bahini – football – a card for a card


Shyam is sitting across the table from me. We are eating dal bhat and we’re talking about language. He says, “Listen, bahini.”

When someone calls me bahini, I listen. Bahini means little sister, and when someone calls me that, he’s my brother. So I listen.

“Listen, bahini. I want to encourage you. Don’t expect too much from yourself. You know – I am Nepali, and even I don’t know all words. You don’t have to know everything.”

While I’m trying to decide if I’m gonna finish that whole green chili, I think about what he just said – and then I get it.

You can’t force a learning process.


The true fan lives in Nepal.

Sahadev is so disappointed about the finals, that he hasn’t felt like eating since Sunday night. The only thing I could tell him was that Robben is only 26 (really? he looks way older!) so that he will last for a few more World Cups, at least


A card for a card

Inspired by Howard Webb: a card for a card. My room has a white wall, also known as the Evergrowing Wall of Fame. But this EWoF is not full yet.

Here’s the plan: send me a nice card, and you’ll receive one from Nepal in return. My wall will keep growing and you’ll have another nice stamp for your collection.

Ruth Klapwijk
P.O. Box 177
Pokhara, Nepal


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