It has been two weeks since the Great Earthquake struck Nepal. Those who survived this disaster have witnessed the worst and it will haunt them throughout their lives. People know that life is uncertain and that they must carry on with what they have left and treasure the memories that they build next. And with all the chaos surrounding this disaster, there were certain tales of hospitality that Nepalese demonstrated and which touched the hearts of the world.
I had highlighted the generous nature of the Nepalese in my post titled “YAHA CHHA KHUSI (HERE IS HAPPINESS)” and once again my fellow countrymen have proved their hospitality in a state where their hearts have been shattered and their shelter in ruins.
Within the next three or four days after the earthquake, the national and international media highlighted the destruction that crippled Nepal’s tourism sector with shocking images of collapsed buildings, demolition of UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites and cries of agony that were echoed whenever the media reached out to the affected areas. And at a time when rescue missions were just limited to Kathmandu Valley and its outskirts, there were examples that just illustrated how much more we were than just the news of our homeland’s destruction.
A picture emerged from an international news reporter and that was circulated in my Facebook circle about an old woman asking the reporter if he wanted any foods to eat despite knowing that her house had been turned into rubble. The news reporter was surprised of her resiliency and her genuine hospitality that its weightage compelled him to show the respect that she deserved. In a sense, it was really touching. It really moved me because that is what we expect in the aftermath of a national crisis. People helping each other even though they have nothing left, even though their family connections were taken away, even though they had not received relief days after the disaster. Maybe that is who we Nepalese truly are. It just pushes you into admitting that very soon, the nation will see its denizens in the state that they were in before the calamity. Or maybe Nepal can take the rehabilitation as a challenge and push its development strategies in ways that had never been imagined by the Nepalese.
A few days later, another photo emerged on the national daily, Kantipur, where it portrayed a young girl offering Waiwai, an instant noodle, to anyone asking for it. The picture just justified that despite the crisis hitting hard on our mental strength, there seems to be little bit of our culture that sets an example of who we really are. If you consider that such actions are common, then you are wrong. Let me ask you: would you rather rush to save the people buried under the rubble or would you rush to open area and just watch others saving the affected ones? A large proportion would choose the latter but there are few among us who dared to show the true face of humanity.
These are just few examples of how our hospitable nature describes our nationality. We seem to have an empathy feeling towards those who are affected by any means. We are happy when we showcase our culture and feel proud at the same time.
In times such as these, I feel proud being a Nepali because some stories are so captivating that it feels that I am part of the story. A story that lets hope exponentially grow and makes a platform for other people to fight back against the crisis. And I believe these stories should be on the forefront of every news media that tend to cover stories on the aftermath of every great crisis.