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Nepotism In Nepal, as I saw

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Went for a driving license trial. Hundreds were in lines waiting for their turn to proceed. It was scorching hot, but everyone was bearing the heat and stress for their first license, a signature to freedom.

Then there came a man with his son (seemingly), went straight to the payment section, paid the amount caring less about others objections. “Power bhaaka Haru lie niyam laagdaina,” some were saying helplessly.

First lot was for scooter but then the son of this seemingly powerful man got the chance to give a trial. Good or bad, he failed to clear the test. Probably doesn’t matter!

There in the line, I was thinking:

“That young boy, riding on dad’s power, knows the taste of power, advantage of the power. This is probably not the first time for him and nothing new. He definitely has gone to a good school, will probably go to a good university, will probably get into a good position, get a role and responsibility to serve this country and people, either via private sector or the government. Will this boy that can’t stand in line like any other fellow citizen, who needs dad’s influence and power to attempt for a driving license, the easiest and simplest process, ever be the Obama-kind of figure or Cameroon kind of leader who stands in line and follows the due process?” I doubt. He knows the taste of power and the advantage. He is groomed that way.

I went on thinking,

“What is there to blame his dad! This man in his 50-60s is a product of feudalist/royalist society, but this boy? he is an educated youth from 2017, but he chose the dad’s way of doing things here. That’s sad!”

To whoever you are, if you are reading this, please try knowing the taste of life of common people. You missed jokes, you missed knowing people, you missed the moment of humans. There were so many things happening but you chose to boycott the line caring less about rules, procedures, ethics, values, the basic foundation of a civilised society.

It really didn’t matter to any of us for being delayed for few minutes because of your royal treatment. But then, you know? it feels really bad to see someone like you in 2017.

In case you don’t get your license home delivered and need to attempt for retrial, please be in line like any other fellow citizen. The heat, the stress is worth bearing, the moment is worth living, the commotion is worth observing. Above all, the practice will turn you into a man, a better man with humility, integrity, principles, values, morals and ethics. This boy must change to the man for the betterment of all.

No hard feelings. This is how we change.

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Part 1: Letter To My Daughter From Future

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Hey Baby,

Welcome to the world.

I always wanted to have a baby girl and getting you is second best thing happened after your mom.  Much love.

I am writing you from the year 2016, long before you were born.  I don’t know about your world, but daddy’s world is crazy.  I have been working quite hard so that by the time I marry your mom, I must be capable enough to keep her happy and prepare for you and together, give best life to you.

But then, to make wish come true, there must be an action, there must be a determination.  You gotta pursue your goal, run with time.  It’s definitely not easy but then you keep me motivated — the distant future where my daughter will be coming to this world, and I don’t want to settle anything less than becoming her hero.

Daddy’s world is kind of stressful.  It’s lost in greed, stuck in political correctness, struggling to find new paradigms; human intelligence is judged based on income made; human bondings, love and empathy, coordination and cooperation are quite rare lately.  Despite of all, finding a way to survive, living uncompromised, getting works done, and keep moving on, has been life here.  That’s daddy’s life too but with your mom in life, things don’t look stressful.

Amidst all, I think of you.  I wonder what kind of world my daughter must be coming to live her life.  That makes me more responsible, more determined, more motivated to make this world a better place, just like many dads and moms out there working on making this world a better place so that no children from tomorrow have to pay for our shortsightedness and blunders.

I am sure your world is better now.  Our karma can’t go waste.

Okay, baby.  First day in this world.  I don’t want to write too many things and bore you.  This much for this time.  When you will be reading this, you will be already in your teen.  We will be talking on this then with mama and and our dog next to us.  It gonna be fun.

Today in distant future, you are born.  I hence will call you Nellie, meaning  sweet, beautiful girl, intelligent, creative.  That’s your name.  Hope, you will like it.  Your mama and me have already liked it.

Love you Nellie,

Your Daddy

 

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Mt. Everest Isn’t The Earth’s Tallest Mountain

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The world’s tallest mountain technically is not Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain above sea level, but if we’re talking sheer height here, base to summit, then the tallest mountain is Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii.

Here’s how it breaks down:

Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea level. Mauna Kea only stands 13,796 feet above seal level, but the mountain extends about 19,700 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Over half of it is submerged.

That puts the total height of Mauna Kea at about 33,500 feet – nearly a mile taller than Everest.

Mauna Kea is actually an inactive volcano on the big island of Hawaii. It is about a million years old, created when the Pacific tectonic plate moved over the Hawaiian hotspot – a plume of liquid magma from deep inside Earth. It last erupted about 4,600 years ago.

 

You can tell just how giant Mauna Kea really is in the graphic below:

Mt. Everest is definitely the highest mountain on earth but not the tallest.

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Pranav Joshi: The Man Behind The Scene.

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How many of you know the guy in the picture?

I guess many don’t know him by looking at the picture.

Ever heard of the band X-marika? If you are Nepali rock music listeners, you must have heard about the band and the famous song from them, “Haamro Nepal.” He was the bassist from the band.

He is also the director of many music videos, few to name “Ragneeti” by Cobweb; “Tri Ratna” by Ani Choying Dolma; “Prakriti” by The Shadows.

Okay, not so familiar huh? Ever heard of a popular TV program called “Play It On?” He was the executive producer of the program.

Still not familiar? You surely would have heard the movie “Resham Fillilli.” He is the director of the movie.

Yes, the man behind all those works is, Pranav Joshi. It’s kinda weird isn’t it, that this multi-talented, multi-exposed and such a well-known figure in entertainment sector is barely known to mass?!

I recently got a chance to meet him in person and the meet is the reason why I am featuring him on this page because I was just so inspired by his humility and down-to-earth attitude.

To be honest, when I got a request from him to meet and discuss about each other’s work, all I knew about him was, a nepali movie director. As I met him, I was kinda surprised that he is quite younger than thought. He started sharing his past and present and plans for future. Throughout the talks, he no where bragged anything about him. Rather, he would give that adorable smile and share his past as if nothing to brag.

As we talked further, I got to learn that he is the man behind many things. He shared his media world experience, and entertainment business stories. He seems like a “been there, done that” man. No event fascinates him anymore, no personality he is left to meet and know.

He is now trying something new, something unusual for someone like him. And, that is, he is getting into IT world. He has this very big ambition in his bucket list that he calls Network magazine, a kind of social media network.

He is a good conceptualiser, great video editor, great photographer. All in all, he is a in-born visual artist, and now trying to take a chance in IT world. We had a great time together.

On the way back home, I was just thinking about him, his past and present, his humility and humbleness. Generally, people are so desperate for name and fame, and here I met a guy who loves to stay unknown. Some are so arrogant just because few videos on YouTube got extra 1000 likes and here I met a guy who been there and doing that for ages and still acts like “no big deal”

Been meeting many individuals lately, and Pranav Joshi topped the list, that I would like to meet again and again. If you are lucky, may you guys too get a chance to spend some time with him. You will definitely learn what a beauty a humble creature holds.

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