Another Chutti

At least once during each Nepali sojourn I do a My Day Off post. Often there is only one official Day Off as we are trying to do a lot in a short time and that is the case this visit too. Saturday was the day, our chutti, and what a glorious day it was.

I knew what to expect when Kopila, who never encourages missing a dal bhat, said Didi, I think today would be good to not have dal bhat at breakfast because we are visiting some friends and don’t know what they will feed us. At this moment, I DID know that whatever they fed us, it would be in a large quantity. We consequently had a small breakfast of one large omelette, two rice dumplings, a DSCN0423plate of pomegranate seeds and I said no to the banana.

Last April I had promised to visit Deepa and her dad and then the time went so seeing them was top priority. Deepa and her sister in law, both women in a very vulnerable situation who have turned to Samunnat for support, made wonderful spicy chiya and fresh sel roti (fried donuts made using rice flour and sugar) flavoured with cinnamon and cardamon.  It was served with fried potatoes and chilli and I was so glad I had suchDSCN0413 light breakfast. Deepa’s father is a delight; a tiny man who, in spite of his hard life and blindness, pervades joy and curiosity.  He sang all his questions to me and once I realised that the songs were actual questions, not just folk songs, I managed better than I thought. I did NOT sing my replies as speaking Nepali is hard enough. Let alone singing it.

After spending a couple of hours with the family, we hopped back on the bike and headed further east to Surunga to visit a cousin-sister who had played a significant role in the marriage of Kopila and her husband, Binod. (By this stage, Kopila was DSCN0439suffering serious bike envy! We had borrowed her sister in law’s newer motor bike and she kept exclaiming about what a smooth ride it was! As Binod is the local Yamaha dealer, perhaps he can do something about this! Just joking bhai! Sort of.)

Surunga is a highway town of approx. 18,000 and M’s house was IDEALLY situated for intense sticky beaking. And close observation of every vehicle that plyed the road. At quite close quarters really.  Fortunately not so many ply late at night so position will not impact too much on real estate value.  For me, with no plans to try and sleep, it was anDSCN0428 EXCELLENT place to observe life’s rich tapestry.

Life’s rich tapestry included this sign and I would welcome interpretations. Obviously it has some thing to do with piles but what exactly? Maybe a surgical camp? Anyway, it all sounds jolly.

M loved my clothing and the fact that my jewellery matched my clothing. She thought however, that my haircut needed updating and that I would benefit from visiting her friend in the Beauty Parlour who could Cut it like this (She described a deep U shape with her hands – an edgy cut for the young girls with long black hair cut in a deep U shape.) As my hair is almost DSCN0430invariably thrown up in a bun or braid, we decided an edgy straight in a line across the back, not too much shorter cut would be more appropriate and that the deal could be done if the hairdresser made no comment about the edgy silver roots.

3 thoughts on “Another Chutti

  1. Deb Hunt

    Aha, what happened to your plan to cut your hair short! Or did I dream that? I dreamt I was in a lift this morning, and it wouldn’t stop beeping at me. There was a particular button in the lift that was flashing and it went on and on and on and on and eventually Clyde said, ‘Will you please turn that alarm off?’ It was 5.30 in the morning. Glad to hear you’ve had a ‘day off’ – interesting interpretation of the notion though! x

    1. wendy Post author

      Silver hear darl. Silver hair is what you were remembering. Four months from now. Still on track for that but long. Like a crone. Yes, a weekend that is one day was a tough adjustment to make when we lived here! Still tomorrow is a picnic day and we are heading off to the hills (Kanyam- you have been) for thukpa and a celebration of a few wonderful weeks. They all send much love to all the alumni! Tell Clyde an alarm beats a seven day puja with the associated 24 hour a day religious songs.

  2. emily

    Wendy –
    Sounds like your time in Nepal is busy and a joyous adventure. May it continue to be grand.
    Regarding the sign… I noticed the word fistula… a fistula is a hole that develops connecting two organs but shouldn’t, usually in the abdomen/bowel. I know of this condition because of the work of The Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia which specialises in the obstetric fistula ( Many of these women are shunned from community without treatment. Your sign may be advertising a place to receive treatment and care.


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