Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Toronto Star - Nepal dispatches: 'I bow to you'

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    • “Namaste,” pronounced Nam-a-stay. It’s a word you hear so often in Nepal it becomes as common as the frenetic sounds of car horns or motor bikes.
    • I remember this little boy had his hands clasped together for quite some time. I didn't realize he was waiting for me to turn around so that he could say "Namaste."
    • Whether you're walking the streets of Kathmandu or trekking through the mighty Himalayas, the Nepali people always have time for a heartfelt “Namaste.”
    • An ever so slight bow of the head comes in tandem. It is this one simple gesture that gives me butterflies. Amidst the difficult grind of daily life and the political uncertainties currently strong-arming the nation, for me, it speaks volumes about the amicability of the Nepali people.
    • “It’s different from where you come from,” my friend Aruna, who has been helping me film here in Kathmandu joked with me recently. “Here in Nepal, we always have time to stop, to greet, to say hello.” It is a lesson I will take with me always - as a friend, a daughter, a journalist and also a perfect stranger. Palms touching, hands in-front-of-heart, the collective ability of the people to take a literal breath and acknowledge one another is the most beautiful thing I have seen during my time here in Nepal. Namaste. I bow to you. Isn't it just lovely?
    • Jayme Poisson is a Master of Journalism student at Carleton University. She will be trekking through Nepal during May while making a documentary about delivering maternal health services to remote and conflict-affected areas. In mid-June she will join the Star's summer intern program. She will be blogging regularly from the field.

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