As a freelance SEO content writer, it is only natural I look forward to holidays which is guaranteed at the beginning of autumn in Nepal due to the festival of Dashain. The holidays did come, but I was not able to enjoy it as I ad usually done in the past. This is due to the unpredictable weather cause by the cyclone to hit the coastal region of India – Cyclone Phalline.
Nepal is a great distance from this coastal region, but it changed direction after hitting the coastal region and make the skies dark with clouds. The clouds and rain only gave way on the first day of returning to work. The bright autumn by now was of no use.
My holidays had already been ruined. I was looking to the possibility of cycling to the pristine verdure hills surrounding the valley and get some sense of peace as well as exercise, but sadly this was not to be.
I had to sit back sulkily at home looking out of the window at the concrete jungle around me where I should have been cycling through the forest breathing in fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature.
This I had been doing for years in this city which has nothing much to talk about only building which are increasing every year along with the noise and traffic. The trees and greenery which covered a large section of this city has made way to broader roads to accompany the ever growing number of vehicles.
People in the city of Kathmandu prefer houses to trees all because do not grow money but from houses money can be made. It seems instead of any progress being made for the health of the people. What once was there in this regards is going from bad to worse.
In fact, Kathmandu is one of the most polluted cities in the world in every form. They rivers are rivers of sewage. The water even for the supply source is contaminated. The air is horrible from the hundred of thousands of vehicles belching out fumes with the toxic fuel which is used. Then there is the unceasing cacophony of noise. More over their is not a street which is not littered with garbage.
Even those areas which house the elite areas of society and which they frequent – the sewage seeps out to give one the stench of worse than your toilet. It seem as if no one cares.
Unfortunately, the weather played spoil sport in not allowing me to get away from this maddening and highly pollute city which I can proudly say is not only the capital of Nepal but also the capital of pollution of all kinds in the world.
Steven William Pitts