How do you pronounce ‘Biscuit’?

Samir Thapa (blue) and Raj Karti (jacket)

“Uncle! Uncle!” they called for me.

I was in the Pharmacy Room at a Health Clinic run by the JRM Foundation, led by Dr. Fahim Rahim, MD FASN.

Dr. Fahim Rahim MD FASN, is a practicing nephrologist in Pocatello, Idaho. He is also the Chairman of the JRM Foundation. These days, Dr. Rahim is leading the largest private American earthquake relief effort in Nepal. He is on a quest to raise One Million Dollars for this relief effort

The kids, Samir Thapa and Raj Karki, had a mischievous look in their eyes. But they weren’t playing games. They had a serious question for me.

“Is it pronounced Bis-kitt or Bis-kutt?”

“Huh?” I was surprised.

“Is it pronounced Bis-KITT or Bis-KUTT?

I smiled.

This was a real breath of fresh air.

I had spent the last hour translating an Earthquake Counseling and Hygiene Education workshop for families that had lost their homes in the earthquake, along with Levon Budding, a volunteer from Las Vegas, with the JRM Foundation.

The questions I had been answering all morning were along the lines of:

My child has been very quiet since the earthquake. How can we deal with post-traumatic stress in children under 4 years of age?”, and
My house is destroyed. We’ve been sleeping wherever we find some shelter. Can I have a plastic tarp for my family?

But right now, I had to address this important question:
Is it pronounced bis-kitt or bis-kutt?

I told the boys that it’s pronounced bis-kitt in English, but in Nepali it’s pronounced bis-kutt.

They looked at each other.

Samir had a huge grin on his face, and said to Raj,
“I told you so! Now you owe me 20 rupees.”

I laughed, as I understood the point of the question for me.

Samir and Raj are both bright and confident kids. I sat down and talked with them for several minutes. They even helped me figure out the best route for me to get home after leaving this Health Clinic in Lalitpur.

Then, as you’d expect, we shared a packet of biscuits together.


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