A wave of change

2008 is already turning out to be an eventful year. American election, the historical Constituent Assembly in my home country, Tibet’s march for cultural freedom and so much more. 2008 has heralded an exciting, unpredictable but still a very hopeful beginning. Just till mid-2007, American politics was a complete stranger to me. If it weren’t for the heated forum discussions I wouldn’t have had ever paid attention to what was happening here in the US. Certainly a great time for America to change the course of its history.  The time when a woman is fighting for presidency against her male counterparts. The time when a black man is for the first time running for the same position. At a time when America is changing, its economy taking a downhill with a fear of recession. Never had America needed someone to help save them from the slow-death. And that’s when enters Barrack Obama. Singing the songs of hope and change and yes that Americans can. The fact that he belongs to a very diverse family has helped him make a connection with people across America irrespective of the race. At the same time, Hillary Clinton has been able to strike a chord with many across America. In this election republicans may not necessarily be at an advantage over democrats but we shall see what happens.

Amidst all this- I am also witnessing the results of constituent Assembly that took place on April 10, 2008 back home. The poll date had been postponed twice and this was the third attempt to make it possible. Despite the doubts among the regular crowd and the political pundits. It happened. In fact with less violence than expected and was considered a success. It’s such a  pity that I couldn’t be a part of this event but, still hoping for a great change ahead as I go back to my country for good. Another surprise that hit the nation was the Maoist’s overwhelming success. Well I for one wasn’t. But the news of their win even in the capital city was certainly a stunner. I’m up for anything that could possibly lead our country to a path of development. So I wish a prosperous year ahead for me, my country and everyone around.

The War Room

My horoscope today said, it’s going to be all smiles. Well I admit it – you can’t always trust the planets to predict your future. However, for some bizarre reason. It seemed to come true. First, the work load wasn’t so massive, it was quite fair and manageable. The best part- as I was just about to get ready for the War Room. My colleague said- As he won’t be around, we could do the job sitting in our own respective cubicles.
Okay, the war room. This is one lengthy cleansing process nothing too spiritual but when it comes to our site clean-up project its nothing less than one either. It’s not such a bad project but leaving everything behind for two-hour long grind is at times not fair especially during those days, when you barely even get to breath. Still having said that,  there are some factors that I look forward to this project and they are as follows:

  • Walking up to the third floor (from the ground floor). I take this as a part of my work out process. By the time I reach the destination, I almost go out of breath. Come on lady! our old house in Kathmandu was seven-storey tall. Compared to that,this should have had been a piece of cake – alas! it isn’t.
  • I look forward to contributing to this project that in turn would benefit all the Dynamics partners all over the world.

Anyway, there’s so much to do shall continue next time, if I feel like it.

By Sam Cooke

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown
somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees
Ohhhhhhhhh…..

There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come,
oh yes it will

Oscar Mania

I’m completely with the Writers Guild of America. I respect and support their fight but when it comes to Oscar you’ve got to bow down. I hope they will come up with some kind of agreement to let the Oscar take the stage. Missing Golden Globe was such a slap in the face. If we didn’t get to witness the Oscar night, it would be a big  disappointment to the movie lovers spread across the globe.

It’s always a special treat to witness the stars live just the way they are and just the way we like them.  Movie award shows are quite frankly- very overrated. But could we seriously do without them? Probably not. After all this is one of the few instances among other where we get to see the real human side of the actors. From winning speech to the evening gowns from red carpet moments to the golden statuettes. I would hate it if I didn’t get to witness the oscar this time.

Natalie Portman and her words

“It’s impossible to know the outcome of anything: You have no idea whether the life you impact will go on to bring peace to the Middle East or will go blow up a building.  All you can do is act with the best intention and have faith.” – Natalie Portman. Talking about her involvement with FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance). An organization that helps women all over the world through microfinance. And yes, she originally hails from Israel and can speak fluent Hebrew. Hence, this region has become the reason for her to fight.

Words can be such a powerful tool. Words can empower you, can inspire you and just as easily also defeat you. Words can have such a deep impact at the same time have no impact at all especially in our case where the politicians rant the same rant with no solution in the view.  Still, we never stop looking for words of inspiration, strength and encouragement. I guess that shows the persistent nature of human beings. Getting back to Natalie Portman. There’s something else she said that effected me – ‘It’s not worth living if you don’t feel that you can change something.’ I know she’s no mother Teresa but there was something going on in her head and for some bizarre reason I think I knew exactly what it was. How you express your feelings has everything to do with your life experiences. Portman must have had gone through that phase to have urged her to so strongly express her thoughts.

I hope and pray things will get better back home. It takes years to maneuver the country back to its normal state. It’s even tougher for a war-torn nation. For me it has become a matter of patience, a matter of lets-see-what-happens. I don’t expect a miracle to occur in a day or two but sure hope I’ll be one of the change agents among the millions.