The development studies of the contemporary globe carries fantasies created by folks like Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Amartya Sen, M.P. Todaro or whoever.
Whatever the paradigm prevail about economies : The Marxism or Chicago School of Thought cannot truly interprete the baseline of practising political economy. All, it is full of fantasies.
The author felt to explore his locality and present the baseline in his own version of picture. Evidently, not putting some new hypotheses forward. This time, the working women of Kathmandu.
The growing trend of exploitation of land all over the world has modeled Kathmandu – the Nepalese capital city on its own. Each year tens of thousands of people come to Kathmandu aspiring the better lives. But the quality of life in Kathmandu? Till the date in 2009, the story makes us ashamed that our locality is nasty, with no social security. Many people from rural Nepal or from backward population of India feel difficult to return back to home towns or villages as the centre-periphery disparity is very high here. Somehow, women and their families are residing in Kathmandu.
In this article, I illustrate different stories with figurative pictures; not the same characters.
Nira Thapa, 22, is a security personnel. She came to Kathmandu when she was 18 and joined the service right after that. She has been enjoying her job as traffic police. She has a boyfriend, a retailer. Both of them are not getting spare time to get married.
** She says : No, I will settle here at any cost.
Why do you like Kathmandu despite a lot of smoke and dust and more problems?
** Sometimes these things smell pleasant. (smiling)
Devimaya Khatri,37, sells fresh corn, servicing hot from her charcoal oven at Kirtipur, Kathmandu. The university students are her key customers. She has a husband and a son of 20 years age. Husband is an independent mason and son wanders for a job, who has completed high school. With income of husband and her own, her family is semi-happy in Kathmandu which she feels like impossible elsewhere in Nepal.
Shanti Adhikari, a widow of age 35, has a small family dwelling in the locality with settlements of farmsteads; being just 12 KM away from Ring Road of Kathmandu. The unmanaged and extending urbanisation has been touching her village too. The increasing sales of her farm products esp. fresh organic green vegetables makes her happy. She doesn’t deal with retailers, but sells her products directly with customers whom she meet in the mornings. She takes her products in ‘doko’ – traditional bamboo basket to the city centre. The seasons of crop plantation and harvest makes her busy bee. She has a daghter and a son. She is a bit worried about her daughter’s future as she is not getting a job in the city and is growing having just reached the marriage age-18.
However, this article couldn’t include mini-stories of working women. The occupations that account the low percentage of women, still though that prevail in Kathmandu will be included in other articles.