Saturday, July 22, 2006

Dum, dum, digha, digha

One of my friends called from Hong Kong yesterday. He lives in a room even tinier than my old one and shares a bathroom and kitchen with several other rooms.

'My dad called, he was asking me to sign some papers to take ownership of part of the family property'

'Why's that?"

'Oh, well there's a new law in Nepal about how much one person can own. If he doesn't transfer some of our property out of his name it will go to the government. But it's a hassle, I really don't want to do it'


'Well if there are ever any problems I'm going to have to go back now and sort them out. Besides, it's in a really hot part of Western Nepal'

'So how big is it?'

'I'm not sure how to say it because we only use Nepali measures, do you know how much a digha is in Hindi?'

'I'll just look for it on the internet... no, I can only find song lyrics with 'dum, dum, digha, digha'. Is the land as big as Tsim Sha Tsui?'

'Oh much bigger'

'Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan?'

'Much bigger than that. I went there once, we had to use a jeep to get around'

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