MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA
Her 'chats' are at times complaints about not being able to learn English because she is illiterate: "I can speak everything but can't write. Right now I have learnt to write my name in Nepali."
Other female CA members like Rajbhangsi are trying to adjust to the city life by training to use a computer and ride a scooter, and learning English. There are 197 women in the CA from 19 parties.
CA member Asha Kumari Sardar of the MJF feels that to adapt to city life it is necessary to learn all three-computer, scooter and English. At present she is learning English and how to use computers, but is determined to learn all three by the end of the year.
An NGO is aiding 19 other women like her to learn English and computer skills. Jubba Suren of the Santhal ethnic group gives a high priority to learning English. Every morning she spends an hour in a language class.
"I can't understand when the other CA members speak in English during our meetings," says Suren, who is educated up to grade six. "That is why I feel it is extremely important to learn the language." She is also planning to buy a scooter because she has to attend a number of programs.
NC's Kabita Sardar, who used to be a teacher, says: "While I was in the village, I thought I knew something. But I've realised now that there is a lot more to learn."