The Chaudhary couple, who grow vegetables, say that they should not stop enjoying even if they earn little

Before this, it used to be the tenth holiday. This time the farewell came in between. For me, this tenth holiday became an opportunity to visit Lalitpur, Lamatar. If you reach Lamatar in your spare time, you can enjoy the mountains, forests and fields.

Lamatar under Lankuri-Bhanjyang, Kot Danda and Risal Danda is smiling with flowers and colorful flowers. Lamatar is seven kilometers east of Gwarko Chowk. The people of Lamatar were in a hurry to harvest the tenth crop. Farmers plant paddy, wheat, various vegetables and flowers in the field of Lamatar.

If you keep searching, you will find not only locals but also farmers from different parts of the country. I met a farmer couple from Dang. I first saw them at Dadachaur on the right side of Lamatar. Carrying vegetables on their faces and dhokas of old age, they were saying alternately:

The old man had returned to his nursery after selling vegetables in a nearby village. Greedy to buy fresh vegetables, I went to the nursery with them. I didn’t even let him get tired for a while. I said, ‘A kilo of ghirau, a kilo of beans and a handful of mustard greens.

Only Sitaram and Fudan Chaudhary are living in the nursery. After the conversation started while buying vegetables, Fudan said, “After marriage, daughter-in-law, son-in-law. We don’t care about old people. ‘ He said this with a smile, but the listener was happy. Fudan’s statement dragged me there again the next day. Not to buy vegetables, to listen to their story.

Two rooms, one for sleeping and the other for kitchen, covered like a nursery on a dirt road. Fuden was busy cooking. Sitaram was walking with a beating in his hand. Their day will start at five o’clock in the morning. Fuden always gets up in the morning to make black tea. After drinking tea, Sitaram pours water in the garden and mixes it. Fudan makes a nest for the cow.

Then they prepare to sell vegetables. Together they begin to pick vegetables. It is about seven o’clock when I walk away with all my vegetables. “I came to sell vegetables. Now I have to go to mow the grass in the afternoon after eating,” said Sitaram. When they return, they are busy cutting grass, planting vegetables, cultivating their fields, and selling vegetables to customers from the nursery. “One thing’s for sure, it’s hard to rest now,” Fuden said.

Fuden was cooking. She says that she has many problems in her life as she gets older. ‘My legs hurt and sometimes my stomach hurts. No matter how difficult it is, it is not enough to eat without working, ‘she said from the kitchen. He can’t bear to carry fifteen to twenty kilos of vegetables on his back. Fuden does not rest when he cannot sell. By the time the husband returns, Sakinas should be able to cook.

They often go to the neighboring village of Dharachaur to sell vegetables. From time to time they reach Darthok, Biruwa, Lubhu. In this way, their legs have traveled at least 10 kilometers without knowing it. Sitaram said, “I carry heavy vegetables for at least three hours a day.” He says that he can save twenty-five percent of the profit from the sale.

During the meeting, I asked, ‘How many vegetables did you sell today?’ “It must have been two thousand together with the old people,” said Sitaram. It has been six years since the Chaudhary couple opened a nursery. Tomato, potato, banda, bean, radish, ghiraunla, onion, chilli, zucchini, snake and rye have been planted in three ropanis of land. Apart from Lamatar, there are people who come from neighboring villages to buy vegetables in the anonymous nursery without any name or signboard.

Four years ago, they expanded the nursery land. They say that the income has not increased. “Investment has increased as land has increased, but trade has not increased significantly,” said Sitaram. Despite the declining prices of vegetables, the couple’s life has become more stable since the nursery started. Earlier, Sitaram used to earn wages. He says that now he feels more secure when he works for others than when he works for others.

The Chaudhary couple has suffered a lot in life. Sitaram grew up as a Kamaiya from an early age in a village 10 km from Dang, Tulsipur. Neither family property nor opportunity to go to school. He was deprived of many such opportunities. It was not a big deal for him to endure poverty when he was alone.

Born in 2018 BS, she got married at the age of 18. He could not bear the scourge of poverty. He fell in love with his wife who was four years younger than him. He panicked. Then, he entered India looking for a job in the same rank. ‘I suffered a lot at first. I went to India carrying a hundred kilos, ‘he said.’ Initially, I went to Barnipur. Ah, then Ruru, Shimla, Kargil ‍ I went to many places, ‘he said, forcing me to remember the name.

He had entered India imitating many people from his village. Carrying stones and bricks in Barnipur. When he returned to Dang for the first time in six months carrying some money, he returned like a warrior who had won the war. But with the money in his pocket, his happiness began to wane.

Then a few months of homecoming began. In the meantime, he carried stones, pebbles, bricks, manure, heavy, JJ found from Shimla to Kargil in India. He earned Rs 15 to Rs 250 a day.

Many years have passed since the Dang-India race. So much so that she did not even care about the fact that her child had been born and raised. The distance is close to India, but living there made him feel far away from his country.

‘I returned to Dang when I was told that it was not right to stay away from old age, children and country. And I came to Kathmandu, ‘he says. At that time, people from Sitaram village started going to Kathmandu in search of work

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