A cigarette named Passport

At Mero Report, Saraswati Thapa has shared an interesting photo.

See for yourself here,

Cigarette named "Passport". Image via Mero Report shared by Saraswati Thapa.

So the cigarette is named Passport and the advertise has the product placed right next to a real passport and what looks like an airline ticket.

Cheap way to attract young people to smoke the cigarette. By showing them them that if they want to travel and enjoy a good life, pack of Passport cigarette is the first step.

Thapa remarks, this cigarette is actually passport to death. Couldn’t agree more.








Yes, We are Advocates

Nepal Blogs is a platform for Nepali citizen journalism’s best works. We are advocates too.

We support,

Room to Read, working to educate children.

Greenpeace, for our environment and our future.

Committee to Protect Bloggers, for free speech.

Our support does not imply that these organizations endorse us. This is just an act of commitment and support.

Nepal Blogs does not support political, and or religious organizations.

So what does this mean?

Occasionally we will get into advocacy mode and post materials supporting these fine institutions. All we ask for is your support and patience.

On digital rights and piracy

Rabindra Rijal has posted about digital rights and piracy (Nepali) .   A must read for a Nepali blogger.

Nepali system is still grasping with the idea of internet, digital creations and online sharing. There is very little or no protection for intellectual property rights online. Rijal is a gazhal writer and laments over bloggers lifting up his pieces and posting them without attribution. He has also posted links to various other incidents of piracy.

This is a very sad situation. We respect and protect property rights but when it comes to intellectual property-especially online, suddenly everything that is frowned upon in the real world becomes OK .

Requests to all bloggers, if you like something-link to it. Don’t lift it up and post it without attribution. That is stealing. And to the bloggers, please post information on copyright clearly on your blog. Readers, if you see incidents of piracy, let the e-lifter know that what he/she is doing is NOT COOL!

Aakar Post goes deeper into Facebook’s appeal

Talking about Facebook’s appeal in Nepal’s context. Aakar Post has a very interesting analysis of Facebook’s Nepali population and what is behind those numbers.

No dull data deal with,Aakar has a catchy image to explain the numbers and it is fascinating to see Nepal’s social tends translate online.

For example, majority of Facebook users are male and they are quite open about using the site connect with women. Compared to the men, only small number of women are open about looking to connect with the opposite sex.

Nepali society is traditional, and still very much male dominated. No surprise that the male majority and cultural perceptions that demands women to be shy and conforming has travelled to online Nepal.This translation of culture into cyberspace beg s a question however: we believe that the internet and the great information revolution is a great equalizer. Then why the disparities travel so easily to the online world?


Aakar Tech Blog now has English version of this post.

“Majority of Facebook users from Nepal are Male and 41% Male single users are interested in Female. But interesting only few numbers of Female single users are interested to opposite sex (Male). Data says only 4% of Female single users are interested in Male. May be this is because of structure of society.”

Here is the data image,

Nepali Facebook Users. Image via Aakar Post.

Who knew? Kul Gautam has a personal page and Archana Spins a Classic

Kul Gautam, one of the most admired Nepali public figures has now joined Nepal’s blogosphere. His page has collection of this published articles, news, photos, videos and speeches. I am eagerly waiting for him to start blogging and (too much?) tweeting!

Here is an excerpt from his 2010 February 19 talk at the Rotary Club Kathmandu, titled Six Sins and Seven Virtues of New Nepal

“Hyper-politicization: More than any other country I know, everything in Nepal seems coloured by politics, and especially party politics. Nothing seems off-limit from political party influence. Student unions, teachers’ associations, trade unions, bar association, etc. seem all affiliated with one or the other parties.

Political party affiliation or influence seems to be widespread, or assumed to be widespread, even among non-governmental organizations, professional associations, civil servants, and even the security forces.

People tend to question the objectivity of independent professionals, assuming that if not overtly, they must be covertly aligned with one party or the other.”

Dr. Gautam’s  commitment to Nepal is clear in this short excerpt. His page is a welcome addition to the blogosphere and is greatly appreciated.

Speaking of appreciated pages, Archana Shrestha’s personal blog (mostly in Nepali) is also a treat. She has quite a loyal crowd following her posts and recently posted a poem parodying a Nepali immigrant’s life abroad, spinning beloved Nepali classic to fit modern times.

Here is the part that is most fun,

“प्रियाले सोध्लिन नि काम गर्छ उ भनी
दुई- चार बर्ष कुर भन्दिए!!

एक्स्-प्रियाले सोध्लिन नि के काम गर्छ भनी
एकदम मोज छ तिमीले मिस ग-र्यो भन्दिए!!

छिमेकीले सोध्लान नि बाबु के काम गर्छ भनी
बैंकमा म्यानेजर छ भन्दिए!!”

Unofficial translation:

if my love asks what i am doing

tell her to wait 2-4 years

if my ex asks about my work

tell her its so much fun,she totally missed it

if the neighbours asks what i do

tell them i manage a bank

Poignant reality of an immigrant’s life! Make sure you check out Archana’s blog for more interesting posts.

Chandan Sapkota on Nepal’s Power Crisis

Chandan Sapkota has a post on Nepal’s power crisis. Very timely and also much needed to further ongoing discussion on the country’s economic future if it continues to struggle energy wise.

Here is the post:http://goo.gl/fb/SQgSh

Sapkota also has also compared Nepal’s growth with neighbors India and China, in a previous post. It is a study in contrasts. While the two neighbors are attracting investors and international attention, Nepal is subject of sympathy and also disappointment.

Read the growth post here:http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/28/comparing-nepals-growth-rate-with-india-and-china

The county’s inability to exploit it’s vast potential for hydro electricity is a telling example of what nature can and cannot do for you. You can have all the resources but if you can’t use them then it’s just a waste.

Kathmandu and rest of the country are now under hours of power cuts and this has affected the economy. Government recently declared energy crisis. A late move but at least they now realize that power cuts are not going to solve this crisis. There has to be concentrated effort on power generation, limiting waste and corruption and also an international mission to attract investors to build new power plants- hydro or other options. Solar and wind energy could also be good investments for Nepal.

Sapkota lists number of dos and don’ts for the government if they are really serious about this crisis.His views are optimistic. Hopefully, that optimism will catch on.

Video Post on Nepal’s Power Crisis and Blog on Sanitation

Rajneesh Bhandari has a video post on one of the most pressing issue facing Nepal-power crisis.

Video is engaging.He has presented data which shows the wide disparity between what the people demand and what the system is currently able to supply. The subject-students suffering because of power cuts, is also appealing. The audience is able to develop empathy for her. Studying under candle light is no fun, especially if you have to deal with number of other issues at the same time.

My only criticism is that, instead of recording the video entirely in English, he should have used Nepali too. I understand his target audience in this case in non-Nepali speaking foreigners who at least have access to power and internet because that is now a luxury in Nepal.But by excluding Nepali he is loosing chunk of audience in diaspora, who are eager to stay in the know about events in Nepal.

Blog on sanitation,great way to raise awareness about sanitation issues in Nepal and also about water shortage in the country-especially in the urban areas. Check it out here: Nepal WASH Blog.