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Kalu Maila



The joys of fatherhood

August 3, 2018 09:23 AM

I became a father three months ago. Since then, my life has completely changed. Many years ago, when in college, I used to tell my professors that my goal in life was to be a good houseman, whatever that meant. One day, I would get married then after that I would be a stay-at-home dad, read newspapers and novels all day and work on my novel and screenplays while taking care of my children.

Welcome back (not)

July 20, 2018 07:53 AM

A friend of mine is back home after a decade of living in the West. Some people do change. I too lived in the West for a decade and I’m one of those unlucky ones whose accent did not change at all. I still speak English with my Nepali accent while some of my friends became New Yorkers or a Geordie from Newcastle. Good for them but don't stretch it too far.

Game on!

July 6, 2018 07:54 AM

My wife is a big fan of Messi like billions of folks around the world. She thinks that in her previous life she was an Argentinian. Now, it’s my turn to roll my eyes and look at her as if she is crazy. It’s funny that I have been a big fan of England since the 90s and my wife has to choose a country that doesn’t get along well with England. Both countries have been football rivals and have also been at war for Falkland Islands in the 80s. Even till this day, I have a towel of the English Football Team. My wife has tried to throw it away many a times but I have always managed to recover it from the trash. Yes, God save the Queen!

Everybody needs a Crown

March 23, 2018 07:50 AM

The other day, I was at a café with a friend of mine talking politics. I guess that's what men do when they meet for coffee because nothing else is worth talking about when there are pressing matters of the state to discuss.

When I grow up

February 23, 2018 09:21 AM

When I was a kid I used to go around the neighborhood trying to prick other kids with either stones or sticks. I was busy playing doctor at the age of four. The whole neighborhood thought that I would actually become a doctor someday.

The flaws of Facebook

February 9, 2018 12:00 PM

My wife loves Facebook. I don’t. My wife gets all the news from her Facebook links while I think most of the news links you click from Facebook pages are fake ones. Yes, that’s the only thing on which I agree with Trump but, of course, the Orange Man doesn’t like the mainstream media except a few that support his way of thinking.

The perfect gift

January 19, 2018 09:40 AM

If you are invited to a wedding party, barta bandha, or other social functions, you don’t have to worry much about what gift to give to the guy who has come of age or the girl who is getting married to a fruit or the person who is finally getting married to another person with all the 32 great qualities present in a human being

What’s in a name

January 5, 2018 09:13 AM

A friend of mine has started a ‘name my baby’ contest on Facebook. His wife is expected to deliver their baby sometime next month.

Whispers of winter

December 22, 2017 07:25 AM

I love winter because you get to wear thermals, sweaters, and jackets. People think you have put on weight and compliment you on your good looks. Yes, we are Nepalis. If you look a little overweight or chubby then you are healthy and doing good and if you look a little underweight or just normal then you must either be sick or worried about the next big earthquake.

Dummies guide to elections

December 15, 2017 08:42 AM

I stood up for election when I was in the sixth grade. The election for class captain was a three-way race and out of 40 students, I received only four votes.

With or without you

November 17, 2017 09:07 AM

I have been married for almost four years now and whenever there is a high school reunion my friends ask me if I am enjoying my married life or if I still long for the 'Single and Mingle' days!  I think it's not only me but all married guys face the same question from our 'single' friends.

Your own ‘Chakka Panja’

November 3, 2017 08:11 AM

It seems that everyone wants to make movies in this town. Yes, Chakka Panja made a lot of money and the second one did bumper business as well but that doesn’t mean everyone will make money in the movie industry.

Dashain blues

September 22, 2017 08:54 AM

When you were kids Dashain was all about flying kites, wearing new clothes, eating lots of food till your tummy hurt and not worrying about school for a few weeks.

Fake prophets

September 8, 2017 12:19 PM

I am not an expert on religious issues but I think people want to believe in something other than the higher being above when they stop believing in themselves.

Teej talks

August 18, 2017 07:42 AM

Every year we know that the Teej festival is near when we get to read about the new 'Teej' songs in the newspapers or hear new 'Teej' songs on radio or watch the video on TV and YouTube.

The tablet generation

July 21, 2017 08:25 AM

I don’t really like attending weddings because all that women seem to do at these functions is show off their ‘golden’ stuff and expensive saris. I tell my wife that it is better to wear fake jewelries rather than breaking one’s neck (and the bank in the process) with tons of gold. And what’s the deal with saris and lehengas costing not just a few thousand rupees but more than half a lakh these days? Why do most women buy new saris every few months? And because of Facebook, you can’t be caught wearing the same sari at another wedding even if it’s after a few years because you will have pictures of the previous party wearing the same stuff somewhere out there.

Wellness matters

June 30, 2017 10:04 AM

My wife is a big fan of yoga. For her, Ram Dev Baba can never be wrong. I tell her that yoga is a good thing but I would prefer walking. I seek help from Google Baba to show my wife the benefits of walking. Albert Einstein used to go for walks daily. She tells me I am no Einstein. Let me tell you this, my wife has the right retort for everything.

The big question

June 9, 2017 09:17 AM

I have been married for three and half years now and whenever my wife and I attend weddings, bartabandas and other social ceremonies, our relatives hover around us and begin their interrogation session regarding when we plan to have a child and make them all proud. Before I got married, the same relatives would follow me around during family gatherings and ask me when I would get married. Now that I am married, they still keep on harassing me and now my wife as well with their ‘baby’ remarks and queries.

Our story

May 12, 2017 09:05 AM

We expected Loot-2 to be the biggest Nepali movie ever but I guess Haku Kaley and his friends were not as funny as the Chakka Panja folks. Well, it’s definitely hard to make a sequel and although Nischal Basnet did try and made tons of money at the Nepali box office, the movie failed to meet the expectations of his fans. Let’s hope Loot-3 will be the baddest and Haku Kaley can finally rule this country with his schemes.

Tourists in Nepal

April 28, 2017 09:11 AM

I was at a café the other day hanging out with my high school friends. It had been almost a decade since we had gotten together to talk about our good old school days. The café was filled with tourists. I showed up early and, for the next hour, none of my high school friends showed up. Yes, most of us do function according to Nepali time and showing up an hour or two late for any scheduled program seems to be the norm in our society.