“Will I ever meet my soulmate?” This question strikes in the mind of every human. Many people anticipated to find “the right one” or soulmate. The peoples' urge to find the right soul mate within a short period of time never allows that person to realize the amount of time he is spending on the dating sites. Looking at some well-chosen photographs displayed on a person's profile and trying to understand them through their cool looking captions that they probably copied from somewhere else takes a lot of time. One estimate suggests that users spend an average of 22 minutes each time they visit an online dating site (Finkel et al.). With the hope of forming romantic relationships, the person goes on online dating sites which offers access to almost two billion potential partners, but only that person knows the satisfaction of finding someone like his/ her thoughts.
Nepal, a small mountainous country surrounded by two large countries is rich in culture. Nepal is surrounded by India in the east, south, and the west, and by China on the north. Nepal is the common garden of people of four castes and 36 sub-castes. The country has its own unique identity, and cultures along with the mixed flavor of Indian and Tibetan cultures. Have you ever seen those breathtaking mountain ranges? Nepal is the home to fourteen peaks higher than 22,970 feet including Mount Everest, which is the world’s highest mountain (Jae, eight best mountains in Nepal). Nepal, a country that is almost sixty-seven times smaller than the United States is rich in cultures, social diversity, and natural beauties (Horniman, Cultures of Nepal). Among all those cultures, Nepal has one of the unique cultures of worshipping young girls as “Kumari,” which means “Virgin goddess.” The Newars pride themselves on being the custodians of culture in the valley, and one of the age-long cornerstones of their culture is worshipping young girls as a goddess. Are there any criteria that can specify some girls as goddesses, and not others? What happens to the girl if she is chosen to be the Kumari, or living goddess, a role that will bring people to their knees before her?
Rolling the dice once and suddenly winning a huge amount of money. Only that person knows the satisfaction because almost everyone enjoys becoming a bit richer, but he would have no idea about when this satisfaction will lead him to addiction? The thought “I am sure I will be winning this time” never allows that person to realize the amount of time and money he had spent on gambling. National surveys in 1995 and 1998 found that 61 percent to 63 percent of Americans gambled at least once a year (National Research Council Staff). Pathological gambling is different from normal recreational gambling.
Fear is a single word with a deep hidden meaning. We live in fear. Every day we wake up with certain fears embedded in our minds: we fear the judgment of people, we fear to be less worthy than anyone, we fear losing someone we love, and ultimately we fear those judgments that set limitations to our actions. We claim to be unbothered by fears as we often say, “I am not afraid of anything.” However, Isn’t that a lie we speak to ourselves to hide our fears? We smile every time we take pictures to show others how pleasurable our lives are, but are we really happy when no one is watching us? You may think you are not afraid of anything, but one night you find yourself crying, because you fear losing yourself, and all the strengths you have been holding for a while.