Lots of Prison Notebooks are being written right now

Okay, this is all getting a bit ridiculous.

18-hour curfews? The last time I talked to Mum, she wasn't too keen on having Dad about the house for 12 hours and now it's 18 hours?

Oh, and the price of everything's gone up since the protests started two weeks ago. There's (apparently) no fresh veggies, salt, sugar or oil for cooking and even onions now cost $1 per kilogram, compared to 20 cents usually. Considering the daily wages of many folks are about $2/day, that's a bit much.

People (including an uncle) jailed, protests banned and "shoot to kill" orders in case curfew is violated. Exciting times, indeed.


At 4/20/2006 9:47 AM, Anonymous serena said...

does this make you long for your country? i have a really dumb question: (though perhaps I should just go read some news about it) what is going on in Nepal...what's with all the protesting?

that's my dumb question for the year!

At 4/20/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Priya said...

Troubled times in Nepal in < 5 sentences:

Maoist "uprising" since 1996--called "terrorists" by the government since about 2001.

The King took over government in early 2005, saying parties were ineffective in controlling Maoists.

Protests about people needing "democracy" for the past two weeks. Opposition parties and the Maoists are now allied.

The King (and the Army) respond to protests by imposing curfews. Hence, no transport, no jobs for daily workers, no foodstuffs and people stuck in houses/jails.

Okay, they were pretty long sentences :-)

I did think it might have been fun to be there but, knowing me, I'd have stayed home anyway (not much of a protester, me) so not much different to being here, really.

At 4/20/2006 2:15 PM, Anonymous serena said...

ah....well that sounds like a social movement in action...i say we go check it out! become like che and join he movement

At 4/20/2006 10:28 PM, Blogger Priya said...

You really don't know me well enough, do you :-)

My "social movement" activities involve toddling down to the nearest pub to watch footy or (sometimes) jumping up and down at concerts.

At 4/21/2006 8:49 AM, Anonymous serena said...

LOL guess we have to break you out of that social movement mold you are stuck in and get you to try on some new "clothes" Get back to your roots you might say> LOL


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