I need a serious break. In last 2 years, I haven’t taken any off, any vacation, or any break from work. Just slogging my arse off and now body is screaming to take a break. Out of many options, I am choosing India this time, because I miss her. I truly do.
I had spent significant amount of my time there in India and then 2 years back, I packed my bag for Nepal, my home country, to take my entrepreneurial journey further. In last 2 years, world has changed significantly and so my perception and my thought process. In these 2 years, I have grown interest in culture, history, humanity, and my interest in youths have gone more deeper. Anything and everything about humans fascinate me now. In this process of growing up, I have been closely observing India, especially online activities of Indian youths and I could see Indian youths that I had never seen before during my stay there. Those stand-up comedies, those start-up stories, those Tik-tok videos, and those short films in YouTubes and the audience — that says a lot about Indian youths today.
Actually, when I was in India, I was cognitively immature. I would judge people based on many things and treat and deal accordingly, like a teen. I would show no interest in culture or people other than my small comfort zone. I regret that I wasted significant amount of my time on nothing but in shallowness. I was in world’s largest democratic country and I put no effort to understand what does that mean sociopolitically. I was in a land of Gandhi and Ambedkar that world would bow their head down with respects and I put no effort to learn more about them during my stay then. I was in such a diverse country and I put no effort to observe unity in diversity in true sense. I regret many things for missing out then.
Fast forward 2 years, and my mind has become more like that of a researcher. This time, when I see a “Bihari guy,” I won’t see him as a Bihari guy, but as a human with its own distinct culture. This time, when I see a temple or masjid or church, my eyes will try to read the carved arts on it. In chaos, in crowd, in rush, this time I will be palpating economy and not run away from it like how I used to back then. This time I will be smiling more often than laughing, be more excited than pissed off, be more compassionate than judgmental. I will simply be a guy coming to India fascinated by India for everything it holds — as heard, as read, as learned — and understand humans in much broader sense, in much deeper level, and so their culture, so their society, so their country.
This time, when I see a “Bihari guy,” I won’t see him as a Bihari guy, but as a human with its own distinct culture.
So, YES! I am going to India on Oct 15 and the excitement and joy is as real as guilt-filled heart getting a second chance. This time, I have chosen train over air because that’s where India begins. I can’t wait to experience again those 3 days of train journey, and how total strangers become a family sharing sandal to snacks, and even stories. Starting from organised chaos of Gorakhpur, I will be travelling down to south passing by major cities of different states, observing, understanding, learning and unlearning many things in between. And then finally, I will be reaching to Bangalore, where the walk will begin towards the second chance. Let’s see which all cities and places I will step from there.
To be honest, this time I am going more like a backpacker with no certainty on where to stay but I am taking a chance anyway because light will guide when your heart is pure, people will guard when your interest is to learn.
Best thing I have realized over time is that there is only one race, and that is human race; there is only one country and that is Earth. Rests are all socially and politically constructed divisions. I plan to unsee the divisions and walk the part of the Earth to connect with fellow humans and if possible, to connect them with other humans through this website and through our page.
Thus, I am marking this trip as life-changing trip and also a breakthrough chapter of my entrepreneurial journey. Every people I meet and their stories; every place I visit and its history; every situation I get exposed to and everything that I would learn, I plan to turn them all into contents and share them through this website. So, keep checking out this website every now and then and walk the road with me through my words, see the India with me through your screens. It should be fun. Let’s see what future holds.
Hello India, I miss you and I am visiting you soon. Wish me all the best.
NOTE: If you are currently in India and want to get connected with me during my stay there, or lend any kind of support or simply want to be part of this journey, please feel free to write me showing your interest by mailing me at [email protected]
Entrepreneurship, Money, and Common Nepalese
“The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems”
I don’t know from where to start because sometimes I really need to take a delicate approach when I have to explain something to some of my Nepalese fellas. You know they are just so sweet and innocent, the way they think and perceive is mostly emotional, and above all, with all that years of brainwashing on absurd ideas and concepts and political philosophies, it’s really hard to explain certain things to my people, especially when it comes to business and money and things like that. Anyway, let me try to explain this.
Someone posted this in a start-up group expressing dissatisfaction for our attempt of monetizing the context. I could hear similar allegation on the comment section of the post as well.
Let’s start from this.
What is money? It’s a medium of exchange. You want a shoes, shoemaker wants rice. Money works as a medium to exchange. Is there anything evil there? No.
That’s exchange of trade for need.
You want a gem, gem dealer wants ticket to Goa to chill. Money works as a medium to exchange. Is there anything evil there? No.
That’s exchange of trade for luxury.
You want to build a road in your village, you pay the dozer guy for the work and the money received will be used for his need or luxury by the dozer guy. Again, money is a medium of exchange here. Is there anything evil there? No.
That’s exchange of trade for societal cause.
Money is nothing but a medium of exchange and it’s the most popular medium of exchange because everyone accepts it. Money itself is neither evil nor divine. A money received by a prostitute may be donated to temple or in paying school fee for her children. Also, money received by the most reputed man in town may go to a thief to buy a knife.
Basically, money is nothing but a medium of exchange. However, some people in Nepal has considered money as something special, something rare, something big and something like …I don’t know what to say, a God, maybe? They have this idea that you should exchange only certain things for money and not for everything …definitely not for societal or political thing.
Like for example, if someone is making road for all, don’t ask for money..just work for free. If someone is trying to raise voice for all, don’t ask for money, do it for free.
Now, in reality, it does not work that way, because everything is exchange in this world and money is invented as a solution to ease the exchange.
Today, humans have everything from nano robot to rocket because of the concept of money. Money itself has no meaning. It’s we humans who have agreed to give a meaning to it to self-motivate and let the exchange to go beyond daily needs. As a result, we have this world full of devices and gadgets and technologies, books and toys and cutters.
That’s what money does. It motivates people to think beyond and produce stuffs, which otherwise would not be produced. It motivates people to be creative, innovative, so that they could make something that others would buy, and the money in return could be used to buy foods for home, or pay bills and fees for kids or go for a vacation with loved one.
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If I have to distribute that badge for free, I need to get it printed for free, which means printer guy has to get his ink for free. The chain goes on. If not, someone has to fund the project and I distribute it for free.
This country is f* because of that very same idea of “better get funded than monetize, when it’s for societal or political cause.”
Dull boring posters everywhere, whenever it comes to political or societal activities. Dull, boring people everywhere, when it comes to political or societal movements. Because we think it’s so f*cking wrong to exchange anything for money when it comes to political or societal thing. Guess what? Only dull and boring people with their talent-less works and activities.
So dear cute little innocent Nepalese fellas, there is nothing wrong in selling badges or t’s or even dance party tickets for social causes. Yes, the other side will collect some money, so what?? What do you think the money will be used for? It will be reinvested on people and market to get more creative and innovative that would inspire many others, filling market with more talented and creative activists.
In the end, society gets social message in more creative, innovative and effective way. Team gets better motivation and energy to carry on. Market gets more money flowing in. No one dies taking money. It all will be in the economy. But, new products, new scope is added on.
Take the money out of the equation and see what will be there. No money in economy. Boring and dull products distributed for free, thus no value, nothing. No scope, no motivation.
Which one is better?
So, go sell something for Nirmala, for Kalapani, for climate change, for whatever you are deeply moved by. There is a name for it, and it’s called social entrepreneurship. That’s better because you don’t need to beg around for funding, and it’s sustainable way of carrying on. It’s hard for socialist and communist to understand that. You don’t be the kind.
Just remember this: We collectively have been so poor for so long – from generations to generations – because we never understood the concept and idea behind money. How will you make something, that you have not understood in first place?
We are poor because we hate money
“If you hate rich people, if you hate money, if you hate how economy works, you are destined to die poor,” a wise man once told.
Nepal deserves the best…let’s not see the world in East and West
Every now and then, when we differ on values and ideas and concepts of how life should be, how society should be and how country should be, we start labelling each other as eastern and western, and I know where it is coming from, so I am writing you this opinion piece, not to change you but to make you think, make you understand to help you make an informed decision on concepts, ideas, philosophies, beliefs that you would be living by and nurturing your children and grand children by, because kids that are nurtured by informed elders will make a wonderful country and society, and I care about that because my children and grandchildren are going to be in the very same society and country. So, please read it with patience with bit of smile on your face.
“Our country is not west. Keep your western sh*ts away.”
If I could really take away “western sh*ts” to make you happy, I would be ending up taking away democracy, gender equality, human rights, property rights, constitution, concepts of power division, freedom of expression, science and disciplines, and many many more things that guide today’s business, politics, industries — almost everything — based on which all the great inventions have been made, been distributed, and consumed. What would you be left with?
Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you feel inferior but just give you a bit of reality bite.
See? That is why we should not make things about east and west. Because if you remove the label, it’s all about human things.
Let me take you to history. Somewhere, 300-400 years back, in another part of the world, which happened to be west of Earth, some humans were pissed off with church, their priests, bible, the so called culture and tradition, their kinds and their kins and clans. They deeply felt something not right with their world, so they started thinking, discussing, debating on how the world should be, how politics should be, how human lives should be. They would write essays on, books on. Those humans would be later known as philosophers and thinkers, based on whose thoughts and ideas, modern values and principles were set, politics were based, movements were anchored, that pave the path for science, industry, technologies turning the world into as we know.
What were we doing that time? I am talking about the so called Eastern world, or to be more precise, Indian subcontinents? British came much later if that’s what you want to blame to. Answer is, we were in our own religious interpretation of the world and instead of making it a discourse driven, we were imposing it through kings and his kins and clans- sometimes Muslim empires and sometimes Hindu empires. When humans from west were dumping their Bible and trying to search answers from multi-dimensional approach and spreading it through essays and books, humans from east were only busy proving if answer is in Geeta or Veda or Quran or other doctrines.
That’s how humans from west got ahead of rests. Then came the Prithvi Narayan Shah, then became Nepal. Sadly, source of knowledge for this newly born country was only from North. And we know what happened for next 200 years.
So here we are, the humans from Himalayas, fighting over east versus west, who historically neither had a role in making of western philosophies nor in making of eastern. For what??
I tell you for what, and where your hate towards west is coming from. There is again a history, but I will make it short. If you remember when you were a kid, you would hear something like “paschatya sangit” “paschatya sanskriti” in a hatred tone as if that is such a bad thing. Those running radio/TV were quite against them. Where was that hate coming from? Who was behind? I leave that up to you to your own rational thinking, that you are capable of. All I am trying to say is that this East Vs West thing in Nepal, which anyway had no contributions whatsoever on any front, been into this division long before you were born.
Now, here we are and the steering is in our hand. Our option is to either see the world as East and West like some people want us to or see the world as One Earth, humans as one race, and pick up good things from every corner possible. I understand your concern for cultural identity but hey it’s just an illusion. Our grand father thought lighting a ghee candle is culture, dad replaced it with wax candle and called it culture, and we replacing with electric bulb and calling it culture.
Anyway, in short, everything that we call east, west, Chinese, Indian, is nothing but a label we created just for our own ease of communication. Problem arises when we make it a matter of ego, dignity, pride, identity, and get more political that we only miss the broad options available otherwise.
We are in a way fortunate that we are the youngest country who is building its foundation in the era of Internet and social media that information is freely available on anything and everything.
Unlike old Nepal, this time, we are neither east nor west. We are a part of the world, who deserves the best and taking only what’s working. We don’t want to be the kind who goes around talking about benefits of cow pee but only visits Manipal Hospital. That happens when your ego is bigger than your rationalism.
Our children and grand children deserve better. It starts from us. Let’s cut the East/West crap.
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