It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!


Today is Buddha’s birthday, May 18th, or Baisakh full moon in Nepal’s calendar, together with the anniversary of his enlightenment and of his death. In Kathmandu almost every single person will be visiting temples, monasteries and shrines to celebrate. We have experienced such a day in Nepal as we walked to the top of the … Continue reading It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!

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Where are the feminist protesters when you need them?


The racist discriminatory caste system is alive and kicking in Nepal with a truly disgusting story revealed a couple of days back. I know this isn’t an ancestry story but some things go beyond personal fun and interest blogging. About a month ago a young woman, Sani Rishidev from the Manang district of Nepal, eloped … Continue reading Where are the feminist protesters when you need them?

Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!


The woman in this picture is a Dalit, and many of you reading this post will have no idea what that means, and have no experience of witnessing the treatment of people “labelled” as Dalits. Change the word Dalit to “untouchable” and you might, just might begin to understand, but only slightly. Imagine living in … Continue reading Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!

Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?


The summit of Imja Tse beckoned, only the ice pyramid to overcome, would my 12 months upskilling and preparation pay off? Mountaineering IS suffering! Stage 1: Twin Otter, Kathmandu to Lukla Stage 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp, 10 days Stage 3: Find your mountain, camp high, keep hydrated Stage 4: Ascend slopes and snow … Continue reading Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?