I suppose I should say something about the election. Instead (well...) let me recount to you an anecdote relayed by one of our Nepalese hosts at the start of our workshop in Godavari. Judging from conversations over the following days of the workshop, it worked as a sort of Rorschach test. Everyone (including me) thought he knew what it meant, but we all took it to be saying something different!
A Russian asked a Jesuit who had spent his life in Nepal, "Why do the Nepalese shower their idols with rice, when they don't have enough to eat themselves?"
The Jesuit replied, "When you understand that, you will be a Nepali."