Dashain is here and let us all celebrate victory of good over evil by eating, drinking and spending our savings to buy gifts for our loved ones. Our byaparis make a killing during Dashain and the common folks are the ones who have to be the sacrifice to appease the Gods.
Our byaparis buy clothes for Rs 70 and sell it for Rs 700. And most of us have no choice but to buy them because we need at least one new shirt or sari for Dashain.
Either we all have to sign up for some vocational class and learn to sew and stitch or we can all get together and pitch in to order a container of clothes from China. Maybe that could help us to manage our budget during the festive season.
Every year, it's the same story when it comes to the goats. We don't have enough domestic goats to fulfill the market demand. We buy tens of thousands of goats from the Desis and the Chinese.
Our goat wallahs even sell us sick goats and we can't do anything about it. The only way we can cut down the 'goat' deficit is by raising our own goats.
Yes, the government can do us a favor if it comes up with a 'Ek Ghar, Ek Goat' program. Each household should get one baby goat at least six months before Dashain at subsidized price.
We will take care of it for months and it will take care of our belly during Dashain. And for vegetarians, they should get potatoes and mushrooms at discounted price.
Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) has imported 3,400 goats for Dashain. Half of it will go to our visionary netas, hardworking hakim sahebs and fellow NFC employees. And no, they don't have to pay for it.
The common citizens will have to stand in line for hours to buy a sick goat while the healthy ones are delivered to the 'thulo' mancheys so that they can enjoy Dashain without spending a paisa.
The liquor stores will have to set aside a few bottles of bidhesi whisky for our cops and a bottle or two will probably be delivered to the higher-ups. And our netas also get a 'Blue Label' or two. After all, our hardworking civil servants will have to visit the doorsteps of our great leaders with their offerings or else they will not get any lucrative postings later.
Our bus wallahs have no tickets unless you fork up two to three times the normal bus fare. And sometimes, you might have to stand up all the way from Kathmandu to Kakarbhitta or if you are lucky then you might get a muda to sit on.
I think it would be nice if we had a at least two weeks break before Dashain and most of us can organize our own 'Dashain Walk' programs and walk all the way from the capital to our villages. Our ancestors did it and why can't we?
It could save us thousand of Rupees on bus fare and by the time, we reach home, we will all be a lean, mean, walking machine. I think the government should make it mandatory for all pot-bellied men to at least walk till Mugling.
Let's make it a crime to have a pot-belly unless it is due to some medication or something. If we all then worry about our rising waistline then we will eat less, be more healthy and save a few more Rupees on food and health care as well. After all, your sugal level will be on check and you will not have to worry about type-2 diabetes.
It seems that we can't seem to get a break while all the byaparis make tons of dough during the festive season. Our beloved Prime Minister is in New York while CK Raut is in jail. Raut should be allowed to voice his opinion.
We are a Republic not a totalitarian regime. We should be making up instead of breaking up. Instead of sending Raut to jail, our government should focus on providing job opportunities and building infrastructure both in Pahad and Madhesh.
I think it should be mandatory for all our netas to be present in the country during Dashain. Our leaders should take a bus ride to their hometowns and stay in line for hours to get their chance to take a swing in the ping instead of wasting our taxpayers money by having fun abroad.
But of course, our government does not care about common citizens because it has to take care of its cadres, cousins and contractors first. Constitution comes last whereas corruption is the priority of the day for our clowns.
Our government is not for good governance but for 'goon' governance. In the future, there will come a time it would be better to go on a fast then spend your life saving to celebrate Dashain. Our Hindu Nepalis should learn a thing or two from the Desis. Indian PM Narendra Modi will be in Amrika during Dashian but he will not quit his fasting.
If we can all go for fasting during Dashain, it will not only clear our toxins but it will also help us to save a few more Rupees. Yes, let's change the way we have been celebrating Dashain. Let the Rawans who rule this country gorge, drink and be merry while we fast, meditate and celebrate Dashain by giving our bodies a break.