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,
- 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.
- 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.
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
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What’s Special Today: November 10
Historically native to the Indian states of Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand and the southern part of Nepal, Chhath is one of those festivals that transcends the caste system that exists in the society. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the sixth day of the lunar month of Kartik. The Chhath Puja is a 4-day long ritual specially offered to the solar deity, Surya, to show thankfulness for good health, good life and to request the granting of some certain wishes.
Day 1: On the first day, the devotees after bathing clean their house and eat the food that is offered to the god to protect the mind from the vengeful tendency.
Day 2: On the second day, the devotees are not allowed to drink even a single drop of water but, in the evening, they eat kheer made up of jaggery, fruits.
Day 3: The evening of the third day which is also known as sandhya ‘arghya’ day where a bamboo basket is decorated with various puja materials, fruits, thekuwa, and laddus which are offered as an ‘argya’ to the Sun. Also, the Chhathi Maiya is worshipped.
Day 4: On the last day of Chhath puja again an arghya is offered to the Sun God but this time in the morning. The devotees go to the riverbank to offer arghya to the rising sun and break their fast and conclude their four-day long worship.
Happy Chhath to everyone! Don’t forget to enjoy some thekuwas!!
World Keratoconus Day:
Every year on November 10, World Keratoconus Day is celebrated to focus global attention on keratoconus and ectatic corneal disorders. The day was first celebrated by National Keratoconus Foundation.
Keratoconus is a disease that causes the cornea to become weak, leading to the thinning and stretching of the cornea, which may result in the loss of vision. Keratoconus is degeneration of the structure of the cornea. The shape of the cornea slowly changes from the normal round shape to a cone shape which affects the vision. The keratoconus mainly develops in teenagers and young adults and the disease keeps on growing, if not diagnosed in time.
The disease has no prevention and no treatment. With early diagnosis, the disease can be managed and further damage can be protected. In Nepal, the prevalence of Keratoconus is 1 in 2000 according to the recent journal. So, this world keratoconus day, make a commitment to visit an eye doctor once a year for the early diagnosis of keratoconus as well as other eye diseases.
KMAG Online Writing Workshop reading materials
Covers communication and types of writing. Please check the following articles.
Also, check out: How miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it)
Covers content management system/WordPress, and how to introduce yourself. Please check the following articles.
Covers the basics of expository writing and CV writing.
Covers persuasive writing.Please check the following articles.
Covers how to write research-based opinion writing.
Personal journal writing (my diary)
Figure of speech and rhetoric.
How to frame questions.
Types of Figure of Speech with examples (Part 1)
Accumulation is a figure of speech, in which the points made previously are presented again in a compact, forceful manner. It often employs the use of climax in the summation of a speech.
- We learned communication, we learned types of writing, we learned rhetoric, we learned figure of speech. In all this, we made new friends, we spent hours together.
- He founded Nepal; fought for unification, fought for diversity. Leaving wife and child home, he set to occupy the land of people, land of flowers and trees. And he built a country that we call Nepal.
- Your organization, your vigilance, your devotion to duty, your zeal for the cause must be raised to the highest intensity.” Winston Churchill, Speech, 14 July 1941. (This sentence comes after a lengthy passage in which Churchill warns the public that their courage and effort are still needed to defeat the enemy).
A figure of speech that refers to the repetition of words with the same root word.
- I will be somewhere, someday, settled with somebody in some place.
- I am nobody, reaching no where in this no man’s land.
- In the vastness of universe, I am vastly clueless.
A literary stylistic device, where a series of words in a row have the same first consonant sound.
- Nepalese never nag about Nepal not nationalising.
- Looks like lion likes licking lizard.
- Come count my comb.
A figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility.
- I will meet you when sun rises from west.
- Before I finish the work, I will grow a horn.
- Stone will talk but she won’t.
Derives from the Greek word anakolouthon, literally means “lacking sequence”, is a figure of speech which consists in the abrupt disruption in syntax. Opens in new window resulting from two non-parallel grammatical constructions.
- I am hungry – have you never played football?
- I miss the burgher at – did you see my daughter?
- Never in my life – what’s in your mind?
The repetition of the last word of a preceding clause. The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence..
- It’s midnight. Midnight with stars. Stars with the moon. Moon looking at my window. Window hiding me.
- “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
- “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
A rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis.
- When you felt like giving up, when you felt like crying, when you felt like hitting the wall, just do it.
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way
- “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
A figure of speech in which the normal word order of the subject, the verb, and the object is changed.
- Instead of I like Nepal, “Nepal I like.”
- World I want to change.
- I, her will keep loving till the end
It is when a specific point, expectations are raised, everything is built-up and then suddenly something boring or disappointing happens.
- He killed the king, freed the people, and took the sword and killed himself.
- People, pets, batteries, … all are dead.
- He loved her so much …he killed her.
is the usage of a word in a new grammatical form, most often the usage of a noun as a verb.
- Can you please google to find out the meaning of “anthimeria”? (google is actually noun)
- The thunder would not peace at my bidding.
- Let’s do some eating. (verb being used as noun)
the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order.
- Eat to live, not live to eat
- All crime is vulgar, just as all vulgarity is crime.
- Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
The repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.
- There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
- When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- Nepal is beautiful. Nepalese are beautiful. Her style is beautiful. Her heart is beautiful.
is used in writing or speech either as a proposition that contrasts with or reverses some previously mentioned proposition, or when two opposites are introduced together for contrasting effect.
- I am rich man who longs for a poverty.
- When in war, we long for peace; when in peace, we long for war.
- Let’s play with the fire to feel the rain.
It often appears in the form of a rhetorical question which is meant to imply a difference between the present thing being discussed and the general notion of the subject. Statement that calls into question the definition of a word.
- You eat meat and you call yourself animal lover?.
- How can you call this country a peaceful country when everywhere is chaos?.
- How am I even a writer with this kind of writing?
A figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue.
- Please leave my home or else – !.
- I want to go home now. If not.
- And she left with. I don’t even want to share.
Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side and so one element identifies the other in a different way.
- Nepal, my home, is where I want to die.
- My brother, Mr. Suresh, is joining me.
- Mr. Oli, a famous politician, is giving a speech.
Repetition of vowel sounds
- Reave, please leave.
- Hire and fire.
- Write so bright that it will frighten right.
ASTEISMUS (not needed but know it anyway)
he rhetorical term for achieving polite or soft mockery whereby the replier catches a sensitive word and redirects it back to the interlocutor with an unexpected twist. Example:
- Judge: You’re charged with vagrancy. Are you guilty or not guilty?
Ollie: Not guilty, Your Highness.
Judge: On what grounds?
Stan: We weren’t on the grounds. We were sleeping on the park bench.
A literary scheme in which one or several conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses.
- He ran, he climbed, he conquered .
- I wanted to participate, i made it.
- Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Co-reference of one expression with another expression which follows it, in which the latter defines the first.
- If you want to eat something, there is pizza in the freeze.
- If you want her, she is Ms. Lisa.
- He is an idiot. He is a douche. He is lazy. He is my friend, Nishant.
a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance. Or say, a figure of speech in which successive words, phrases, clauses, or sentences are arranged in ascending order of importance, as in “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”
- When there is job, when there is peace, and when there is love, happiness occurs.
- We want freedom, liberty and democracy.
- Men and women are equal, but above, it’s the responsibility.