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Astha Subba

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Joys and perils of moving

Published On: December 28, 2019 08:16 AM NPT By: Astha Subba

My three and half -year-old calls me Ema, Hebrew for mum and calls my husband Aaba, Hebrew for father. He speaks Nepali, English and Hebrew haltingly and thinks that our apartment in Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv is his home. He was born here, goes to a local kindergarten, his best friend is a blue-eyed curly-haired, deliciously chubby boy called Aari. He does not know about his “other” home in Nepal, neither does he seem to accept that we are soon moving back to Kathmandu after my term ends here.

Gurkhas’ granddaughter

Published On: January 6, 2017 12:13 AM NPT By: Astha Subba

I had always wondered how my grandpas ended up in the army. Sons of farmers, brought up in hills of eastern Nepal, barely literate, they enrolled, thrived in foreign lands, learnt the foreign languages, fathered children for whom they wanted lives better than theirs, different from theirs, and succeeded.