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Curated By:  Rajiv Kaphle


We asked a question to our followers living abroad, “What is that one thing about the people and place that you are currently residing at that has impressed you a lot and inspired you?” so that people from Nepal could learn from their experiences and exposures.


Here is what they shared,

Deepak Bhandari from Finland writes, Respect to each individual, no judging and helpful.”

Raj Paneru from Australia says, Smile on their face when u make a eye contact with them.”
Depress Khusi lives in Japan currently and he says, “While communicating, people here always put other people in top. They don’t try to impose that he/she is the boss. It eases the conversation. Quite contrary to us. We always like to be dominant. We all like to be dai.”

Subash Kopite Karki writes from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,“I literally respect Arabic people for their genuine greetings, it maybe whenever wherever, they are passing by they just have that gesture as Asalam Walekum, though I am stranger. Aru vanda ni the most striking thing about the Nepali I meet here is, the way people work their ass off for their family, how wonder would it be if they work so tirelessly in Nepal, changing the political conditions back in Nepal. And YES the Arabs respect Nepali people in comparison, maybe for hard working and being genuine good nature as human being.”

Kumar Sharma Nepali writes Love towards their own nation, seeing future in their own nation. They aren’t like we Nepalese who only think life is “Green card or whatever in Australia, US etc…” they are proud of their identity and that is the only thing i like most about Indians…”
He is currently in India pursuing CA and planning to return home after completing his studies.

Poonam Shrestha writes from Thailand, Lots of thing…the way people offer their sit to people in need. If you forget your things somewhere, there is a big chance you will get it back.”

Kalé Gurung “politeness and honesty” she is currently in South Korea.

Sojo Kto Prajwal Malla sees India as country running in its full gear!! Nation is full if enthusiastic people, no one is dependent on anyone either it is about different class people or within families. Although, everyone is in run to incline their life style yet still they are enjoying their lives. None sits ideally, he thinks that is why India has much stories on “rags to riches “. ————-it’s been 5 years he is there and has lived in different states!!

Manohar Bhandari found Creativeness, Architecture and Design, Fashion, Food and Mafia racketeering sum up” in  Italy.

Bal Bhadra writes from India, Despite having similar culture with Nepal, the government and the bureaucrats are very dedicated towards their work and country’s interest is above all. People here respect the authority and treat low-ranking police officer with respect no matter how big shot the person might be. The general population is updated with the rest of the world. They are aware of what’s going on within or outside the country. People are very focused and ambitious on things they want to do unlike us Nepali people with laid back ” chalcha yar” attitude. Another great thing I noticed is, people here truly believe in simple living and not showing off. I’ve seen people travelling in public buses and metros, carrying a decent mobile phones, eating on a roadside stalls, carrying home cooked food for lunch despite coming from a well off family unlike Nepal where we just need to shove into people’s face that you’ve got money.”

Bijay Baruwal Respect towards work” from Malaysia.

Neupane Sadikshya writes Respect to every professions, great work ethics, discipline, hardworking and down to earth people. “ from Oslo, Norway

Pratish Adhikari writes,I work/live in a desert area in UAE and i have never seen a frustrating and shit place/people like this before!!”

Rishav Aryal says, There is a proper system for everything, each and every process is transparent. Affable, helpful behavior in public service offices and overall great customer service. Few days ago, I saw a poster from Bhat bhateni supermarket, posted on Facebook which said “you can touch the plates but if it falls and breaks, you must buy it “. This doesn’t happen here.” He is currently in Canada.
Santosh Shah Thakuri writes,  I am currently at New Delhi things that made me amazed was about manageable roads with greenery everywhere no any pollution neat and clean environment etc.”

Swaraj Rimal writes from Washington DC, USA. “Two things: People mind their own business, and are responsible enough about what they do. It’s not only about freedom, but also how you use that freedom. Government is efficient, but only because the people are helping.”

Dibas Bhandari, Honesty, security, clean green environment, freedom” form Finland.

Sagun Gurung says, In context to this cited subject, I would speak up as a human being every people you will find busy in making their own basic need and nobody has time to talk even for a second abroad ok. But, when you walk roadside here where I am residing, they greet us saying salam wallekum even he did not know you personally. That is what I had experienced here during my stay. Eventually, people here are very friendly and generous if you react them with in a formal decent manner. Otherwise, no one give you a shit.” From QATAR.

SanJoy SarMa says, Money minded, Poor relationship goals, Individual priority, Smile on Face but no True Happiness, Fake.  Have everything; But Feels like nothing.” He is in Hamburg, Germany

Pratik Gauchan from New York says, How the system works + liberal 
Hard work and smart work can lead you where you want to be and beyond. Goals and hustle” 

Aashim Ghimire
 says,This is not to say that UAE is the safest place on earth, or that crimes don’t happen in here. But if you are familiar with cosmopolitans, you will notice the difference in UAE. Whether a male or a female, you will notice that you can walk almost anywhere in the city at three o’clock in the morning without fear of being attacked or hassled. You can leave your car running, apartment open, laptop bag on a chair in a coffee shop and you are sure that they will be untouched by the time you come back. This is in large due to the fact that UAE has a strict policy of deportation of criminals, as well as the fact that most residents are professionals who are benefiting from their presence in the city and they don’t want to jeopardize that fact.”

Phurpa Hyolmo Thongso writes from Israel, Honest and dedicated to their work. In traffic jam their vehicles stays in que which means they follow the rule with patience. A society where boys don’t stare to girls even if girls looks too sexy. Women have given more priority by law and society. Rational and reasonable thinking in every aspect of life”.

Dôlmà DôNg writes, encourages in every good things, guides very well, doesn’t judge if you are a girl and have lots of guys as friends or you are a boy who only get along with girls, respects every individuals believing each person is different, strong consciousness of everyone’s rights, and most of the people of here are really touched with NEPAL AND NEPALESE PEOPLE AND their GENEROSITY.” She is in Tours, France now.

Kristina Rajya Laxmi Rana, Acceptance of cultural diversity, respect for the profession u r in, humbleness, rules n regulations, security, Facilities, N many more– Sydney”

Pradeep Thapa says, “I would love to start with 
1. Everybody throw garbage in the trash can or dust bin. 
2. No work is greater or smaller here. If engineer don’t have the job is his/her field, I have seen them being pizza delivery person.
3. Spread smile to anybody known or unknown when people have eye contact.
4. People follow the law and order. Law abiding citizens. 
From WYOMING, USA”

Rashi Oppa writes about the time when he was in China,The road was so perfect you know. There weren’t any dust particles. It was so well managed. Not even a single ditch. That’s how i want my country to be. Well developed.”

Gaurav Piya writes from Australia, The thing I like the most is DISCIPLINE.

And few more things our fellow friends might have missed & worth noting,
– Professionalism (Punctuality & Accountability)
– Strong consumer protection policy (Customer first) & Customer service
– Strong wage policy
– Priority to mass / public transport unlike in Nepal where private vehicles are given priority.
– Hardly hear anyone talking about politics tongue emoticon (Not everything is politicized)
– Security of yourself & your belongings.”

Shirish Pokharel shares his experience, “the first day I arrived here in Melbourne, I paid a visit to nearby grocer. Picked few things and went straight to the counter. The cashier gave me twisted look. For couple of more seconds I was like, “why? What’s wrong? And I turned around there were like 5 guys waiting in a queue. I definitely felt embarrassed. But actually that’s not my fault that day, we are brought up that way. This was the first of my many other experiences to follow.”

Rajesh Kc writes, “Danish welfare system; subsidized by the state and Denmark has one of the highest taxation level in the world .Therefore, citizens have free access to education and hospital.
– Trust and belief to the state 
– simple, clean design and architecture.
– No matter whether you are boss or a general staff they love bike to go office and home.
– law and order.”

Mayush Shrestha says,This place taught me to love and hate my skin at the same time. The old people, are so healthy and strong and the facilities provided to them are most respectful thing. Love towards culture and society. They are modernizing themselves but still somehow they manage to keep the culture alive unlike Nepal. These people are only concerned about bettering the economy and they trust that government will handle the politics which is why they don’t have to be nosy in politics.” She is in Guangzhou, China


Moheeni Grg writes from Australia, Not being judged by others for being a “KT Manche” like in Nepal. I have got freedom to wear that I like, I can do the job that I like without hesitation, I can come and go out of home whenever I want, I can drink, I can smoke, I can study, I can think about my career, I can dance, I can sing and so on so on…..and all without being judged. Mostly I love the opportunity that Australia has to offer. To be succeed u need to be rich but in Australia most of the time you need skill and experience. I hated to be born as a girl back in Nepal due to so called society. I love Nepal but I am proud to say that Australia is my second home country.”

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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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