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THE CHALLENGE OF BEING A SINGLE PARENT

Compiled by: Anushka Shrestha
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Manoj K.C
Guitarist

I don’t think being a single father is a challenge. Our society perceives it as a challenge because ours is still a patriarchal society. People think that raising a child and looking after him or her is the job of the mother.

I lost my wife but I have my family and friends who have supported me a lot during my hard times which has proven that I am not alone.

The only challenge for me is having to take the responsibility of being both mother and father. Having said that, my son has two loving grand mothers who look after him and take care of him like nobody else could!

When I have to travel for shows, I miss my son and vice-versa but thanks to technology, we get to facetime even if we cannot physically be present with each other.

Lastly, I would like to say that a mother’s place can never be replaced. In all these years, my respect for mothers has gone to another level.