Despite a long and storied history of cannabis in Nepali culture, the cultivation and consumption of marijuana remains illegal, punishable by harsh jail terms and steep fines. Some people say it’s high time that changed.
For many people, ‘coming home’ is not a financial, political or social option. And for others, especially those with financial security, it is fundamentally of choice--which makes it utterly unspectacular.
When my newlywed mother, originally a Malaysian of Indian origin, first came to Nepal, she disliked the taste of dahl. It was too thick, laced with difference and heavy with otherness. But she made do.