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Mingmar Lama - Tsum Valley, Nepal - Nepali (Global Lives Project, 2013) 18:30:00 - 18:59:59

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We don't have to work hard. There's no grass at Choekang. So their cattle are thin. Mingmar, am i right? Write fifteen points for me. I have thirteen and you have fifteen. Who ever gets twenty points will be the, two... ...seventeen, eighteen. You have place for grazing.—Come see our place. Are you talking about that worthless forest? Very difficult forest to graze cattle. There are only stones available. What do you call that place?—Nasul. There's place to go to Nasul.—There's no place to graze. At Telzong...what do you call that grazing place? Para! That belongs to Lar! Let's start the game! Are you ready?—Yes. You are cheating?— You are also cheating. We don't use your woods to make our houses. Am i right Mingmar?—Any how we make our houses. You never let us use your woods.—But you steal in the night. I won this. Look here. OK, right sixteen points for me. You have to understand that you have hard life. Doesn't mean that we are starving. They are in heaven. But still you guys look skinny. Why? One, two, three... You don't know how to discuss. But you are still discussing. I have many things to say but this is not the place. I think he's trying to say... If i say much then you might get hurt.—We'll defend. We can discuss.—I am trying not to hurt you. We also try not to hurt you. If you hurt us. We will also hurt you back. I dealt before. Wow! Pairs of King.—I'll win then. What is your point?—Thirteen. I'll win if i get four points. We are just kidding. What are you doing? Then tell us.—You'll see by yourself. Then?—We will be just hurting each other. We'll be both responding to the discussion. We might get hurt later. Not good card.—I will get three points if i win. What are you talking about?—It was it a tie earlier? Yes, Lets play the game first. I am going to win! You might win but not all the hands. You'll win for sure.—I might win all the hands. I might not win If you have good last hand. I'll arrange well.—Let's see. I'm ready!...wait... Let's start. I dealt. —I did. You are right. I thought this is a straight.—Is it? It's ok...i showed my cards. Show your cards. I lost so badly. Show your other hand.—I'm tensed. You won... This was my mistake.—Anyway i won. You miss arranged. Good job!— It's OK. Are you ready? I need one good card.—Do you want to change? No thank you. Are you ready?—Yes. Who dealt? I'll win.—Really? My second hand is better. Let's see. What is your first hand? What's your last hand? Show yours. You have fifteen points. I'll show you my game now. Now I have to think. You'll lose. You are finished. The game is going to be over. Are you ready?— Yes. I'll give you chance. You talk good. You understand things. Do fast. It's your turn.—No, it's yours. Don't do like that. I won...have a straight. What's you last hand?—You won all the hands. Now i have eighteen points! Two more points to punch you. You can't punch me.—Are you ready? Don't do that. Face the cards down. You won.— What's happening. It's the sky.—I won this hand. Show your cards. I had eighteen points earlier. No, you didn't!— Yes, i did. You cheated! I swear i did not.— You did. You are about to loose. So don't blame me. Yes you cheated.—I swear i did not. I won all three hands. You'll get punch.—You cheated. I will not agree. You cheated.—I swear i didn't. I saw you doing something with cards.—That's not fair. Lets start again.—I already won. If you win this then you win the game. You are so clever. You cheated.—You are cleaver. It's hard to trust you. How many cards do you have? Eighteen?—What are you doing? You are the number one cheater. If you win this then you win the game.—I'll not win now. If you cheat then you'll win for sure.—I didn't cheat. Thank you for the chance.—You are trying to cry. Let's start.—Are you sure? Yes, i am sure. This is a tie!—You loose since you showed first. OK then...who dealt the cards? I did.— OK then it's a tie. This is a tie. Now show your other hand. What are you doing?—Nothing. I won this. I have queen. This is a tie. If you win this, the game is over. If i do then it's a tie. Are you preparing snacks for tomorrow? You have long life.—Why? I don't have good cards. It will be a tie again if its kitti.—Yes. Who dealt?— I did. I won the first hand. OK. Do you have straight? I won this. What's your last hand? Pairs!—Really?—Yes. It's a tie again. If i win this then i win the game Whoever wins this game will win the game. I will give you hard punch. Don't cheat while dealing. I swear i didn't. — I know are a cheater. Now...—I will run away.—let's see. You can't punch. — That's what we are playing for. I'll give up If you have two straights. Let's play. D you think i am scared of your two straights? It's up to you. I'll not punch If you give up. But if you play and if i win i'll surely punch. Then i'll give up.— Are you sure?—Yes. Look here. I win. No, no...i am not giving up.—You cleaver. I already showed my cards.—Now i'll punch you. I gave gave up... i gave up. You'll win the first hand. But i'll win other two hands. You have good last hand.—Yes, all of them. You were scared.— You scared me. You have to use your brain. Lets play to five points. Write here. Let's punch for real this time. Yes or no?— No. I'll punch if i win. OK, let's play for real. Sometimes you are saying no and then yes.—Let's play. You have to say before.—Two points for wining all the hands. You have good cards so you want to play punch game. I don't have good hands.—Lets play. My last hand is not good.—I don't care. Are you hungry. Lets have fried rice. Get that oil. Let's play.—Do you want rice? You want to fry the rice only? You want to fry in this pot? No. In that pot. Who'll eat this?—It's his snacks for tomorrow. Is there onions?—No. You have three fives? You won this.—What's your second hand? This is my second hand. Do you have pairs? You have straights?—Yes, all of them. You have two points.—Yes...yes. Actually i already beat you earlier. I had very nice cards. Did you deal extra cards?—There's one extra. You have to throw the highest cards.—Why? I don't have ace. Let's start.—Hold your cards like this. I win this one as well. Snow is falling from the roof. I won this. Show me your last hand. I have two aces.—Really? Yes. It's snowing, right?—Yes, it it. There's a gap in the roof. There's snow in this blanket.—Is it wet? Little bit. ...six, seven....seventeen & eighteen. Let the snow come. We are going to be alright. Let's begin.—Who dealt?—I did. Is that straight? We each have two points now. What are you doing? Don't cheat. You're crook. I won earlier because you cheated.—How did i cheat? You are a crook. OK. Let's begin. Put that king back.—You trickster. I already cheated.— You are clever. It's your turn.—I will show. You have straight?—Yes. I won this OK.—You'll win for sure. Wait!—Why? I have three points now. Write there. Write there over there. Can you thunder? It's shaking. One, two, there... Now you'll get bump on your head. Not with this cards. I have one card missing. What?—I don't have one card. Give me one card. I will not show my cards.— I saw them. I'll put weak card in my first hand. Do whatever you want. You can't do that. Deal again. Snow is falling inside.—What shall we do? Where shall we sleep then?

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Country: Nepal
Language: Nepali
Producer: Rinzin Lama
Views: 49
Posted by: globallives on Nov 7, 2013

Mingmar and Kumar play cards. Mingmar's friend, Ngodup, leaves the room and Mingmar's cousin quietly watches the game.

This is part of a 24-hour recording of a day in the life of Mingmar Lama.

This video was produced by Rinzin Lama, Andrew Mahlstedt, Dawa Yakpa, Yog Shakya, Tenzin Norbu, Ravi Shrestha, Karma Ghale, Santa Bahadur Tamang, Arjun Magar, Tenzin Norbu, Thepe Tamang, Maila Tamang, Santosh, Jit Bahadur Gurung, and Kancha Tamang.

This video is part of the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience.

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