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Dive deep into the minds of human from different corners of the world.

 

This is the first-part video of the three part-series documentary released in 2015 by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French environmentalist. The Vol-I mainly focuses on the topics such as love, women, work and poverty.

The cinematic aerial footage and the first-person story telling method can make this documentary deeply personal and emotional to many audiences.

It gently exposes the other side of life and humanity that is mostly unknown to the Internet-generations and by the end of the video, it leaves the viewers with more questions to ponder upon than they actually began with.

The documentary is more like a storytelling or perspective collection from different individuals around the world on different topics like love, woman, poverty, work, etc.



The following are some of the best stories and perspectives you can find in the video.   For more stories, please watch the complete video above.

I remember… My stepfather would beat me with extension cords and hangers, pieces of wood and all kinds of stuff. He would tell me:”It hurt me more than you.”I only did it, because I love you.” It communicated the wrong message to me about what love was. So, for many years, I thought that love was supposed to hurt. I hurt everyone that I loved. And I measured love by how much pain someone would take from me. And it wasn’t until I came to prison, an environment that is devoid of love, that I began to have some understanding about what it actually was and was not. I met someone. She gave me my first real insight into what love was. She saw past my condition and the fact that I was in prison with a life sentence for doing the worst kind of murder that a man can do: murdering a woman and a child. It was Agnes, the mother and grandmother of…Patricia and Chris, that I murdered, who gave me my best lesson about love. By all rights, she should hate me. But she didn’t. Over the course of time, through the journey that we took, it has been pretty amazing, she gave me love. She taught me what it was.

 

As I was irradiated by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, my fiancée’s parents were opposed to the marriage. And as we couldn’t stay together, we made a decision:”In this world, our love is forbidden, so let’s be in love in the hereafter.” We took the sleeping pills to die together. I don’t know if it was good luck or bad, but I regained consciousness. Afterwards, we cried on the hillside, two of us. As we couldn’t be together in this world, we wanted to die together and we weren’t able to. What a terrible destiny! We cried with all our hearts. That’s what happened. My health was more or less good. But I still survived. Her parents finally gave their permission. After seven and a half years, we could get married at last. After going through such a thing, when I’m confronted with a difficulty in life, I think of all that and I can get over anything. We’ve been a wonderful couple. Sunao – Japan

 

When you marry someone, you marry them as they are. At a given moment, you love them the way they are. I had an accident. I lost my arms and legs. She didn’t marry a guy with no arms or legs. But she stood it for a number of years. We ended up separating, we got a divorce. I had to start a new life. It took me 3 years to get over the break-up. After 3 years, I said to myself: “You can’t stay on your own!” So, I signed up on the internet to a dating site. At first, I just put a head shot. The rest was a surprise. I didn’t show I had no arms or legs. I had fun on the net, but when I told people about my handicap, nobody answered me. So, I announced my handicap and one day, I met Suzanna. There we are, love is possible. We’ve been together for 8 years. Suzanna has 3 girls, I have 2 boys. We have a one-eyed dog, 4 cats, a guinea-pig. It’s one big reconstituted family. Anything’s possible. I found love again. And we really love each other. So, that’s cool.     Philippe -France

 

“When I decided to divorce, I wouldn’t back down. My husband came to my parents’ house. He went in, the door was open, and he stabbed me. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. I saw my life flash past. What a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it. I thought he was just threatening me. I never thought he’d go through with it. A man who loved me and whom I loved, with whom I lived for 10 years, with whom I had children… I couldn’t believe it. I yelled:” Chadi!” Chadi is his first name. He knifed me several times. I thought I was going to die as a martyr. I collapsed. Alerted by the noise, my brother came upstairs. The second shock I has – because I could still hear sounds around me – was when my daughter came into the room where I was lying. She started screaming: “Mama’s dead!”. I think that was the hardest thing. Knowing that my daughter… In the hospital, I said to the doctor:”My daughter, my daughter…” The doctor shouted: “Think about yourself ! Forget your daughter, forget everyone!” My daughter and my mother… I was so scared for them, after this shock. And it was start of my life, not the end. I got up and I decided that my life should completely change. It had to change. Thanks to God, I’m still standing. Thanks to God.”  Abeer – Lebanon

 

At home, on weekends, I do the cooking. One day, a friend came to my house. He said: “You do the cooking?” I said: “Yes.” “Is your wife sick?” I said: “No, she’s resting.” “What? You do the cooking while your wife has a rest?” “Yes, she needs rest.” He said: “My wife will never come visit you. You’d put ideas in her head. When she comes home, she’ll ask me to cook too.” I said to him: “You must understand that they need to rest.” Anyway, I enjoy cooking for my family.   Arsene – Burkina Faso

  

I’m in prison, because I had an abortion. I couldn’t have continued my studies because I was in a boarding school and I didn’t want to stop my studies. I’d have stopped for too long, with the pregnancy, the birth, breastfeeding, and I couldn’t consider that. So, I decided to have an abortion. What pleases me today is that I’m getting out of prison tomorrow. I’ll start a normal life again. I’ll do what I couldn’t do during my imprisonment. I’ll continue my studies and work. And maybe one day, I’ll have a child. I’ll be just like everyone else.   Cynthia – Rwanda

 

My daily work is to look at empty bottles. I pick them up and look carefully, to make sure they’re clean inside. That’s what I do every day. I start at 7.30 am and I finish at 7.30 pm. Or I may start at 7.30 pm and stop at 7 am. I get home at about 8 am. The most important thing I do is look at bottles every day. If I work from 7 am to 7 pm, that means I look at bottles for 12 hours.      Yuijan – China

 

The way we live and our values are the expression of the society we live in. And we cling to that. It doesn’t matter if I’m the president (of Uruguay). I have thought about all this a lot. I spent over 10 years in a solitary confinement cell. I had the time… I spent 7 years without opening a book. It left me time to think. This is what I discovered. Either you’re happy with very little, without overburdening yourself, because you have happiness inside, or you’ll get nowhere. I am not advocating poverty. I’m advocating sobriety. But we invented a consumer society… which is continually seeking growth. When there’s no growth, it’s tragic. We invented a mountain of superfluous needs. You have to keep buying, throwing away… It’s our lives we are squandering. When I buy something, or when you buy it, we’re not paying with money. We’re paying with the time from our lives we had to spend to earn that money. The difference is that you can’t buy life. Life just goes by. And it’s terrible to waste your life losing your freedom.     Jose – Uruguay





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Report: Sexual Behavior trend among sexually-active urban Nepalese youth

We had conducted an online survey to learn about sexual behavior, trend and pattern, among Nepalese urban youths. It’s a report based on that.

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In order to learn sexual behavior trend among urban Nepalese youth, we had asked Kmag followers to participate in a survey anomalously to answer the following questions:

  1.  Their age when they had their first sex
  2.  Gender.  Options given were:  Male, female, and others.
  3.  District where they had their first sex.
  4. We had asked if it was before marriage or after marriage.
  5.  If it was a casual sex or while in relationship.



There were 396 respondents participating in the survey, out of which  284 had identified themselves as male,  109 had identified themselves as female, and 3 had identified themselves as Other (LGBTQ).

 

Background of respondents

Kmag being an English magazine and most followers being from Kathmandu and other major cities within the age bracket of 18-35, respondents can be classified as Urban Nepalese youth with good English proficiency, making them relatively exposed to global trend and modern values.   Thus, this survey may or may not represent the whole Nepalese youth, but can be good hint to gauge the pattern and trend of sexual behavior among Nepalese youth in whole.

Purpose of the survey

Purpose of the survey was to learn the sexual behavior among urban Nepalese youth, basically in terms of:

  1.  At what age, they begin to be sexually active.
  2. Gender wise sexual behavior.
  3. Percentage of premarital sex.
  4.  Nature of sexual relationship.

Authenticity of the survey

The survey was conducted online through anonymous form.  There can be a chance of false information being provided.  However, the case should only be marginal.

Data Analysis (WHAT WE FOUND)

Going through the data collected, we have broken down the data to make analysis on following heading

Average age at the time of first sex (Lost Virginity)

Per the report, the age at which respondents claimed to lose their virginity ranged from 13 years old to 30 years old.

In an average, sexually-active urban Nepalese youths had lost their virginity at age 20.36, in which males had lost their virginity at age 20.15 in average, and females at age 20.79 in average.  45% of males and 40% of females were found to have lost their virginity at age between 17-20.   However, data also showed a pattern that quite lot of females lose their virginity in early and mid 20s (35%), whereas males tend to lose their virginity in their late teen.

There in the figure, you can see number of respondents who had lost their virginity at the respective ages.

Teenage sex

181 out of 396 respondents had their first sex in their teenage.  That means 45.7% respondents had their first sex in their teen age.

Breaking it down gender wise:

Male:  47.5% of male respondents had their first sex in their teen age.

Female:  42.2% of female respondents had their first sex in their teen age.



Premarital sex

368 out of 396 respondents had their first sex before marriage, making it 92.92%.

Only 14 females out of 109 had sex after marriage, making 87.16% females with premarital sex.

Likewise,

Only 14 males out of 284 had sex after marriage, making 95.07% males with premarital sex.

 

Nature of Sex

We had asked if their first sex was casual sex or with someone they were in relationship with.

64.89% had their first sex with someone they were in relationship with.

35.11% had their first sex with someone they were not in relationship and had it as casual sex.

To break it down, gender wise:

116 out of 284 males had their first sex as casual sex (40.84%)

21 out of 109 females had their first sex as casual sex (19.26%)

This pattern says casual sex being usual and normal among youth, especially in their early days of exploring sexual life.

To summarize

  1.  Most urban youths from Nepal seem to become sexually active from age 17.
  2.  Average age of losing virginity among these youth is 20.38 years old.
  3.  Within sexually-active demography, premarital sex holds 92%.
  4.  3 in 10 had their first sex in casual bonding and not with someone in relationship.

Recommendation

This online survey may not give the exact picture of sexual behavioral of Nepalese youths in general, but it pretty much can hint us on the sexual behavior pattern and trend among urban Nepalese youths.

40% and more sexually-active youths were active since their teenage.
Likewise, there are 92% sexually-active youths before marriage itself.

In the country like Nepal where sex is still a taboo and neither at home nor in everyday life people openly talk about it, it’s in a way scary that so many youths are sexually active in a sexually-conservative society with no support system in case of pregnancy outside marriage or STDs.   The lack of sex education, awareness, and support system are putting so much of youths in such a vulnerable position that if anything goes wrong, they are forced to deal with it secretly.

For betterment of all, we recommend strong support system for sexually-active youths to reach out for help when in need.  Also, we recommend active sex education and awareness to build a healthy society.

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Sex is Sad

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If I ask you to name one thing that happens in every home but nobody talks about it, what would you say? Did you just say ‘sex’ in your head? You are right, but no prizes for guessing the right answer here. And if you happen to be “an innocent child” who does not like to talk/read about sex, this is where you should stop reading. Still here? I am not joking, this is not for you.

 

Let me ask you another question: Have you ever asked anyone in your family: ‘How was I born?’ Most of us have. If there was a competition to select a question with the potential to generate the most bizarre answers, this question would be unbeatable. I will share some, yes there was a variety of answers I got from ‘unreliable sources’ of my family. One, I was found on the premise of Janaki Mandir and was brought home. Seriously? Two, children are born by the exchange of body fluids (not what you think!) provided the couple is married. That body fluid was sweat. Did you really think they would “pollute my mind” by giving me the truth? No way! (If you have similar answers to share, share them in comments!) Can you imagine how cheated a child feels when he discovers the truth behind the process? Oh, the liars! The mystery was officially unlocked only after sitting through awkward lectures on the reproductive system in grade 9. I say awkward because: One, it was too late to teach us as we had been informed, and somewhat misinformed, from ‘other sources’. Two, the teacher almost gave a statutory warning saying not to ask “too much”. In short, it was boring. And when even sex is boring, in any way, you know it is not being done in the right way, don’t you? 

Maturity is realizing the difference between sex education and education on the reproductive system. Not very long ago I realised the difference and also that little or no sex education has been provided to me by the school or home. School teaches us the reproductive system, one of the reasons sex happens. Is it the only reason? You know the answer. The other reason is almost untouched by the present curriculum. It covers a few topics like contraception and STDs but nothing about different sexual orientations, behaviors, sexual rights and, more importantly, sexual wrongs. In fact topics like homosexuality are so unfindable in the curriculum that I saw a friend of mine put up the ‘rainbow filter’ on his Facebook profile picture thinking it was to “celebrate monsoon.” And the same people end up using homosexuality to even abuse (using words like gay, ‘chhakka’) others. Sadly, a ‘chhakka’ exists as the most valuable shot in Cricket but as a most derogatory word when it is used to denote your sexual orientation. Being different than the rest doesn’t imply being unnatural. It simply means they have a different nature. If we go by that belief then all the left-handers are unnatural, the whole of more than 700 million of them!

Marriage is the only kind of sexual right in our society. To put it in another way, ‘right sex’ only happens between heterosexual married couples, including marital rape. This norm has been independent of time and an established moral code of society since the time people were married off at the age of 10-12 years. Interestingly, we have fought off, and almost abolished, child marriage but kept our silence on ‘marriage as the only sexual right’ thing. The marriage age has risen from teenage to late twenties to early thirties. But we continue to live by the same old principles. This generally creates two kinds of people. One, the sexually frustrated one, those who abstain from having sex due to the fear of society. And two, the guilty section of people who feel they have broken a sacred law of society by addressing their natural urge, irrespective of the ‘protection measures’ they take. But still, according to ‘the great time-expired sex norms’ of our proud society, all practices other than ones happening in a marriage are sexual wrongs, even masturbation! 

We are proud of our culture. Not talking about sex is culture too. But what I find ironic is that a huge number of such traditions are practiced which have sex or sexuality at their core. Let me give you some examples: A famous example would be “Goddess Kumari” in Kathmandu. Only girls who haven’t menstruated can be Kumari. Another one is preventing Hindu widows from wearing colourful clothes and consuming foods categorized as Tamasik food (like meat, fish, onion, garlic etc) because they, according to Hindu holy texts, may induce sexual urges in that person which would be “immoral”. Another funny one from Mithila culture is you cannot “touch” the wife of your younger brother. If it had specified a special category of touching, that is sexual touching, it would be understandable. But here, the “touch” is generalized. We touch the feet of elders to get blessings and show respect. Is that not “touching”? We hug our friends, brothers, sisters. Is that not “touching”? But, yeah, we are sexually fucked up. Sex is so disregarded in human life out of one’s bedroom, hidden folders and incognito mode in browsers! So much that I am sometimes in total awe because I see people acting as if they are unaware of its entire existence. 

Sex is the reason we are born. Magically, sex is not involved in the birth of our “God(s)”. Again, a few funny examples: Rama was born because Kaushalya, his mother, ate rice pudding brought by a saint who emerged out of a Yagya organized by Dashrath! Hanuman was born because “Pawan Dev (God of air)” impregnated Anjani through the air! Remember the sweat theory that was proposed to me? Seems as if it is true because it was Hanuman’s sweat that was the reason for his son’s birth who was named Magardhwaj. And, Jesus was born to a “virgin” lady, Mary! And, I am sure you can find many more such stories. They must be stories, right? You don’t believe anyone can be borne by Sun, air, water, sweat and, of all other things, virginity! I am sure you don’t.  All of this goes to show the role religions have played to humiliate human beings for involving in a natural phenomenon. And, this “great” culture has continued through time.

Sex will find its way to children. If you don’t help in making its way, porn will. And when porn teaches sex education, it teaches violence, perversions, and sex fiction for free and strengthens patriarchy, which alone constitutes for at least ninety percent of the world’s problems already. And if you let porn teach sex education to kids, there will be adults in the world who will know that Superman is science fiction but not that most of the porn is sex fiction and a very inhumane one at that.

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Arts & Literature

Photo comments: My Tattoo

We had asked Kmag page followers to photo comment a picture of their tattoo and we received the following

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We had asked Kmag page followers to flaunt their tattoos through photos in a “Photo Comment” post, and the we received many photos out of which these are our best pick.

Madhusudan Sharma

Bikram Thapa

Prakash Shrestha

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