Maybe Venezuela’s famous more for its leftist anti-US president Hugo Chavez and lately also for the cheapest- in- the- world petroleum price, a meagre 9 cent for a gallon, for its people.
This Angel Falls, world’s tallest waterfall for its uninterrupted plunge at more than 900m, and the accompanying Tepuis, also called ‘table top mountains’ for their shape, in Venezuela is probably one of the few most awe-inspiring natural wonders on planet earth. Visiting this wonder is a far off thing for me but for now picture itself is enough to feel the vibe and grandiosity of it.
(Angel Falls in Venezuela. Picture taken from http://wonderfulworldreview.blogspot.com and some infos are borrowed from elsewhere on the web.)
Cartoon speaks itself. Brevity is a character of cartoons. So I ain’t gonna ‘taint’ this cartoon, from Rabin Sayami and published on Nagarik Daily (Well, I hate this paper) some months back, with my words on why I labeled it ‘the best’. Pictorial depiction is a staple of cartoons, so be it:
(Cartoon taken from Nagarik Daily’s site)
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.
Where rampant poverty is the only thing Nepal has been notorious and mentioned for in international stages, this ‘rare’ mention of Nepali fauna on Wikipedia page at the same time may provide a respite from the perpetual humiliation:
(I actually was searching Wikipedia for ‘The Lion King’, one of the best films of all time, and bumped into this Hyena page. In the hand-drawn movie of 1994, this carnivore has been portrayed as a secondary antagonist. )