Category Archives: Social Issue

You are my Pumpkin Pumpkin Hello Honey Bunny

Sometimes some random thought comes to your mind and makes you smile. This post  is in that category. The other day one of my colleagues came and asked me if I had listened to a popular Nepali song called “You are my Pumpkin Pumpkin Hello Honey Bunny.” I was surprised because first of all he is not a Nepali and secondly the name of the song sounds so funny. He told me that one of his Nepali friends told him that it is a very popular song and he should listen to it.

Not being in Nepal, I am not very aware of the pop culture there and it is not easy to keep up to date. So I Googled it and found the following song.

I also found a Bollywood song similar tune to this Nepali song.

When I was watching these songs, I couldn’t stop smiling. They are so different and if I am allowed to say it, a bit weird too.

The other day when I was at my brother’s place, I mentioned this song and to my surprise, it is my one year old nephew’s current favorite. He will stop crying if someone plays that song. This makes me conclude that I am getting so old that my one-year-old nephew is beating me in current trends.

PSY’s Gangnam Style is another of my nephew’s favourite songs right now 🙂

Have you listen to this song before? Wahat is your thought on these songs?

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

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The little white lies we tell kids

From a very young age, our parents have taught us that lying is bad but at the same time I find that most parents tell lots of white lies to their kids.

Simple lies like “There’s no more candy in the house” or “The police arrest children who swear are very common.

I was just wondering if we do it because we are protecting our children, sparing their feelings or the just that we can’t resist telling little white lies.

While growing up, I was looked after by my grandmother when my parents were at work. She had to look after 3 small kids, poor grand ma. But I remember a few white lies that she used to keep us in line.

  • You had better be careful; if you pick your nose you might put a hole in your brain.
  • Don’t cry or a big cat will come and take you.
  • Spit out the seeds or a tree will grow in your stomach.

I know sometimes it is hard to answer the questions that kids ask. Like if they asked

  • Is Santa Claus real?
  • What is sex?
  • Why tooth fairy comes only when I sleep?

No matter how hard we try, sometimes it is easier to tell them white lies than to tell them the truth. Most of them we may have heard from our own parents when we were young. But is that fair to the kids? Do we do it because we don’t know the answer or we want to be nice to them?

The other white lies I hear around me are

  • The car won’t start unless everyone has their belt on.
  • If you pull a face like that again, the wind might change and you’ll stay like that forever.
  • If you tell me the truth you won’t get into trouble.
  • You are the prettiest girl/most handsome boy in the world
  • That good people eventually succeed, and that bad people will ultimately be held accountable.
  • When people /pets die, they go to heaven.
  • Chocolate will give you acne.

According to the study, many parents spare their kids heartbreak by telling them these white lies but I don’t have kids so I really don’t know the actual reason. Still I find it amazing what lie parents tell their kids just to make them stop crying or listen to them.

Do share what white lies you were told as a kid by your parents? Do you ever lie to your kids?

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

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Take a second

Yesterday I went to the train station to pick up AS since I had the day off and was missing him the whole day. It was a rainy, cold winter evening. I parked the car and waited inside the car and I saw many commuters hurrying home to get away from awful cold and to be with their loved one. As I was waiting, I saw this young guy outside the station giving pamphlets to passers-by, you know the leaflets they give out with discount or some advertisement.

As I was there for a while and nothing else to do, I decided to observe what he was doing. He was trying hard to give as many pamphlets out as possible because I think he was being paid per pamphlet but it was so sad to see that hardly anyone was taking it.

For most people who were passing him, he seemed invisible as everyone is too busy with their own life to care about him. I have to be honest and say that I too have passed by so many boys/girls like him who were giving stuff out but as I observed him, I felt sorry for him. Poor guy, I am sure he would wish to be anywhere but there, giving out pamphlets, but then he needs to earn money like everyone else.

I was happy for him when people took the pamphlets but in average only 4-5% of people who passed by took the pamphlets. He looked cold and bored at times but he was doing his best to finish his lot so he could go home too.

In reality, it takes only a second to take a pamphlet but we still don’t stop for that one second and take it. I know we have millions of things on our mind all the time but if someone can make his living by a second you spend on taking the pamphlets then why not spend that one second and help them out. We have nothing to lose but the other person might earn a few dollars because of that. So I decided from now I am going to take any pamphlets they give out.  While I was having these thoughts, AS sent me a text:

I am almost home. Where are you?

I replied to him, “Hi babe, I am waiting for you outside the station. On the way down please pick up a pamphlet from the guy who is standing at the bottom of the stairs 🙂

So, when AS came out of the station, he took that pamphlet and walked towards the car smiling.

He asked me why I asked him to pick it up and I said I had no reason; I was just observing him for a while and wanted to help.

If you are wondering what he was giving out, it was a pamphlet for our local gym.

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So do you normally, pick up these pamphlets? What are your thought, do share?

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Do you think buying greeting cards is a waste of money and paper?

Every Christmas, millions of people all around the world post greeting card to their loved ones spending millions of dollars. I always feel that people spend so much looking for really good greeting cards, spending lots of time and energy…

Like every one of you, I do buy greeting cards for occasions like Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thank You Notes, Sympathy Cards, Get Well Cards, Thinking of You cards and so on. A few weeks ago it was my brother’s birthday so I went and bought a card for him which cost me $4.95. Today I again went and bought a card for my SIL and spent $6.00. I spend more for SIL as there were less cards to choose from that said SIL in it.

I was just wondering while I was buying these cards, is it really worth it to spend money on these cards which will be read once and thrown away in most cases. If you walk to the greeting card section of a supermarket or bookshop, there are more types of greeting cards for sale than there are days in a month.

Growing up, I used to collect all the cards I got for my birthdays and other occasions and I still have them in a box at my mum’s place but these days, I don’t feel too sentimental about these cards unless it is from my husband or my parents. I have never read any card more than once. If I really like the card, I take a photo of it and that is about it.

Looking around me, I see that most of the people also do the same. Especially for young children as they can’t even read yet everyone always buys them birthday cards. Normally they are interested in gifts rather than the cards so are we simply wasting our money on these cards?

These days I started to feel that buying greeting cards are a waste of hard earned money, for ultimately it will either be torn up in the long run, or go into some bag in a corner of your house.

I love the idea of making my own cards. A personalized note or letter with a meaningful message really goes further than a store-bought card. The sentiments in handwritten cards are far more intimate than generic Hallmark Greetings sentiments and the messages are far more specifically intended for the recipient.

But you really can’t make a personalised card to everyone so I think in this day and age e-cards are a good alternative for the people who use email. It is free and you can make it personal as well. One can choose a nice card and send it via the net and no postman, no courier, no cost. I love the animated silly ones which brings a smile. It also reduces paper waste.

I really want to head to this direction but sometimes I feel compelled to buy the card for someone because they have bought me one on my birthday or anniversary. The cost of greeting cards has increased steadily over the years and the money could be better spent in buying other stuff for the person. I know it’s the thought that counts but giving them gifts without a card makes me a bit uncomfortable. I really don’t want to upset anyone.

So I have decided to buy a card when I have to and my option would be then to buy the cards made and promoted by the organisations like the UNICEF or WORLD VISION.

Personally I used to look forward to one when I was younger but not so much anymore. I prefer something more practical these days. I think e-card/emails or even mms/sms or Facebook post would do the trick to convey the message.

What are you thoughts on greeting cards, do you still feel compelled to purchase pre-printed greeting cards?

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia

 XOXO

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Forever Blackout

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in Feb 2013 issue.

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Living in Australia we always hear things happening in Nepal like strikes, Nepal Band, political instability, traffic problem, pollutions and of course load shedding. We always sympathise with the people who have to live with these conditions and we feel sorry for them as they how to put up with all this hardships in life.

I have to admit it is easy to say “Bichara” and move on with our happy life in Australia but it is a different ball game when you are facing the problem first hand. I have been in Nepal for a few weeks now and I had never imagined how much load shedding can affect one’s life until now. How can you lead a normal life if you have to live without electricity for 12 hours a day and it is predicated to be more hours in coming weeks.

Living in Sydney I never have to plan my life around electricity but in Kathmandu you must be a great planer if you want to live a smooth life. Most days, working people of Kathmandu won’t see electricity at their home as there will be no lights when they leave home and there is still no light when they come back  home. It’s like you live in the city that has no electricity at all.

Currently, the only days, I wake up with electricity is twice a week on Sundays and Mondays and rest of the week, no lights during mornings and evenings. If I want to do something that requires electricity, I need to wait till 11 or 12 in the afternoon and quickly finish my chore before electricity goes out again.

It is winter here so if I want to shower with hot water using the hot water geyser, I must run and turn on the geyser as soon as electricity comes on as it is a luxury of only for 4-5 hours. Also I must iron my clothes, charge my entire electrical appliance in that time as well otherwise I have to wait another 7 hours before I can use all the gadgets.

Some people have even water problem because of load shedding. If water is supplied when there is no electricity most people can’t fill their tank which is on their rooftop so they have to ration water to live for day to day life.

We all know that Nepal has a huge hydropower potential. Nepali rivers and the steep gradient of the country’s topography provide ideal conditions for the development of some of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects, approximately 40,000 MW of economically feasible hydropower but currently Nepal has developed only approximately 600 MW of hydropower. Therefore, bulk of the economically feasible generation has not been realized yet.

Nepal is not able to generate even half of the 900 MW peak supply demand during dry season. The electricity demand in Nepal is increasing by about 7-9% per year and so has pollution in major city like Kathmandu so until and unless major hydro electricity projects get started in Nepal, there seems no hope of people of Nepal to expect normal electricity supply in the country.

I hope Nepal will  get its act together soon and generate electricity not only for whole Nepal but also to export electricity to India and China, both of which are in need of more power to fuel their development goals.

There are a few alternatives that people are using in Nepal when power is out like inverter or solar electricity but not everyone can afford this luxury which means people are still using candles everyday like in 1800 in this 21st century to do their everyday tasks.

Most evening if you walk around Kathmandu, the whole street has no light which make the city less safe to go out after sunset affecting lots of shops and restaurants around the country.

Now you can imagine how lucky we are in Australia and rest of the world to have electricity facility and how privileged we are not to have to plan our life around electricity. And I salute all the Nepalis in Nepal who are still happy despite living in a country with major blackouts everyday.