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The Birth of ‘Ganthan’

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So, let’s talk!

When Lakshya dai (the creator of this magazine) shared to me his new idea about doing a talk show, I outright loved the concept. I came to know that like me, he was also too bored with the clichéd way of lately trending motivational seminars and interviews that had in many ways failed to serve their purpose. We needed something different from that, and we decided at least to try.

A lively, inspiring and logical conversation between wide range of persona like researchers, bankers, entrepreneurs, professors, students and public speakers was what we felt like we really wanted to create. It needed to be something intellectual, fun yet authentic; where we could learn from their experiences and stories.  We brainstormed together for a few days, and came up with a tentative plan of carrying out a real-time, semi-formal, spontaneous talk mediated by Kmag associates, along with few other intellectuals and experts on diverse issues. Hence, ‘Ganthan’ was conceived!

From human rights to agriculture to pop culture to economics to popular comics, Ganthan can be about anything. In Ganthan, as much as we say, we listen. We listen to experts and professionals from the related topics, we listen to logical, philosophical, creative and scientific things that would help us to expand the horizons of our imaginations; and ultimately solve real life problems. Being a part of this show means that you truly have something to give, ideas to share, and in return a lot to receive and learn.

Since we are still incubating, we decided to make the best of the network we already had under The Messenger’s Club (for those of you who are unaware TMC is a group of most active Kmag followers and friends). We chose the issue of contemporary trends of Internet usage, especially in Nepal as the topic of discussion, and gathered ourselves last Saturday afternoon at our start-up office.

Under the bright sky of Kathmandu, we started the talk by contemplating on how has been internet used in Nepal. Since there can be no hard and fast rules for the use of internet, people, especially youths are subject to a lot of catchy and distracting contents in the virtual space. The rapid boost of Information systems has made it easier for all of us to find information that we seek, and it has a downside of its own. Mr Kashyap Shakya, a Lecturer and marketing manager reckoned that we all are susceptible to both positive and negative influences over the internet. Mr Shaurab Lohani, a communication skills mentor, agreed that when it comes about how we use internet, it’s entirely upto a person’s choice, the way s/he has been raised, his/her knowledge, level of understanding and curiosity. Age factor plays its own role in this, added Rastra Bimochan Timilsina, a Lawyer and an avid Youtuber. Younger people are more willing to exploit the internet for their interests. Messengers, viber, whatsapp, reddit,snapchat, there are too many to name. We have thousands of ways to communicate. When we were kids, watching porn required a great deal of homework- like collecting DVDs and making sure no one’s home- but nowadays everything is on our fingertips. At the hormonal insurgency of teen-age, it’s so difficult to sort out what things on the internet might be productive and what not. He believed that people will be more wise and selective on what they choose to see, read or watch in the internet with maturity. There are things that we learn only from experience.

Surplus stuffs can be found on internet which if we learn to choose wisely can in fact be a tool for sharpening ourselves and solving real life problems. Being a marketing manager, Kashyap dai shared how advertising and marketing via the social networks like Facebook and Instagram has helped him to grow his business. Not only for news and international updates, he uses Facebook to connect and interact with his customers, even take orders and feedbacks of his products. He connects his own experiences and shares them to his students in classroom, motivating and inspiring them to be wise enough to select things of proper value and personal preferences in the social media.

Shaurab dai and Rastra both have found internet, especially Youtube as an outlet for their professional as well as creative works. Shaurab dai, being a mentor of communication skills, shares video lectures which has helped thousands of people seeking improvement in their verbal expression capacity. Rastra, the Random Nepali, wouldn’t be the Rastra we know today without Youtube; and he admits that. He creates really creative and interesting stuffs and shares them on his Youtube channel, which has been widely popular among youths in a short period of time. He finds a lot of ideas over the internet, and social media has been the first thing he thinks of when he needs new concepts for his videos. Internet is the secret to his ability of balancing a day-job of a lawyer and a teacher, and night life of a popular Youtuber.

The audience in Ganthan listened to all of this first hand while they at times raised questions and participated in the talk. The talk lasted almost about an hour and a half, and at the end of it we all felt that indeed we had learnt a lot. We received some suggestions about the topic selection and the panel advised that we write up a summary after each talk. As this was a prototype of what could be a stage show someday, we need to be more specific about the issues we’re to talk about, that we learned before the wrap up.

This is just a beginning of something beautiful. There’s a lot to talk about, discuss, think, research and share. All of the episodes of Ganthan will be summarized in our website, and hopefully in near future, we will also be able to share videos of this program. To be true, roads ahead are unknown, but we already have a positive vibe that says the journey will be wonderful. The first week’s Ganthan meet-up really has boosted our spirits and instilled a real motivation in us. We’re thankful to each and every one who showed up for the show. We look forward to hundreds and thousands of such constructive gatherings. Much love.

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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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Types of Figure of Speech with examples (Part 1)

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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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