Folktale: Why We Cannot See Death

This is a rather interesting folktale from Nepal. I am very unsure about the details, but I do know the gist of the story. So let’s just say that this is my own twist to the story. There are many different words for ‘death’, but the one used here is ‘काल’ (kaal). काल (kaal) can also mean time, … Read more


INTRODUCTION When you dig into the Nepali Script (and the romanized version) more and more, you will start to notice disparities in transliterations. This time, I want to set things straight in Transliteration and this will be the first step to understanding how people write phrases in English and the vernacular uses of the language. … Read more

Vocabulary: Idioms

INTRODUCTION If you think of English or any other language, then people quite do not speak so literally. For example, by saying the above, I am not pulling your leg.  When an expression conveys a figurative (sometimes literal) meaning, then they are called idioms. Their figurative meanings are different from literal ones. Such kind of expressions are … Read more

Guffgaff: Momo

INTRODUCTION They resemble little pieces of the Moon. They taste like the heavens itself. It’s perfection wrapped in muchheko maida (dough of white flour). Offer it and no one can refuse it; the de facto national food of Nepal, मम: (ideally ‘mamah’ but is written more as ‘momo’) has been warming the hearts, souls and obviously the tummies of millions of Nepalis … Read more

Poem: Garib

गरीब (garib) is a poem by Laxmi Prasad Devkota. If you have been following poems in this site, you must know who Devkota is. He is a very famous poet in Nepal, given the title of ‘mahakavi’ (great poet).  गरीब (garib) means ‘Poor’ in Nepali. A poetry written about the wealth in poverty, you sure can expect … Read more

Adverb: Pani

You will also benefit from it. Strictly speaking, पनि (pani) is not a particle. It is an adverb, much like ‘soon’ or ‘already’. Well, it is not a surprise since the title blasts what it really is. पनि (pani) is an adverb with meaning of: Also; too. . The reason why this particular adverb gets a separate lesson is because … Read more