Bus Slogans and Goats with Coats

Two of my favorite Nepali phenomena.

Rungi-Chungi Decorations

Rungi-Chungi Decorations

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 control

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My estimate: the "speed control" slogan occupies the fender of 40% of the Nepali buses. Its message is not remotely paid attention to.

My estimate: the “speed control” slogan occupies the fender of 40% of the Nepali buses. Its message is not remotely paid attention to.

Push Horn

Very common slogan sighting - "push horn."

Very common slogan sighting – “push horn.”

See You

Horn please

Hard Rock

Another common sighting.

Another common sighting.

Road king

Speed 40 KM

Wait for Signal

Road Star

Less common sights

Take Care

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Runner winner

Relax party

Playboy Relax Party.

Playboy Relax Party.

Playboy

Blow Horn

Off-road Express

Rock Star

A rare sighting.

A rare sighting, in conjunction with the more common “Wait for Signal” and “Speed control.” Also includes “Playboy” written along the neck of a guitar. That is four total slogans. A photo was obligatory.

Jack Rost (spotted from afar)

Mangolian Heart  (or Mango Lian Heart?)

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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!

Dayumm..

Dayumm..

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.

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He looks confident, but I’m not so sure he should be considering his rice bag coat is dirty, fraying, and askew.

I like that her potato sack coat matches her black fur. Well chosen.

I like that her potato sack coat matches her black fur. Well chosen.

No doubt quite warm, aside from a few tears, but she should really pull the collar up closer to her neck.

No doubt quite warm, aside from a few tears, but she should really pull the collar up closer to her neck.

Where to start? These are obviously hand-me-downs, but she's wearing two different coats, and they blend together nicely. Also, her tail is bundled up in a ball, which makes me think she at least put in some effort.

Where to start? These are obviously hand-me-downs, but she’s wearing two different coats, and they blend together nicely. Also, her tail is bundled up in a ball, which makes me think she at least put in some effort.

Great choice, and I really love the rolled up sleeves. The whole thing fits really nicely. The buttons should be done up though, and the burs should be brushed off.

Great choice, and I really love the rolled up sleeves. The whole thing fits really nicely. The buttons should be done up though, and the burs should be brushed off.

Pink stripes, check. Popped collar, check. The attitude and smile to go with it, check. Winner.

Pink stripes, check. Popped collar, check. The attitude and smile to go with it, check. Winner.

Our two winners.

Our two winners.

A video of a “goats with coats” gathering.

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5 comments on “Bus Slogans and Goats with Coats

  1. Hope Cannon says:

    Love, love, love the goats. They definitely go for the slouchy look rather than the baby doll or hipster look.
    and love the buses. So many questions. But here is one. Why “playboy” written across the neck of a guitar? Do Nepali men thnk that guitar players get the girls? Oh!, wait a minute…..they often do!!!

  2. Hope Metcalf says:

    Beware hi-fashion Nepali goats–you will soon be siphoned off to Brooklyn where you will be the latest cool accoutrement for lads with unusual facial hair and a penchant for overpriced coffee. Seriously, Luke, dying over the popped collar.

  3. jane says:

    goat with pink coat is coming home with me! that winning smile captured my heart. she looks small enough to fit in my backpack.

  4. Casserole says:

    the goat series has me in an absolute fit of giggles, a little embarrassing as I am by myself in a coffee shop. thanks luke, that just made my day!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mongolian Heart is a legendary Nepali band that was started in the early nineties by Raju Lama, currently on a world tour and will be in Colorado in March… love the goats… see you soon !! I’ve often wanted to do a post on the Nepali Family vehicle… the motorcycle !!

    Steve

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