Hey guys, I know it’s been long since I have written anything on my blog. Thought of taking a sabbatical for a certain period of time before I felt up for it once again.
Well, to let you know, we have a new member in our family now!
Yes. We named him “Chotu” because he’s so small and cute, although we know that he would grow up one day to become not that big, but big enough for a Cocker Spaniel.
We never thought or even had the slightest hope of having yet another canine companion ever since we lost our last member “Browny” who lived with us for a good fifteen years. I mean, the pain of being separated from Browny was too much for us to handle yet another emotional attachment with another pet. Well, life is full of mystery and surprises and we are extremely happy that we found such a great surprise in the form of Chotu now.
Let me tell you plainly as to what Chotu does. Well, the first time met him was after I got discharged from the hospital after being treated yet again for deliberately going off my meds for bipolar disorder. I would not like to call it selfishness because the wonderful experience that Chotu imparts on me every time I go near him or even think about is simply out of this world! The unconditional way he demonstrates his love and excitement at our sight and presence is simply very very difficult to translate in any word.
And it’s just not me who gets this feeling of warmth from Chotu. Everyone from my family and even my relatives, friends or any other visitors who come to meet us feel the same way. it is both magical and like a ‘nasha’ (intoxication). My friends, relatives and even our neighbors want to come to us or to Chotu, more specifically, because we are all intoxicated by his unimaginable ways of help us realize we still have life in us, that we can still be happy and carefree despite our daily grind of life.
The other day my nephew was about to go to Pokhara, a popular tourist destination of Nepal, along with his sister and parents. The very morning they were to leave for Pokhara, Chotu actually sensed (and dogs have a strange and a very strong feeling about certain things as you may well know) that Adwitiya was leaving him. He tried all his methods to actually prevent my nephew from leaving the house. However, since the van was already waiting for him, Adwitiya whispered a few words of consolation into Chotu’s ears and parted.
The evening Adwitiya was back from Pokhara, Chotu knew no bounds to his happiness and excitement. He licked Adwitiya and my niece, Smriti, as much and as hard as a two-month Cocker Spaniel could and would! Haha!!!
Well, Chotu is definitely a gift from the heavens to all of us. I am greatly indebted to Chotu for all his great and magical ways of keeping all of us so happy and upbeat. I thank him for showing what love is, what true happiness is!
“We weren’t after a record. We just wanted to do all these things, climbing, paragliding, kayaking in one continuous trip,” Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa upon being asked by National Geographic about how things have been after being recognized for their achievement.
Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar stand for adventure. National Geographic salutes them as the “two Nepalis who complete a mission to launch a paraglider from Mount Everest’s summit and kayak the Ganges to the Indian Ocean.”
In the year 2012, Lakpa and Babu won the People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year, National Geographic, setting a new world record with borrowed gear and a shoe-string budget. There were no corporate sponsors nor social media campaigns, only sheer grit, determination and hope.
Born in the Nepali soil, both of them have what it takes to be truly brave at heart and adventurous in spirit.
Watch their video here.
Know your adventurers
Lakpa, born in the Khumbu region in the Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, always had the dream to fly. With many failed attempts at flying and damaging his paraglider in the process, Lakpa ultimately found a friend who shared the same passion in Sano Babu. They met in Pokhara, a paradise for paragliders, where Lakpa had gone to fulfill his longstanding dream of being airborne.
“I like to sing when I fly,” Lakpa said revealing his free spirit to all of us.
“Without adventure you are not feeling real life,” Babu says with passion about the descent and the entire trip to the Ganges in India.
Babu, a kayaker and paraglider by profession, also shared the same dream as Lakpa. A true adventurer at heart, Babu never gave up. There were times during their trip in the Bay of Bengal when they were robbed at knifepoint, however, they were strong and determined enough not to let their camera being robbed.
With heart so soulful and mind concentrated on just one thing- ADVENTURE- Lakpa and Babu are proud entities who not only made Nepal famous but also spread the message of solidarity and friendship.
Tashi Delek !!!