Monthly Archives: October 2011

How Kids are Bigger than Adults

Because they play Deusi-Vailo in Tihar, assemble ‘Pings’ (i.e. swings) during major festivals Dashain and Tihar etc. which adults don’t.

They’ve been keeping the very characters of our festivals alive which adults have been failing to do. Adults rather prefer holing up somewhere spending all day either boozing, playing cards, wagering, sitting in front of the boob tube or simply bumming around. Widespread apathy towards the long-practiced traditions among these folks is letting many of cultural and authentic characters of our festivals die away.

But, kids are the savior! They’ve been keeping the staple characters of our festivals going even in the midst of fading traditional values.

Let’s give these dinky little guys a slap on the back.

तिहारको शुभकामना

Today’s Lakshmi Puja of 5-days long Tihar and also birthday of Great Poet Lakshmi Prasad Devkota. While I pride neither on Mt. Everest nor Buddha, the most touted and glorified ‘treasures’ of Nepal,  I think Devkota and his classic works on literature can very much outdo these inflated behemoths.

If only we’d made them go global…

While Great Poet Devkota is held in very high esteem by every Nepali, it’s a sad thing that his majestic oeuvre has largely been obscured from and unexposed to the outer world beyond our Nepali and Sanskirt realm. If we could give his classic works an exposure to the outer world, I think we could then find a new means to show off our pride to the world.

I always think Devkota is one of the finest poets on earth and his classic works can truly represent our national pride in international stages. Just what we need to do is, help them go global. Let’s translate his poetry into world languages such as: English, Spanish, French etc. But, it demands a great and scrupulous effort and is simply not possible without government’s active involvement and approach.

Translation could be carried out under the overseeing of National Academy of Arts.

Looking at my bookcase with one of its chambers full of Great Poet’s tomes, a feeling of immense pride of being a Nepali ripples through me. We’ve such a great treasure taller than Mt. Everest yet we’re oblivious to it, what a pity.

Quote of the Day: I’ve Gambled for the Country’s Future

I know I did take my chances in signing the BIPPA deal. I know I’ve gambled on this deal for the sake of our country’s prosperous future. Great decisions can’t be made without taking risks. Those who don’t fear venturing for a good cause always make a difference. Our nationalism can’t be stronger till we remain poor and underdeveloped between our two huge prospering neighbours. Only economic prosperity could embolden our nationalism.

– Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai after signing the BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) deal with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. 

And as expected, he quickly drew flacks from the benighted political cocksuckers who’re illiterate of economic-politics back home. It was nothing unusual for economic-politics illiterate leaders of Nepali Congress, UML and Kiran-led faction of Maoists to vent their disapproval and see the ‘treason’ on the deal widely expected to be a boon to our both flailing and fledgling economy.

These cocksuckers are accustomed to realising nationalism only through Daura Suruwal, supremacy of highland people (over lowland like Terai), incessant blusters against so called Indian expansionism, tire-burning, torch rally etc. These thugs just don’t know how much the world has changed over time because of growing influence of economic-politics and the change it caused to the classical interpretation of nationalism.

Well, some may have been thinking that Nepal benefits not as much as India does from this agreement. What we should know is, given our current weak position, we can’t demand much from our big partner. We should afford to being complacent with however much we can get with this agreement. We know, a big man needs larger space to sit on!

Having little is better than having nothing. And Mr. Bhattarai has gambled on the deal to give his country ‘little’ in future. Yes, in his own words: economical prosperity with per capita income of at least $ 1000 within the next decade.

Hail Mr. Bhattarai!

A Real Weepie

Well-known Lok Dohori singer Pashupati Sharma has sung a song that sounds so utterly sad that anyone who listens it may certainly feel choked, crestfallen. The song आमा तिम्रो दुधको भारा तिर्न सकिनँ is about a son’s lamentation for failing to serve his mother. The character is toiling hard in foreign land to make ends meet and he’s sorrowful for not being with and serving his mother who’s languishing in hardships back home.

You can’t help but be all tearful if you ‘immerse’ into this real weepie.

Hypocrisy of Nepalese Communists

Libyan leader Qaddafi is gone. It was clearly an assassination. But who’s gonna hold those western butchers accountable for this cowardly crime? No one. The whole world is living at the mercy of these western thugs.

But what surprises me most is the so called communist parties of Nepal including Maoists etc., for whom the protest against western imperialism is what The Ten Commandments are to Jews, weren’t even bothered to release a statement to condemn the ruthless killing of former Libyan leader, who always stood against the rotting West till the last moment of his life, let alone organizing the protest programs.

This is the biggest shame they brought themselves. The veil of their so called ‘revolutionary’ visage is now ripped apart.

But, Narayan Man Bijukche ‘Rohit’s Nepal Peasants and Worker’s Party did good by organising a protest rally in Bhaktapur.

R.I.P. Gaddafi.

The Saddest Movie Scene

Well, animated movies evoke more emotion on me than do live-action ones. And, animal characters appeal me more than do anthropoid ones. Actually I seldom feel ‘immersed’ into live action films.

I’m not that much of a moviegoer. I seldom go cinemas but of course see select ones at home. And among the hundreds of films I’ve watched, I don’t forget a scene from a movie that, in a very rare moment of intense emotion, made me all tearful.

Yes, the scene is from one of the most successful films of all time: The Lion King (1994) and I think it’s the saddest movie scene ever I watched.

In the scene, broken Simba, a lion cub and protagonist of the film, lumbers around his father Mufasa, who has just been killed in a wildebeest stampede triggered by the villain Scar, and then snuggles up to his dead parent in a very sad, agonizing tone. Even the hardest, cruelest of hearts can’t defy this scene.

The Lion King 1994

       (Simba burrows into his father’s corpse in ‘The Lion King’. Snapshot captured with jetVideo)

Quote of the Day: Nobel Peace Prize is Pants

“Unfortunately after giving it to someone as undeserving of it as Barack Obama, the Nobel feels less like a prize and more like a political gimmick without any credibility. It is a real shame as I am sure these ladies deserve more special and meaningful award than this worthless Nobel Prize.”

– Simonthepieman, a user on BBC.com commenting on the announcement of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize that has been awarded to two Liberian and a Yemeni women.

Surely, Nobel Peace Prize’s scope covers political turf. In fact, the idea of peace is invariably connected to politics and its effects/implications. And politics is always a botch- up as we know it. So, it’s not unusual for the Nobel Committee to draw controversies and ire against its decisions. But the Committee’s decisions are often more biased and partisan. Barack Obama (2009) and a Chinese dissident (2010) were probably the biggest jokes and shame (to the Nobel Peace Prize).

Moral: Nuke and level the rotting US and Europe.