Oh! It was bloody nerve racking. 1 run in 1 ball – and you get to go to the T20 World Championship – for the very first time.
We used to say during school time watching football – Nepal reaching World Cup is gonna take ages. It still holds true in football. But atleast we now have a berth in the cricket world cup. This feels unreal. Goosebumps all over.
This, the somewhat improved performance in football and the increasing recognitions in Miss World – all’s helping Nepal be mapped in the modern world – moving away from the perception of being an underprivileged poor nation. This is how we all stand proud and most importantly, stand united.
Thank you for being the heroes.
Drops, rain drops.
All the way down to the earth.
Blue sky that changed into gloomy one.
Dark clouds, cool breeze and then the rain drops
Straight to my window.
Small ones, bigger ones that came with thunderstorm.
gave relief from the heat and dust.
Some just vanished, some stayed back.
It rained, rained hard – do you want to get wet or dance in the rain?
Choice is yours.
21st century citizen – the definition for this might vary people to people, as does for any other terms. “21st century” is however a phrase that many of us, or at least people I know have used a lot during exams in the late 90s. By a lot, I mean A LOT. Every answer related to globalization and development had to start with “In this 21st century”. Too cliched it had become.
But how does it really feel to be in the 21st century? Completely a new world from what it was when we used to just write the phrase in the late 90s. Technology and development has changed how the world looks like. This change is not only limited to the outer surface but has prevailed in other dynamics as well – including how countries and leaders do politics.
For me, a Nepali, whose country slumped into a civil war with the onset of the century – almost stalling all the development activities, and instead rolling back, 21st century is yet to show the true colour. Not that the worldwide phenomenon and globalization has been far from the country, but we are yet to reap the development and ripple it out to the majority population.
On this very day, even in countries like Qatar, Kings are abdicating in favour of the younger generation – to give way for a new chapter of development. Unfortunately, we are still stuck with the old ones. It’s like the kids’ game of merry go round. People playing it have fun – but nothing for us. And on this very day, I went through this link which lists the failed states. Kind of heartbreaking. When a desert like Qatar could transform itself to one of the world’s richest countries, we are just going back. True, they have oil and we don’t. But that is not a good excuse for us at all.
This is something I heard some time back – the verification is not done but let me share it to you as well – even if just for the sake of discussing. And it goes like this – during the Malla regime, Kathmandu (Kantipur, a kingdom at that time), used to be one of the most civilized and rich kingdoms in the world. Could be as Kathmandu used to be a port for trade with Tibet and the southern states and it used to collect lots of coins as tax. Also, other exisiting countries were not in the present form – most of them small ones and fighting for the territory. Regardless of how true this is, we can surely say from the art, architecture and the culture that we weren’t at all a failed or crippling state back then. But now we are – after centuries, in this 21st century!
What went wrong?
It isn’t a new thing for me to fall in love with almost every place I travel. Sometimes, it’s the smell of the place, the other times, it’s the people or the food or the lifestyle. It doesn’t need to boast the best infrastructure or the finest facilities. Sometimes, smaller things make you feel happy about it. Though people say that you love a place you travel to because you have very limited time to get to know the not-so-good sides of it. Well, I agree. But, that doesn’t stop me from loving the places I visit.
I have been to Baglung a couple of times now. And both of the times, I felt very local there.
First thing I liked was that there was no load-shedding. For a person who goes through load-shedding every night, seeing light throughout the day is like no less than visiting a foreign nation. This helps me remind the days when we used to have lights most of the times, and at least enjoy the thought of it.
The streets of the town was clean. People collected the garbage and threw the waste in an organized way of waste management rather than throwing the waste in the nearby chwok.
People are friendly. As Nepal is known for its “friendly citizens”, we get to experince this when we go out of the capital, where selfishness has overshadowed the friendliness.
Probably there were other sides of the town too. But during short stays I have been there, couldn’t figure out any. And for an urban dweller, these small things create excitement.