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5 Things, 5 Years

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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My 5th wedding anniversary in approaching this Friday, October 20th. I was 26 years old when I got married on a beautiful horse ranch in California surrounded by our immediate families and two friends. Three years later, we went to Nepal to celebrate our union. Honestly the time has gone by really fast, next year, it will be ten years since our friendship. Marriage is not always easy, it requires work to make it successful. That work can mean different things for different relationships and happen at different times during marriage. It’s kind of like a roller coaster; sometimes it’s working itself to the top, other times it’s coming quickly down. In any marriage (and any relationship) there are two people who are always growing, but at different paces. I’ve been reflecting on those 5 years and I wanted to share what has worked in our relationship. Continue reading “5 Things, 5 Years”

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Losing Red

By Usha

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(Photo credit: Rhijuta D)

She is wearing white from head to toe. Relatives, neighbors, friends, strangers, and whoever sees a woman in white, they have sympathy and pity for her. They understand that her husband died and that going forward she is expected to dress a certain way. In the history of Hindu culture, women were forced to be burnt alive along with their dead husbands. I do not know when that changed, but a women is still compelled to live a certain way after her husband dies. She isn’t supposed to wear red anymore and she isn’t able to participate and perform certain tasks and pujas. Most importantly, she can’t get married again, even if she was a bride for less than a year. Continue reading “Losing Red”