She never thought she could look at herself in the mirror ever again. The scars from the extensive burns she suffered from made her cringe and hate herself besides reminding her of the painful fact that the ones she loved and trusted and considered family were the very ones who attempted to kill her. Life had come to a standstill, an end in its own right. The trauma was seared in her and would now forever be a part of her, both physically and mentally.
“I never thought I would survive and when I did, I couldn’t bear to even look at myself,” says 21 years old Laxmi Chauhan who is known as Gudiya at Burn Violence Survivors – Nepal (BVS – Nepal), a partner of the umbrella organization Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI).
Gudiya suffered from extreme mental and physical abuse from her husband and in-laws from the time she got married at the age of 14. Their reasons were insufficient dowry and the fact that she couldn’t bear a child. In what was probably a series of escalating violence, Gudiya was ultimately burnt alive by her sister in-law.
I grew up with medicines. I could say ‘ibuprofen’ before I could pronounce my own name properly. Paracetamol, tinidazole, metronidazole, amoxicillin, and erythromycin were some drugs I knew all about before I even started school. When you live with two doctors, these are very common side effects. My parents always had tablets and syrups ready for anything and everything so much so that I often asked them if they had a pill that would make me do well in Nepali too.
Another side effect is that I have always been skeptical about Ayurveda, homeopathy and anything that was not allopathic medicine. On our first day in Tibet, we were given some herbal concoction that would up our RBC volume and take care of the altitude sickness. Though I gulped it down without giving it a thought, I really didn’t think the blood-red liquid would be of any help. But minutes later I felt the woozy feeling subside and my head cleared up. Firm in my beliefs I still thought it was because of all the water I drank and not the little bottle of Tibetan medicine.
You had a rough day at work. You couldn’t meet a deadline. Your boss yelled at you. After you go home you don´t feel like speaking to your parents, and so you lock yourself up in your room. But you soon find yourself fighting over the phone with your partner.
It’s one of those days when nothing has gone right and despite struggling hard, the gazillion negative thoughts continue to haunt you.
What do you do?
Image Park, an organization that has been promoting photography for four years, is holding a photography workshop just before Dashain.
The workshop is open to all kinds of photography enthusiasts, from students to service holders to housewives who are beginners in photography.
The workshop teaches basic photography skills, like handling the settings of a DSLR camera, recognizing good photographs, and taking competent portrait, landscape, night, daily life, and outdoor photography. For students who have completed all levels of the course, internship placement is offered at various places.
Quite recently, a friend of mine asked me a million bucks question. “What’s the difference between android and smart phones?”
“Um, aren’t smart phones bigger?” came my brilliant reply.
Well, before you form any opinions about my intellect, or sanity, let me clarify that there are no problems whatsoever, medical or otherwise. I have quite smart answers in my kitty if you were to ask me about Shakespeare or Plato. But when it comes to technology, things tend to take an entirely different turn, or rather a twist down a winding road on a steep hillock.
The 4th NCell Literature Festival, organized by the Bookworm Foundation with support from NCell, is scheduled to be held from Friday (today), September 19 to 22 in the premises of Nepal Academy at Kamaladi.
Noted as an annual carnival that brings together academicians, poets, writers and literature lovers together, it has been garnering a lot of interest and popularity.
The 2014 Asian Games or the XVII Asiad is all set to officially start from today in South Korea. Nepal is taking part in 18 different events but it has already crashed out of the U-23 football tournament with a crushing 5-0 defeat to Kuwait even before the games have officially started. What hopes do people have for Nepal? The Week finds out.
Sports have been garnering relatively more attention for the past few years in Nepal. It has become one of the best mediums for the country to be recognized in the international arena. We have been doing well in cricket. I am also quite optimistic about women’s cricket. Taekwondo is another arena where our players have been giving wonderful performances. However, I still wish that in order to bring home more medals, they should be given better training, better diet and more professional exposure. Representing one’s nation in such international events is a matter of huge prestige, and I believe that should be acknowledged.
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