I had planned to write and post this entry
two 40 weeks back. That’s the plan I made six 44 weeks ago. But I could not. Not because it’s a difficult topic to write about (may be it is) but because I was busy. When I was not busy I was lazy.
So the news is this: I have gone into hibernation from active journalism. One fine February morning last year, when I changed my Twitter bio, this was the new first sentence: “A journalist in hibernation.”
The editor of Kantipur, where I worked until 18 Feb 2012, was quick to react: Continue reading
अग्ला घरहरू मलाई उसै पनि मन पर्दैन थ्यो । विदेशी सहरहरूमा तिनलाई देख्दा हल्का आकर्षण त भयो तर त्यस्तै अग्ला घरमा या पेन्टहाउसहरूमा बस्ने रहर कहिल्यै जागेन । हिजोको कम्पन पछि त झन् हेर्न पनि मन लाग्दैन । एकदमै असुरक्षित जस्तो लाग्ने । आफनो भूईंतल्ला नगन्दाको एकतल्ले घरमै अलि सुरक्षित जस्तो लाग्ने । तर अफिस भवन छ भुईतल्ला नगन्दा सात तल्ले, कार्यकक्ष छन् तेस्रो र चौथोमा । अनि हरेक सोमबार यतिबेला यो सातौं तल्लाको बोर्डरूममा बैठक गर्नु पर्छ । मानसिक तनाव पो हुने भो बा!
पुनश्च: बैठक चाहिँ स्थगित भयो ।
First the credit. This post is inspired by and based on Tajim’s entry on his website. I have copied his post- including the title- and added my own comments and links where I felt appropriate. So this is more of my extended comment to his post than an original entry. He is 25. I am six years older than him so it’s but natural for me to experience/see more things than he has. But hey here’s no booze around me and I am not drinking while saying “yes I have done this one!”
Seen an Ocean – [Yea, until 2006 when I saw the Pacific in California. It was an amazing experience. (photo) To see, feel and, yes, taste the sea water. Then in 2008 I saw the Arabian sea in Kovlam, Kerala before seeing the Indian ocean come together in Kanyakumari (and again in 2009) with the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. In Mumbai the same week, I saw the Arabian sea more closely (and again in 2009). In 2009 I finally saw the Bay of Bengal more closely at Marina Beach, Chennai. Running around on the beach wearing dhoti was quite an experience.]
- Been to a swimming pool- [I have been to two swimming pools to swim. 1st in Balaju while I was in school. 2nd in Dasharath stadium, Tripureshwor. That too while I was in school. I haven't been to one (to swim) since I left school. And that was more than 15 years ago. That doesn't mean I haven't swum in these years. I have crossed Likhu Khola and dived into Khimti Khola! नढाटी भन्नु पर्दा पौडी खेल्न चाहि उति सारो आउदैन है । तर फेरी त्यसो भन्दैमा कुनै पोखरीमा कसैगरी झरीएछ भने हत्तपत्त मरिन्न जस्तो पनि लाग्छ । ]
- Flown Overseas- Not since 2006 when I went to the US. No foreign government has invited me for such trip since then. Invitations are welcome!
- Travelled on the roof of a moving bus- PLENTY! While going home in Ramechhap during Dashain holidays in my school years. It was risky as it is now but with risk came with a lot of fun and an opportunity to show how brave you were. Last time I traveled on the roof of a moving bus was, if I remember correctly, in 2008 while going for a trek to Helambu. Very few buses were plying on the road because of Dashain holidays (that was the day of nawami).
I have been extremely busy in the past two weeks. Blogging was the primary (or caucus? ha ha ha) casualty. I was completely into journalism, my primary profession. Reporting, writing, managing and editing.
The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came as a shock and I found myself in our newsroom tracking the sad and dramatic development as it unfolded in Rawalpindi. Pakistani newspapers Dawn, the News, American papers NYT and Wash Post, wire services and the web sites of BBC and CNN. And Wikipedia too. All were my sources for the report that I prepared and was published on front, almost entire, page. The only other news report, also written by me, on the front page was about the until-then-top-secret-number of the Maoist combatants released by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). The front page of Kantipur, the next day, had belonged to me, as one colleague at the business bureau put it. Continue reading
Kya alchhi lageko hau!
What to do when you don’t want to do anything but still want to do something? My friend Sudeep tells: sutne! [sleep] or go to movie. Those are nice ideas but what I did a few days ago was this: No, I am not telling this right now because if I do that somebody might read that here, steal the idea and turn that into a nice story before I do!
The point to be noted here is that I did. Yes I did. And I did. Not only once, but more than once, less than twice. That is not a big deal though. Anyone can do it. People might actually be doing that right now, at this very moment when I am writing these lines.
That’s it. I might write more about my experience after I write about the work in print. That’s how I save both my job and the scoop.
The trip of Bhaktapur a few days ago to do a story on a street drama was okay though I wasn’t very well. Thank god, I didn’t fall ill for more than a day this time around. I was smart enough to drink a lot of water and that really helped. Falling sick, when everyone is waking and running, feels like a really bad idea. Continue reading