SOCIETY Errors decoded: A new tech savvy world  
As we speak, there are 10 years old primary school children in London staying back after school to begin their basics in computer programming. Similarly, initiatives are being launched across the United States to help adults from different walks of life grasp and exercise the concept of coding. Developed nations as a whole are keen to promote ‘computational thinking’ among their next generation.

These are facts that will surely make the majority of Nepalis squirm in their seats. After all, we’re guilty of neglecting the technology, and by the looks of it, it’s set to cost us big. While our world has become relatively software-dominated, in the bigger picture, we’re pitifully lagging behind in this global race as well. However, that’s not to say that our country doesn’t have enthusiastic and skilled programmers. There are a healthy number of them out there. It’s just that they are still incredibly unappreciated.

  SOCIETY Language barrier forcing Kisan kids out of schools  
Bandhan Kisan, a daily wage earner from the Tirinka Village of Jhapa District never went to school. His parents could not manage to educate him due to extreme poverty. When he got married, Bandhan had a dream: He wanted to see the new generation of his family well educated. Financially, he was in no better condition than his ancestors. Yet he sent all of his kids – four sons and a daughter – to a nearby school and facilitated them in every possible way for their studies. But then, things did not turn up as he expected. One after the other, all of his children dropped out of school. They did not even complete the primary level. He pleaded with them, but they would not listen. He showed batons, but they did not care. Time passed and his kids grew up as well as got married.

Now Bandhan is already a grandfather of quite a few kids. And he, who had seen his dream shattered before his eyes, is once again going through the same pain: even his grandchildren hate going to school. And the old man is little aware of the real factor that is distancing his loved ones from ‘the temple of knowledge.’

  SOCIETY A doctor for all seasons  
For her, her work station is her home and her patients and colleagues are her family members.

Dr Heera Mana Pradhan was in the sixth grade when her father casually asked her what she wanted to become. Without a second thought, she had said ‘A doctor!’ Her father stared, and told her to start studying to achieve her dreams from the very day. “Lucky for me, I was a good student,” she says with a booming laughter that is her trademark.
Decades later, she’s known as a woman who dedicated her life for the benefit of leprosy patients. After working at government hospitals for two decades, she opened Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief (SKLR) in October 2002. “I opened the center from the scratch. We were just one doctor (myself) and seven nurses, and ever since that day, we’ve been serving leprosy patients,” she says proudly.

  SOCIETY The curious case of corruption  

  EXPRESSION Premier Appeal  
It’s difficult being a sports fan in Nepal. The lack of meaningful televised performances of our national teams – barring the occasional regional football tournaments or the exploits of our cricket team – leaves us feeling deprived. We’re reduced to following the sporadic cricketing fare dished out by our southern neighbors in the form of the IPL

  EXPRESSION The mantra for your wife’s happiness  
Unmarried folks can buy their girlfriend chocolates, flowers and gifts and she’ll be happy. If you’re married, your wife will appreciate such gifts but will want much more.

I’ve been married for a year and two months. My wife is tall, dark and beautiful. She’s 5’6”, and by Nepali standards, that makes her taller than the average women of her age. Well, kids nowadays must be eating something else because my niece is only 12 and she is already 5’4”. We only got a bottle of Coke and a packet of Wai Wai if we aced our exams or won a sports event when we were kids. But the Generation Z now like brownies and cheesecake instead of the usual orange ball candies and Khaja biscuit we had then. And pizzas seem to help our kids grow than the usual Pani Puri stuff.

I’m just two inches taller than my wife. She tells me it would’ve been nicer if I was at least 5’10”. Well, I don’t think drinking Complan now would help. The only option would be to go for Height Increase Surgery but I don’t think I would want to cut my bones in two and have it stretched. The only advantage for being that tall would be to change the CFL bulbs in my bedroom without the help of a table or a ladder.

  BOOK CHAT For the love of words  
Writing is a lot of hard work. It not only takes time but research as well.

Janak Raj Sapkota has established himself as a feature writer in Nepali media. Inspired by his decade of experience in journalism, he has even published a book, Jiwan Katipaya. The collection of essays weaves the lives of different people from the city as well as his hometown in the Madhesh.

  REVIEW War and Peace  
The book is an extremely nuanced and bias-free perspective on the Maoist rebellion.

Aditya Adhikari was asked at the Kathmandu launch of The Bullet and the Ballot Box if the new book could be called ‘sympathetic’ to the Maoists. Adhikari, known for his leftist views during his stint first as a writer-reporter at Nation Weekly and then as a columnist at The Kathmandu Post, hesitated.

He need not have. While the book might be interpreted in different ways by people of different persuasions, in my view it is anything but sympathetic to the Maoists.

  Au Revoir, Winter!  
If there’s anything that can bring a massive wave of change in the fashion trends, it’s the summer season. The days of our overcoats and woolly jumpers are certainly numbered. So what’s next? There’s no excuse not to look good as the temperature gradually increases. We’ve found the chicest street style forecast around that should help you carry through the seasonal change and give some inspirations as well.

  LIFESTYLE Places to hang out in Kathmandu Valley  
There seems to be no place in the Kathmandu Valley that hasn’t been breached upon by the ambitious will of a domestic adventurer: That funky restaurant? Oh no, you went there last time with your peeps. That cool place to hang out? Nah, went there for a funny photo shoot with colleagues. Sometimes, it feels as if the Valley is the same old assortment of familiar people and even more familiar settings. But worry not. I guess looking for a needle in the haystack is even better for the true adventurer at heart. The Week, as usual, comes to your aid.

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