Sunday, 27 December 2015

Mud stove #001

It's been slightly more than a week now in the village... And needless to remind just how slow life can be. 

Even while having a religious bend of mind, its not easy to give the warmth of a cozy bed just so as to wash out in the open at 10°C and pray. But the views are worthwhile. For on the western horizon...the full moon is visible and on the eastern horizon the sky is coloring up as mists swirls all around.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Jomsom update #002

There are many times when it's the small stuffs that bother us the most. Mosquitoes, high heels, no small change and gossip mongers.

For me I aspire to travel around the world, yet making a MRP is a freaking veksome procedure. Thats why i love travelling with Nepal & India. No passport/visa required.
When I finally land on the exotic destinations like mustang it seems like "yah, there's that hill/mountains I wanted to see up close" only to find that I am super anal of stones. Specifically loose stones (btw stones not stools) on dry hills that require me to climb up, and down. Up and across and reverse direction. And almost crying..
But the destination is so worth it. The view, the thin air and oh Lord the awesome silence, interspersed with few random clanking of the cattle bells.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Jomsom update #001

It's feels proud to mention even though Nepal is reeling under sever economic, political and whatnot situations the people are still the best.
My trip to Jomsom got an unexpected adventure when we narrowly missed the bus to our next destination resulting in a 40 odd km walk stretched over 12hrs. We would have ended up walking another 6kms more if not for the random lifts we got on the way. Once from Marpha to Kobang on a private jeep and the last 3km to Ghasa, going triple load with backpacks on rough roads. 

They thought we were mad, 3 girls on a road trip in the current scenario plus daring to walk through the forest at dusk. We might not have, if we had gotten a bus instead of buses not choosing to stay due to lack of passengers and high fuel costs... 

In the end the experience reaffirmed my belief that God only makes us go through sufferings which we can bare. No more, no less. And people are still genuine, helpful, hospitalible and accommodating. 

#visitNepal2015 #Indiablockade #backoffIndia

Monday, 7 December 2015

Pokhara #2

After the party, everyone returned home for we had plans  to go to lakeside for a causual birthday get together. Turning the big 3-0 (#thenew20s) crept up on me unawares.

Unlike the previous day, the next day after the wedding was relaxed. Everyone woke up lazily and had breakfast. We were hoping to go the monastery for a morning walk...instead opted for a good lie

For some crazy reason my HDFC card did not work in Nepal. Wtf, no fucking idea why. I was in Pokhara and I had no money. Thank God I had carried some IC with me else... And the state bank of India account was dormant, which meant that I had to wait 3 days for it be activated. Wtf. After my disappointing trip to the bank, we headed back to prepare for the reception.
The reception is from the grooms side, and only a select few were invited. I got to wear my birthday gift!! Pink leghanan from a dear friend. Thanks UPI!!

I had given the measurement but due to mix up it was cut low...way low. And to everyone's embarresment my big fat tummy was visible. -,- still I think I looked pretty! No?
With the gorgeous bride and handsome groom.
After hitting the dance floor, it was time to go home for an early night. Only of course we had another photoshoot.

The next day we were supposed to go to jomsom but was unable to get the flight tickets, so we spent the day shopping.  Not sure what all we shopped but we were broke at the end of the day.

I love this necklace I bought! Turquoise and red coral in a choker style setting.
Can't wait for an occasion to wear it out.. ;)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Pokhara updates #001

It was wedding time here in chilly Pokhara where the weather is sweet & chilly. The past two days was chock-a-block full of activities from mendhi to wedding to reception. And before you imgaine a big fat wedding, Bollywood style I'm sorry to disappoint. Wedding in Nepal are smaller, with less elaborate rituals rather more focused on family.

The mendhi started off late...and ended early. Needless to say...we spent most of the priming and taking selfies/wefies etx.

This was the first time that I attended a Gurung wedding. Comparatively its similar to my culture wherein the bride and groom receive the blessings of all the elders, but for the friends of the bride it was less work & more play..

The bride was looking stunning as usual along  with her handsome husband on the side.
Sisterz & friends of the bride..

While the numerous ceremonies like rings-exchange, washing the grooms feet, and blessings were ongoing, we passed the time alternating between munching on snacks and more pics. I'm sorry for bombarding with so much selfies.. Or not. ^_^ off

Then it was time for the bride send off, only a few ladies (friends & extended family) go along with the bride to the grooms' house where the bringing a new daughter-in-law & sindoor ceremony takes place. It's a chance to see the grooms house & address, ensure that the actual wedding does take place since the immediate family are not allowed to be present. Relatives of the groom are also introduced to the bride.

 Meanwhile we passed our time..

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Kathmandu update #003

It's alright if there is no petrol, cooking gas or the electricity continues to fluctuate wildly. The Nepali people will have the means and ways to get petrol (never mind if it's adulterated with kerosene), register a month in advance for gas (even if we know that the cylinder will only be half filled), and charge cell phones and cook food accordingly to the whims of Nepal Electricity Board. The Nepalese are flexible in the small things like these. Because in every house, from the ground floor to the rootop, WiFi is accessible.

Thank God for WiFi was the exlaimation after accounting for all the living after the April-May Earthquake.

It's a good thing we don't have to purchase Wi-Fi on the black.

Coffee comes with WiFi and a view.