This update will be the last in this series, and it's an uplifting one!
Life is Beautiful
In 1950, 104 years of authoritarian rule was abolished and democracy was established in the country. As a result my grandfathers lost their positions, however, their social status was more or less the same. Even though my grandfathers died long before I was born, I always had disagreements over the social positions they held. I was against the hierarchy present in the country. Since early in my life, I always felt that privileged ones must always help less fortunate ones.
At the beginning of 2015, I made a number of ambitious plans. I decided to publish a couple of books and establish a fund by contributing 10 percent of my book earnings for a charity organization that I would establish by the end of the year. I also planned to allot 10 percent of my earnings from writing for my charity organization.
In February, when my book, People’s War in Nepal: Songs and Narratives From the Frontline was published on Amazon, I was happy that my dream of becoming a published author was being materialized. My dream of establishing a charity fund was also turning into reality.
However, the April 25 earthquake of 2015 changed everything. What followed afterwards was a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that damaged our properties on the farm and in the city. Survival became our basic necessity. However, soon my friends from around the globe came to my rescue. In the course of life, I had earned wonderful friends, and I thank God for being so kind to me.
Through this article, I want to thank these generous people who care for me: Daisy Mariposa, Sharon Thomason, Mary Craig, Chitrangada Sharan, Terrye Toombs, Ishwaryaa Dinesh, Mary Strain, Karen Silver, Samuel Donaldson, Jennifer Essary, Penelope Hart, Rosa Arcade, Gail S., Susan Sproull, Suzannah Walker, Nell Rose, Samuel Donaldson, Michelle Liew, Audrey Hunt, Deepak Bohara, Mike Friedman, Ruchira Khanna, Suzanne Wheeler, David Stillwell and couple of anonymous donors.
Many friends also sent me money directly on my PayPal and through Western Union. I am very grateful to these friends who have stood by me through thick and thin.
Karen Silverman, Rita Subba, Nancy Hallazgo, Victoria Warner, Kim Thompson, Martha Ponzyn, Maria C. Jordan, Deepak Bohara and Peggy J. Cole.
I decided to contribute the entire proceeds from my book for earthquake relief. I thank all those friends who bought my book after I announced my intention.
I also need to express heartfelt gratitude to Sannel Larson. She not only volunteered to work on the illustrations, designing and formatting of my first children's book, Amazing Alphabet, but also offered me a huge amount as a loan so that I can rebuild my life.
Last but not the least, I must thank Vicki Warner for not only supporting financially, but also giving a space on her blog to share my thoughts and experiences.
Life is beautiful. I am thankful to God for giving me an opportunity to live a life. I am grateful to my friends for standing by me. Thank you very much for always being around. Where ever you are, whatever you do, I wish peace, prosperity and happiness in your life.
God bless you all,