Boarding school days in Kathmandu

- Khakendra Pun

Attending village school walking up and down the mountains everyday was difficult. just when my life would turn into a buffalo shepherd, my older brother, Madan, put me in a boarding school in Kathmandu. Never lived in a hostel before, having to follow so many rules, it was disaster for me towards the beginning. Often our water tank being empty, barely enough water to drink in school, some weekends we couldn’t even take bath. And toughest of all was, most subjects in school being in English I had to memorize everything, whether I understood them or not.

Though the bigger challenge stood that second year, when I attended Mount Valley, another boarding school. There, rules being very strict, speaking English was part of our daily routines. While not knowing how to make a sentence, I would run around speaking English with everyone. The very same skill that would make me a writer, one day. Though, in that whole valley, lack of water, often times, we had to find public places to take bath. Places being overcrowded, we would run back to school soaps in our ears. Time to time, while students broke school rules, our principle would beat us down but still, our nature of mischieviouness never left us.

The last school I attended was, near Swayambhu temple known as, Ananda Kuti Boarding School where I finished my 10th Grade, the last year of high school in Nepal. That was around the same time when Nepal’s biggest historical moment took place in 1991, when we achieved democracy. One of the things about living in hostel was that, time to time, love letters floated around our buildings and we were in trouble. I never forget that. During those times, Kathmandu was still a charming place, way less crowded. I still have many good old days memories. This book is 86 pages long. For now, it’s only available on PDF / E-Book version.

 

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