These days, the Nepali newspaper is filled with sad and frustrating news (a ‘witch’ killed by villagers; several outbreaks of the chicken flu and the governments inefficient response to it; politicians opposing the elections that still haven’t happened; …and so much more) but sometimes I read an article that makes me happy.
106 year old Bote Rai’s only wish was to fly in an airplane. And Yeti Airlines made that happen. He flew from Biratnagar to Kathmandu, a 35 minute flight. In Kathmandu he visited Pashupatinath, had some dal bhat and then returned home.
He said he liked the candy he got on the plane. But when asked if he would fly again, he said it had been enough.
Today we saw this picture in the newspaper, of his return home. He’s the guy in the basket, the guy carrying him is his nephew.
Sometimes the Nepali news does make me happy.