Have you ever made your parents a Valentine?
Kathmandu, Nepal, — Valentine's Day is coming. Have you ever made your parents a Valentine? It is beautiful if you make them a Valentine. I want my parents to be my Valentine. I have learned from my parents, "Love brings only
love." Love means to unite the minds, a matter which is wider than the sky and
as attractive as the flower. I remember a morning when we smiled, keeping hand
Added by kamala b sarup on February 18, 2010 at 2:16pm —
Nepali women and dance
By Kamala Sarup
Kathamandu, Nepal: As part of a traditional family growing up in Nepal and as a woman, I was not allowed to dance and sing. It was very strict. Women were not allowed to act in movies or plays. Later I lived in India, where I joined classes in dancing and singing.
It was a great effort for my father to send me to New Delhi to study culture, literature and journalism. I joined a local classical dance group there and became a… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on January 21, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the town of Porbander in the state of present-day Gujarat on October 2, 1869. Gandhi believed that the edifice of lasting peace could on be erected upon the foundation of love, compassion, tolerance, coexistence and nonviolence.
I would like to show my love and respect to Gandhi through a poem I wrote for him:
"Mahatma Gandhi's and mine appear"
The sound of loneliness
The sound of more loneliness… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on December 14, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal, — This is a true story. Recently, my friend Chandrakala was brutally gang-raped in Biratnagar, Nepal. After she was raped, she sent me a letter about how Nepal’s bad political situation, war and bad leadership has allowed for women to be raped. Biratnagar’s political and security situation is bad. It's bad in Kathmandu too. It is especially bad news for women's safety. In fact, society’s outlook towards raped women in Nepal is not good.
Political activities go on in… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on December 13, 2009 at 11:21am —
I present an award to a local woman in Nepal, May 2008, as my friend Suchitra and other women look on
Kathmandu, Nepal, — Literacy means the ability to read and write and is a key to the development of women in Nepal. For the many illiterate women in Nepal, the mere ability to read and write is a big step towards doing well in life and society. Thus, my interest to contribute towards increasing literacy in women. I was eager to write about my… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on December 13, 2009 at 11:08am —
Meeting Mother Teresa
Kathmandu, Nepal, I was 14 when I met Mother Teresa. She had a sentimental heart and appeared like a real mother. When I visited her, she came close to me and said in an endearing tone, "God gives you happiness." I felt special and happy. I was honored.
She was in total peace with herself and walked to the window, "You are always engrossed in love, in life! That is more important than wants, struggles and thought."
I slowly look at her and… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on December 13, 2009 at 1:46am —
I organized a program on HIV/AIDS and Trafficking in Dhulikhel, Nepal April 21, 2008. : I organized a program on HIV/AIDS and Trafficking in Dhulikhel, Nepal April 21, 2008. Picture was taken after the program ended.
Kathmandu, Nepal, — I wrote this diary about my friend, who used to work in a brothel. My first meeting with her began a strange day for me. In a way, everyday I have been meeting one person or another and, whatever it may be, among those I’m meeting, she is a bit different… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on October 8, 2009 at 1:34pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal, — If violence succeeds, the subsequent history of this beautiful world is likely to follow the history of many countries that adopted violence or terrorism for a while, only to reject them later, after their failures became obvious. The governments of many countries have adopted violence as a strategy. All have failed.
Desperate people welcome new ideologies, so it is not surprising that the people would welcome violent groups. Initially, they would fare well with… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on September 4, 2009 at 1:53pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal, — India celebrated its Independence Day on Aug. 15 by flying the national flag and with parades. India gained freedom from British rule in 1947. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said last year, "All countries in our region must recognize that terrorism anywhere is a threat to peace and prosperity everywhere. It must be confronted with our united efforts. There is a large constituency for peace and shared prosperity among our people and we must work together to build on… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on August 16, 2009 at 10:54pm —
Kamala Sarup, Kathmandu, Nepal : There is no security and no rights for Nepali women. These days, there is no security for women even in their homes, workplaces and public places. My eyes were full of tears.
I arranged my hair, and I looked at myself in front of the mirror. I lit the stove and boiled tea in a kettle. My heart began to boil like the tea in the pot. My women's rights activist friend Rupa and I had been good friends in school, when she was in 9th grade and I was in 10th… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on July 20, 2009 at 2:16am —
When Mother Teresa touched my hand
Kathmandu, Nepal, — "Kamala! We must make able ourselves to survive for peace, for God," Mother Teresa repeated in our first meeting. This statement makes me think about the real definition of life. Whatever it may be, I learned a lot about life due to our meeting. I got a chance to think about life. I must thank her for this. One should firmly determine about one's life. Unless we are independent, we can't accept life in meaningful way. It is true… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on May 24, 2009 at 10:00pm —
My meeting with Parijat
Kathmandu, Nepal, — The popular Nepali woman writer Bishnu Kumari Waiba, known as Parijat, died in 1993. When I met Parijat, I was a 12 years old. Parijat created a sense of love, a sense of relationship and a sense of humanism. She loved her poems very much, and could tolerate any pain.
Parijat told me seriously, “Kamala, sometimes I get pain in my heart. So I write.” I couldn’t keep from smiling. These words made me smile. Her soft voice could be… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on May 12, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal, — Sister Shanti died last night due to chronic high blood pressure. The news made me sad. She was not meant to leave us so soon. She passed away when starting to enjoy life. Maybe, fate did not grant her, her share of happiness.
I did not see much of the ups and downs in her life. By the time I came to know her, her life was much more settled. But when my mother had to give an example of an ideal woman, she would refer to Sister Shanti. What I have gathered about… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on April 3, 2009 at 3:05pm —
Dance and poetry are committed to reviving old values and constructing new ones in accordance with the changing times. I like to present new things. To achieve my goal, I have developed my own philosophy in writing and dancing, through which I explore and, hopefully, offer some meaning and relevance.
This philosophy, for me, means to fully observe life and the world through literature, arts, and dance to explore peace, love, happiness, and pleasure. And finally, to explore oneself to… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on March 2, 2009 at 11:30pm —
I was Walking the streets with Bengali poets in Dhaka, paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.
Kathmandu, Nepal, — I saw a movie by Satyajit Ray named “Charulata” (“The Lonely Wife”) written by Rabindranath Tagore. I was very much impressed with this popular movie. It stayed on my mind. In Kathmandu, it is not easy to have an environment to freely talk about movies or poetry. My grandfather, who is always concentrated on the local newspaper, will call… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on March 2, 2009 at 8:00pm —
"Bollywood actor Dev Anand has made great contributions to strengthen the relations existing at the people-to-people level by making some very popular films in Nepal. His films helped introduce Nepal's image in India. For the last four decades, Dev Anand's passion to visit Nepal has continued. Even at this stage, he came to Nepal to unveil his autobiography, ‘Romancing With Life.’
Although he is 85, Dev Anand still has the same charisma, and his smile still has the same power to… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on February 21, 2009 at 12:51pm —
Meeting with poet Amrita Pritam
Kathmandu, Nepal, When I first met Amrita Pritam, the first prominent Punjabi woman poet (1919-2005), it was July and I was living in Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
When I called her at home, her husband Imroz picked up the phone, and I made an appointment to see her. I am a great fan of her writing. Her stories touch my heart. "Rasidi Ticket" and "Ik Thi Anita" are two of her writings that brought tears to my eyes. On the day of our appointment, I… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on February 12, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Praying for love and peace
Humanity remains somewhere in the books in Kathmandu. Why is this life so scary without any dreams of peace and love? Why is my mind not able to enjoy the sight of mountains and waterfalls? To tell the truth, I am trying to escape the unstable political situation and bad leadership in Nepal. I do not like horror. I do not like violence. I do not like the killings, corruption, and hatred. My mind gets shattered by violence.
It happened a few days… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on February 9, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Some social transformations can reduce conflicts while all social transformations may not reduce all conflicts. If leaders of countries promote education and moral values that emphasize national integration and international harmony, then conflicts will diminish in the long run.
If sufficient economic, judicial and political equality is pursued and promoted by nations, then, people at the bottom of the ladder will not want to topple those at the top. Therefore, engaging people in… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on January 31, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Kathmandu, Nepal : The situation in Mumbai depresses me. I simply cannot understand how
terrorists and their crack ideas work. I have no words to express great sorrow for those killed in the Mumbai attacks.
The terrorists caused a lot of damage and destruction. But, the resilience of the Indian people has helped them to preserve their identity. An ancient culture, with a long and glorious history of art and music, history and politics, will not easily melt with… Continue
Added by kamala b sarup on January 28, 2009 at 9:11am —