Posted by: Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Life is a continuous journey. During the journey ups and down may occur, but they are all beautiful moments. I am narrating my own personal experience about Living an Urban and Rural Life. It may sound a little uneasy to our ears, but in the course of life, if we can balance the two with endurance, patience, perseverance, and interest then it suits our requirements. Sometimes, it is a challenging and arduous task and setbacks occur as has happened to us many times. But, overall I feel it is a good lifestyle choice to balance ones time between rural and urban areas. After crossing the middle years of life, my living style took a dramatic turn. Late maybe, but never too late, I came back to nature and all its simplicity. My life returned to where it started, in the country. Living basically, preferring organic produce, having fewer possessions, keeping three dogs, breathing fresh air and obtaining plenty of sun. This natural, simple and basic style has given joy and a deeper meaning to my life. Being with nature in a Wabi Sabi way. This does not mean that I have forgotten the urban life, which I had become so used to. I do visit cities from time to time just to make sure that I have not missed anything or misunderstood something. This combination of rural and urban environments helps me to enjoy the real values of life, which many people crave from time to time. Generally people from villages crave for city life. I have observed many village people living in decent surroundings where Himalayan peaks are seen, air is fresh and an abundance of sunshine are the blessings. They quit such nice places and head towards the pollution. We being from the cities have found solace in the villages. We were forced to live in the cities for our education, career, and financial gains. But once you have experienced it, the quality of life is far better in a village than a city. Land around villages is cheap, there is space to view the mountains, valleys, sun rises and sun sets and no pollution to sicken the body and mind. The majority of tourists coming to Nepal have always preferred the rural, rustic and rugged places rather than cities. They come from so-called developed areas but want to spend their leisure time amongst nature, in a simplistic way, which is often lacking in their urban lives. We are told that life is always a rush in those developed cities. You need speed to be living in the western world. But there is a limit to speed, how long can you keep running? You have to slow down and stop sometime. Then you crave for leisure and time to yourself. The general tendency of humans is to give lot of time to others but not to oneself. In trying to cope with work, the daily chores and routine of life, often individuals forget to care for themselves. Finally a time comes when you get tired, gradually your speed decreases and you realise you need rest. Then you realise suddenly that you were in a deep slumber. You want to go back to nature, which is natural. That is why holidays and vacations are so important to urban dwellers. In USA paid holidays are called R & R (an American abbreviation for Rest and Recuperation/Relaxation). In most developed countries R & R is a legal requirement granted to working people. This is not generally the case in Nepal. We have not developed this culture and do not understand its advantages to staff and companies. Most Nepalis do not take holidays to travel as tourists, many cannot afford to, and many have no interest to see other places. Nepalis tend to go to some local place, book a room at a hotel/resort and start playing cards with friends or family and opt for drinking sessions. The great scenery just out side their window is awaiting but they miss it by shutting the windows and become busy in the card games. How can those beautiful peaks and natural vistas inspire and refresh if you close your eyes. This is how we Nepalese tend to spend our holidays. Different I guess. We meet many tourists around our home area in Nagarkot. They all admire this place. They say: “We love this place, we came yesterday to view the sunrise and sunset, which was great, but today we have to go back to Kathmandu and catch our flight back home. You are so lucky to be here, we wish we could live here, but we cannot we must go back”. They have to hurry and rush because they have commitments. We hear this all the time and understand it, but there is always a choice. That is the choice that we have made. The conclusion: Living a life in rural areas is better than in urban areas if one can make it possible and one is prepared to reassess life’s values.

LIFE: LIVING URBAN AND RURAL was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Blog Comments

  1. David - New Zealand

    Hullo Rajendra,
    having visited your mountain retreat, I should very much like to do so again, though
    it’s unlikely now. Age wearies you know. However there is one point on which I must disagree with you.
    The attraction your land has for many westerners lies in it’s mountains. We fall under their spell as your
    ancestors did. Do not the Gods live in your mountains ?
    Happy Dashain to you and yours my Friend.

  2. Vishnu

    Rajendra Dai,

    At first i express my wishes to you for Dashain 2065! And enjoyed reading your piece of writing after a long time. Have you started living in Nagarkot? If it is then you have bingo! I am very much pleased for you!


  3. Awsiv

    “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
    I love not man the less, but Nature more…”
    - Lord Byron

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