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Who Will Be A Gurkha: A Film to Ponder

Who Will Be A Gurkha: A Film to Ponder

Who Will Be A Gurkha: A Film to Ponder

By Sahadev Poudel

(I watched Kesang Tseten’s new documentary Who Will be A Gurkha at Kaufmann Theatre, American Museum of Natural History on Oct 20th, under the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Below what I ponder about it)


The New Gurkha:
Metaphorically, Many Nepali migrant worker who go to other countries for employment are the new Gurkha. Some of them are able to send remittance to pay the loans, build houses, and create a beautiful family. And sadly, some may come back empty hands, inside the coffin.


And the Old Gurkha-
For many generations, the young Nepali boys have been sacrificing their life for another country in the name of Gurkha. How they become Gurkhali? How they prepare to die or to kill for the sake of another nation? How is the selection process for Gurkha platoon for the British Army? How hard it is to be a Gurkha?


Kesang Tseten’s new documentary film Who Will Be A Gurkha answer some of these questions. Especially, the documentary exclusively demonstrates the “free, fair and transparent” selection process of new Gurkha platoon for the British Army.


Britain has been recruiting Nepalis over 200 years ago. “Gurkhas are famous for wielding a curved khukuri knife, have seen numerous wars.” The fact is over “200,000 fought in two world wars and 50,000 were killed.” And yet there is no fear of death and many youths ready to be a new Gurkhali Lahure. That’s the power of Gurkha.


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In Who Will Be A Gurkha, the prospected Gurkhali lahure spontaneously share their phenomenal story to each other. Sometimes they sing, they tell stories, and laugh, and many times they become silence. In silence, they even share a deep story. The filmmaker, writer and director Kesang Tseten, precisely captured their emotional journey of young boys. At the end of the selection process, only about 1 percent is able to pledge to the alliance to the Queen of United Kingdom and rest come back home with tears.


The film folds through the characters personal stories and breathtaking visuals of the training camp. The use of old footages adds the classic flavor and shows that the essence of the selection process and the courage of the young boys are same. The film is set in one of the recruiting centers in Pokhara. The recruiting center looks like a strict Army training camp.


I salute the young Nepali boys for their courage to join the British Army. They were ready to sacrifice their family, love, freedom, and birthplace. In the other hand, I feel sorry for others who did not get selected.


I believe the main attraction of the British Army is high pay and better retirement plan. If they die in war zone their parents might get good amount of money too. I have seen some films about the story of Gurkhali but Who Will be A Gurkha is authentic and the fundamental story of young boys who want to be a Gurkha.


After watching the film I wonder:
• What happens the other candidates who don’t get selected?

• What happens who get selected for the platoon? Will they directly go to the War zone?

• Is there a similar selection process for British Citizen if they want to join the British Army?

• How the Gurkha Army tradition began and when does it end?
• Is it ok to let this tradition goes one?
• How British directly come to Nepal and set a recruiting camp and take young Nepali blood to serve their country?

The documentary raises many questions to ponder,
And I wonder, who will have answers?

Written/Produced/Directed by Kesang Tseten
Language: Nepali & English with English Subtitle.
Genre: Documentary
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अक्टोबर महिनाको सृजनाका यात्राहरुको कार्यक्रम (तस्बिर)

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न्यु योर्कमा हरेक महिनाको पहिलो आइतबार आयोजना हुने साहित्य सृजनाको कार्यक्रम सृजनाका यात्राहरुको अक्टोबर महिनाको शृंखला अक्टोबर ६,आइतबारका दिन मालिङ्गो रेस्टुरेन्टमा बोस्टनबाट आउनु भएकी कवि दिपा राई पुनको एकल प्रस्तुतिको साथमा सम्पन्न भयो। दीपा राई पुन लाई कविता वाचनमा मणी बाङ्देल, मनु लोहोरुङ र आचार्य प्रभाले सघाउनु भएको थियो।

कार्यक्रमको दोस्रो चरणमा छिरिङ् तोक्पे लामा,ममता कर्माचार्य,किशन सिंह धामी, रामचन्द्र थापा, शकुन्तला ज्ञंवाली, केशव आचार्य , अनु शाह, आचार्य प्रभा, आशिष लुइंटेल , विकास विष्ट,मणी बाङ्देल,सहदेव पौडेल, हरि बहादुर थापा, मनु लोहोरुङ,कल्याण गौतम, जित गुरुङ, प्रतिमा लामिछाने, र सुनिता शर्माले आआफ्नो सृजनाहरू सुनाउनु भएको थियो।

कार्यक्रम मणी बाङ्ग्देल र सहदेव पौडेलले सञ्चालन गर्नु भएको थियो। सृजनाका यात्राहरुको अर्को कार्यक्रम नोभेम्बर महिनाको पहिलो आइतबार हुने छ।

NYC Subway Story

New York City Subway Story:
A gusty and musty looking old man was begging for changes in a busy New York City Subway station. He had some coins inside a dirty jar. The sound of pennies, dimes, and nickels were like underground music and it’s mixing in the crowd. A good-looking, like a new subway car, middle-aged woman came and started talking with him. For a moment, the sound of the changes were silent. They both widely smiled and a good-looking woman put handful money inside the jar. An old man as a reciprocating act, took a packet of “unidentified” object from his pocket and gave it to her. They waved hands, with the announcement of “the Down Town bound local train is arriving at the station,” Then, a good-looking woman entered from the emergency door like an express train and mingled in the crowd.