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Lost glory of Kathmandu

-Prawash Gautam

Clumps of thick and green foliage, raindrops from the torrent of the previous night still holding onto their surface, hover from atop tall deciduous trees over the gravel road, creating shadows on the path's rough surface and offering respite from the August heat, fervid even in the early morning.

Buried in the bushes, trees and foliage, crickets resonate in harmony, their sharp sound rising and falling together as if in symphony.

A few minutes into the wood, caught into the air's moistness, damp moss-covered rocks on the side of the path, the smell of the moss, the wet soil and the forest, a friend lags behind. He doesn’t spare any chance to escape the crowd, noise and pollution of Kathmandu city to nearby hills.

This path and Nagi Gumba, a small monastery at the top of Shivapuri hill which it leads to, is an escapade for many who have come to make Kathmandu Valley their home – by birth or by need, by choice or by force. For their parents and grandparents, the city was not as much a place to escape as much as it is today.

The monastery is a yellow building.

Ani Karma, wearing a maroon Buddhist robe and yellow vest, has spread rice on a blue plastic mat.

"It has too much ghoon," she says, leaning down to sit on a small, round straw mat.

She is tall. Creases run across her forehead and down her thick cheeks. Her eyes are greyish and tiny on the long face. Two years back, she had them operated for cataract. She cooks her own food and does other chores.  

Sixty-five years ago she came here. Very little changed in the surrounding as the Tamang teenager from Palung, Makwanpur turned into an 83-years old Ani Karma. On the ground that a flight of concrete steps takes you over hundred meters above, a larger monastery stands. Strings attached to small prayer flags connect the monastery buildings and the trees. Larger prayer flags attached to poles are dug into the ground in line around the immaculate ground. Wind is occasional at this height and the flags are often swaying. The two yellow monasteries and the hostels are surrounded by the green of the thickly forested Shivapuri on three sides; the south gives a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley

From this environment that spreads a sense of bliss, Ani Karma saw the Kathmandu landscape degrade.

"These fields grew good food," she says referring to the swathe of fields that once stretched from the base of Shivapuri towards the inner part of the Valley, but now is covered with buildings.

"Green in summer, yellow in winter," she says, selecting ghoon out of the pile of rice with her fingers.

She is saddened that the fields are now lost from the path from Budhanilkantha to Maharajgunj, which she has been travelling for decades.

"Life has become easier today," she says. "But quality of food has also degraded. There are no agricultural lands."

What she sees now from the monastery today is a cluster of buildings that induces neither hope nor inspiration.

The houses where Mahammad Safir and Keshavdhar Shrestha live are lost in this cluster.

Squeezed amidst the crowded space of Bagbazaar and by the noisy street lies Nepali Jame Masjid. 81-year old Safir sits on its courtyard with friends after namaaz and recalls his younger days when the masjid's locality was an open ground and was surrounded in bushes. Wearing a cap as white as his beard, Safir smiles often as he talks about Kathmandu.

"I lived in Kamalpokhari when the pond had water in it," he says.

He remembers bamboo grooves, bushes and farmlands in the area that is now Hattisar and Lal Durbar area. Green fields surrounded his house in Kamalpokhari.

Keshavdhar, a 64-year old resident of Mahaboudha of Patan also saw stretches of fields around Lagankhel, Pulchowk, Imadol and surrounding areas that are now thickly populated. He remembers two ponds in Pulchowk that are now non-existent.  

"Agriculture land has declined so much that certain breeds of rice grown in Kathmandu like Marsi, Basmati, Hakuwa, Tauliya, Udraj are lost," he says.


The Valley where Safir and Shrestha were born and grew was the Valley covered in fields and whose produce was sufficient for its residents. Water flowing through Bagmati, Bishnumati, Dhobikhola, Manohara, Tukucha sparked in daylight then. Crops and vegetables were organic and grown in the valley's own soil. With its unmatched natural, historical and cultural heritage, a favourable climate and fertile soil, there is no doubt that Kathmandu was at one time the best place on earth.  

That Valley only exists in the memory of the elderly.

One memory Safir has is of going to the banks of Bagmati for picnic with his family and friends. "We cooked and drank Bagmati water," he says. 

Bagmati and other rivers of the Valley were central to the lives of its residents. It was a part of their daily rituals and routine. People's day began by taking bath in the river and worshipping the shrines around them. They irrigated the Valley's fertile soil and produced crops.

Centuries ago, the rulers had the wisdom to plan the Valley's settlement and use its resources.  Malla kings designed the settlements of KathmanduBhaktapur and Lalitpur. They built dhunge dharas for water supply. The land near the rivers, they used for irrigation.   

Rulers of modern Nepal didn’t inherit that wisdom. Sadly, they didn’t even put efforts to save the Valley handed over to them. The knowledge and increased awareness about natural, cultural and historical heritage that came with modernity and education didn’t motivate any concrete initiatives towards preserving them.

"Gaun Farka Abhiyan [Back to Village Movement] of the Panchayat period changed into something akin to 'come to the cities movement' after the reinstatement of democracy in 1990," says a 53-year-old man sitting beside Safir to explain the policymakers' ineffectiveness in terms of managing migration to Kathmandu.  

Keshavdhar Shrestha says that his family had to sell the agricultural land they had in different parts of Lalitpur out of necessity.  "If people were employed or had economic securities, many would not perhaps sell their land," he says, suggesting that the government could have taken special policies to protect places like Kathmandu.   

But what touches Keshavdhar most is how the historical sites in the Valley have been provided insufficient attention. As a young boy, he studied at Trichandra Vidyashram, which was housed in the building that is now Patan Museum. At a retired age, he often spends his afternoon sitting on the bench set against the museum's wall. Sitting there on a Saturday afternoon alongside a row of elderly, he looks at a person cleaning Krishna Mandir with a hose for the Krishna Janmashtami the following day. In spite of the big crowd that has gathered on the Square, the noise of the traffic penetrates to where he is sitting.

"Urbanization is not bad, but it should've been taken away from cultural heritage like this," he says making clear his distaste for the buildings that have sprung up right beside the Durbar Square.     

Ani Karma too is not happy about the overcrowding of religious sites like Swayambhu, Boudhanath and Charumati Bihar. "Such places are meant for peace," she says. "It would've been better if these were maintained as peaceful locations."

But once commenced, urbanization of Kathmandu took an increasing pace and ravaged everything that made it unique and beautiful.

Dwarika Das Shrestha, a young photographer, began to take pictures of Kathmandu form the 50, a period when urbanization had just set in.  Looking at the photographs then, he surely didn’t think that urbanization would take such uncontrollable pace that it would kill much of Valley's identity as he grew older.

The Valley was dear to him not only as a city where he was born and grew, but also because as a photographer, he had a special appreciation for its beauty. The degradation of the space around him became so upsetting for him that he stopped taking evening walks, a routine he had been following for a few hours every evening.

"I don’t enjoy these walks any longer. Wakka lagcha," his grandson Kashish Das Shrestha recalls the words his grandfather used to explain to others why he had aborted his daily routine.

Having seen Kathmandu's degradation in subsequent decades, he hadn’t let Kashis, who was keen to see his grandfather's work, see his photographs.

"Things of the past don’t have much value," he'd say, clearly expressing how he felt betrayed by Kathmandu's degradation.

Even though, he later conceded to this request, it was only after his demise that Kashish discovered his grandfather's collection in a suitcase below his bed.

Kashish transformed the collection into City Museum Kathmandu. But he agrees that with its natural, cultural and historical heritage, the Valley itself should have been preserved a living museum.

He understands that the photographs are a sad reminder of what has been lost. He sees this feeling of loss in the eyes of elderly visitors to the museum.

"There have been occasions when people identify their old houses in the photographs or their locality," Kashish says. "Especially the elderly become very nostalgic and emotional on seeing the photographs," he says. "The younger generation simply become speechless." 

This surprise in seeing the photographs must not have existed in the younger generation. Neither should have elderly like Dwarika Das Shrestha died with sadness about the demise of Kathmandu he had known. Kathmandu should have been preserved. 

To attribute Kathmandu's decline to the failure of its rulers would be wading away the blame from us. Even though Kathmandu's degradation took a rapid pace in its modern time and largely owed to policymakers' short-sightedness and lack of initiatives, the attitude which resulted in Kathmandu's degradation existed since a long time.

Daniel Wright, a British historian who lived in Kathmandu Valley for ten years, wrote this about Kathmandu in "History of Nepal" published in 1877: "[…] the whole town is very dirty. In every lane there is a stagnant ditch, full of putrid mud, and no attempt is ever made to clean these thoroughly. […] to clean the whole city would now be impossible without knocking down the entire city, as the whole ground is saturated with filth. […]In short, from a sanitary point of view, Kathmandu may be said to be built on a dunghill in the middle of latrines!"

The statement, although made about a century and a half ago, explicitly points to the society's values and attitude, which are indeed the ultimate cause for Kathmandu's degradation.

In the same way, Ani Karma relates the change in Kathmandu to human nature of greed and attachment to wealth and power, to worldly things. But she believes that Kathmandu could have been prevented, just as Keshavhhar, Safir and Kashish do and Dwarika did. Even though saddened by Kathmandu's change, through the eyes of a nun, she sees the transformed Kathmandu as normal. Even in the destruction, she sees meaning.

In the evening, sitting in the balcony of his rented flat, which he meticulously searched away from the crowd, noise and the pollution of the main city, the friend expresses his disapproval to the elderly nun's belief that there is a meaning in destruction. He looks at the flickering dots of lights in the city at a distance.

"This city has no meaning," he says. "It's not only buildings that make a city."  

"This is a meaningless city," he repeats in angst. 

Source : Seto Pati

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एनआरएन अमेरिकाको अध्यक्षमा थापाको उमेदवारी, निष्पक्ष र स्वतन्त्र निर्वाचनको निम्ति आयोगसँग माग

एनआरएन अमेरिकाको आसन्न निर्वाचनमा सञ्जय थापाले अध्यक्ष पदमा उमेदवारी घोषणा गरेकाछन् । गत मार्च १० तारिख न्यूयोर्कको कुईन्सस्थित सुम्निमा किचेनमा आयोजित एक कार्यक्रममा थापाले आगामी कार्यकाल (२०१९-२०२१) को लागि नेतृत्वमा आउन लागेको बताए । थापा हाल संघको बहालवाला बोर्ड अफ डाईरेक्टर समेत हुन् ।

नेपाल अमेरिकन बिजनेश कन्फ्रेन्स एन्ड एक्स्पो न्युयोर्क सहरमा

नेपाल अमेरिकन बिजनेश कन्फ्रेन्स एन्ड एक्स्पो न्युयोर्क सहरमा पहिलो नेपाल अमेरिकन बिजनेश कन्फ्रेन्स एन्ड एक्स्पो न्युयोर्क सहरमा सम्पन्न भएको छ । न्युयोर्कस्थित महावाणिज्यदुतावास कार्यालयको सहयोगमा दि नेप्लिज अमेरिकन फाउन्डेशन-द नेप्लिज अमेरिकन फेस्टिभलले एक्सपोको आयोजना गरेको हो ।

न्यूयोर्कमा अक्टोबर ७ तारिख सुपर हिट चलचित्र “वोवी” प्रर्दशन हुँदै

न्यूयोर्कमा अक्टोबर ७ तारिख सुपर हिट चलचित्र “वोवी” प्रर्दशन हुँदै सुपर हिट नेपाली चलचित्र “वोवी” न्यूयोर्कमा प्रर्दशन हुने भएको छ । चलचित्र आगामी अक्टोबर ७ तारिख न्यूयोर्कको कुईन्सस्थित गुल्सन टेरेसमा विहान ११ र दिउँसो २ः३० बजे दुई शो प्रदर्शन हुनेछ ।

न्यूयोर्कमा दोस्रो आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सव सम्पन्न

किरात राई चलचित्र यारी सर्वाेत्कृष्ट

न्यूयोर्कमा दोस्रो आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सव सम्पन्न न्यूयोर्कमा दोस्रो आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सव भव्य रुपमा सम्पन्न भएको छ । नेपाल आदिवासी जनजाति महासंघ अमेरिका, (फिप्ना) द्धारा आयोजित उक्त महोत्सव गत सेप्टेम्बर १५ र १६ तारिख अमेरिकाको न्यूयोर्कमा सम्पन्न भएको हो ।

न्युयोर्क आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सवको तयारी पूरा १२ विधामा अवार्ड वितरण गरिदै

न्युयोर्क आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सवको तयारी पूरा १२ विधामा अवार्ड वितरण गरिदै नेपाल आदिवासी जनजाति महासंघ अमेरिका, (फिप्ना) को आयोजनामा सम्पन्न हुन लागेको दोस्रो आदिवासी चलचित्र महोत्सव र निफ अवार्ड २०१८ को सम्पूर्ण तयारी पूरा भएको जनाएको छ । संस्थाले न्यूयोर्कमा पत्रकार सम्मेलनको आयोजना गरी उक्त जानकारी दिएको हो ।

नेवाः गुठी न्यूयोर्कको अध्यक्षमा निर्मल प्रधान निर्विरोध

नेवाः गुठी न्यूयोर्कको अध्यक्षमा निर्मल प्रधान निर्विरोध नेवाः गुठी, न्यूयोर्कको अध्यक्षमा निर्मल प्रधान निर्विरोध निर्वाचित भएका छन् । गुठीको यहि सेप्टेम्बर ९ मा न्यूयोर्कको ज्याक्सन हाईटमा सम्पन्न भएको अधिवेशनले प्रधानको नेतृत्वमा सर्वसम्मत नयाँ नेतृत्व चयन गरेको हो ।

भ्यागुताको धार्नी र अमेरिकामा नेपाली पत्रकार

भ्यागुताको धार्नी र अमेरिकामा नेपाली पत्रकार गुणराजको संयोजकत्वमा “निर्वतमान अध्यक्ष गौतम दाहाल माथि लागेका आरोपको” बारेमा छानविन गरि प्रतिवेदन दिन समिति नै कार्यसमितिले बनाएको थियो । ६ महिना पछि बुझाइएको प्रतिवेदनले गौतम दाहालले वदमासी गरेका हुन वा होइन भन्ने नै स्पष्ट पार्न सकेन ।

एटलान्टामा सूचना, सञ्चार एवं अधिकारकर्मीको सहभागितामा अन्तरसंवाद कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न

एटलान्टामा सूचना, सञ्चार एवं अधिकारकर्मीको सहभागितामा अन्तरसंवाद कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न अमेरिका भ्रमणमा रहेका सूचना, सञ्चार र अधिकार क्षेत्रमा क्रियाशील अभियन्ताहरुको सहभागितामा अमेरिकाको एटलान्टामा अन्तरसंवाद कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न भएकोछ । कार्यक्रम एटलान्टाको क्लेरमोन्ट रोडमा अवस्थित हिमालयन स्पाईस रेष्टुरेन्टमा सम्पन्न भएको हो ।

फेब्रुवरी १५ तारिख एटलान्टामा विज्ञहरुसँग अन्तरसंवाद हुदै

फेब्रुवरी १५ तारिख एटलान्टामा विज्ञहरुसँग अन्तरसंवाद हुदै अमेरिका भ्रमणमा रहेको सूचना, सञ्चार र अधिकार क्षेत्रमा क्रियाशील विज्ञहरुको सहभागितामा अमेरिकाको एटलान्टामा एक अन्तरसंवाद कार्यक्रमको आयोजना हुने भएकोछ । कार्यक्रम एटलान्टामा अवस्थित हिमालयन स्पाईस रेष्टुरेन्टमा बेलुका ७ः३० बाट सञ्चालन हुनेछ ।

जर्जियामा जोग प्रोडक्सनको आयोजनामा फेब्रुवरी १७ तारिख

जर्जियामा जोग प्रोडक्सनको आयोजनामा फेब्रुवरी  १७ तारिख आगामी फेब्रुवरी १७ तारिख शनिबार अमेरिकाको जर्जिया राज्यमा “मेलोडी नाईट विथ् थ्रिलिङ डान्स पर्फर्मेन्स” नामक सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमको आयोजना हुने भएकोछ । जोग प्रोडक्सनले आयोजना गर्न लागेको उक्त कार्यक्रम जर्जियाको क्लार्कस्टनस्थित काठमाण्डु किचेन एण्ड ग्रीलमा सम्पन्न हुन लागेको हो ।

उत्तर अमेरिका तामाङ संघको अध्यक्षमा लक्यान लामाको उम्मेद्वारी

उत्तर अमेरिका तामाङ संघको अध्यक्षमा लक्यान लामाको उम्मेद्वारी आगामी साता सम्पन्न हुन लागेको प्रथम् उत्तर अमेरिका तामाङ सम्मेलनको पुर्वाद्धमा लक्यान लामाले अध्यक्ष पदको लागि उम्मेद्वारी घोषणा गरेकाछन् । तामाङ सोसाईटी अफ अमेरिकाका पुर्व महासचिव समेत रहेका लामा उत्तर अमेरिका तामाङ सम्मेलनको लागि गठित तदर्थ समितिका सदस्य सचिव हुन् ।

न्यूयोर्कमा सुम्निमा साँझको ९ औं संस्करण भव्य रुपमा सम्पन्न

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