It has been a while since I came back from the interview in Nepal, and the experience and feelings at that time are still deeply in my mind. I was initially told to go to this South Asian country for an interview, and I was very embarrassed about it. A colleague based in India told me, “Relax, Nepal is our friend.”
As soon as I arrived in the capital Kathmandu, I started trying to contact the “Ultimate Difficult” interview-Nepali President Bidya David Bandari. E-mail, phone, interview … After several communications with the President’s press adviser Madave, the interview was made. I used to apply for interviews with foreign leaders, which took at least 10 days, and at least several months. This time we only spent 3 days.
After the interview, Madaf sent a photo he snapped-President Bandari was talking openly, and our party was listening and carefully recording. At the time, I didn’t expect how crucial this interview of President Nicholas’s work would be in the coming days.
When the Chinese leader ended his visit to India and flew from Chennai to Kathmandu, the hotel where he was about to stay was crowded with a warm welcome early. For reporters, this is an excellent interview material. When I was passing by a taxi, I immediately grabbed the camera and got out of the car and ran to the crowd.
Taking pictures, videos, talking, and being busy in the crowd for about 10 minutes, two strong Nepalese police officers came to me. The popularity of English outside Nepal ’s tourism industry is not high. The two police officers “reprimanded” in Nepali for a long time. I roughly understand that they mean “interviews are not allowed here”, but I cannot explain to them. They don’t understand either. In a hurry, I showed the police a photo of interviewing President Bandari on my mobile phone. They immediately understood that I was a Chinese journalist and immediately relaxed their vigilance. One of the policemen pointed his finger at a huge display board in the distance-a picture of the Chinese and Nigerian leaders shaking hands. Later, they also organized the masses together and shouted the slogan in Nepali: “Take the friendship across the Himalayas to a new height!” I immediately pressed the record button to record this precious moment.
Not only the police, everyone I met in Kathmandu, whether they were a restaurant owner, a newsstand hawker, a doorman of the Prime Minister ’s Office, or a secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as long as they confirmed that I was a Chinese journalist, they showed the greatest kindness and did their best Give help and coordinate work. When we were going to interview the cultural relic restoration team of China aided Nepal in Durbar Square, the big sister who sold the tickets even wanted to help us save money on the tickets. She said: “The nine-story temple in Durbar Square was repaired by you. Chinese reporters came to report. We appreciate it is too late. How can we collect money?”
Before leaving Kathmandu, looking at the precious photo with President Bandari in my hand, thinking of every friendly moment here, I said goodbye silently: “See you next time, friend.”