Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Ant and the Cicada

                                 The Ant and the Cicada

Translated by Dorjee Damdul, from original story in Chinese.

The scorching sun shines on the vast land. On the limitless farmland, the golden millet, has grown tall. The ant and the Cicada are neighbors. The ant is busy moving the millet [ unhusked rice ]to the house from dusk to down and get ready the stock for the winter. But the Cicada indulges in playing, singing and dance, and does not work a bit. Though the two are neighbors, they hardly to go to each other.

When winter arrived, the ant stays in the house comfortably [with plenty of things to eat].

One morning as the sun rises and begins to shine brightly. The ant takes out the stock provisions and dries them out in the sun. Just then a very hungry famished Cicada flys by.  Without much energy and strength, the Cicada said to the Ant: " My dear good neighbor, can you please lend me some food to eat, I have not eaten one good course of a meal for a while."

" But have you not prepared any food grains for yourself, " asked the ant. " In the summer, there are so much food grains in the field, why you have not stocked some in your house?.
The Cicada replied:  " In summer, i was busy playing, and enjoying, so didn't have time to /move the food grains."

"I see," said the ant, fully understand what Cicada just said.

" When you don't work in the summer, then, of course, you don't have anything to eat in Winter. We only help those who help themselves through hard work; we do not help those who are lousy, and we do not help those who do not like to work.
So you better leave now!"

The Cicada upon hearing that from the ant can not help, but fly away. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Quiet Reflection

A trip that is beset with many upsets:  visa entry date issue, ticket reissue, flight cancel and delay.  For some people  these might be a normal occurrence, but Choekyi had to endure all these along with two kids, for which I felt sorry for her. But her bravery and courage in the face of such obstacles paved way for a sweet end.  Now as I blog, she has safely reached her destination in Chengdu in safe and sound. Because of the flight delay from Shanghai , they arrived, early morning around 3:30am on July 4th local time. Choekyi 's last word before they go to sleep is that "we all have reached safely, and now with mom, she is fine and we will talk to you more later". That is all i need to hear, and I could sense Chocho Tenzin Nyima was little emotional at this happy reunion.     We have been communicating via text and phone. It was reassuring to be informed on the progress of loved ones  long trip.

As a parent, worry and concern for your family is never ending. The worry of what might happen would actually hardly happen.   Fortunately, from NY, Choekyi meet with another Tibetan girl, a native of Dege, boarding on the same flight. That was godsend to , and a source of relief for me as  having a companion would help in varied of ways. It appears that girl, even know Chokeyi's parents through conversation.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Journey of Life Time

I have sent my wife and daughters off to meet my Mother and relatives in Chengdu, China. Owing to a variety of reasons and factors, I could not go. But this time, my wife and kids embargoed a  trip to meet my mother and relatives, at a location of their convenience. I wonder what my mother will react when seeing my two daughters, and Choekyi. Even though she could not meet me this time, but my wife and kids will fill my shoes in bringing her jubilation, and joy and happiness.