामा प्रतिरोधको आगो बलिरह्यो हार नमानी मां भाय् बोलिरह्यो जेल परेका कवि, निर्वासित लेखकहरुको सम्मानमा हाम्रो भूत, भविष्य, वर्तमान उत्खनन गरिरह्यो र संरक्षण गरिरह्यो हाम्रा बाखं, हाम्रा लुमन्ति
Death By A Thousand Cuts: Newa Community & The Caste System
Caste-based discrimination is in news once again in Kathmandu, propelled by the courage shown by Rupa Sunar to not quietly accept the fact that an “upper caste” family in Kathmandu refused to rent her rooms just based on her caste. Indeed, Rupa Sunar is not the first person to be…
Every year, monsoon winds arrive, soaking the dusty, parched valley floor faraway, hills tumble down to meet the river outside, the galli becomes a rivulet inside, the family of three start their annual rain dance of carefully choreographed steps with pots and pans and old paint cans placing them here, there, everywhere moving them, again and again to catch the heavenfall in drops and drips before they hit the mud floor, before the room becomes river soaking clothes and curtains and books galore
instructions for the second shift
Rush back from school in the afternoon. Throw bookbag to a corner. Eat a snack. Sit cross legged on the floor across from Mother. Fold old magazines into rectangles, big and small. Brush over homemade rice glue on the sides. Fold. Voila! Paper bags to hold sugar, beans, eggs, more. Stack the bags neatly into piles of ten, twenty, fifty. Tomorrow, Aji will sell them to local shops, paisas apiece. Today, take pride in turning waste paper into money. Open the bookbag and finish homework.
Looking down from the perch in Swayambhu where tourists jostle with the locals for the view, you see a multi-headed hydra sprinting towards layers of emerald hills guarding Kathmandu valley and the jagged diamond peaks beyond, gobbling up gold green fields along the way, guzzling aquamarine ponds and lakes, spitting out silver slivers of asphalt that crisscross rivers’ and rivulets’ natural paths across the valley floor, belching thick plumes of fumes that hang over the houses that look like pieces of legos placed haphazardly by an impatient child.
Layers of Language
Musings about hierarchies and power in language In English language, it is easy to address someone — there is only one “you.” Whether it is a boss or a bestie, a grandfather or a niece, someone known for years or a new acquaintance, the term you is used to address the person in front. I like the…
all things old is new again
“Modernize!” They told us when we were young Don’t wallow in old wives’ tales, antiquated norms Don’t use what you have in gardens, in your own homes “Buy. Buy. Buy.” They said and we all went along After we lost our elders’ knowledge, our grandparents’ way They are teaching us the value of sage smudge spray In branded boxes, they’re selling back to us our own histories Charcoal powder, turmeric lattes, even squatty potties
Two Arcs of My Immigration Story
I can tell my immigration story two different ways. One, I came here with $200 and two suitcases holding almost all of my worldly possessions. Two, I came here with a full scholarship to a rich liberal arts college. Both are true, and have shaped who I am and the…
Voting in honor of my father
In the cool morning of November 8, 2016, I stood in line at the Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School 145 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York to cast the very first ballot of my life. I carefully filled out the bubbles on the ballot, thinking about my father. …