Nepal, Dec. 5 -- There has been a long-standing tradition of a yearly exodus that sees thousands of Nepali students embark on a journey to make something more meaningful out of their lives. Having studied at one of the better schools in the nation, going abroad was merely a ritual I took part in. I might have boarded the plane a year after finishing high school, but I'd made up my mind a long time ago. There's only so much that rejoicing in folklores, mountains and monasteries can do to your patriotic resolve before you succumb to the realisation that the glass you've been staring at is half empty.

Nepal lags behind in every social and economic metric, and struggle has long been part of our daily existence. No wonder the grass appears gr...