Namaste from Smeeta Chaulagain

Today it was 11:56 am when the earthquake came. I was inside my room reading magazines. Suddenly my table where I was reading, started to shake. My mother was in the kitchen. She told me that it was earthquake. She also told that we have to run in safe place. So, we ran to the big ground just in front of my house. When we ran out, we however couldn’t see any house falling in my area because houses were strong. But I saw all the people scaring, crying and wanted to know the condition of their family members. My father was in shop which is located in Ason. As we know that Ason is very dangerous with densely populated old houses and there is no open ground to escape. We tried to call him but because of network problem, the phone was not going. We all were much tensed. But after sometime he arrived. But we all were very scared. He also told the condition of Ason. The house in front of his shop was fallen. He say many temples falling down. In the evening we went for a walk to see the condition of our location.  We saw the road cracking at both sides. One side was on the top and another side was in lower surface. Some houses in the Kaushaltar, Lokanthali were going inside the bottom and some were falling. We ate some fast food and return back to our house. That day we stayed outside under a tent. When I remember that day, I still feel scared. I cannot study properly. In my mind, there is always fear of earthquake.  Hearing this condition of my beautiful country, it feels like crying. I am very upset as well as scared.


Smeeta Chaulagain Class: 8 Siddhartha Vidyapith, Gatthaghar


4 thoughts on “Namaste from Smeeta Chaulagain

  1. Namaste, Smeeta.

    Thank you for telling your story. I can only imagine how scary it must be for you, your family, and your friends right now. I have faith that things will get better … Nepal is an amazing, brave country, full of amazing and brave people like you. Because what could be braver than continuing to move forward, even in the middle of such scariness?

    What helps you to feel better or to keep going when you’re scared or worried? I like to listen to music, write in my journal, and spend time with my family when I’m worried or afraid.

    Thinking of you and wishing you the best!


  2. Namaste,
    First, I want to say I am so very happy that you and your family are ok. I’m sure you were very scared when you could not reach your father by phone. I know how happy and how much safer you must have felt when he arrived home to you and your family. Earthquakes are a very scary thing to live through. When I was a little girl, I lived in California and I can still remember the earthquakes we had there. They were never as bad as the one you had where you live but as a little girl they were very scary so I understand your fear. I hope things are getting better with each day that passes and your fear becomes a little less every day. Take one day at a time.


  3. Hi Smeeta!
    Thanks for sharing your story!
    I just want you to know that we think of you everyday and we hope that you’ll be okay!
    Anton from Sweden

  4. Namaste Smeeta,
    thank you for sharing your story, for finding words to describe what you are going through. It helps us to understand and you hopefully just knowing there are people far away who think of you and answer you. There is always hope, always a future even if things not always are going as you wish. For now I wish and hope for you that the aftershocks stop, that your fear will change to a safe feeling.
    Send you my greetings and let you know I think about you, your wonderful country and the people in Nepal,

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