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Dashain For children  (Find the whole article through this link)

Dashain is one of the major festivals celebrated in Nepal when schools give the longest holidays. For youth & adults it more of relaxation but looking it from children's perspective; what does it mean for them? My write up on "Dashain For Children" published in Republica, page no 6 , 6th October 2018/Saturday's opinion section.It's an outcome of years long experience with children from an educator's perspective, I look forward to have your valuable suggestions & feedback hashtagfestivals hashtageducation hashtagholidays !



बेलुन जस्तो यो जिन्दगी ! आश भरेको छु ।
जिउँदो देखिन्छु  किनकि, सास भरेको छु ।

अस्तित्वको अभिभारा पूरा गर्नलाई
पेटमा केही चामल र, मास भरेको छु ।

मायाको यो रंगीचंगी दुनियाँको माथी
ताराहरु खोजी खोजी आकाश भरेको छु ।

के गुनासो गर्नु मेरो मुटु खाली देख्नेसंग ?
मगमग बसाउने सुवास भरेको छु ।


Originally posted in Writers' Diary 

I am trying to make a series of stories which starts from a funny old woman’s kitchen (Japanese Folk Tale); goes through the series of adventure, moral lessons, glimpses of magic spell stuffs, fun and ends with totally new characters on scene ready for continuation of series. I am being helped by an enthusiastic student too. :)

Part I : The Funny Old Woman 

Once upon the time, there lived a funny old woman who liked to prepare rice dumplings for her husband. She pased most of her time in her kitchen and in care of her husband. She used to laugh “Tee-Hee-Hee”. One day she was preparing rice dumplings for her husband. Accidentally, one of the rice dumplings fell down onto the earthen floor. It rolled down into the small hole on her floor. She tried to pick it up, but the hole grew wider and she fell down through the hole. She stepped on a new place, which looked like her neighborhood.

Actually, it was not her neighborhood. She was on a inclined road. The sides of the road were green paddy fields. She began to run down the road crying: “My rice dumpling!”. At a place, on the side of the road was a ‘Statue God’ who asked: “Where are you going old woman?”. She didn’t care much about the question. She looked at the Statue God and asked: “Have you seen my rice dumpling?”. “Yes, it was rolling down the road.” – replied the Statue God and added: “But don’t go further for there is a wicked Oni who likes human flesh and blood.”. She thought that was funny and laughed “Tee-Hee-Hee”. She began to run down the road saying : “My rice dumpling, my rice dumpling !”.

Same incident happened when she met second Statue God. She was running down crying, when she came across third Statue God. The third Statue God asked her to hide herself behind him, as there was Oni curiously walking up the road. Soon after, she saw a giant-like Oni climbing up the road and therefore she hid herself behind the third Statue God. “Hey Statue God, I can smell some humankind here.” , said Oni. “I am not sure.”, replied the third Statue God. “But I am sure, here is the old woman” , Oni saw the funny old woman and picked her up. “I will be angry with you and will never forgive you if you kill such a poor old woman.” – said the third Statue God. “She will be happily staying in my kitchen preparing food for me and my friends” , promised the Oni. The funny old woman laughed “Tee-Hee-Hee”.

He took the funny old woman with him till they reached a river. He caught the boat and put the old woman into it. He rowed it with a paddle. They reached another bank. Another side of the river was greener with dense forest. They walked together towards Oni’s home. There were other Onis who were waiting for the Oni. They were his friends. He asked the old woman to prepare food in his kitchen using his magic paddle. She had to put a grain of rice in a pot and fill it with water. On the fire, she had to stir the pot with one grain of rice and water. The rice began to multiply by two. 1-2-4-8-16-32-64-128-256-512-1024- and so on. She used to laugh “Tee-Hee-Hee” when she noticed rice multiplying while stirring it.

Some days passed, and she began to miss her husband and her kitchen where she used to cook her favourite rice dumplings. One day she noticed that nobody was in the house except her. She quietly came out of the house with the magic paddle under her girdle. She walked down through the dense forest until she reached the bank of the river. There was a boat without its paddle. Looking at the magic paddle funnily; she said “It helps.”. She rowed the boat slowly with the rice-paddle. As soon as she reached the next bank, she looked back to see the Oni’s place as she would never come back again. What she saw on the other bank of the river was the fiercest Oni ever with red-red eyes. Oni couldn’t swim across river; so he kneeled down to suck the entire river water. He did so and made the river muddy. The funny old woman was helpless and began to cry with funny face. The Oni couldn’t stop laughing and he again filled the river with water.

Poor helpless woman thought of running away from there and she marched up with pace. She saw three Statue Gods on her way but she didn’t talk with anyone. She saw a hole nearby the road on the field terrace and struggled more to reach the other end of that hole. She cried with happiness and ran to her husband’s bed as soon as she reached in her kitchen. The funny old woman and her husband began to pass their days in home with happiness. Sometimes she used to laugh “Tee-Hee-Hee”.

Part II: Flight to Heaven 

One day the old couple thought of selling the magic paddle. One of their neighbours paid a huge amount for the magic paddle. Then the old couple bacame very rich and established a restaurant named ‘Food Paradise’. They kept 4 staff in the restaurant and the funny old woman became the attraction of the restaurant doing some supervision and cooking town’s famous rice-dumplings. She began to earn more money as the restaurant was very popular and earned fame in the short time. Days passed on and the funny old woman began to become greedier. One day, she went to her neighbour and asked that neighbour to sell the ‘magic paddle’ back to her. That neighbour refused in soft words “I am sorry lady; what I can sell you is a magic broom. Using this; you can save your time and money in your restaurant”.

She purchased that magic broom. Her neighbour’s Tom Cat followed her while she was going home. “Stay back!” she shouted. Tom Cat said: “I always play with the threads of brooms, kind lady!”. She allowed the Tom Cat to go with her. Next day, she redesigned her restaurant with proper corner to the magic broom and Tom Cat playing around it. One of the regular customer liked it and said: “Impressive!”. In the evenings, she used to clean the restaurant with the magic broom. The broom moved and cleaned as the wish of its master. The funny old woman was happy to get the magic broom in her restaurant.

One day, suddenly her husband died of heart-attack. That was the graviest moment in the life of the old woman. She began to stay in her house in grief with her relatives. The restaurant was being run by staff members and the Tom Cat. One day when all relatives returned to their homes, the old woman returned to the restaurant and suddenly rode on the magic broom. She said: “Broom, Oh Broom ! Take me to a ride! To a person who made me bride !”. The magic broom accepted the master. Soon, she was riding on the broom with the Tom Cat behind. The Tom Cat felt wonderful to see the clouds beneath and gradually he began to miss the mice and rats of the restaurant. He asked the old woman: “Let us return, I want to go back. “. But the old woman denied. So, he slid down the rainbow down the earth and reached the restaurant. In the sky, the thunderstorm hit the woman and she turned into ash and smoke. The magic broom was just as normal for it had magical power in it. It fell down and dropped just in front of the restaurant.

The Tom Cat then became its master. The intelligent cat then sat on round table with staff members of the restaurant. They appointed him the head and assumed joint-ownership of the restaurant. They also renamed the restaurant “Magical Cat Food Paradise” and redesigned the restaurant with more care on menu and surroundings. They purchased a land around them for making a parking space. The Tom Cat, the magic broom, and the restaurant began to become popular in the village and nearby towns.

Part III: Magic Spell of Jealous Neighbour

‘Magical Cat Food Paradise’ was a popular dine spot in the local area and nearby areas. The Tom Cat, and his human colleagues were very happy working with each other in a nice restaurant. One day the jealous neighbour who had purchased the magic paddle from the old woman visited there. The Tom Cat offered him free drinks and food. He was very happy to have free drinks and food. He became very jealous as his ex-domestic Tom Cat had then become the most successful animal in the village. He found the new setting of the restaurant very much impressive. He promised that he would be their regular customer.

The jealous neighbour returned home and began to think something very harmful to the ‘Magical Cat Food Paradise’ and especially affecting his ex-domestic Tom Cat. Suddenly, he put a magic spell in the paddle that he owned. “Paddle, Oh Paddle! Multiply a grain of rice! to eighteen grains and two lice!” During his visit to the restaurant he put an offer forward to the Tom Cat: “Mr. Tom Cat, I am thinking of selling my magic paddle to somebody else. Are you interested in buying it?” The Tom Cat was more than happy to get that offer. He said: “Let us do it. How much do we have to pay?” Then The Magical Cat Food Paradise purchased the magic paddle as they were happy thinking that their rice grains would be saved.

The Tom Cat and his human colleagues had a meeting and they planned a festival in their restaurant. Soon, they began to decorate the restaurant for the Christmas Party. Tom Cat had a car and a driver to drive him to town and nearby areas. He was carrying invitation letters for renowned customers of his restaurant. The jealous neighbour was looking all these and was being happy that the Tom Cat and his restaurant would serve lice with rice to their customers during the Christmas Party. He was counting days to witness such situation.

In the Christmas eve, the jealous neighbour arrived quite early in the restaurant. Everybody including the Tom Cat were very busy for the final cleaning job. The guests began to come. The wealthiest cat of the town came in and shook hands with the Tom Cat. “Where is your master?” asked the jealous neighbour. “Well, this restaurant has invited cats only. Are you invited?” replied the wealthiest cat of the town. The jealous neighbour had nothing to say and he went out without being able to answer. He was still looking out of his window to see what would happen then after. Soon after that, the restaurant was occupied with famous cats of the town. They drank and ate. They liked the lice in rice. Most of them seemed very much thankful to the Tom Cat for organising such party for only cats. One of them made a comment: “I like the rice most; its delicious ! “.


NOTE: This story was originally posted in Writers' Diary.

My Solar Lantern has now got an important space in my room in the evenings. It glows at evening adding to the ambiance of my room. My room seemed like a deserted gloom in the evenings; nevertheless my Solar Lantern is now there in the corner being evidentiary of me getting new energy.

I bought this Solar Lantern while I was visiting the city of York, in England. York has been a source of inspiration in my life. Even a day of roaming around the parts of the city, esp. National Railway Museum, the Minster Church and etc had made a remarkable impression in my mind. I still remember the song performance : ’stary stary night’ on the footpath, York Visitor Information Desk, and two caring people taking picture of me at the city walls area.

York has got life in it. What I found more interesting there was ‘Poundland’ where we get many things, each item in a pound !! I entered there, as a lucky national of Nepal (a Southern country). I bought a frying pan, a body spray and this Solar Lantern.

The most catching thing: It was printed on the cover of this lantern like there is no need to replace the battery. It sounded like it works forever.

After I returned to Nepal, I kept it at the top of my house. Its glowing at evenings looked nothing, as number of such Garden Solar Lanterns makes a nice ambience in the evening-garden with much landscape design and other arrangements. The fantasy for me was that I am naturally overwhelmed with things caring mother earth. The Solar Lantern was such thing which could reduce the use of fossil fuels, or biomass. But to what extent? The answers could be nearly equal to zero.

However, what sort of fantasy I have made with the particular Solar Lantern; is an example. I hope so.

Time passed on. Busy life schedule began. One day I noticed that one of my nephews pulled the LED off from the Solar Lantern. Then after, the whole remaining things were ready for disposal. My room had been in mess those days. Fortunate Solar Lantern was not disposed off. One day I found a LED when I was removing dirt from the corners of the room. I just collected the other parts of the Lantern and went to a repair service.

The man who was busy on fixing the FM radio questioned me: Are you sure that you will mend this? I replied: Yes, Just for amusement, hehe. He took NPR. 15 for fixing it and asked to keep it under the Sun for complete 4 hours or so. I did the same and waited till the evening.

The very day was lengthy for me. I didn’t have any work to be done for that day. The Lantern did not glow in the evening. Initially, I was worried. Silly I, I then remembered to switch it on. Still it did not glow. Ahh, it was automatic, I then covered the Solar Panel with palm, and then it glowed being sensitive to the darkness.

Amazingly, the LED that I found was not white one, it was red LED. So, it was dimmer than it was before with the white LED. It had already taken much of my efforts; I found a place in my room to add some to the ambience of my room. Before that, I had taken some pictures of red glowing Lantern using my Chinese Mobile Phone.

TSL 2018 International Schools Essay Competition & Debate (Newsletter Reposted)

TSL 2018 International Schools Essay Competition & Debate

'My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources'


Last Chance to Enter!

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world to tell their best ideas for conserving the world's oceans and marine resources.

One overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher and Parent) will receive a free trip to the International Schools Debates in the Seychelles in early July 2018 (see Programme), and the top essays will receive special recognition as Finalists or Honourable Mentions. All participants are welcome to attend the Debates, which promise to be a wonderful learning opportunity for all ages!

The essay competition and debate are focused on helping to achieve UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) #14.

Further information can be found on the competition website.

To participate, Teachers must register
 and submit essays* by 17th Dec 2017

Additional information
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Teacher Help Page - Debate Programme

(* the same registration and submission dates also apply for the annual TSL Schools Sustainability Challenge video competition)


There is a Story behind Every Dream!

Whenever the word ‘Dream’ or any of its synonyms strikes to my mind, it refreshes all those memory from my past where I used to enjoy the most believing myself as the king of my achievements. Although it was my imaginary world but I used to believe it more than one believes their breath.

In fact I can bet if anyone will show me someone in this world that hasn’t ever made the ‘Dream’ as their only World.
But now when I am inside our so called SOCIETY, I am in a great confusion about its existence as it is observed as a scenario of war where one group i.e. Dream seeker is struggling to turn their dream into reality and another group i.e. Parents/guardians are obstructing those dream seeker by forcing their own artificial wish upon them.

British writer and social critic, Charles Dickens had once said, “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.” Myself being no any exception, I too used to live a dream during my childhood and now attempting to turn that dream into reality i.e. to start a school where talent would be the benchers. In fact I have already named it “School of Talent.”

Since school days I have repeatedly been observing a scenario at my hometown where the children were forced to sacrifice their dream because of the high expectation of their parents to see their kids as doctor, engineer, architect, CA etc. in future. As the result of which, the much those kids were growing up, their born talents were decreasing its sharpness.

I still remember a boy named “Anuj Sah (Name Changed)” from my neighbour who was growing with only aim to become a 'Multi-talented' person because he was God gifted excellent at Dancing, writing, singing. He used to work hard in study too so that his parents won't obstruct him to follow his passion. But once I had observed him working as a staff at a cosmetic shop.
All that had got wasted not only because of his parent's high expectation and ignorance of his passion but also lack of infrastructure in small cities education system to provide training related to their gifted talent.

If talking about Nepal’s storm metropolitan city then it's ok but situation is so haphazard with the small cities of Nation. Small town's school do have a system to provide extra-activities classes but it is treated just like extra stuff as those classes gets administered by those teachers who is no doubt very good at study but un-skilled in that extra-activities. In this way those hidden talents in those school children gets limited within that class only.

So, my dream is to start an organization or say a team which will administer that extra-activities classes of those small town's schools with specialized teacher who will understand the importance of those passions, the much those kids do.

My dream is different in sense as it won't only provide appropriate training but also gift them an open platform to showcase their talent. That organization will work only for the exposure of their talent. Children are future of nation and needs proper guidance at their initial stage. Our organization as well as each team members will be dedicated to protect those talents and globalize it so that if a child wants to be a writer then he/she won't be forced to become a CA.

This dream will structure my soul by giving me a satisfied statement that "Yes I did something for the person like me”.

By Suresh Kumar Mukhiya

EarthCorps is hiring 2018 International Participants (Newsletter Reposted as Blog)

EarthCorps is Hiring!

Do you know a young adult who is working in the environmental field and is looking for an opportunity to advance their career?

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EarthCorps is accepting applications for international participants to train in Seattle, Washington, USA from June - December 2018.

EarthCorps' program is focused on environmental restoration, leadership development, and community building. International Participants will work on crews of six as they perform manual labor to improve the health of Washington forests and waters.

Work includes invasive plant removal, native plant installation, trail construction and maintenance, volunteer management, and more. Projects take place in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings.

In addition to physical work, the program devotes time to professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings that provide deeper context for the restoration work. 

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