Nepalese at the Everest of Social Media

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#KritiStoleBob

“Shirish Kunder’s ‘Kriti’ Pulled Down By YouTube After Nepalese Filmmaker’s Copyright Claim”  …. that came out in the Huffington Post. Similar headlines made news all over the world and where did all that buzz originate from? —– a FACEBOOK TIMELINE of Aneel Neupane – an up and coming Nepalese artist & film-maker.

REALIZE THIS –-> Kriti, a short film made by Shirish Kunder; one of Bollywood’s A-list director / producer or otherwise known as Farah Khan’s husband. And BOB, a short film made by Aneel Neupane, a creative artist from Nepal who not many knew of until this headline came out in all leading newspapers.

HUFFINGTON POST, TIMES OF INDIA, INDIA TODAY, INDIAN EXPRESS, BOLLYWOOD LIFE, NDTV, FIRSTPOST, REDDIT, and ALL LEADING NEPALESE NEWSPAPERS covered the story … and it all started from FACEBOOK!!

Well, this blog is not just about #KritiStoleBob rather this is about Nepalese being at the Everest of social media.

Let’s list out all of near to impossible things that happened to Nepal or Nepalese on social media:

#KritiStoleBob, #CNNHero2010, #CNNHero2012, #CNNHero2015, and many more headline-grabbing, heart-winning, awe-inspiring accomplishments for Nepalese ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR HARDWORK and also a bit of help from the patriotic Nepalese community on social media.

Let’s not forget, #IamwithIshan, #IamwithDrKC and how can we forget #BackOffIndia and #NepalWillRiseAgain.

A police officer kicks a street vendor, and next thing you know it makes a hilarious meme-entry into Social Media and shared by thousand others. Well, I am sure the KUNGFU PANDA is suspended or at least inquired about the incident by his supervisor.

Well, that’s the power of social media and I feel extremely delighted to share with you this news that us Nepalese are at the EVEREST OF SOCIAL MEDIA. Let’s keep this going and please do not underestimate the power of common people a.k.a social media.

#KritiStoleBob – what a WIN!

– Amun Thapa

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NEPAL: From 1768 to 2015.

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A chronology of Nepal’s political history:  From the time Prithvi Narayan Shah unified Nepal to the present day.

1768: Prithvi Narayan Shah conquered Kathmandu and unified Nepal
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1816:
General Bhimsen Thapa’s Gorkha Forces surrenders to the British, which led to the ratification of Peace and Friendship of Sugauli – “The Sugauli Treaty.” As per the treaty, Nepal lost Sikkim (including Darjeeling), the territories of Kumaon and Garhwal, the territories of Ancient Mithila region and most of the lands of the Madhesh (Terai). The Mechi River became the new eastern border and the Mahakali river the western boundary of the kingdom.
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1846: “The Kot Massacre” took place and Jung Bahadur Rana established the Rana Dynasty
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1950: The Rana domination came to an end. In India, the end of the British Raj had left the Ranas without supporters and the Independence of India had inspired a similar hunger for self-rule and democracy in Nepal. It was at this time that the then-Prince Gyanendra Shah (later to assume the throne after the 2001 Royal Massacre) was briefly proclaimed king by the Rana regime, despite the fact that he was only 3 years old, in a bid to oust his grandfather King Tribhuvan.
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1951: Matrika Prasad Koirala then President of Nepali Congress (founded in 1950), nominated by H.M. the King as the Prime Minister – the first commoner Prime Minister under the democratic set up.
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1955 – 1960: After the demise of King Tribhuwan in 1955, King Mahendra ascends throne. The king agrees to establish a constitutional monarchy. 1960: King Mahendra seizes control after a brief period of multi-party democracy. King Mahendra had just taken over absolute power after dismissing an elected government. The democratic government of Jawaharlal Nehru in India was not too pleased.

The Panchayat System was formulated under which the King exercises full power.
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1972:
King Mahendra dies, succeeded by King Birendra.
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1980 – 1986: 1980: King agrees to allow direct elections to national assembly – but on a non-party basis. 1985: NCP begins civil disobedience campaign for restoration of multi-party system. 1986: New elections boycotted by NCP.
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1989: Border blockade by Delhi under Rajiv Gandhi. Following a dispute over negotiating lapsed trade and transit treaties with Kathmandu, New Delhi abruptly shut 19 of 21 border crossings with Nepal, cutting off links to the Kolkata port, which served as the only sea outlet to the land-locked nation, as well as several North Indian cities. The 13-month long blockade had a devastating effect on Nepal’s economy and cornered the powerful monarchy.
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1990 – 1991: Pro-democracy agitation co-ordinated by NCP. Street protests suppressed by security forces resulting in deaths and mass arrests. King Birendra eventually bows to pressure and agrees to new democratic constitution.

Nepali Congress Party wins first democratic elections. Girija Prasad Koirala becomes prime minister.
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1995: New elections lead to formation of communist party which was later dissolved. Start of Maoist revolution.

RUKUM DISTRICT, NEPAL, APRIL 22, 2004: Maoist insurgents celebrate in Rukum district April 22, 2004 weeks after their attack on government troops in Beni when they overran the district headquarters, looting a bank, destroying the jail and torching government office buildings. The government said that 32 security personnel died in the clash and 37 were kidnapped. The clash was one of the deadliest since 1996 when fighting began to topple the constitutional monarchy and install a communist republic. The guerrillas' strength is hard to gauge. Analysts and diplomats estimate there about 15,000-20,000 hard-core fighters, including many women, backed by 50,000 "militia". In their remote strongholds, they collect taxes and have set up civil administrations, and "people's courts" to settle rows. They also raise money by taxing villagers and foreign trekkers. Though young, they are fearsome fighters and specialise in night attacks and hit-and-run raids. They are tough in Nepal's rugged terrain, full of thick forests and deep ravines and the 150,000 government soldiers are not enough to combat this growing movement that models itself after the Shining Path of Peru. (Ami Vitale/Getty Images)

 

2001: The Royal Massacre. Gyanendra crowned King.
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2001-2003: 2001: State of emergency declared. 2003: Maoists and the government declare ceasefire but the rebels end the peace talks the same year.
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2005: King Gyanendra takes full power and dismisses the government.
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2006 – 2007: King Gyanendra agrees to reinstate parliament following weeks of violent strikes and protests against direct royal rule. Maoist rebels call a three-month ceasefire. The government and Maoist rebels begin peace talks, the first in nearly three years. 2007: Maoist leaders enter parliament under the terms of a temporary constitution.
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2007 – 2008: Maoists quit interim government to press demand for monarchy to be scrapped. This forces the postponement of November’s constituent assembly elections. Parliament approves abolition of monarchy as part of peace deal with Maoists, who agree to re-join government.

Nepal becomes a republic. End of Monarch. Ram Baran Yadav becomes Nepal’s first president.
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2011: CA assembly fails to draft the new constitution.
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2014: Sushil Koirala is elected as the new Prime Minister. PM Modi visits Nepal.
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2015: Nepal endorses the new constitution.
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The Present Day: “Unofficial” border blockade from India results in fuel crisis in Nepal.
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Nepal never have had a stable political history, nevertheless, Nepalese move on with high hopes for the nation and future.

Amun Thapa, Founder, Sasto Deal

Credit: BBC and other sources for dates, timeline, information and images. 

Thanks for reading. #JaiNepal


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Crazy alternatives that just might work

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Ok so nothing beats the fuel guzzling, roaring machines that are cars and bikes but since the “unofficial” blockade, everyone has been wondering how their lives can find alternatives or more like, we’re ready to try any alternative than to walking. I mean seriously it was okay for the first week but now its really starting to take the toll. Thanks for nothing #Modi.

Anyways as the days pass by, it has got us thinking about all the ways that we can try and make our commute more convenient. So here are some of the alternatives to riding a petrol engine.

Note: Not including bicycles since they are the obvious alternative.

  1. Skateboards:
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    This makes me wish I had learned to balance myself better on skateboards when I was younger. Sure I used to get annoyed at those teens who rode it noisily down the streets on any other normal days but when I look at it now, I think they were onto something there.
  1. Roller blades:
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    Rolling down the street sounds fun. Plus you’ll have less baggage than handling a bicycle or a skate board. Very convenient indeed.
  2. Portal Bikes:
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    Ok I know I said I’m excluding bikes but seriously! Why didn’t I learn about this before?? This right here is exactly what we need. It’s a bicycle but you can carry loads of stuff in it.
  3. Hitchhiking:
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    Yeah, nobody’s going to judge you anymore about taking lifts from strangers. Well we should still be careful and let our friends or relatives one know what we’re doing but hitchhiking is acceptable now people. Go for it.
  4. Crashing in at a friend’s place:
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    Do you have a friend who happens to live nearby your college, work area, school? Well then I guess its time to play the pahuna and crash in their homes for the week or something. Or maybe if your friend’s college, work area or school also happens to be somewhere near your home, why not exchange homes? Just kidding. Worth a shot though.
  5. Carpooling:
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    Thanks to Carpool Kathmandu for coming with this alternative. It is not only the most convenient way but carpooling has helped a lot of us to realize that in the end, we are all in this together.

 

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Power to the Pedal

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We Nepalese are always known to be resilient, no matter what obstacles come our way we always learn to work our way around it. Sure some of these solutions may not have been the simplest or the most convenient but what can we say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Here at Sasto Deal, we’ve had an interesting past couple of days. For a company that delivers deals to your doorstep, petrol shortage was the worst that could happen. But we didnt lose hope. The show must go on! So what was the alternative that came along? Bicycles, of course. With great team work and planning, our guys at Sasto Deal have been running around town with their pedal power. I caught up with some of the team members who shared a few words. Here’s what they have to say:

-Anutara Shakya
Gifting Manager

What made you decide to go out and deliver the products yourself?

Amun Thapa, CEO: As the CEO of the company, I know how difficult it is for our logistics team to deliver the products, so I wanted to help encourage them by volunteering myself to make the deliveries. Despite having a lot of work in the office, it was crucial for me to take the initial step.

Biplav Shrestha, Social Media Manager: I decided to get on with it because I know how tough our logistics team has it with the fuel shortage. Usually I’m the one handling the online customer complaints about late deliveries. But now I have a new found respect for our delivery team. They’re doing the best that they can.

Abhash Amatya, Intern: I took the delivery while I was heading to my home. I just wanted to lend a hand for the delivery, to make things more efficient.

 

What was the reaction of the customers when they saw you delivering their products on a bicycle?

Amun: Well some of them recognized me the first time. There was this customer who was from a college where I had given a lecture just a few weeks ago and she recognized me. It was kind of awkward but fun at the same time! During the second trip, I didn’t even take off my mask while making the delivery, but its all good. They’ll make fun memories to look back in the days to come.

Diwakar Darshan, Logistics: The first reaction that I got from customers was “Petrol navaera ho dai?” Some of them are really nice about it. They understand the situation so it’s a good thing. While some customers have a very specific location they want their deliveries to be made which was not easy. But once I explained that I was travelling by a cycle, they didn’t mind picking it up at certain landmarks.

Santosh Bharti, Logistics: I was told “Bichara dai.” Haha!  But the customers seemed happy when they got their deliveries.

 

So how did it feel like to make the deliveries on a bicycle?

Amun: It was very tough! The scorching sun, and moving back and forth in the gallis of Kathmandu is not easy. I had to take breaks in the middle because it was so exhausting. I met a couple of people I knew when I was on a break and asked what I was doing there. I just pointed to my bicycle, they got the idea!

Biplav: Well I’ve been riding a bicycle for almost a year now so it wasn’t that difficult for me to make the deliveries. It was fun meeting the customers. I made around 4 deliveries and ended up chatting for almost 5 minutes with each of them.

Diwakar: It’s been four days now that I started delivering on a bicycle. It’s really tough compared to the bikes. I could do 30 deliveries a day on normal days but on a cycle I can only seem to manage 5 but number is not the problem, it depends on the weight. The fact that I hadn’t rode a bicycle for 15 years now didn’t really help either!

Santosh: It’s really fun but at the same time it’s exhilarating. Well the fun part depends on the distance. If the delivery that we have to make is nearby, I feel like this is really convenient but when you need to reach farther, you’re scorched in the sun not to mention that the big vehicles don’t seem to give a break to cyclists. You have to be really careful while riding close to those big trucks.

 

And did you manage to make all the deliveries on time?

Santosh: I felt like making deliveries on time was easier with the bicycles, we could deliver in more locations and give time for the customers since one person didn’t have to deliver much.

Diwakar: I am usually done by 4 or 5 pm. We make things easier by calling the customers before we head out and we call them again when we reach the destination. That makes things more efficient and yes we got the deliveries done on time.

 

Did you come across any interesting incident while going out for the delivery?

Amun: The interesting thing was that when I was waiting to make one of the deliveries, the local shopkeepers recognized Sasto Deal’s logos on the bags. It was nice to know that the company’s word is getting around.

Biplav: Yes, there was this one person who came up to me and asked what I was doing. I told them all about Sasto Deal. And there was this customer who I made a delivery to in New Road, he was out looking to buy a bicycle and I had a long chat with him about bicycles; that was fun.

Fin. 

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