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Monday, 8 April 2019

Talk with Colin Smith

Posted by Anup Baral | April 9, 2019 :
Colin Smith, 81, aka Putali Bajey ( Butterfly Grandfather ) is a British National who has been living in Nepal since last 52 years. He came to Nepal at the age of 29 through UN Programme and has taught in Nepali schools. His student lists inscludes but are not limited to Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Dr. Upendra Devkota.

Currently he resides alone in a small cottage in Pokhara, Nepal. He spends most of his time sleeping. He is very frail but still prefers to stay in Nepal. He has had 4 different tyes of surgeries. His only wish is to get a citizenship as a Nepali and when he dies he wishes to be cremeted and his ashes be thrown in Seti River Pokhara Nepal. In order to stay in Nepal he has to travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu and renew his visa which itself is so heart wrenching to think about for such an old man. Despite the odds and physical limitations he has been following Nepali Immigration laws and has been renwing his visas till date.

He has done an extensive research on different species of butterflies and have managed to collect around 500 plus varierties of butterflies in various parts of Nepal. He has written about 7-8 books on butterflies in Nepal. His books on Butterfliesin Nepal definitely holds good things about Nepal as well as other butterfly lovers must have had visited Nepal to see different species.

He loves Nepal. It was intolerable or me to stop my tears watching Putali baje talking about Nepal in Gandaki Telivision interview on Youtube in Falano TV channel. Despite all these physical and mental hassels he has been facing he still has a smile on his face and he even added the best thing he loves about Nepal are the people.

This is a voice and a plea to the Government of Nepal and The Department of Immigration Nepal to please kindly grant him with Nepali citizenship. Putali Baje deserves this and it should be an honour for Nepal to have Putali Bajey as one of the Nepali Citizens.

My humble request to all the people around the world to please support my petition.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.