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Hello Ujwal Dai,

Earlier, I had written an open letter to Bibkesheel Nepali.  I have said enough there.  This letter is on something else.  To start with,

Any relation, be it business, romantic, personal, social or political, ends up basically for either of the following reasons,

  1.  The other side did something terrible or did something against your core principles and values:  Let’s say person you are dating turned out to be a pedophile or a cheater.  Or, let’s say holds a complete opposite principle or value that you totally distaste. In this case, no matter how much you adore that person or was dreaming to be with till the end, you just can’t.  Above your emotions and desire, there comes the wall of irreconcilable difference on principles and values that you choose to end the relationship, even if that means being heartbroken and shattered emotionally.  And, you call off the relationship.
  2.  You never had as such interest or feeling for the person but you anyway got involved with and later you start feeling like you are better off the person:  This is the typical case where you happen to be with a person without much of interest up on but situation just brought you together.  The other side isn’t bad as such or wrong as such.  Deep inside you know that but you just don’t want to be with the person, because your ideal partner is someone else.  Now, your mind starts looking for flaws and faults in search of reasons to break up.  In this process, dissatisfaction builds up.  One day your dissatisfaction explodes and you call off the relationship.  In such kind of break up, you don’t feel hurt, you don’t feel emotionally shattered.  You actually feel relieved, set for new beginning in happy and motivated note.

I don’t know what happened in your case.  Maybe it’s the case 1.  Or maybe case 2, where you actually never liked Rabindra Mishra in first place but situation forced you to merge with.  Whatever the reason be, I am sure you are happy now and are feeling relieved – set for new beginning in happy and motivated note.  I wish you all the best.  After all, one life, you deserve to be happy and deserve a chance to set your own path as it pleases you.  Right or wrong, you will live per your karma accordingly.  But then, there is a catch.  Reason why I am writing this letter to you, because you are not just a person anymore.  Like it or not, you have become an icon, you have become a leader leading many lives.  You being wrong or you being lost means you messing with many lives and their times.

Right after you decided to form this new party of yours, I have seen the spark of joy and ray of hope in people who call you leader.  I know you believe in creating leaders than leading them.  I know you are not the only man to decide everything, but still, anyone can tell who is alpha in your tribe.  You don’t have the luxury anymore to hide and pass down the ball to somebody else.  You are the leader to those thousands of people singing and dancing and you must know what you are doing with them, their lives, their hopes, and many more things.  Reason why I am writing this letter to you and not your party, or your tribe.

My hope is that you will consider the following points while forming your new party, so that you don’t look like a confused man forming a party gathering confused youths and at the end, every one lose.

Path and Lines

Activism is one thing and politics is whole different thing.  You don’t need a political party to raise voice against something.  Political party is born to represent a certain line, a certain group, a certain idea, that it likes to set in society and policy through the exercise of power.   Boldly speaking, that is where the earlier Bibeksheel failed and the Mishra-led Sajha is failing.  They claimed to be a political party but clueless about the line they take, group they represent, and idea they believe in.  This new party of yours shall not be in that confused state.  Your new party should define society, define family, define economy, define people, define rights, define responsibilities, define every little things that matter to people and their society, that matter to workers and their world, that matter to country and its allies. Your new party shall be clear about its political leaning, its political beliefs, its political ideologies.  Those definitions and approaches will define you and your party.  This time, please don’t come up with party which is clueless about path, clueless about beliefs, clueless about agendas; don’t come up with a party whose lines are set by social media trends.  It’s not hard.  Take your time, write and review hundreds of ideas and beliefs, keep rewriting, keep reviewing, we can wait, but when the manifesto is prepared, make sure it defines you and your party and world will know what you believe in, who you represent, and how you are different from rests, just like congress, just like communist, just like maoist, just like democrat, just like republic, or just like BJP.

Oracle of informed and wise

People you are surrounded by are the man you are.  Intellects that likes to converse with you are the intellect you are.  Quality of people who publicly endorse you tells the quality in you.  Same applies to any organisation, be it business or political.  While you forming your new party, please get some matured people with substantial quality on board, where members when talk they know their source of information, when leading they know where they are heading, when giving opinion, they know what they are talking. This new party of yours should not look like a youth organisation but a serious political party and it starts from the central committee.  Take your time, screen thoroughly, train, test, re-test — let it take a time, we can wait, but when the committee is formed, be it an oracle of informed and wise and not a squad of shallow minds who only got to the committee by showing their date of birth and social media followers.

Know how

I am sure you know why you are doing whatever you are doing.  But then, you knew then also why you formed a party but people didn’t really get your point then, nor they got your point when you merged and formed a new party, Bibeksheel Sajha.   Ever wondered why? because you lacked the clarity on how.  You wanted to make a party that has zero tolerance on corruption but you didn’t tell “HOW?”  you wanted to make a party that supports and promotes entrepreneurship but you didn’t tell “HOW?” you wanted to make a party that fights against sluggish development and hindrance but you didn’t know “HOW?” You as an entrepreneur you must be aware of the fact that no matter how awesome your business concept is, if you don’t have an answer on how, all your why and what means just a fairy tale.   Same applies in politics.  If you only talk about problem but can’t propose convincing solution, you will only look like an activist.  So this time while working on what kind of party you want to form, what are the things it likes to accomplish, why it is born in first place, please make sure you have HOW in every “what” and “why.”   Take your time, read books, get mentors, get trained, do whatever you can to back your agendas and solutions, we can wait.  But when you come back, come as Know-How man.

That’s it for now.  If you get those three things right, I see you making a history.  If not, I should harshly say “my thoughts and prayers go to all the people calling you leader, singing and dancing, sacrificing their time and energy and resource.”

After all, it’s you who lead them, it’s you who is forming this new party saying you know better.  Timile nagare kasle, ahile nagare kahile?

This time, may you come up with a political party as it is supposed to be that no one will mistaken for NGO and/or activists.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Jessie Potter

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”
– Albert Einstein

 

Your well-wisher,

 

 

Founder of Kaagmandu Magazine

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Hello there!!

Since you are here, we would like to assume that you love writing.  Writing is the best contribution one can make for mankind, because we all die but writings will stay back.  Writing has a power to influence, power to change, power to amuse, and power to destroy.  So many books and articles and essays are the proofs on how they have been influential, for good or bad, even long after the writers are gone from this world.  Wikipedia is an example on how brilliantly a small effort of a writer can help billions.  We all know something, we all are good at something, we all believe in something.  Not everyone can pen them down though.  That’s why we can say mostly what writers believe in, what writers are good at other than writing, what writers know will get documented and spread.  Those who don’t, their beliefs, their knowledge, their opinion will die with them.  This is why writing is must-have skills for everybody.  Glad that you are a writer, and we want you, because we are into a mission of creating an informed society, and together we pen down everything we know, everything we believe in, everything we are good at.  Not just that but we will pen down also everything that people know but don’t know to put them in words, everything that they believe in but don’t know to put them in words, everything that they are good at but don’t know to put them in words.  You, a writer, ain’t just a writer, but are also a messenger.  We are the messengers and we would like to have you as a messenger, and together we will spread messages, knowledge and information, stories and perspectives, and sometimes simply a bundle of words to amuse people and bring smile on their face.

For all the reasons said above, we want you, and we need you.  Let’s do it.

No, we are not looking for a writer who can write for free.  As a writer, we understand the level of effort a writer needs to put to get words and sentences together to convey a message to the world.  Writer too have bills to pay, and family to feed, and life to live.  So, here is the plan on how a writer will be paid:

  • We have designed ad placement in such a way that every view should get us 1 rupee.  So say, a post got 1000 views in a month, then that means we earn 1000 rupees.  We plan to give 30% to writer that month, i.e. Rs 300.  If gets viewed by one lakh people, you will earn 30 thousands.  Another month, another count.  We are on internet, so there will always be views increasing and again we calculate and give you your share.  So, basically you can say, writing a piece for kmag is like recording a song, and you get royalty throughout your life unless the post is removed. 

That’s the plan.  We want to be a platform for all the writers, and we will put our utmost effort to make the platform popular and get advertisers.   Whatever we will be earning through our collective efforts will be shared between us.  On the other side, society will get informed.  Win-Win for all.  So you can say, we are trying to be magazine-kinda wikipedia, magazine-kinda google, magazine-kinda website, where one can find anything and everything, along with views and news, stories and perspectives, and lot more.

Does that sound interesting and promising at the same time?
If yes, cool! Let’s begin.

The following are the segments that we currently cover and you can write for any of the following:

  1.  News:
    a.  National:  Any news from Nepal.
    b.  International:  Any news from outside Nepal.
  2.  Knowledge and Infos:  Anything that is knowledgeable and informative.  Like for example, How to apply for driving license in Nepal; what is global warming; why World War II happened, etc.  It basically covers what, how, why, where, when, and will not be opinionated.
  3.  Life and stuffs: 
    a.  Education and Career.
    b.  Love and relationship.
    c.  Fashion and lifestyle.
    d.  Pets and passion.
    e.  Spirituality
  4.  Health and sports:  Anything related to health and sports
  5. Happiness:  Feel good stuffs.
    a.  Travel and places.
    b.  Movies and musics.
    c.  Talks and gossips.
    d.  Interviews.
  6. Sci-tech:  Anything related to science and technology
  7. Arts and literature:
    a.  Stories, short or medium.
    b.  Poems.
    c.  Satires and humors.
    d.  Photographs and visual arts.
  8. Business:
    a.  Entrepreneurship
    b.  Market
    c.  Management
  9. Opinion:  Anything that is just an opinion.
  10. Videos:  Video description.

That’s it for now.  Hope you got an overall idea on what we are up to and our expectation and how you can play a role that suits you and excites you, and together we march towards the mission of

  • Creating an informed society.
  • Connect and unite progressive minds.
  • Promote and support businesses and activities.

Thank you for your time.  Only a serious writer or someone who wishes to be a writer can read such a lengthy post, with such a patience.   One of the reasons why we wrote such a long-ass letter.  See? we just filtered out half of the wannabes and/or not-so-interested candidates.  Congratulations! You just cleared the level 1 of selection process.  Send us an email stating “WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR KMAG” and that email will take you to level 3.  And, we will catch up for coffee at our place or somewhere inside the skype.

Wish you all the best,
Love and regards,

 

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Dear All,
Hi, Hello, Namastey!
 
After years of learning, experimenting, exploring, unlearning, and relearning, we are coming up with our own website to take this journey of ours to the next level — www.kmagz.com.
 
Let’s recap everything.
 
This page was born for fun. Didn’t have much of idea. All we knew was that there should be a page from Nepal that tells what all goes in and around Kathmandu, that are generally ignored by mainstream media. Kaag, the messenger, to spread messages from Kathmandu = Kaagmandu. Meanwhile, thought would hit and share progressive ideas and perspectives. And then, earthquake happened, then came the constitutional saga, and Tikapur and Nakabandhi. By this time, fun has turned into a purpose, purpose of creating an informed society, because we learned during this time that our society is messed up in too many levels of ignorance and narrow-mindedness. This time around, we registered the company to do something as a media company in creating an informed society.
 
Easy said than done. We discovered what we needed to do and why, but totally clueless on how. First challenge was getting the needed cash, second was getting the right team. You don’t get right team without right cash. You don’t get right cash, without the right team. We were lost in this paradox. We didn’t give up though. “Everything has a time.” We knew our time will come. Moreover, necessity is mother of invention. We had no choice than to invent something for our own survival. And, we invented couple of things to survive.
 
From one, we became two, from two we became three, and four, and five. We figured out more what really need to do, without compromising our core goal of creating an informed society. We added few more in our list of goals, that is promoting and supporting local businesses and activities and uniting and connecting progressive minds. And, we we finalized our vision:
 
By this time, from Kathmandu, we have started thinking global, dreaming global. The immense opportunity lying ahead in this globally connected world, we set our dream much higher. There is a time for everything, as they say. It is true. Added more in team, and the website is born.
 
This website is the reflection of everything we wanted and everything we want.
 
Thank you everyone for your love and support. We know many of you miss those thought-provoking articles and heart-melting stories, here in this page, that have been missing for long time. We too miss them, but we had our own reason as you know now the background work and preparation we were up to.
 
Looking forward to working with all you amazing people. We know some of you are great writers, some of you are greater artists, some of you are creatives, and some of you are simply funny. You guys cannot be limited just within your world.
 
We have a dream that someday, there will be a media from a small himalayan country that will be known by globe for its contents, for its contributions, and for its missions. Everything is possible on internet. We just need to believe so.
 
We will share more about our plan, and things that we up to, and how we plan to incorporate you all.  We have some amazing plans lining up for all writers, intellects, entrepreneurs, artists, and individuals with shared values and visions. For now, just have a look on our website, and give your feedback. And, if you are a technical person, feel free to reach out to us to help us improvise the website and make it better.
Much Love and Regards,
Kmag Team
p.s.  Contents on websites are mostly dummy contents for now, so please ignore the contents and just go for the feel.

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All Rapists Are Male

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Rape is for sex.
Rapists are mostly men.

So we should keep male far from female. They should never be together. There should be clear wall between them.

Males hang out only with males. Females only with females. This approach shall significantly reduce the rape cases.

However, there will still be some cases, so even to reduce that, we shall ask females to not go out late at night. Not open up much with males. Not wear or do activities that attract attention of others.

Meanwhile, sex should be discouraged, promote as taboo, and limit strictly within husband and wife for reproduction purpose only. Not to entertain sexual contents, neither in a form of talk or art or activities.

Last but no the least, other than wife, every women to be seen and treated as mother and sister.

And thus, we will create a society where women are safe and respected, men are tamed and cultured…….

Makes sense??

Point is:  You don’t need to be a westerner to think what makes sense and what not. Intelligence, logics, rationality are human things. Some people, obsessed with cultural identity, don’t get that.

 

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