Why does one leave California for Kathmandu? Because home is where the stories are.
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Holy Holi!

March 21, 2011


Humanity in general loves spring. We like the flowers that bloom, the return of the daylight hours, and the warmth in the air. Around the world, religious celebrations and the changing seasons seem to go hand-in-hand — in the states we have Easter, Passover, and the Spring Equinox, all marking the coming of new life. […]

Japan, Nepal, and the energy question

March 14, 2011


I am shocked and saddened by the recent earthquake in Japan. I’m half-Japanese with all my family on my mother’s side living in Tokyo and Okinawa. The news from Japan seems to keep getting worse and worse, the latest reports being the scariest of all: that of a sustained and long-term nuclear crisis. The residual […]

Posted in: Environment

Tibetan Uprising Day

March 10, 2011


March 10 is a historical day for Tibetans: In 1959, Tibetans in the capital city of Lhasa surrounded Potala Palace to protect the Dalai Lama and fight back against the People’s Republic of China. Today March 10 is observed as “Tibetan Uprising Day” to commemorate the continuing struggle of Tibetans to free their country from […]

Happy Birthday, Shiva!

March 6, 2011


This week, the Hindu population of Kathmandu had reason to celebrate. The ladies wore their finest saris or kurtas bedazzled all over with silver and gold, while the men gathered in big, roving groups with mischievous glints in their eyes. Little children drank too much “bhang”—yogurt mixed with cannabis—and had to take to their beds […]

Battery-powered days

February 25, 2011


In Nepal, it’s springtime. The days are longer and warmer. Sitting on the balcony under a blue sky with the sun on your face and the birds busily creating a racket in the trees nearby feels so idyllic that you could sing a song about it. But springtime also has its downside in Nepal. Spring […]

Posted in: Environment, Home life