|The Kora Cycle Challenge route went through our neighbourhood|
|Birthday girl Numa taking a snap of her cake!|
DAY 80 : Day of Birthdays!
I woke up early in the morning and headed out to BhatBhateni to buy some birthday presents for my little cousin. I am not a fan of birthdays… Even when I was young I wasn’t too keen on celebrating it. Lol I must sound like a total grinch right now. After receiving help from the didi there I picked up a few things…
Also met Bivit there to drop something.
With my boju and other cousin baini, we headed for Balaju! The food that our kanchi maiju served was delicious! Even though I had already had my first daal-bhat of the day, I was having a second round within two hours of the first plate. Damn. Heading for super healthy status here!!
I was already running late. I headed towards Lazimpat to meet Astha Tamang Maskey! I was looking forward to the meet very much. I’ve been following her since 2007/2008 – from the Myspace days! She was also the first person to be on Ek Chin with… interview on my blog when I was very new to all of this. Such a huge fan of her! She’s flying out to London tomorrow for her tour alongside Rohit Shakya and Naren Limbu. I am gutted that I’ll be missing out on the show. Hopefully she will perform in Kathmandu very soon! We talked for ages… I didn’t realise we’d talk that much as sometimes you meet people and it’s a challenge to hold a convo for a long period of time haha! I was running late now – I think I made my next appointment wait for about 40 minutes. I know. I hate me.
I rushed towards Thamel to meet XYZ! XYZ has been working with gender minorities for a while now. He wanted to know about my view on various things and we talked generally about the type of feedback, comments and likes that my posts receive when I do make shares about “equality”, “same-sex relationship” and more. The conversation touched many levels – from talking about the future, the constitution, the uncertainties and the possible penalization of same sex marriage in Nepal. Apparently, Nepal could be taking the same step as India and be heading towards a move where homosexual relation is criminalized. We also talked about how the transgender community has the overshadowed the LGBTI community. There’s a lot of misconception that a gay or a lesbian person will automatically dress up as a women. People are not aware that there are “masculine” gay men or “feminine” lesbian women. I guess the Nepali mainstream media haven't really given space where these topics can be promoted in the right manner.
Anyways, this can go on for long and the talk did go on for a long time! I was running late for dinner. Because I was in shorts and slippers – I rushed home to get changed. To look a little Lexy hahaha and then headed for Mezze in Durbar Marg.
I shared a cab with these two other guys who were heading for Kupondol. It was very kind of them to offer a ride when I had nearly got into another cab. By the way it can be quite a challenge to find cabs during the evening around my chowk. We were talking for few minutes and then a question “are you Lex Limbu”. For a second I was just like O.O Anyways the power of the internet eh! If you’re reading this, thanks for the lift!
Mezze – because it was Malvika Subbas birthday!
Conversations poured all over the table! From talking about – well I shouldn’t share. Hahaha! We called it a night and headed home after the dinner and drinks!
Socialising can be super-tiring.