One of the toughest parts of building a new kitchen garden was building a bamboo fence from scratch (i.e. cutting whole bamboo trees to pieces). The reason why we needed the fence was that our neighbor, Laxmi didi, let’s her chickens, Kukura in Nepali, to graze around the area of our house. The chickens can go through very little holes and even after building the fence we would still find them inside our kitchen garden, eating our baby lettuce plants.
We have since closed the bigger holes in the fence but now and then the kukura still manage to get in. When this happens Dan Bahadur Dai, Laxmi Didi’s husband screams “Badmas kukura”- bad chickens and shoos them out. All naughty chickens around the village are now named “badmas kukura”.
Some friends here suggested that Badmas Kukura would be a great name for a local mafia group. What do you think?
And to finish this post off a small Nepali language lesson:
1. Kukura- chicken
2. Kukur- dog
3. Kukuri- knife