Case Study – The Samosa Man
Case Study – An Indian Man Story
The Samosa Man
Happy with the brisk business in his shop, Shankar Chaudhary has one hidden wish: will his son get citizenship of Nepal?
Who doesn’t know Shankar in Baluwatar? 22 years have passed since he started a small hotel offering samosas and other food items. He hired a room of folk singer Kumar Basnet’s house for about 17 years until the place was converted into a big and attractive shop. Two years ago he moved to the current place, near the Gate No. 3, on the left. Employees of Nepal Rastra Bank, the central Bank, students from three schools in the neighborhood and boys and girls from National College are the regular customers of his shop, Shankar said. These days, as more people are coming to the shop because of the talks inside the PM residence, samosas costing Rs. 6 per piece, Lalmohan and Pakauda have become the bestsellers in Deepak Sweets and Bhojanalaya.
Did you notice the word Deepak in the previous sentence? For Shankar, the importance of the talks is associated with this word. He doesn’t know what they are talking inside the PM residence, but the citizen from Muzzafarabad, a town in Bihar, India, is very much curious to know if leaders will agree on a provision that will let his 21-year-old Kathmandu born son get the citizenship of Nepal. Nepali Congress and CPN Maoists have agreed to put a provision in the Interim Constitution that will make all people born before 2046 eligible for the citizenship of Nepal. CPN UML has disagrees with the provision.
“So you wish your son could get citizenship here?”
“Yes, I think so. But I am not sure if that is possible.”
“Any idea what’s going on inside?”
“Hami ta yaha chha abhi, ke thaha? [No idea as I am here now]”
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