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Sunday, August 27, 2023

A Canadian Adventure

Date 08/27/2023

Our long-awaited vacation had finally arrived, and this year, we chose Canada as our destination. The main reason for this choice was the arrival of my sister's little one earlier in the year. I was eager to see how my nephew was doing and also to reconnect with an old friend who had moved to Canada after leaving the United States.

Shorebreeze Lake view

Upon our arrival in Canada, we were greeted by the stunning view of downtown Toronto from our vacation home. The place was not only nice but also boasted breathtaking views that left us in awe. We wasted no time capturing these moments with photos and simply relishing the joy of being in a new place. After our travel fatigue had settled, we took a well-deserved rest to prepare for the adventures that awaited us.

Our first full day in Canada was dedicated to exploring the iconic CN Tower in Toronto, a historic landmark that never fails to amaze. It was a day filled with family fun and unforgettable moments against the backdrop of this towering structure.

On the third day, we embarked on an excursion to Niagara Falls. The sheer power and beauty of the falls were a sight to behold, leaving us all in awe of nature's grandeur. The memory of that day will forever be etched in our minds.

At Niagara Falls

The fourth day was reserved for a visit to the Toronto Aquarium and a stroll through the vibrant streets of Chinatown. One of the highlights of the day was trying out Chinese hot pot soup, a unique dining experience where we had to prepare the meal ourselves. It was a delightful adventure for our taste buds.

Our fifth day in Canada was a serene one. We decided to explore the natural beauty close to our vacation home by taking a leisurely walk along the lakeside. Being surrounded by the tranquility of nature was a welcome contrast to the bustling city life we had experienced earlier in the trip. In the afternoon, we treated our kids to a visit to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), where they reveled in a multitude of games and fun activities. We adults had our share of enjoyment too, spending some quality time in a bar sipping Spanish iconic DG and other drinks.

Meeting with Chanda

Though our vacation in Canada was relatively short, it was undeniably remarkable. We had the chance to bond as a family, witness breathtaking landmarks, savor unique cuisine, and create lasting memories. It was a trip that left us yearning for more adventures in this beautiful country, and we departed with hearts full of gratitude and a promise to return someday.

Friday, May 12, 2023

The Love of My Motherland

I have  been living in the United States for the past 13 years, I often find myself feeling a deep sense of longing for my home country of Nepal. However, this feeling is often accompanied by a sense of sadness and frustration, as I am constantly bombarded by news of the many injustices and tragedies that occur there on a daily basis. 

Most troubling news comes that women in Nepal are often victimized by the patriarchal system that dominates them in the society. Whether it is through violence, discrimination, or other forms of oppression, it seems that women are always bearing the brunt of society's inequalities. This is especially

Sanghu, Taplejung

disheartening when one of the educated women lost her own life by her own effort since her boy friend denied to marry her after several years of relationship. This is just an example and there are numerous hidden horrible stories about women destiny in Nepal.  Women are often tasked with the  biggest share of responsibility for both the outside and the family, even as they are denied many of the same opportunities and privileges afforded to their male counterparts.

In recent years, the situation has only seemed to be getting worse. There was another tragic story about a woman who died from complications after being forced to undergo multiple abortions in an attempt to conceive a son. These kinds of stories leave me feeling deeply saddened and frustrated, and make me wonder what can be done to bring about change so women shouldn't die while developing into the fetus  just for being a female.

Of course, these issues are not unique to Nepal and Nepali community. Even among the Nepali community in the United States, there are many women who face significant challenges in their daily lives, often as a result of discrimination or other forms of prejudice.  They must work multiple jobs just to make their family keep on going. It is always difficult for them to balance the demands of work, family, and  keep their career going on.

Despite all these challenges, I am always hopeful. I believe that by working together and supporting one another, we can create a better future for all women, both in Nepal and around the world. This will require us to be vigilant and proactive in addressing gender inequality wherever it occurs, and to be willing to speak out against injustice and oppression whenever we see it. 

Education is one of the most vital necessities for women in order to thrive and succeed. However, it is not just any kind of education that women require. Women need an education that not only empowers them to stand on their own feet but also makes them emotionally, mentally, and physically strong. This type of education equips women with the tools to face any situation, regardless of its magnitude or nature, and to challenge the gender-based norms and structures that often hold them back.

With such an education, women are able to build the courage necessary to confront the challenges that come their way, particularly those imposed by their male counterparts. They become better equipped to fight for their rights, to resist oppression, and to demand equality in all aspects of life. Ultimately, an education that empowers women is the foundation for a more just and equitable society, one in which women are able to fulfill their potential and contribute meaningfully to their families, communities, and the world at large.

Ultimately, my sincere hope is that by sharing my own experiences and insights, I can contribute to raising awareness about the challenges and issues that women face in Nepal and in the Nepali diaspora community. Through our collective efforts and solidarity, we can work towards creating a more just and equitable world for all. Therefore, I humbly request your support and cooperation in this mission to empower women and promote equality, so that together we can create a better world for everyone..

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Empowering women by emotional strength and empathy could be a key to overcome societal pressures

The recent tragedy in Nepal has left the world reeling with shock and sadness. A highly educated nurse, who had dedicated her life to serving others, took her own life after her boyfriend refused to marry her due to societal pressures. This heartbreaking incident is a reminder of the challenges that women face in societies where traditional expectations still hold a great deal of sway and it is hard to overcome for the women in Nepal.

The victim of this tragedy was a highly educated nurse who was living her life serving as a healthcare field. Despite her accomplishments, she was unable to overcome the societal pressure to conform to traditional gender roles and expectations. Her boyfriend was a doctor by himself who had been in a relationship with her for five years, refused to marry her because his parents did not approve of her as a daughter-in-law.

The couple had already aborted two pregnancies, evidence of their love for each other, yet they were unable to overcome the social stigma surrounding their relationship. This tragic incident highlights the importance of emotional strength, mental health, and the willingness to fight against societal pressures in order to live a fulfilling life and also the dominating characters of men.

Although education is essential in empowering women and providing them with opportunities, it is not enough to combat the deeply ingrained patriarchal attitudes that continue to limit their potential. Women need to be supported not only in their education and career goals, but also in their personal relationships and their right to make their own choices.

It is crucial for societies to recognize the emotional toll that societal pressures can take on women and work towards addressing them. This means challenging traditional gender roles and expectations, promoting gender equality, and providing support and resources for women facing difficult situations.

While numerous non-governmental and governmental organizations work tirelessly towards gender equality, it is clear that there needs to be a better way to assist women and prevent such tragedies from occurring. One approach that may be effective is to empower women with emotional strength and empathy.

Emotional intelligence is a crucial tool that can help women develop a stronger sense of self-worth and self-love, which can enable them to overcome societal pressures and stand up for themselves. Empathy is especially important because it allows women to understand and relate to the experiences of others, regardless of their social status or background. It enables them to connect with other women and build supportive communities, where they can discuss issues, seek help, and offer support to one another.

It is also essential to remember that not all women have access to education, and they face an even greater challenge in navigating societal pressures. Therefore, it is important to reach out to them and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to overcome these challenges. Each one has a right to live and enjoy their life equally and fairly.

In conclusion, while non-governmental and governmental organizations continue to work towards gender equality, we must also focus on empowering women with emotional strength and empathy. By doing so, we can help women develop the tools they need to navigate difficult situations and overcome societal pressures. Ultimately, this will create a better world for all women, where they can feel safe, valued, and empowered to achieve their full potential. We must work towards a society that recognizes the worth of every individual, regardless of gender, and provide them with the tools they need to succeed. Not only the organization there are many individuals who wants to do something to the society needs to join the hands to find the appropriate tools that really eradicate such problem,

As a women's rights activist, I urge everyone to join hands with me in the mission to create a safer and better world for women everywhere. It's disheartening to see how women are losing their lives due to the dominance of patriarchal and traditional societal norms that limit their freedom and potential that we need to break it and let the women out from that ceiling.