Friday, 3 October 2014

Do you know.............

A humorous take on the local   practices:

-It is vital to check on the times of shed loading ( power cut ) before going to the hairdresser's. I did not. I ended up with a  (freezing ) cold hair wash, and having to walk home with wet hair, looking like a drowned rat.

-Privacy is an alien concept when you are having beauty treatment.. I had manicure and pedicure the other day. 4 people atttended  to me for the 4 limbs. I became a contortionist. I positioned myself , finely balanced with both arms outstretched  to each side , and  the 2 legs spread eagled in opposite direction. It was a precarious operation to say the least. Even the boss came in to watch and talk with staff ........A high staff  ratio of five to one. Impressive by all accounts

-It is perfectly acceptable to jump queue in any social situation. Even if it means physically elbowing your way through. No one bats an eye lid, I noticed. Having being at the receiving end several times, I  have started to elbow my way into queues as well. It certainly feels right to do . When in Rome........ :)

-I have always wondered why the dogs are so docile and sleepy during all hours of the day. They would sleep in the open drain, and middle of the road, on the road side, anywhere and everywhere. After 6 years, I have come to the conclusion that its to do with  being on a vegetarian diet. May be we can reduce the aggression in dogs in the developed world...........

-There are ad hoc and never ending road building programs going on all the time. It becomes urgent when any visiting VIPs declare their plans of staying in a 5 star hotel. Invariably the access road  to the hotel will be built and tarmacked before their arrival in record time. And the road built will only extend as far as the eyes can see. That usually means the end of that particular road. Frustrating for the local residents around the area...they have to put up with the mayhem of disruption with no benefit.

-During the festival period, it is forbidden to do any washing on the most auspicious day. It is the belief that one will remove all the good fortune coming the family's way. Interestingly, the Chinese is forbidden to sweep /clean the floor on first day of the new year for similar reasons.I almost committed the cardinal sin yesterday. With a handful of dirty laundry, I was on my way down to do my last lot of washing, before returning home.. Uma asked what I was doing with the bundle....I had to come back hastily and put it off for another day. :)

An interesting  way to observe life in general  in Kathmandu.

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