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The Warmth Within Snow

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The Warmth Within Snow

It is still in my memory, one morning my father’s phone rang. I was studying in Grade 5, living in the town where I grew up. ‘Libang’, the headquarters of the Rolpa district, was a little darker. Waiting for the sunlight of early morning to light it up. “Sir, we’ve arrived already!” Someone said to my father on call. It was the month of Falgun, and my father, mother and I were going to ‘Thabang’.

‘Thabang’, the place has a historical significance regarding the decade-long Maoist Insurgency. The group I was going with, had similar political reasons to visit the place as well. I, with my parents, stepped out of my house to join them. They were standing, waiting for us. We had a brief interaction before we went in the jeep. I remember it was a Mahindra – Scorpio.

After almost five hours of journey, we reached our destination. As I was taking my first step into the historical land, my thoughts were dedicated to the tourist attractions we saw on the way. We joined the program that we went for. Before the sun was setting, the event ended, and we went to the Homestay we were staying at.

Early the next morning, my father, me, the visitors who had arrived with us, and some locals roamed the whole village. The roads were tiled up with beautifully shaped flat stones. Human hands are capable of a high level of development, ‘Thabang’ was an example of this. We visited ‘Mahat,’ Rukum which was nearby. Shortly after, we returned for lunch and started to move toward ‘Jaljala’. This plan was made immediately right there. We were supposed to be returning.

We, on the vehicle, reached a higher place from where we had to move on foot. People interested in talking with each other subconsciously formed their respective groups and started moving ahead. I, with a lot of excitement, was walking ahead of all. Amit Uncle, a local from ‘Thabang’, was with us. So, we had no problems regarding directions and all. Although this was my second time going to ‘Thabang’, I had been there through ‘Jelbang’ only. This time we went there through ‘Mirul’ and ‘Thabang’. Roads were different, but the destination was the same.

A place with significance in religious, historical, and natural tourism-related aspects, ‘Jaljala’ was enlisted in the top 100 places for Visit Nepal 2020. It was one of the places with the highest altitude in Rolpa. The uphill I ignored them, I had to reach there first of all. Anyhow! And we did it within a few hours. And most importantly, we were lucky to see the snowfall there. ‘Jaljala’ is not any mountain, nor was it a season for snowfalls. But, the snow welcomed us!

I enjoy the places I go, not the changes occurring there. But, ‘Jaljala’ was different this time. I was expecting to play with the varieties of vegetation there and see the trees of 9 different species of Rhododendron. But there was no greenery, but everything black. Burned because of wildfire. I was a child, sad because I could not get a photo with green in the background.

Regardless of anything, we all gathered there and prepared some snacks to eat. Fortunately, snow fell again. It was a great coincidence, snowfall in Falgun and we were there. It was black a few moments ago, ‘Jaljala’ was now covered in white. This was my first experience with snow. We played with it. And returned, being through the ‘Bhama Odaar’.

I used to think that it must be very cold walking in the snow. But it felt like nothing. I kept moving. I still, felt nothing until I did not see any whites. As soon as I stepped on the land with no snow, I realized how cold it was. I have no idea if it was dopamine, functioning like adrenaline, but I felt no cold when I was in the snow. Getting out of it triggered my realization.

I started contemplating as we returned to ‘Thabang’ back, and started our journey back to ‘Libang’. Is this experience a part of our life? Being in a hole and not realizing it until you get out of it. Try to think about it in the context of everything. Politics, foreign employment, relationships, facilities, education, law enforcement, and every other thing. The warmth within the snow is only if you haven’t seen an actual warm land. Nobody knows the actual problem if they haven’t seen it being solved somewhere. Yes, the biggest lie I’ve known in my life is the warmth within snow.

By: Archit Babu Merciful (Law, M2)

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Memorable Trip To Japan

Travelling is one of the most effective ways to recharge your energy. Visiting new places makes you realize there is more to the world than what you have seen and experienced, and what you will ever be able to see during your lifespan. Traveling is a pleasurable experience, but sometimes it may not be up to one’s expectations. I believe every person should at least once in their life should have a memorable vacation, be it good or bad, and mine was three years ago, in Japan. During the spring of 2019, along with my parents and I traveled to Beppu, Japan for my sister’s graduation ceremony. It was a two-week trip that had excited me for a long time. Traveling overseas had always been my dream and the ride to Nepal’s international airport was an amazing start. We arrived in Fukuoka, Japan, after eleven cramped and uncomfortable hours in the congested seats of Korean Airlines. This experience was an amazing platform to learn bout the parallels and differences in culture and lifestyle between Nepal and Japan. The variations in airport facilities were easily noticeable. The airport was so huge that one could easily get lost. Moreover, the language barrier became an issue when my mom left her glasses on the airplane’s seats. After the checkout procedures, we met my sister at baggage claim and took a bus to Beppu City, where my sister lives. The roads were smooth as butter surrounded by greenery, and the buildings were so tall that it strained our necks to look at them. For a fortnightly trip, we had a lot of plans to enjoy the trip fully. On the second day, we planned to go to my sister’s university, Ritsumekan Asia Pacific University, and her workplace, Suginoi Hotel. I was blown away by the large classes, but even more so by the sophisticated restrooms. From her college, we had a magnificent perspective of the city, and we took a lot of pictures. 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I visited several shrines, including Yasukuni Shrine, Asakusa, and others. Walking through the Asakusa Shrine in a Japanese kimono was a unique and unforgettable experience. I can’t leave out the welcoming and friendly locals we’ve encountered. We took most of the public transportation accessible to us. We had to rush to the train station every day, even though it was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel. On the train, there is also a strict social code to follow. Taking a call on the train is considered impolite. However, texting is OK. Giving up your seat for the elderly or a pregnant lady is also courteous, and this applies here as well. Tokyo is one of the busiest cities I’ve ever visited. The busiest place was the Tokyo Crosswalk in Shibuya. At peak times, thousands of pedestrians scramble across what’s believed to be the world’s busiest crosswalk. Its popularity is easily explained. Tokyo was the ideal fashion capital in Japan for someone who loves fashion. The pink cherry blossom trees or Sakura as the Japanese call it, were spectacular to view during our visit. Mt. Fuji, a volcanic mountain, and the gorgeous, vast sea, with ships strewn around, were even more breathtaking. The experience is certainly one of the most satisfying feelings you’ll ever have in your life. Along with the opportunity to spend time in such a vast city, full of adventures around every corner, excitement in everything you do and see, the wonder of the technology you’ll get to play with and experience, and the rich culture you’ll see and learn about. When I said in the beginning, that travelling might sometimes not be as expected, I thought of the time when we missed our flight back from Tokyo. The gate to our flight got closed right in front of my eyes and I was standing helpless because I did not speak Japanese and my sister had not reached the gate. Unfortunately, we had to spend a night at the airport which made me realize that Japanese people work on time. Going on an exploration of a strange city brings together a wide range of emotions. Fear, worry, excitement, and joy are examples of emotions. The sensation is difficult to describe in words. It’s a sensation that must be experienced to comprehend. I used to love Japan because of its anime and video games, but now I’m drawn to its ancient culture and modern civilization. I’m excited to come back when I’m in college. By: Reshika Tandukar (Management, L2)

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