Welcome to our BLOG! Welcome to our family! We are a family of five living in Lalitpur, Kathmandu – in the foothills of the grand Himalaya Mountains. Blessings were showered upon our family to give us this amazing opportunity… We moved here on April 16th, 2014 and will likely be here for 3-5 years. So, “How did we wind up here?” you ask…
We were living a fulfilling, invigorating, joyful life in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2003-2014. We had great jobs, excellent schools for the children, an amazing group of friends, enriching extra-curricular activities, and lived in a beautiful neighborhood. Then, approximately one year ago, we started a conversation… Can life get any better here? What more could we do in NC? Why not try something completely adventurous? A few conversations later, we decided to go for it. Prakash started applying for jobs all over the world. We sold our 3400 ft2 house and moved into a temporary 1700sf rental. Which ever job came first, we would accept and go explore what this world has to offer! Here were our main motivations:
1. Personal development – break out of our “cocoon” in North Carolina and become more worldly.
2. Growth of our children – give our kids a different perspective of the world that helps them appreciate all we have in the U.S., before they reach an age (e.g., high school) when they’re less amenable to moving.
3. (for Prakash) Provide maximum benefit to the global environment – work on an air pollution problem(s) that’s more severe than we have in the U.S. or work on climate mitigation/adaptation in a developing country that’s already experiencing significant detriments from climate change.
4. Personally reduce our environmental footprint – try to live happily while consuming less.
Let me introduce you to everyone individually… Prakash, Nita (me), Janani, Sajjan and Sumanth
Prakash is an atmospheric scientist and is working at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was raised in San Jose, California. He studied Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and CalTech. He is a true air pollution scientist! His hobbies are numerous and include playing chess, singing eastern and western music, and enjoying the outdoors (swimming, hiking, biking).
My name is Nita and at the moment I am a Stay-At-Home Mom. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up mostly in San Diego, California. I just left my job in the transportation modeling / planning field before moving to Nepal. Prakash and I met when we were 13 years old(!) and got married in July 2000. My hobbies and interests include cooking, gardening, reading, and also enjoying the outdoors (hiking, biking, running, walking). I feel being a MOM has been and continues to be one of my greatest privileges / roles.
Janani is our oldest and she was born in January 2005 in Cary, North Carolina. She is in the 5th grade at The British School (TBS). She is calm, gentle, caring and thoughtful. Her hobbies include singing, playing chess, reading and also enjoying the outdoors.
Sajjan is our oldest son and he was born in June 2007 in Cary, North Carolina. He is in the 2nd grade at TBS. He is alert, aware, kind and also very thoughtful. His hobbies include sports (soccer / football, basketball), playing chess, playing video games and enjoying the outdoors.
Sumanth is our youngest and he was born in March 2009 in Cary, North Carolina. He is in Kindergarten (called “Foundation”) at TBS. He is dynamic, rambunctious, and has a very colorful personality. He is a typical 3rd child – kind of wild and crazy! His hobbies include doing whatever his brother and sister are doing!
Visit our blog to read about our experiences, observations and thoughts about life in Kathmandu, Nepal! Thanks for virtually stopping by :-). Would love to hear from you too – please leave comments or shoot me an email…