Dusk Life in Kathmandu
The sun has sunk and the miraculous beauty of the moon is about to get showcased. Roads are full of vehicles and streets are crowded with people rushing to return to their homes after work; with tired minds, hungry stomachs and only one thought in their psyche: reach home as soon as possible. Yes, it is the dusk, I am talking about!
Popularized as the rims of tiredness, period of frustration and the busiest time of the day, Dusk is commonly known as ‘Office time’ is our country. It is the same dusk which comes every day and hides with every dark night. This is the time when many postpone their works for the next day. But for a few, it is the start of their day. There are many businesses whose transactions start at dusk. However, each dusk reminds me of the street vendors selling street food and the lively environment itself.
Whether one agrees or not, to me, the most enjoyable moment of the day is the dusk. Frequently, after college, I go home, get refreshed, have some snacks and start my motorbike. Riding along the busy road, watching the diversity of people and hearing the splendor noise of the vehicles, conversations and the honking of the horns, I head towards the heart of Kathmandu; New Road. A nearly UNESCO World Heritage site, Basantapur, is a perfect place for me to hang out and experience the dusk life.
As I reach this favorite hang out, I start comparing my budget with the food menu (although there is no menu) and the prices in the ‘Hosanna Street Food’ shop. After finalizing my order, I impatiently wait for food. Whether its mo:mos for 30 rupees or a sausage for 10 or French fries for 20, I enjoy all of them. However, if my budget is tight on a particular day then I simply enjoy the open air in the hope of having the delicious varieties the next day. After keeping company with Cook Dai (that is the name I gave to the cook of the shop) for a few hours and admiring his ability to cook an assortment of tasty food, I hasten back home.