Here come the RAIN!

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After two days of heat suddenly the rain arrives with clouds to spread amazing colors on the horizon, Kathmandu mountains just look stunning

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

The sick man from his chamber looks
At the twisted brooks;
He can feel the cool
Breath of each little pool;
His fevered brain
Grows calm again,
And he breathes a blessing on the rain.

From the neighboring school
Come the boys,
With more than their wonted noise
And commotion;
And down the wet streets
Sail their mimic fleets,
Till the treacherous pool
Ingulfs them in its whirling
And turbulent ocean.

In the country, on every side,
Where far and wide,
Like a leopard’s tawny and spotted hide,
Stretches the plain,
To the dry grass and the drier grain
How welcome is the rain!

In the furrowed land
The toilsome and patient oxen stand;
Lifting the yoke encumbered head,
With their dilated nostrils spread,
They silently inhale
The clover-scented gale,
And the vapors that arise
From the well-watered and smoking soil.
For this rest in the furrow after toil
Their large and lustrous eyes
Seem to thank the Lord,
More than man’s spoken word.

Near at hand,
From under the sheltering trees,
The farmer sees
His pastures, and his fields of grain,
As they bend their tops
To the numberless beating drops
Of the incessant rain.
He counts it as no sin
That he sees therein
Only his own thrift and gain

How beautiful is the Rain by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Urban View of Kathmandu Valley

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View of Kathmandu Valley from Swayambhunath Monastery Hills

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An Evening

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The Long Horizon 

“In the afterglow of an evening rain
I lay down in the grass and think of you

My body aches like an after-kiss
Breaking in soft fires and wildflowers

My dear, i will always be this tender for you.”

Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

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Patan Darbar Square

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Panoramic view of the artistic Darbar Square 

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Garden of Dreams

One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,

One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste—

The Stars are setting and the Caravan

Starts for the Dawn of Nothing—Oh, make haste!

Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!

That Youth’s sweet-scented Manuscript should close!

The Nightingale that in the Branches sang,

Ah, whence, and whither flown again, who knows!

Ah Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire

To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,

Would not we shatter it to bits—and then

Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!

Ah, Moon of my Delight who Know’st no wane

The Moon of Heav’n is rising once again:

How oft hereafter rising shall she look

Through this same Garden after me—in vain!

These four stanzas form famous poet “Omar Khayyam” is carved on white marble just at entry point of what is called “Gardens of Dreams”. Located just before a junction between Thamel and Kantipath this is a perfect place to get relax from the heavy traffic, noisy streets, pollutions and hassle of Kathmandu City. After spending hours in Kathmandu’s dense backstreets of Thame region this is a very perfect place to lay down on your back inhale the beauty and freshness in the air.

 

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“UN” in Government Style

Yesterday one of my friend sent me a vacancy announcement and ask me to see if there is anything wrong with it. I click the link and it takes me to the UN Pakistan vacancy announcement site. I scroll down the ‘vacancy announcement’ he mentioned and start reading its details. It seems quite an interesting opportunity with good grade and being based in ‘strategic management unit’ offers a very progressive career in the sector. Suddenly requirement section caught my attention;

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Really? is this realistic? will they offer the position to someone who has matriculation plus the required professional experience?

It seems like a mocking ‘advertisement’ quite in line with the government ‘vacancy announcement’ where a post is announced after identifying someone from the inner circle or close sources. Or this will be annoucned for someone who is quite near and dear in the office and the management want to squeeze the competition for the ‘buddy’. Who knows? But all options are acceptable and valid as its UN!

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Evening Scene from Kathmandu

Sun going down beyond mountains, urban structure running to its feet and gentle breeze touching your cheeks filling you with JOY and Energy, that’s how exactly you feel when you watch sunset from one of city scarpers in Kathmandu

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