Rashik Maharjan

My Life in Nepal By Rashik Maharjan

Rashik Maharjan is from Siddhipur, Lalitpur in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is 20 years old and a Computer Programming student at University of Pokhara. He is energetic and very studious.

Rashik Maharjan

CHILDHOOD

Speaking truth, I actually don’t know what life is because today my parents are struggling for my life and livelihood. I think I haven’t grown up yet; I am fully dependent on them as our cultural practices allow to do us so. In the context of Nepal, everybody follows the culture of joint family.

During my childhood, it was just simple living. I used to wake up late, do my homework and I was always in a hurry to attend my classes. After school I had my food and went to play outside with my friends. Apart from my regular classes, I usually involved in extra curricular games which really enhanced my physical and mental health. Moreover, we generally used to play marbles and cards during our childhood and at night I used to watch cartoons. From Sunday to Friday I used to repeat this same routine.

In fact, I had not gone out of my village until I completed my school life. I had no idea about the places around Nepal. Even I did not have idea about the popular historical places like Dharahara, Patan, Durbar Square, etc. My school was close to my house so I never tried to move away from my village. But when I joined college I became close to new places and new friends. I joined the college in morning shift, it starts from 6 am and ends at 12 pm. After completing the classes, me and my friends used to go exploring new and different places. Like this I upgraded my simple life.

I think interaction is the most important part of a life. Interaction with the people can help you learn many things. People should have advanced thought. Dull and narrow mindedness leads to failure. We should try to step a foot forwards not to backwards.

APRIL 25, 2015 – GORKHA EARTHQUAKE

The day of earthquake, I thought it was the end of my life. It was a shock to me; I was not even able to think what was happening around me. Everyone was running here and there to save their life. They were running full of fears.

I was in college that day and I remember thinking everything is going to end. I was thinking, “Would I be able to see my parents again?” I saw buildings falling apart, injuries, people crying, fear. The term “smile” was totally vanished.

That day many people found there is “God”. They were praying for their loved ones. There was not any network signal to contact people, no vehicles, all the shop were closed. Everybody ran to open place to survive. Even I was the victim that I did not find any vehicle. When I did reach home I saw nobody was injured from my family and I thanked god a lot that moment. Nobody went home, everybody was in fields and other open places. As soon as the darkening began everybody were thinking how to spend the night out.

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There were about 15 families together. Everyone was hungry but no one had the guts to enter their home and bring food to fill their empty stomachs. But we could convince a neighbor who had a shop to open it and we bought some food like noodles, biscuits. We all shared our food stuffs among neighbors and we spent our first night on a tomato farm: that was a sleepless night.

Early morning, we all gathered together and made tents. We stayed in tents for about 45 days. Heavy rainfall and storms would also strike along with earthquakes which made our time more complicated. Tents were the alternate option to be secure from earthquakes but due to heavy rain fall we were forced to leave the tents, too. Everybody was in a dilemma. All people were so depressed that they cannot think for tomorrow.

A little hope rose up when other countries gave us a relief fund. Different NGO’s and INGO’s organization started helping and different awareness programs were launched to make people understand about the earthquake, it’s effects, safety measures, etc. Also entertaining games and programs were organized to give people relief from that nightmare. For many months we suffered from earthquake and still it is not completely stopped.

Earthquake the destructive disasters that totally changed the map of Nepal: the historical places like Bhaktapur, Durbar Square, Patan, and Syambhunath. Many people became homeless, lost their treasure, family and many more.

These all are the treasure of Nepal. Nepal is renowned to all over the world because of these religious and historical places, temples, stupas, and culture. Though earthquake destroyed it, we have to re-construct the Nepalese property. It is our duty and responsibility. We cannot ignore it. We have to conserve it from extinction. One hand is not enough to uplift the country but the unity has a big power.

Together we will rebuild stronger. And the Thrive Project has been and will be a part of that effort.

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