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Teacher Training

Some Light Magic at Karkhana!

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn audio recording of some light magic I “performed” in front of Karkhana science teachers. . . . → Read More: Some Light Magic at Karkhana!

Nepal Education

Old Habits Die Hard…in Nepali Public Schools

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn most government (public) schools in Nepal, children are taught to memorize and regurgitate materials from a really early age, like second grade. One of the ways the children do that is by reading aloud, a practice that harks back all the way to the days of Aryan-Sanskritic education system prevalent in the Indian Subcontinent long before the modern system of education was introduced. Here’s an example. . . . → Read More: Old Habits Die Hard…in Nepali Public Schools

In & Around Kathmandu

Miss Nepal: “Be Beautiful…Be The Change”

Reading Time: 13 minutesWhy do most of the contestants and winners of Miss Nepal beauty pageant belong to BCN (Bahun Chhetri Newar) trio of ethnicities?
My tentative answer is that they are the most privileged groups in the country, and the pageant is of the BCN, by the BCN, for the BCN! . . . → Read More: Miss Nepal: “Be Beautiful…Be The Change”

Social Media

“Believing is Seeing!”

Reading Time: 4 minutesA twitter user sees in charts showing the breakdown of beauty pageant contestants, winners and judges, what he believes about the kind of person I am. . . . → Read More: “Believing is Seeing!”

Mustang District, Nepal, Presentations & Speeches

Dhaulagiri Boarding School: If I did…Why not You?

Reading Time: 1 minuteMy attempt at inspiring students at Dhaulagiri Boarding School in Jomsom, a village in my home District of Mustang, to pursue their dreams, to break out of the limitations and constraints imposed on them by Nepalese culture and society. . . . → Read More: Dhaulagiri Boarding School: If I did…Why not You?

Nepal Education

My My, Hey Hey, My English Book Has It Yay!

Reading Time: 2 minutesSome issues with Grade 3 My English Book, a book for eight-year old children attending government (public) schools in Nepal. . . . → Read More: My My, Hey Hey, My English Book Has It Yay!

Teacher Training

Everyday Science: Assessing for Success

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere are the details from the last of the seven-session US Embassy’s Book Bus (Science) Teacher Empowerment Program, Everyday Science: Learn, to Teach; Teach, To Learn. . . . → Read More: Everyday Science: Assessing for Success

Musings, Satire

Kathmandu, want to go on a white-people watching vacation? We have the perfect destinations for you!

Reading Time: 2 minutesA holiday package like no other, a holiday package to go watch white people!! . . . → Read More: Kathmandu, want to go on a white-people watching vacation? We have the perfect destinations for you!

Equality

Hall of Shame III

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis series is about Nepal needing a revolution…a revolution of the mind.
Here’s more of one of many MANY reasons why. . . . → Read More: Hall of Shame III

Social Justice, Structural Issues

Unleashing Nepal: The History of Rent-seeking Mentality

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis section from Unleashing Nepal describes how the Birta and Jagir systems implemented by Prithvi Narayan Shah created cultural practices and values and shaped some of the attitudes of the upper caste males of the Brahmin, Chhettri and some Newar castes, which, still prevalent in one form or another, has been and continues to also be an impediment to social, economic and political progress. (Another consequence of the systems were to impoverish and marginalize the indigenous population of the country.) . . . → Read More: Unleashing Nepal: The History of Rent-seeking Mentality

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