|To not be skipped by any male when hands are being shaken.|
It was before the Jana Andolan had taken place. It was still the age when we took pride in reciting "Nepal is a common garden of 4 castes and 36 sub-castes", and loved quoting Prithvi Narayan Shah's dibyopadesh to show off our nationalism. Those times before the issues of ethnicity, identity, gender and equity had begun to be vocally expressed - the period of calm before storm. Some who miss it call it the golden age, when Nepali people had sense, hadn't gotten communal and weren't screaming for unnecessary rights, we were still "united" as one and we had the good old king to take care of us "prajas".
It was that time when to be called of a modern mindset, all you had to do was recite "for me, there are only two castes in the world men and women" without indulging in the status difference of these two "caste" in Nepali society. During that time, I was an undergraduate Engineering student. On my first week of college, one of the first comments that a male classmate had made to me was, why I was here studying engineering even though I was a girl!!