Planning to come back home for my summer vacation, I couldn’t have been happier at the thought of escaping Delhi heat and reaching Kathmandu. Frankly, I was quite taken aback when I landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport. The temperature, although quite low compared to Delhi’s scorching 40 degree Celsius, was rather very hot and humid; quite unlike the old Kathmandu. ‘Must have been a hottest day of the year’ I told myself. The worst, however, was yet to come. Although the rain was a big relief on some days, I finally realized that the much talked about climate change and global warming had started to take its toll on our capital city.
Expensive Iron Gate
Congratulations!!!’ my mom’s voice on the phone woke me up one fine day. A couple of congratulations later, I enquired as to what the buzz was all about. The SLC results were out. For the students of today, the SLC result isn’t simply a ‘passing the iron-gate’. No, it’s not also about ‘the beginning of a new future’ (and all the tall talks). It has become a merry-making festival of a kind! With laddoos in their hands and wide grins on their faces, fresh graduates aren’t simply excited about starting a new future, they’re even more excited on getting ‘dakshinas’ from their relatives. I wondered if the ten years of hard work put in by students can be compared and compensated by a monetary reward. Instead of awarding them money, why not gift them practical and valuable lessons of life which might help them in their future? Just when I was thinking this, one of the neighborhood boys entered my house with laddoo in his hand. My philosophical thinking went to drain at once as I decided to pop one of those in my mouth.