Adalah is a small tour operator in Kathmandu.
It operates in Katham, the capital of Nepal, as well as several parts of neighbouring Nepal.
In February, we spoke with Adala about her journey from being a child to becoming a tour operator, and how she keeps her mind on Nepal.
(The interview has been edited for length and clarity.)* * *When you’re a child, what was the first thing that came to mind when you wanted to go to Nepal?
When I was six years old, I was walking through the streets of Kathmandua with my friends.
We would often go to the markets to buy things like sweets, and I would buy all of them.
Then, one day, the police came.
They said, “You know, the people in this market have been killing each other.
They’re killing each another in their homes.
You need to go now.”
That was the day I decided to go and try to help.
I started doing that when I was in school.
I always went to the market and bought sweets for the students.
I remember sitting at the market with my parents, and they would make sweets.
Then one day I started to go there.
I would go there and buy sweets and give them to the students, because they were my friends and I was helping them.
I did that for five or six years, until I left school.
And when I left the school, I left my parents and I started my own business.
I was in Kathnam, and my family had a business.
We were a tourist operator.
We wanted to make money.
We had to take care of our children.
It was just an adventure.
When I graduated from high school, we went to Kathmandukhs School, where we were in classes one to four, because it was a day school.
When we got to class five, we would sit at home and we would do the school activities.
And we would play.
We didn’t have to go out to the shops.
The children were playing outside.
We started playing games.
And then, after I graduated, I decided that I want to go back to my parents’ home.
I decided not to go home for five years, because I wanted to do it my own way.* * The tour operator’s journey has taken an unusual route from school, where you learn about life, and then you make your way to Kathmah.
What was the story behind the decision to return to school?
I came to Katham in 2010.
I didn’t know what I wanted, and so I came back to Kathnam.
And I was doing the National Tour Operators Course (NTOC), and when I got to Kathnam in November 2011, I felt like I had achieved everything I wanted.
I wanted the world to know about me, so I decided I wanted an education.
That was when I started doing my school studies.
When we were going through my course, the teacher was telling me, “Go back to school.”
I was like, “What?”
The teacher said, You don’t want to be a tour instructor anymore.
I was really sad.
I had to learn how to work with the children.
And the way I work, the way they learn, it was hard for me.
So, I quit the course.
But I came again in January of 2012, when I came from Kathmanduc and I found a school.
I decided to work in the school and I met a girl.
And after I started working there, she was my assistant.
Then we started talking about how we can start our business.
The school was open to us, but it was too crowded.
We thought it was time to leave.
Then I decided, I want more.
I joined Adalas family business, Adalaha.
I am very happy that I did.
It is a family business.
I’m not an entrepreneur, so this is my business.
My goal is to keep our family business going, so that we can give them the resources they need.
The next day, my mother-in-law came to my house and said, I am going to visit you.
I said, My mom-in and I have a lot to talk about, so we’re going to talk.
I came home and said to my wife, “Why are you not coming to see me?”
And she said, Because I’m sick.
“It’s a challenge.
When I got home, I asked her, “My son, where are you going?”
I didn, I said I want you to come to Kathwani and see me.
She said, Oh, yes, because we are going to Kathiwani.”
I went back to Adalahi in Kathmai and met a friend.
And that was the beginning of my business life.