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“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.” Mahatma Gandhi

“What you believe is what you are” has been a core philosophy of my life.  I am always cautious about what belief system I adopt and what belief system I advocate, because ultimately that one single belief system will shape me and dictate my action and my followers.

I woke up and the first thing I saw on my mobile this morning is the cartoon.  I was like “WTF!”  I could see — Indian PM with bully attitude, and Nepalese PM as a rat, weak and scared, shivering and hiding behind Chinese PM.  For me, it was downright wrong, and I posted it on Kaagmandu Magazine page.  There is a mixed response.  Some are standing by the post, some are saying “it’s a bitter truth,” some are saying “chill, it’s just a sarcasm.”  This division in interpretation is what made me write this post.

Reasons the cartoon is downright wrong:

  • You make a cartoon on a subject when subject deserves to be satired.  PM K.P. Oli is incompetent for many reasons.  Present government is wrong for many reasons, but recent China trip isn’t one of them.  PM no way acted anywhere or said anything to Chinese PM as “save me from India” in a coward way to be trolled in that manner.  So, can cartoonist tell the world on what basis that he thought KP Oli deserved to be trolled, portrayed as weak and coward and shivering behind Chinese PM??  I bet the cartoonist doesn’t have an answer.

  • The cartoon is laughing on Nepal and Nepalese people.  There is a huge difference between KP Oli as a person and KP Oli as a PM.  I personally have many reasons to criticize him and sometime I too make fun of him as a person, but I am always careful to not insult PM position or disrespect the institution.  Be it PM, be it Miss Nepal, be it a singer or an artist, when they stand in world arena, they represent Nepal.  They are not a person there but a representation of Nepal and Nepalese.  Unless they do something really stupid and embarrassing, it is downright wrong to belittle them for nothing.  The cartoonist could not see the difference between belittling a PM of country in front of his peers in national politics and belittling a PM of country in front of world leaders in world politics.

  • It can have negative subliminal effects.  We humans are visual animal which means we understand things through visual interpretation.  Horror movie with blue and green filter is for a reason.  Facebook is blue for a reason.  Every color, every size, every depth and height seeds a particular message and theme in our brain and based on that we interpret, we perceive, we create belief, we understand things.  There in the cartoon, Nepalese PM is like midget there, feared and scared, and Indian and Chinese PM as two huge bodies, where Indian PM with angry face and Chinese PM with smile.  This seeds an idea of how weak we are, how small we are, how helpless we are, which in reality isn’t true.  This low self-esteem has been fed to us (deliberately or not, I don’t know) and the cartoon tried feeding us another dose of low self-esteem.
  • National Mainstream Media Cannot Act Like Troll Page.  I would have least bothered if the cartoon was by some troll page or some wannabe online media, or even alternative media.  They are called national mainstream media for a reason.  Kantipur is like BBC, NYT, Reuters, from Nepal.  This status comes with bigger social responsibility, strong adherence to ethics and standards, unshakable commitment towards basis of journalism and neutrality.  Such media houses are not allowed to act like The Onion or alternative media or some troll page.  How could such media belittle PM for no reason??  No national media from anywhere ever does this kind of immature things, unless state head has done something really horrible, really embarrassing, letting country and people down.         

Let me add some more things.

Half of my life, I lived totally disconnected from world views and trends.  I grew up consuming propaganda and irrational ideas fed by state-sponsored media and curriculum designed by conservatives and monarchists.  It is only after access to Internet and globes that I learned how ignorant our society has been, how many attempts were made to brainwash us, and the consequences around.

Everything is there for a reason.  There is basic law of nature that we are bound to follow. Concept of government is one of them. To have a stable nation and prosper together, we need to first have a strong regard and faith in Government.  Sometimes, we tend to have bad government that’s why democracy is there to choose the right one.  However, does not mean we disrespect institution.  All these politicians, good or bad, will die.  Sushil Koirala is gone and KP Oli will go.  State head position will be there and should be there and we must have to respect that position, that institution.  Let’s talk about America.  Many didn’t like George Bush and still don’t like.  That does not mean they disrespect Presidentship as an institution.  Whereas, due to establishment of wrong practices like it’s okay to disrespect democracy, it’s okay to disrespect institution, we have turned into a lawless society, absolutely no regard and respect towards rules and laws and institutions.  How did we become this??   I blame Nepalese media who for their vested interests, established an idea such as it’s okay to self-loath, it’s okay to make fun of institution, it’s okay to defame anyone without a proof, it’s okay to criticize anyone even without a cause.    The cartoon is just a reflection of the established idea.

How it looks if a CEO of a software company
is portrayed as polishing boots of Americans 
as a satire to outsource deal??  
Is that a sarcasm? 
Do you call it “bitter truth?”

I am saddened to read some of responses saying “it’s a bitter truth.”  What is truth?? Are we weak? Are we nothing without China and India? It sickens me when some people try to portray reliance on India  as if we taking food packets for free.  Yes, India and China is way way economically powerful and we need them but c’mon need does not mean “we are weak.”  We all humans are in need of each other, someway or other, so a society, and so a country, and so a country head.  Calling those needs as BEING WEAK, calling those business exploration and opportunities as BEING WEAK is nothing but low self-esteem.  I have never seen any human that I see in Nepal that suffers from this level of low self-esteem, this level of ignorance that cannot differentiate between rational foreign relationship and irrational; never have seen this level of self-pity attitude that doing business with neighborhood is taken as “being favored.”

I give you another perspective.  How it looks if a CEO of a software company is portrayed as polishing boots of Americans as a satire to outsource deal??  Is that a sarcasm? Do you call it “bitter truth?”

Said enough.  In short, there are political rivalries in domestic front and thus it’s okay to once in a while hit back opposition in satirical manner, it’s okay to make fun of friends and brothers inside a house.  But, it’s NOT OKAY TO MAKE FUN OF THEM in front of outsiders, it’s not okay to belittle your own father or system in front of outsiders “JUST FOR FUN.”

Such tasteless and shallow cartoon simply seeds an idea, subliminally:
1.  We are nothing in front of India and China.
2.  Nepalese PM and institution is weak.
3.  Nepal is not sovereign in true sense.
4.  It’s okay to make fun of state head, even when has done nothing wrong.
5.  The cartoon is the fact and let’s live with that.


Sorry, that’s not how it is.
Yes, we are poor.  That does not mean we are WEAK.
Yes, we need India and China just like any other country needs any other country in this globalized world.  That does mean we are WEAK.
Yes, we got stupid politicians and incompetent state head.  That does not mean our democratic system and institution is WASTE AND WEAK.
Yes, media has a freedom of speech.  That does not mean they have a freedom of defaming fellow human, system and institution without any cause, without any logic.

Just remember the quote of Mahatma Gandhi that I stated above at the beginning of this article. Everything starts from what you believe and determines your actions and habits and establishes a culture based on that.  Everything is wrong in this country because of many wrong beliefs.  This cartoon is just an example of the wrong belief that is in existence here.

I chose to thumb-down it.

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What’s Special Today: November 10

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Chhath:

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.

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KMAG Online Writing Workshop reading materials

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Day 1

Covers communication and types of writing. Please check the following articles.

  1. What is communication and how to communicate effectively?
  2. Types of Writing

Also, check out: How miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it)

Day 2

Covers content management system/WordPress, and how to introduce yourself. Please check the following articles.

  1. What is WordPress and How to work in WordPress
  2. How to introduce yourself.

Day 3-5

Covers the basics of expository writing and CV writing.

Day 6

Covers persuasive writing.Please check the following articles.

  1. HOW TO WRITE AN OP-ED: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
  2. Handout of video class.

Day 7-9

Covers how to write research-based opinion writing.

  1. How to frame an argument
  2. How to write an opinion piece

Day 10

Personal journal writing (my diary)

Day 11-13

Figure of speech and rhetoric.

Day 14-16

How to frame questions.

  1. Art of questioning

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Accumulation

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.

Examples:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

Adomination

A figure of speech that refers to the repetition of words with the same root word.

Examples:

  1. I will be somewhere, someday, settled with somebody in some place.
  2. I am nobody, reaching no where in this no man’s land.
  3. In the vastness of universe, I am vastly clueless.

Alliteration

A literary stylistic device, where a series of words in a row have the same first consonant sound.

Examples:

  1. Nepalese never nag about Nepal not nationalising.
  2. Looks like lion likes licking lizard.
  3. Come count my comb.

Adynaton

A figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility.

Examples:

  1. I will meet you when sun rises from west.
  2. Before I finish the work, I will grow a horn.
  3. Stone will talk but she won’t.

Anacoluthon

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.

Examples:

  1. I am hungry – have you never played football?
  2. I miss the burgher at – did you see my daughter?
  3. Never in my life – what’s in your mind?

Anadiplosis

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..

Examples:

  1. It’s midnight. Midnight with stars. Stars with the moon. Moon looking at my window. Window hiding me.
  2. “Fear leads to angerAnger leads to hateHate leads to suffering.”
  3. “Your beliefs become your thoughtsyour thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

Anaphora

A rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis.

Examples:

  1. When you felt like giving up, when you felt like crying, when you felt like hitting the wall, just do it.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Anastrophe

A figure of speech in which the normal word order of the subject, the verb, and the object is changed.

Examples:

  1. Instead of I like Nepal, “Nepal I like.”
  2. World I want to change.
  3. I, her will keep loving till the end

Anti-Climax

It is when a specific point, expectations are raised, everything is built-up and then suddenly something boring or disappointing happens.

Examples:

  1. He killed the king, freed the people, and took the sword and killed himself.
  2. People, pets, batteries, … all are dead.
  3. He loved her so much …he killed her.

Anthimeria

is the usage of a word in a new grammatical form, most often the usage of a noun as a verb.

Examples:

  1. Can you please google to find out the meaning of “anthimeria”? (google is actually noun)
  2. The thunder would not peace at my bidding.
  3. Let’s do some eating. (verb being used as noun)

Antimetabole

the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order.

Examples:

  1. Eat to live, not live to eat
  2. All crime is vulgar, just as all vulgarity is crime.
  3. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Antistrophe

The repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

Examples:

  1. There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
  2. 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.
  3. Nepal is beautiful. Nepalese are beautiful. Her style is beautiful. Her heart is beautiful.

Antithesis

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.

Examples:

  1. I am rich man who longs for a poverty.
  2. When in war, we long for peace; when in peace, we long for war.
  3. Let’s play with the fire to feel the rain.

Aphorismus

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.

Examples:

  1. You eat meat and you call yourself animal lover?.
  2. How can you call this country a peaceful country when everywhere is chaos?.
  3. How am I even a writer with this kind of writing?

Aposiopesis

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.

Examples:

  1. Please leave my home or else – !.
  2. I want to go home now. If not.
  3. And she left with. I don’t even want to share.

Apposition

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.

Examples:

  1. Nepal, my home, is where I want to die.
  2. My brother, Mr. Suresh, is joining me.
  3. Mr. Oli, a famous politician, is giving a speech.

Assonance

Repetition of vowel sounds

Examples:

  1. Reave, please leave.
  2. Hire and fire.
  3. 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.

Asyndeton

A literary scheme in which one or several conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses.

Examples:

  1. He ran, he climbed, he conquered .
  2. I wanted to participate, i made it.
  3. Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Cataphora

Co-reference of one expression with another expression which follows it, in which the latter defines the first. 

Examples:

  1. If you want to eat something, there is pizza in the freeze.
  2. If you want her, she is Ms. Lisa.
  3. He is an idiot. He is a douche. He is lazy. He is my friend, Nishant.

Climax

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!”

Examples:

  1. When there is job, when there is peace, and when there is love, happiness occurs.
  2. We want freedom, liberty and democracy.
  3. Men and women are equal, but above, it’s the responsibility.

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