How was your last year? Here’s my review of the past year. Rendering ‘Tri Chandra Tour' and the poetry readings was taking time, so I passed the time looking back…
Started watching movies again (stopped reading books) this year. Discovered my taste for classics and Korean alike. Here’s the list of my movies of the year-
The Iranian film Children of Heaven and the Italian The Bicycle Thief
Apu Trilogy, Namesake and In Search of Gandhi (road movie) and the short ‘Little Terrorist’ by Indian filmmakers
Sex is Zero was my first Korean flick, Happy End was very provoking, I also liked Daisy, Love Me Not, A Millionaire’s First Love, Il Mare, JSA, My Sassy Girl, and so on…
Will Smith is my favourite actor. I cried watching ‘Pursuit of Happyness’. Couldn’t stand Citizen Kane. Detour was amazing. Taxi Driver was disturbing… The Shawshank Redemption was memorable…
Chinese film- ‘The World’ was a very new experience, like the German ‘
Danish film Adam’s Apple was suited to my mood- a very powerful movie with a spiritual message. Watched Tuesdays With Morrie a number of times.
Was surprised by the Australian ‘The Price of Milk’. Spanish short by Nacho Vigilando ‘7:35 in the Morning’ was both funny and tragic while Afghani ‘Osama’ and Palestinian ‘
Nepali films? Watched few documentaries, but enjoyed one Newari comedy! ‘Inside
The Alchemist, The Kite Runner and Autobiography of A Yogi
Finally, foundation of ‘
As a journo, I got a big break in The Statesman. This year, I worked as a New Media reporter like I always wanted to. Still working at Kantipur Online. Citizen journalism became my first love. Experience in
Media persons of my year-
Our online team (we’re nearly a dozen) is typical- everyone is unique and ‘eccentric’. From Sanjeev Satgaiya to Sanjeev Phuyal, from Suman dai to Salik bhai, from Akhilesh Sir to Sanjeev dai, from Rishav to Ansu, from Apurwa to Subash dai, from Chanakya to Dhiraj dai, from Rajendra to Suresh dai… they were all wonderful people. I enjoyed working with them.
Kosh dai was very helpful. Am sorry for Kiran dai. Baburam dai knows how stupid I can be! Monica ma’m must be tired! Post also got few eccentrics like Sanjog dai.
Stopped complaining about the City Post. Bhusita’s efforts to highlight Nepali literature should be applauded. Do you read ‘
Kantipur is heaven, no doubt! It is the only Nepali newspaper, besides the English Nepali Times for me. And I wish if only we had people like THT in The Kathmandu Post! (For ideas and work.)
The man behind the Madhesi-United We Stand also had a very subtle role in shaping both my thought-process and my career!
Tajim and Deelip (bloggers!) became good friends!
2007 will be remembered for my new hobby- watching, reading, thinking, talking, making and playing films, films and films alone.
I don’t write poetry anymore, I don’t even try to write. ‘In Search of Lost Pride’ was an unimpressive effort to write something on my bogus patriotism! But now I know how to write news, too bad for an aspiring ‘writer’ who wanted to write fiction! But good, I remember somewhere reading- “If you want to be a writer, find other job than that of writing!” Had started writing a book ‘Death of Last Hindu Kingdom’, now that book will take years to come (or not to come).
Have thought of a few ‘great’ ideas for making films- even that’s gonna take years to come (and this will certainly come).
I’ve learnt to be patient, learning to be more patient and confident! I left designing web and painting altogether towards the end of the year.
Even stopped spending much time with near to dear ones this year! Sorry.
Didn’t attend classes in that college. Only took exams- results were unimpressive but I was the second topper! Scored 2-3 percentage less than the first topper. I thought she would cross 80%. She was very good and hard-working student for sure. But she barely touched 60%. Probably, the only reason why I don’t want to study here anymore. I’m taking a break for a year from studies. Towards the end of the next year, I’d have joined something somewhere.
Spiritual inclination started towards the end of the year. Like always, my hatred for politics only increased. Sad to see my image of Puspa Kamal Dahal crumbling. Isn’t he ashamed to live? Madhesi andolan disillusioned me, but taught me the most important lesson- there’s nothing more important, there is only one identity and one religion- we’re all human, and the greatest religion is humanity! I think this year finally I also understood real patriotism and nationality. Today, I don’t believe in them any longer! Communism stopped running my blood, but democracy continues to feed me.
Thank God -
Am happy, satisfied in my personal life. Started to understand the different aspects of ‘love’. I still try to avoid girls, but have a sense of responsibilities towards some. But I want to change few lives, including myself, before trying to change the world! Started to grow beard. Once I got many compliments for looking much like an al Qaeda terrorist! Saddam’s death almost ‘shattered’ me. ‘Evolution’ (my computer) also suffered two major accidents- the LAN card was fried by lightening once, and now my DVD RW is not working. (I had lent it to some of my friends, and had to keep on switching from home to office!) Mom refused to let me have a pet, but said she liked to have that one girl as her daughter-in-law! I must thank God for everything- thank you.
Thanking Satan too!
Mother and I always fight. She complains that I do not value money. That I do not care. Yes, I never thought it was important (because it was always there). Now, few people who recently came into my life have really made me think if I should earn so much that I can throw bundles of money at their ugly faces. Except that there’s literally nothing! I’d seen the journey from ‘Santosh Babu’ to nobody last year. I struggled to become ‘Salik Shah’ this year. Circumstances again proved I was on the right track. Although money doesn’t lure me, necessity compels! Satan is testing me! Satan is testing all of us!
I did everything that I wanted! I think everything went as planned! (But I didn’t plan anything at all!) I realised you cannot do everything on your own, you need a team! This year I also learned the secrets of being a team member!
Say no to jobs! (And, to girls!)
Anything else? Yeas, Happy New Year!