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आजको नेपाल बन्दको दिन

(June 16th को बन्द) 
आज नेपाल बन्दको दिन। स्कुटरमा पुतलीसडक जाँदै थिएँ। बाटोमा हिँडिरहेका एक जना बुढा अघि रोके । “दाई जाने हो, लिफ्ट दिन्छु” । बुढा हाँस्दै भने, “म त नजाने, हिँडनै मज्जा छ”। ठिकै छ भनेर अलि अघि गए। अगाडि महिलाहरु हिँडी रहेका रहेछन्। तर सोध्ने आँट आएन। फेरि “लिफ्ट दिन्छु’ भन्दा अन्यथा सम्झि “झाप्पु” खाईयो भने? खुरुक्क अगाडि बढेँ।
अनि फेरि एउटा युवा एक्लै सुस्तरी हिँडि रहेको फेला पारे। उसलाई त्यहि सोँधे। दंग परेर स्कुटर चढि हाल्यो त्यो भाई । चढ्न साथ उसले भने “आहा दाई, ढुँगा खोज्दा देवता मिले जस्तै भयो यो त।”
कुरो के रैछ भने त्यो भाई कलंकीबाट चक्रपथ महाराजगंज सम्म हिँडेर आएका रैछन्। खुट्टा बेस्कन थाकेको रहेछ।
‘घर कहाँ हो भाई” मैले सोधे।
‘तनुहँ’।
उसले फ्याट्ट सोधे, “दाई मुसलमान हो?”
म हाँस्दै भने ” किन र भाई?

‘तपाईको दाह्री देखेर’। म झन हाँसे। मैले हेल्मेट र मास्क लगाएको थिएँ। उसले मेरो अनुहारमा दाह्री मात्र देखेको रहेछ। दाह्रि = मुसलमान भनेर बुझ्दा रहेछन् आजकल पनि गाँउ ठाँउमा।

अगाडि बढ्दै गर्दा मैले सोधेँ “अनि किन त्यत्रो लामो हिँडेको त भाई?”:
“आज महत्वपूर्ण अन्तर्वार्ता थियो साउदी अरेबियामा काम गर्नको लागि। मिस गर्नै नमिलेर दौडिएर आए कलिंकी बाटै।”
“किन जान लाग्या त फेरि बिदेश? देशमै केहि काम गरे हुन्न?” मैले सोधे। त्यो भाई पहिले पनि कत्तार गईसकेको थिए।

उसले भने, “गर्न त मन छ नि। के गर्ने अलि कति पुँजी त चाहियो नि केहि शुरु गर्न पनि।”
ंमैले भने, “ठिकै छ भाई, तपाई अरब गएर आउनु, म चाहिँ यो देशलाई तपाई जस्तोलाई देशमै उद्दमशील काम गर्ने वातावरण बनाउछुँ।”
‘कसरी?’ भनेर सोधे भाईले। “भाई हामीले विवेकशील नेपालीहरु मिलेर देशमा दरो शक्ति बनाउदैछौँ देशलाई संमृद्ध बनाउन” मैले भनेँ।
“म पनि संलग्न हुन पाँउ न त यस्तो शक्तिमा” भने भाईले।
स्कुटर रोकेर विवेकशीळ नेपालीको कार्ड झिकेर दिएँ । गोलो आकारको हाँसेको अनुहारको कार्ड देखेर अचम्मित थिए होला। :)

प्रश्न उत्तर चल्दै रह्यो।

अनि एकैछिनमा हामी त्रिचन्द्र कलेज अगाडि पुगे पछि पुलिसले अगाडि बढ्न दिएन। ‘अगाडि नेपाल बन्द गर्नेहरु छन् – तपाईहरु जानै मिल्दैन त्यहाँ’ पुलिसले भने।
पुलिसले हामीलाई बचाउन बसेको हो कि त्यो बन्द गराउने भातमाराहरुलाई हो, हामी दुबैलाई बुझ्न गाह्रो भो।

ंमैले भाईलाई भने ‘लौ भाई यहिँ अोर्लिनु पर्यो तपाई। अगाडि जान दिएन” भाई वोर्ल्यो। अनि वालेट झिकेर उसले मलाई पैसा दिन खोज्यो। ‘ह्या भाई, मद्दत गर्नेलाई कहिले काहिँ त मद्दत गर्न देउ न यार” भनीकन आफ्नै बाटो लागे पुतलीसडक तिर मोड्दै।

भाई फेरि हिँडन थाल्यो रत्नपार्क तिर, शायद परिवारको सपना पुरा गर्न अरब जाने बाध्यता बोक्दै, नेपाल बन्द गर्नेहरुलाई सराप्दै र उसले कमाएको पैसाबाट जागिर खाएका सरकारका पुलिसहरुको लाचारपन हेर्दै।

 

How to start typing/writing Nepali? नेपालीमा कसरी लेख्ने?

I started writing my blog in Nepali only 2 years ago. Here is the steps I took in learning how to type and write in Nepali kha-ra-ra-ra :)

  1. First I installed Unicode Nepali in my computer. (Instructions on how to install in your phone/computer is towards the end of the article).
  2. The strategy I used was to set the desktop background of my computer to an image of “nepali keyboard layout”. (Right-click desktop and change desktop picture). (In windows if you press “start + D” you can switch between desktop and your writing window)keyboardlayout-romanized
  3. Then I started translating my most popular articles into Nepali. Translating your own english writings, however few you have, is a great way to start, since only you know the real emotional tone and style in your writings.
  4. Translate fast and rough at first. Then leave it for a few days. Then go back again to recheck what you have translated. Improve it. Repeat this 2 or 3 times. The finished piece will be a lot polished. You will smile.
  5. Publish it on your website now. Promote it by sharing it in social networking sites. I use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. People deserve to read it.
  6. Don’t forgot to link between the English version and Nepali version of your article. Sometimes if English becomes hard to comprehend, you can quickly switch to Nepali.
  7. Every few months go back to original article, re-edit again and re-share it again. With fresh eyes the article will only improve in quality.
  8. If you know a friend who is good in Nepali, please give the article to them for proof-reading. They can see what you can’t see.  ( I use Google docs/drive for document collaboration which comes free with any Gmail account)
  9. Important note:  Do start posting very short status updates on social media in Nepali. This way the slow pace of your nepali typing will not frustrate you to  abandon your noble quest to write/type in Nepali. Patience rocks! ).

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How to install Nepali alphabets in your computer / iPhone / iPad :

For iPhone /iPad users ( I don’t know how to in Android) :
just press on “Settings” >> “Keyboard” >> “Keyboards”>> “Add new keyboard” >> “Hindi” .
(unfortunately they haven’t come out with “nepali” yet but makes no real difference functionally)
You are done. ( Just go to any application where you can type and press small “globe” icon besides space bar to switch to “nepali alphabets” :)

If you use Gmail, here is how you can enable typing in Nepali:
If you use Google Chrome as a browser, simply add this extension:

If you want Google to help you easily type in Nepali by typing in English without memorizing where each key is ( for example, typing ‘ke’ results in  के ) Bookmark this link. http://www.google.com/inputtools/cloud/try/

*** If you are going to write a lot in Nepali, I recommend you to install Unicode in Nepali. Here’s how to install Nepali (Devanagari) for mac users. (नेपालीमा कसरी हाल्ने म्याकमा सफ्टवेएर) Here’s how to install Nepali in Windows xp, 7 and beyond.(नेपालीमा कसरी हाल्ने विन्डोज सफ्टवेएर)

for people who can’t figure out how to write ज्ञ and other hard words

here is an image from suvash thapaliya
romanized unicode nepali

12 Lessons I learnt running a company in Nepal

Here are a few lessons I learnt while running my online branding & web development firm Digital Max Solutions (DMS) in Nepal for nearly 10 years now. Some of the lessons are site specific and technology start-up specific. Enjoy!

  1. Be directly, personally responsible to the client. Otherwise chances of success in your project is low.
  2. Ensure quality yourself. If you personally don’t do quality checks on your products or services, make sure the person who does it, has your 100% trust.  (Otherwise it will come back to haunt you)
  3. Delegate but teach. If you delegate project communication to your developer (employee), teach him/her exactly how, what, why and when to communicate.
  4. Train your employees.  Do not expect them to solely learn by their own or by internet. Understand the concept first, yourself.
  5. Employees value what they can learn from you personally. Substituting respect from them by friendship with them, may not work.
  6. Repeat yourself. Over-communicate. Your employees may not understand the first time around. This happens often. Ask them to paraphrase (To repeat what they understood.)
  7. Client is always right (but only at the end). Do ask them a lot of questions before the project starts. Over-communicate. Have written approvals from clients on exact requirements before starting. If something goes wrong at the end, blame yourself.
  8. Believe in numbers when confused. Make sure you record and then pull up past project history, client history, project hours, efficiency etc regularly. Track everything!
  9. Lead by example. Change yourself first. Learn yourself first. Show them yourself first. Learn first (if its technology you want the company to adopt.)
  10. Groom people with exceptional attitude. If you find such a person in your team, help them, mentor them, train them and partner with them; i.e groom them to lead. They will return in kind (and more). Don’t worry about them leaving. You reap, what you sow.
  11. Always decide. Don’t “decide not to decide” or leave it for fate to decide for you. Your in-decision will turn into sleep-less nights for you. (I am guilty of this myself)
  12. Fail fast. Let your team experiment with a lot of ideas but make sure you do it small. This way you can fail fast. And if you succeed, you have a new way to generate revenue :) !

the disadvantages of an elite education

http://www.theamericanscholar.org/the-disadvantages-of-an-elite-education/

here is something (link above) that resonates with me against the backdrop where all the brain drain that is happening in Nepal and the way smart youths are progressing towards being cookie cutter professionals rather than the entrepreneurs, innovators, creative intellectuals/professionals they could become.

The writer stresses on the “disadvantages brought forth by the elite education system in the US (and the world… i will add). The system is gearing towards making careers, rather than making minds. They make professionals who cannot deal with the rest of the system or environoment they live around, rather than making innovators who can deal with problems of others inside the eco-system.

Our elite education system is fast becoming a system that makes “excellent sheeps” :)

When we send our smart youths away to study at the elite institutions in the world, maybe we are not going to get very much in return (in line with our expectations).

some positive thoughts from a Hydro Power developer in Nepal.

Few weeks ago, in the “entrepreneurs for Nepal” gathering, I got to interact with a Nepali Hydro electric developer and a pioneer, Gyanendra Pradhan at a “entrepreneurs for nepal” gathering on 30th of April. He makes a good case for Hydropower development in Nepal. Here are a few stats he pulled out which was interesting.

  • Nepal has 20,000 liter of water per person (thats a  lot).
  • His words ” Nepal is a cheese between 2 breads” because of water and the hydro potential. He sees Nepal’s moment of action is now, where we need to show foriegn and domestic investors that we are serious on our efforts turn this potential gold mine into action. Otherwise the confidence will be lost for a long time.
  • Nepal has enough supply to power south Asia with hydro power, the cheapest form of generating electricity.
  • More than 50 thousand crore rupees (500,000 million rupees)  is currently being invested (or about to) in hydropower in Nepal right  now.

    Gyanendra’s mantra for a successful entrepreneur is as follows:

    1. One need to think differently…To be different

    2. Be a day dreamer

    3. Independent, tough and creative

    4. Extremely optimistic

    5. Be prompt decision makers if they feel they have enough facts/ information

    6. Have a vision to drive enterprise

    7. Have a habit of analyzing their past actions and learning from them and planning future steps
    8. Have determination and strategies to turn the vision into reality

    Some Questions and Answers with Gyanendra Lal Pradhan.

    “What are the major hindrances to goal of producing the 10000 Mega watt of electricity? NRB (Central Bank of Nepal) says our commercial banks don’t have enough capital? Who will fund the projects?”

    Gyanendra answers, “We have 550 billion rupees in our market. Around 2000 Mega watt can be produced with this much capital for the rest foreign investments should be attracted. But people needn’t worry about the foreign investment as once invested in hydro projects they become local investments as it not possible to shift all the infrastructure of hydro electricity. We need to make the environment investment friendly though.

    Which projects are on the pipeline?

    Projects capable of producing more than 3000 Mega Watts of electricity and investments of more than 50 thousand crore have already started. It’s our last chance of producing the electricity and if we fail now , we better forget about producing hydro power in this country.These projects are will not only help in producing electricity but also help to create a peaceful country by engaging every people in construction works, and generating employment and income for all like that of Sikkim 20 years ago.

    What’s the biggest obstacle to making something happen (in Nepal)? We hear about corruption, inefficiency?

    In this country, we have enough enormous resources but they are very poorly managed and there is a lack of visionary leaders. Nepal has a very high rate of political understanding but most of the people don’t understand economics and the virtue of entrepreneurship.

    Can’t the remittance be a good source of capital for investment in hydropower?

    It can be. People should be provided with proper incentives to invest their money on hydroelectricity rather than the areas they are investing now.

    How to manage the people affected by construction of hydro projects and how to overcome objections of locals in constructing hydro electricity projects?

    Affected is wrong word to use. Construction of hydropower projects always improves the life standard of local people by providing them with electricity, roads and better lands…so better say promotion. Usually high, unreasonable expectations of local people make them interrupt projects. We need to make them aware of the limitations of the project but fulfill all the promises you make to the. Making locals happy is more important than reducing cost.

    A final word of advice from the veteran, on life: It’s easy to be happy. Just learn to separate ‘chinta’ and ‘chintan’. Worry and do your best to change the things you can change and learn not to worry about the things you cannot change!

    What do you think ?