1801, 2017

When and what to use—RIP or Moksa?

By |January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

I am disheartened by the use of the acronym R.I.P. on Facebook by a number of Nepalis when a fellow Nepali passes away.  Do they not know the meaning of the letters RIP or the context in which they are used?  If the deceased Nepali is a Christian then it’s okay to use it, because […]

1801, 2017

To take the DNA or not to take it is the question

By |January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Taking a DNA test is a new craze.  I heard about it, but I wasn’t really keen on taking the test until Riti, our daughter who herself had taken it, asked me to do so.  As she knows me so well, she was well aware that I wouldn’t spend $200 on a kit that requires […]

1101, 2017

Trapped in a Haunted House

By |January 11th, 2017|Art, Creative, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Have you ever been trapped in a room with no hope of getting out?  How would you feel if that ever happened to you?  Please don’t tell me, “I understand how that feels” if you really haven’t experienced it.

When someone loses a loved one or suffers a terrible tragedy, I too often hear people say, […]

401, 2017

Welcome to 2017 Common Era

By |January 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the eve of 2017, Dr. Durga Pokhrel brought up an important piece of information: the association of the New Year with Jesus Christ. Yes, it was definitely the case before the 20th century. During that time a Christian monk started the reckoning system of B.C. (before the birth of Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, in […]

301, 2017

Himalayan Honey

By |January 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mountains mean different things to different people.  For me, Maha Bhir (Honey Cliff) of Darkha, named after its sheer cliffs, created terror and respect in me as a young boy.

Its cliffs, home to Himalayan honeybees, are awe-inspiring because of their height and difficult ascent.  Large Himalayan honeybees build their nests (beehives) in the cliffs’ crevasses.  […]

2911, 2016

Balancing the three is the secret of a successful life

By |November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Power, wisdom, and compassion are viewed as separate entities in the West.  For example, a man in power generally lacks the other two.  Let us take President-elect Donald Trump as a case in point.

I often wonder the significance of three Hindu deities—Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganesha—sitting together as a trio.  What’s the reason?  Why not pair […]

1811, 2016

Why do I have problems with Donald Trump?

By |November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I have to admit that this presidential election has given me an opportunity to reflect on society and friends.  Thank you friends, and even some of my own distant relatives, for supporting Donald Trump; I now know the level of your intelligence.  Just like Donald Trump, you care only for yourself.  What about the country? […]

1608, 2016

Old Car: A Piece of History

By |August 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A well-ridden bike or a well-driven car has its own history. Each of them leaves its own mark behind. For example, my old SUV (Nissan—Pathfinder) just turned 19. It has over one hundred thousand miles on its odometer and still runs better than the newer one we own. I have spent very little money on […]

406, 2016

An Afternoon with a Bank Teller

By |June 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

This story I haven’t revealed to anyone but my wife.

Today I went to my bank to deposit some cash.  I am not going to disclose the amount, suffice it to say that it was a decent amount and the bills were in all denominations.  I previously counted the money, but the bank teller had to […]

1905, 2016

Banishment of Monks, Yes. Persecution of Buddhism, No

By |May 19th, 2016|My Opinion|0 Comments