Been getting a lot press lately and it’s good but looking at this one now makes me a lil uncomfortable, honestly. I’ve been recognized as one of the 13 “Buzz Makers” of 2013 by ECS Media’s Fr!day Magazine. I am honored to be in the same category as Guiness World Record holders, influential politicians, and international athletes. Thank #ECS Media. However, there are hella lot more women doing amazing stuff. Off rip I got 23 people in my head. Especially now, we got more kickass women than ever before. Damn. Look at what Haushala Zimba is doing. See.
I wrote “Bhanubhakta” in Nepali graffiti letters across this massive wall (in Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal) because he is the great poet of Nepal who translated the Hindu epic, Ramayana into Nepali from Sanskrit at a time when Nepali was considered nothing more than the commoners’ bastardized language.
The poet understood the importance of making The Ramayana available to households beyond that of the privileged few. He did what what he knew was right and this inspires me.
The background of the wall has the first and the fourth paragraph from The Ramayana which still makes sense till this day (google Ramayana to read the paragraphs)
This wall of words is a tribute to the great Nepali poet, Bhanubhakta Acharya, whose words and work changed so many lives.
June 1st this year was a blur because I was practicing my pitch for the fellowship summit. I knew that if I got the award, I knew I’d be celebrating something bigger.
Once the summit was over on June 5th and I won the World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowship, it was time to celebrate!
I spent the entire month of June in California, meeting other artists, painting walls and leaving my mark, making new friends, eating good food, biking on the Golden Gate bridge and just straight up CHILLIN’
I need to go back and live in California some day. #bucketlist
I HAVE to leave some Nepali flavor while I am at the Bay Area!
Shout out to Lady Mags
I busted my elbow a week ago and the doctor put me in a sling. I have a couple of cool spots to paint in a week so I got anxious about my injured elbow. I didn’t know how else “to see” if my elbow is okay now so I painted a quick one hour piece today.
Elbow not a hundred per cent yet.
My mom’s friend got shot two days ago at 7PM on her way back home on a scooter. A woman, alone, unarmed and somebody decides to shoot her.
So why am I mad about someone doing this to my piece? I’m not. Kathmandu101.
If you can paint in Nepal you can paint anywhere.
Things I’ve learned so far:
- Priming a raw cement wall is not fun when you’re alone in 90 degrees heat
- You cannot buy paint in gallons. So be prepared to carry many 1 litre cups of paint for a huge wall
- There is no easy way to open those little plastic cups unless you puncture it or your nails start bleeding.
- Paint in Nepal does not come in a ready-to-use format like at Home Depot. Once you buy your paint, you need to “pour however much water you think you need” and mix it “real fast”. With a stick.
- Paint does not come pre-mixed and ready to use because our water has so much crap in it that over time, the paint grows fungus. This is why you only mix the paint with water right before usage.
- Spray paint is available only because people like to customize their motorbikes. Maybe this is why the only available colors were black, red, white and gold. Wait. Why gold?
- A can of spray paint is very very expensive compared to a liter of paint.
- Spray paint is a luxury I will savor and use unless someone wants to pay for all my paint and pay me to do a huge wall. Then I will happily use spray paint ^_^
- Be okay with the fact that you will not be able to paint from 12-4PM because of the heat. So, start at 5:30AM and take a 4 hour break and come back to paint in the evening if you wish – it gets breezy and cool and there aren’t as many cars on the street so your chances of getting run over is less. This is always a good thing in Kathmandu.