My Poor Nepal

Apr 20, 2015

Dear Nepal,

Why are you so poor? Why are you so limited? Why are you pitied?

Why doesn’t anyone see what I see in you? Are you just about the mountains? Or is there more to you? Are  you planning to forever get shadowed by your more popular friends? Don’t you think you should change direction, empower and prosper? Why ask? I know you think life’s good now and it is. Very much. But stop and think do you always want to be addressed as the place with highest mountain in the world? Where people fear to live in their own homes and run off any chance they get?

Granted you still have your good moments. While you were too busy being the rebel you are, your people did pretty incredible things. You had CNN heroes, inspiring individuals, prospering artists and more. You are taking one step at a time, noted. But doesn’t it make you mad that people who call you home,get asked demeaning questions like:

  • How come your English is so good?
  • Are you rich ?
  • How are you rich?
  • How can you afford this?
  • I heard Nepal is so dirty, is it true?
  • I thought all Nepalese were illegal immigrant workers. Is it true?

Why don’t you prove them wrong? We are not dirty, we are not illegal immigrant workers. We are not desperate. Right?Wrong. We are. Most of us can’t come home because what does home have. Dying dreams and worn out lives.

But I believe in you. You are the country with potential. I know you have been through a lot. You are still coping, but its time to muster up and move on. Its time to empower men, women and children alike. Its time to take the world by storm. Its time to educate others. Nepal is beautiful and smart. Nepal is educated and cultured. Nepal is strong and sensible. It’s time.

Yours Truly,
A hopeful Nepali

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