Huxter Shops, old friends and babies...

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Sun, 11 Apr 2010 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

It is quite exciting living in Kathmandu! – and that is just driving through the traffic!

In some ways it is a can do city. If you want something fixed, or a spare part for something, there is certainly, at least, a few dozen places about to go to and browse through the ‘huxter’ shops and find what you need. Like when we were sorting out a store room to store stuff we don’t need to take to Dadeldhura…I had earlier been to about 5 shops to get quotations for about 36 sq.m. of carpet and foam underlay(a new thing for Nepal in the last few years), and decided on one shop who could supply, deliver and fit when we wanted for about £100. Now Nepali tradesmen are like some other tradesmen around the world in that they lay carpets to and…they lay carpets. They don’t think to take the doors off if they need a wee shaving taken off the bottom so that the doors open and close. Well MG is there while the guy is fitting the carpet and takes the doors off for him.

So where does one get a plane from? Well, of course, one can go around the corner to the nearest wood workshop and ask them if they will loan you a plane. The first workshop only had a small hand plane, the second workshop had one and was happy to loan it for an hour. But he pointed out that there wouldn’t be electricity for another half hour, to which I agreed in the accepting way Nepalis do to these daily trials. So I went back to the flat and waited for the electricity to come on, and then 5 doors later, the plane went back to the workshop, the doors went up, and the carpet fitter was surprised that it all seemed to work out OK.

Today in preparation for going to Dadeldhura, I went out to buy a few tools, hammer, saw, chisels, screwdriver, screws, plugs, etc as I had brought them all to UK on the last trip. Now saws are interesting things in Nepal. They cut on the up-stroke rather than like the saws we use in the west where they cut on the down-stroke. Could I find one? No. Well, I wasn’t surprised, as I have never found a ‘western’ saw here in all my years. But there are still a few more places to look…

So while Kathmandu may be a can do place for some things, ‘somethings’ are done very differently, and some things are not done at all like waste and sewage management, water supply, driving….

The Church do things differently here as well. However, you know that you have met with the same loving God when you come out of a Nepali Church service!

Just this afternoon, as I came back from buying some tools, Ali had left me a note to say she had been called out to help a Nepali friend in her delivery up at Patan Hospital. So she will be there for a while. The lady came to visit us just 2 days ago and to show off her first born, as Ali had been with her during her delivery. She had thought there was a week to go….but she went into labour earlier today….so dinner will be a bit later tonight and it will be a celebration of a new birth.

We have been blessed with ‘old friends’ coming around to see us in our flat here in Kathmandu, such as the lady who Ali is helping as I write…also we had a visit from Prem, the young man from our Tatopani days. He was telling us that he had to come into Kathmandu as his mum was having part of her foot amputated as a result of her diabetes. We had been up to see her. Now she was having a skin graft and is due to go home in 2 weeks. So she is doing well. Mind you, the hygiene and cleanliness of the Hospital in Kathmandu is something to be desired. Patients, staff nor visitors didn’t flinch at the sight of cockroaches crawling about the place…and it is one of the better places. Prem is away back to Rudrapur in west Nepal now, as in addition to his ministry running an orphanage, he has taken up the duties of the Pastor of the church where he has been assistant for some time. He is well capable of this and the BTh studies will come into good use again.

Another old friend, Manohar came to visit and share how his ministry is progressing. Previously, we had worked together in Himal Hydro when we built the Hydro Projects, and then again together in HDCS when we did some Organisational Development and Training together. He continues to go out to different churches training them in management issues and helping them show accountability, due diligence and better management. Over the last few years, the Church has been asking for training in conflict resolution and peace building, so Manohar got some training and has developed a number of courses for churches. These have been well received, and while participants want to benefit and learn, they do not always have the capacity to cover costs of the course, somehow, by God’s grace, people are able to come together and grow in God’s character and grow in their own Ministry.

Oh, Ali has just called in with news of a baby girl born at 5:03 Nepal Standard Time (GMT+5:45hrs, BST+4:45hrs) at 3.75kg! Mum and baby are doing well after the normal birth….


Margaret said Mon, 12 Apr 2010 08:44PM
What fun to read of your adventures in backstreet useful shops. Well done, Ali. Tomorrow 13th we will be praying at Marlene & Dougs. God bless and give you joy and strength.
Leiv Boyum said Sat, 17 Apr 2010 11:52PM
Hi Mark, If you can find a Chinese made saw it may have a 'western' cut. (At least one I bought from National Trading had - but that was back in about 1979...) Leiv

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