When the whole state is going through the process of restructuring and every sector is being put in line with the concept of “new and prosperous” Nepal, nobody is saying anything about sports. This is, no doubt, the biggest disadvantage that the sector has for decades now. Sports are always the less priority sector for the state, and for that matter, the majority of the people as well. No decision makers – be it officials or lawmakers – are much concerned about the sector, not realizing the fact that sports could be the catalyst for glorifying the image of the country globally. Read More →

An afterthought on Harsha’s comments on exclusion of blogs from the media content study during the period of Royal Rule in Nepal.

Khoj Patrakarita Kendra (Centre for Investigative Journalism) has published a book, Sankatkalma Samachar(News during Emergency ). It is a content analysis of main print media in Nepal for three months of the state of emergency. It also includes the scenario of FM radios. But it has left online media.

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Today is Feb 21 – the International Mother Languauge Day. I probably wouldn’t have remembered it, hadn’t I visited Bangladesh three years ago to see people celebrating the day. The day sparked for their independence from Pakistan and that’s why they are fond to celebrate the day.

I had written an entry on this day in 2005 – Nepali Lai Maya Garau (a farce – it’s in English).

And, I am happy that after almost six months, my personal blog, The Radiant Star, is back. Have to look.

Ask a blogger, without a blog for some reason, what he misses. The answer will surely be the power of expressing oneself on various experiences.

Thank God! My personal blog, The Radiant Star, is back online.

Ask a blogger what is his biggest problem running a blog. His answer, almost surely, will be that it’s hard to find the time and issue to blog on. Ask a blogger, without a blog for some reason, what he misses. The answer will surely be the power of expressing oneself on various experiences.

Ditto to me. On August 2006, I was in Malaysia for official work and I proudly put a picture of myself posing in front of the famous twin-tower in Kuala Lumpur despite very busy time there. After two weeks there, when I returned and looked into the blog, it was filled with 3,000 spam comments. Looking for an easier way to delete those, I tried various methods for about a month during which the number went up to nearly 9,000 (forgetful I am, I didn’t turn off the commenting).

And then I messed up with something that my site would be shut to myself. I tried changing the server but it didn’t work until a week ago. A week ago, I tested WordPress 2.1 and got my personal blog back (it was the happiest surprise for me). Akismet, the spam comment killer, found out 5,000 spam comments and others I deleted manually and now the blog is back.

What I missed most from August 2006 to January 2007? Surely, the ability to write on various issues. I had NepaliVoices for writing about blogs but its confined to blogs and blogging thus social issues or other experience were forgotten, sadly.

For a blogger, a blog becomes a diary and when it’s lost, the feeling is painful. During all these time, I cursed myself for not keeping the hardcopy of the diary of my Everest Basecamp Trek and also not keeping the local copy of many articles I thought I wrote nicely. But now everything is back and I am ready to go again.

At The Radiant Star now on, I will be making a few changes. I won’t blog anything about media, blogging or journalism because there is NepaliVoices for it. I will write on my personal feelings, commentary on social and political, yes sometimes political too, issues.

Welcome to new edition of The Radiant Star and I hope that all of my friends will enjoy reading my feelings.

If you want yourself to be different, then write differently so that people can enjoy you. And, its more true for us, the bloggers, when we write about the same event. The Bloggers Meet II held on Feb 17 at Freedom Forum was attended by 12 bloggers and some of them, and other, wrote about it – all in different, thus joyful to read, way.

Here is the list and links to those blog entries:

KP Dhungana in Harmoblog.com (in Nepali)

Has the summary of the decisions (so that we won’t forget it all)

  1. Holding an international bloggers conference within a year
  2. Awarding the best blog in 2008 evaluating all the blogs from 2007
  3. Holding trainings to empower bloggers with technical knowledge
  4. Publishing a book about blogging in Nepali

Although he calls in ambitious, he is optimistic that it could be fulfilled.

Deepak Adhikari in Deepak’s Diary

“…there emerged plans, agendas and more importantly the “can-do” attitude. Plans aside, what impressed me was Nepali bloggers’ willingness to interact. The meeting was not over even after it’s conclusion was announced. The best part for me was my trysts with hitherto invisible or barely visible bloggers in person. We have read them a lot, but haven’t seen face to face!…”

Keshav Koirala in Vashek’s Ramblings

Title: Bloggers & Jogis: They Are Alike
“Bloggers, enjoying all the paybacks of technology, and jogis, who apparently have renounced the worldiness and refused the physicalism–contrast. But they have one similarity, both are carefree. …”

Utshab Pokhrel in Afno Kura – The Stupid Feeling

“…the second meet of Bloggers also centered on promoting the Bloggers and the Blogging. There were some new faces as well as missing of some old faces who have met on the first meet. The discussion centered on the plans of future perspectives of blogging and holding the workshops, trainings to assist on the technical parts of blogging to the bloggers and to give ideas and general conceptions to the prospective bloggers. We also discussed about publishing a book about blogging, the short history of international blogging and the history of nepali blogging and about the nepali blogsphere. We also discussed on the matters of planning on the ideas of holding a conference probably on the beginning of 2008 and awarding best blogs in different segments…”

And, here is Anjesh‘s hope to attend (he didn’t, hopefully next month!)

“Don’t know what the discussion is about, maybe some experience sharing… Hope to attend tomorrow.”