So well, as declared in my Facebook page here I am all set to spill the beans on my crazy,weird, funny, hysterical, a little furious- weekend in Pokhara (April 20-23). Let me zero in right on the topic.
|The posters plasted around the beautiful lake city looked like this :)|
My visit to the beautiful lake city was to host the event where ADITYA NARAYAN son of the respected and beloved Nepali singer in Bollywood UDIT NARAYAN were to perform for the first time in Nepal.
Was I excited? Sure I was. Would I be overwhelmed by his “stardom”? erm not really.
And well that is exactly what happened. In fact, I realized that I had held high expectations on the guy, felt disappointed by the much-bragged about star performer. More on that later...
· This was my first time emceeing outside of Kathmandu and the organizers- KRISS EVENTS, went out of their ways to take care of me. From tickets, accommodations to food, they beared it all and even paid me very well. I am all smiles
|I am glad I met Mr Anil Thapa on this trip. This man with his incredible jest for life truly inspired me in so many ways. He is a Korean language teacher by the way -but he got many more levels to just being that :)|
· Saw the Pokhara Ko Don lol. Seriously, in a big hilux ( I think it was a hilux or some other big pick up truck) a party of four entered from the VIP entrance half-way during the concert. I puzzled them for Aditya Narayan as all the photographers starting taking non-stop pictures of them. And to my confused look a photographer came and whispered, “Pokhara ko Don ho yini haru”. Arey bafrey I said, with a big grin. One of the Dons was actually young, kinda my age and was actually cute looking haha. I swear I shouldve taken his picture. Let me see if I can find it in any of the pokhara sites.
· Went for the Phewa Taal boat ride after a whole four years and it was awesome.
· Captured some interesting captions and signboards here and there in Pokhara that brought about series of smiles on my face. Here check them out.
|Reads: Who is uglier she want to be oversmart - like super LOL|
|You dont need luck if you are good. Hmm makes some sense eh:)|
|Dont ask me whose pervy hands are those? haha|
|Ahh typical NEPALI :) no wonder the Thakali Restaurants are so popular|
|Erm.... Once upon a time in Pokhara, I went to a once upon a time restaurant. Yes I did. Bad pancakes they served but steak was yummm :)|
|Pollution made by women? Huh! haha|
|YES that Tshirt is ridiculous. PLEASE dont wear it the next time. THANKYOU for putting a smile across my face with your wonderfully captioned Tee anyway :)|
|It is the "wash and dry by PROFESSIONAL MACHINE" that had me rofl-ing.|
· Sabin Rai was one of the best parts of my trip to Pokhara. Hadnt hung out with him again in full four years so was nice to catch up with him. The jokes he tosses are legendary and its so nice to see and meet and spend time with a truly talented and celebrated artiste who is so down to earth and humble. One of Sabin dai’s band members tells me that one of the weirdest ways any emcee has called him on stage was by saying this “ Aba audai hunuhunchha Sabin Rai unko “kalo kalo” liera”Directly translated to – “Now here comes Sabin Rai bringing along with him his black, black”. “Kalo Kalo Raat”- matrai bhandeko bhae pani ta hunthyo- Sabin dai says with a big smile and I was literally on the floor.
(Info: Sabin Rai has a hit song that is titled Kalo Kalo Raat)
|Me and Sabin Dai :)|
· Other funny dialogues that I overheard in my trip are as follows
Conversation between our hotel owner and one of the patrons at a buffet dinner.
Patron: Dai, ke ho yo.
Owner: Chicken ho.
Patron: Eh laaa, ma ta vegeterian ho.
Owner: Haina khas ma Chicken pani veg nai ho, katey pachhi matrai non-veg.
· Conversation between Sabin Rai and one of his band members
Band member: Dai , swimming janu parchha hai aja please
Sabin Rai: Aaahh janna ma, swimming na fwimming timi haru ja
Band member: Ani tya aera tapai swimming garnai parchha bhanney chhaina ni ta. Aera dubey bhai halyo ni.
|The old lan hua china restaurant- Lake side.. highly recommended. Authentic, super-delish food prepared by a Chinese Chef himself. And its so reasonably priced. Try the Kung-Pao chicken ...oh I am still drooling.|
|Hmm the view ?? ;)|
· And as always, the enchanting Pokhara with its relaxed ambience, endless mountain ranges and laid-back awesomeness makes me fall in love with it all over again and again and again.
· Damn those Pokhara taxis don’t have no meter box- that means one has to move around in Taxis by bargaining the rate before the ride every time. And boy, will they haggle all the money out of you lol. That is probably why it is a good idea to hire a scooter for a day to move about in Pokhara.
|See.. no meter box there! :/|
· Also bad and really sad was the state of Phewa taal. I saw this foams of white something that was floating on the shore and I was informed that it was because of all the clothes-washing that is done in the once-pristinely clean beautiful lake.
|Breaks my heart to see the polluted Phewa Taal. Can only hope it doesnt turn into another Bagmati.|
Other than that, I did all the things that one does when in Pokhara. Went to fewa taal, walked about like a real tourist, purchased souvenirs for the heck of it– hey I don’t smoke or drink I have to find something to keep myself entertained , don’t I? LOL.
|And this is what we bought in Pokhara acting like total tourists again lol. Anything in PINK give it to me baby :)|
|. I love walking around Pokhara streets in my chappals like the absolute tourists - not my beetle though:)|
And despite all the highs and lows within just 3 days of a visit to Pokhara, I cannot wait to get back there again. Thankyou for reading folks. I hope you enjoyed the pictures too. Until my next blog this is a good bye.