Two of my favorite Nepali phenomena.
The buses and trucks in Nepal are adorned with very rungi-chungi (Nepali for over the top flashy) paintjobs. Most include a slogan on both the back and front fenders. These are relatively regular with the occasional flash of imagination, and one month ago I started keeping a list of the variety that I saw. Here’s my list, organized by rarity:
Every day sightings
Speed 40 KM
Wait for Signal
Less common sights
Jack Rost (spotted from afar)
Mangolian Heart (or Mango Lian Heart?)
While it is impossible not to notice these decorations immediately upon arriving in the country, it took me longer to notice the “goats with coats,” largely because most of the Nepali goats do not dress with human clothing until wintertime.
This was my first goat with coat. He was walking down the street in Surkhet, and you can see it on his face: he knows he looks good. No leash, and a cotton collar rather than one made from twine. Party tonight!
Then, on a recent trip to Nepalgunj, I saw many more goats with coats. Perhaps it was a goat fad that has yet to fully reach Surkhet, and our friend in the photo above is an early adopter in the fashion world. Please – take a look at the Nepalgunj fashionistas, organized (by my judgement), from least to most attractive.
A video of a “goats with coats” gathering.