• Community
  • Volunteer with Children

Daily life in Pokhara

Posted: May 28, 2019

The cry of “Howzat!” echoes off the walls of the surrounding buildings, with shouts of dissenting voices following hot on hits heels.  Friendly arguments then ensue, with the final decision being “Not out” and the game continues.

This all takes place in a central park, commonly known as Cow Park because of the cows and water buffalo that amble over the stony ground to graze on any little blade that might have managed to push its way up through the hardened ground.  It is dominated by three enormous ancient trees, the canopies of which cover the entire area in shade

The fielders, whose footwear range from bare feet to plastic slip on sandals in all states of disrepair, scurry and slide across the dusty, stony terrain, trying to field the ball that often ricochets at obtuse angles off the gnarled twisted trunks of the trees. Another unusual aspect of this gentlemen’s game of cricket being played in downtown Pokhara, is that the wickets are comprised of a pile of broken concrete bricks, which ultimately would make it almost impossible for a wicket to fall when bowled at by the threadbare tennis ball that tends to bounce off without removing a single “bale”. Two male water buffalo go head to head at deep square leg in an effort to assert their dominance, but nothing distracts or dampens the passion with which these boys play their match. They can be seen out in the park till the sun sets and the street lights turn on, which is a sign for them to call it a day.

These children may not have much materially, but their lives are far richer for it and the good sportsmanship in their general behaviour is a testament to this fact. No one is excluded from this match – that is not a 1 day or 5 day, but a life series.

what’s up next?
Celebrating Cambodian New Year: A Guide

A closer look at the significance of Cambodian New Year and a guide to the festivities that take place during this must-see event.

You might also like these articles

Madagascar’s Iconic Baobab Tree
Read the article
Madagascar’s Iconic Baobab Tree
Volunteer and Adventure
Exploring the Rich and Diverse Food Culture of Latin America
Read the article
Exploring the Rich and Diverse Food Culture of Latin America
Travel
Exploring the Spectacular Waterfalls of Ghana
Read the article
Exploring the Spectacular Waterfalls of Ghana
Volunteer and Adventure
Top Things to Do in Kampot, Cambodia
Read the article
Top Things to Do in Kampot, Cambodia
Volunteer and Adventure
Volunteering with Children: Personal and Professional Impact
Read the article
Volunteering with Children: Personal and Professional Impact
Volunteer with Children
Top Reasons to Visit Ghana in December
Read the article
Top Reasons to Visit Ghana in December
Community
Nine of the best volunteer programs in South Africa
Read the article
Nine of the best volunteer programs in South Africa
Healthcare
What Are the Languages Spoken in Ghana?
Read the article
What Are the Languages Spoken in Ghana?
Travel
Nepal’s Traditions: A Cultural Exploration
Read the article
Nepal’s Traditions: A Cultural Exploration
Travel