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Janani Janmavumischa Swargadapi Gareyashi—Motherland is greater than heaven

St. Augustine of Hippo suggested that man does not belong to his/her individual cities and kingdoms on earth but to the City of God. I, however, belong here in Kathmandu, a place I have come to call home.

For me, Kathmandu is but paradise. A city with butterflies, monkeys, gushing rivers, exotic birds, gorgeous flowers and foliage, clear blue skies, the most amazing subtropical plants--banana trees, palm trees, bougainvillea! And yes, the brilliant sunshines, and frequent rainbows!

My city, sadly, has been corrupted in many ways. The piles and piles of trash, over-population, road congestion, unplanned urbanization, rude conductors, tampered taxi meters, violence, strikes, impunity, load-shedding, and many more. But underneath it all, I still see my paradise. I love the fall mornings around Dashain when I wake up to the sounds of birds chirping. I love the orchestrated harmony created by a group of Newari musicians playing their Muhali, Dhimay and Tah. I love the big orange morning sun that greets me and reminds me how lucky I am to be a member of this celestial land. I love the misty mornings when the air is fresh—it is the time when Kathmandu turns pristine. I love player flags fluttering on the rooftops of every house rumbling prayers up towards the Nepali skies. I love the ancient temples that have stood the test of time.

Living in Kathmandu with its gripes is like living in my house with cockroaches, leaking faucets, and mice, and still loving it. Here, I can walk barefoot, hum my favorite tune, grin to the world, and feel perfectly at home.

Comments

malayapinas's picture

Thoughts flying

Dear Khusbu,

Yes! You write beautifully describing your home, My thoughts fly wishing to see your place someday! Keep writing!

best regards ,
malaya

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Hey Malaya

Thank you so very much. Did i congratulate you personally? If not, here is this for you: You are a great writer and an amazing person. You deserve to win every bit of it. I wish you all the best for your ventures, and your next journey. Blessed to know you!

Your land and my land are not too far away. You are heartily welcome here. You sure are gonna love it!

Thanks
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

malayapinas's picture

Dear Khushbu, Thank you so

Dear Khushbu,

Thank you so much for your greetings! It is such a blessing to be here and have been part of your journey. You too is a great writer without any doubt. I have a little knowledge about Nepal - your struggle as a people, your dream for peace. Being choosen as one of the six finalists is a great challenge for me in raising my voice not only for the Filipino people but for all women and people fo the world that dreams and struggle for lasting peace. I will surely study more about Nepal and bring these issues with me in my journal and in my personal journey.

Wish to have more firendship with you.

more power and best wishes,
malaya

JaniceW's picture

Wonderful portrait

Khushbu, you make me want to jump on a plane and come see this wondrous land of monkeys, rainbows and vibrancy of colour for myself. I have this amazing canvas of colour, life and sound in my mind, with the occasional cockroach thrown in. Thank you for transporting me to your Land and sharing its richness with us. Suba kamana.

Khushbu's picture

Welcome here

Namaskar Janice..

I am glad that I could paint the picture of my land in a way to make you jump out on a plane and be here. We would all LOVE to have you here and show you around. Wouldnt it be exiting? I really didnt know where to start. My lovely friends had written on a diverse range, so just gave a reflection of how i felt about my new home.

Thanks for your words of appreciation!

Dherai maya
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

lindanov's picture

Heavenly

Khusbu,
I don't know much about Kathmandu but your love of it makes me want to come a visit it! Every place has its problems but someone who really loves it will see past them to what makes that place heaven. Thanks for sharing your bit of heaven.

Khushbu's picture

YES!

Hi Linda

You are right. The best of places in the world have problems but it is important to see underneath those problems and appreciate the world around. We Nepalese complain about so many things, but this time, i wanted to write about the beauty of my place rather than grumble about its vices, because at the end of the day this is my land and i am absolutely in love with it.

Thank you so much, and please do come to my land and experience it!

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

sunita.basnet's picture

Monkey of pasupathi

Khus,

Last time when I went Nepal, I visited pasupati and the monkies were staring at me. I was so scared that I catched my friend's hand and screamed. At last I felt so shy that some children were looking at me and were laughing.

thank you so much for your beautiful piece.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Khushbu's picture

Common scene

Hey suni

It is such a common sight in Pashupati. I have had the same experiences and dont you remember them fondly? This certainly is a beautiful place, and i am sure you can relate to it. The monkeys are also famous for taking away bags, glasses and other items that we carry. They are clever.

And yes, many many congratulations for your next phase of the journey. You have made us all proud.

Thank you

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

OjibwayMigisi's picture

Sounds so beautiful. You

Sounds so beautiful. You write from a magical place... thank you for sharing!!!

Khushbu's picture

Thanks

Hey Ojibway

Thank you so much for appreciating. Glad to know you.

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

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