Trust what you are going through now as it is destined to bring you to the brighter side of yourself. Trust that the hard choices you have to make align with who you are and who you want to become. Trust that your decisions and actions will only bring you closer to you and your purpose. It may be hard to believe that life has so much to offer you right now but believing in yourself, your potential is your greatest achievement.
Founder & Managing Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
My mind is currently starting to get in a state of flow. Dashain is a momentum killer. It always has been – for work, for hobbies, for love. But now that the festivities are over, life is slowly getting back in flow. Work is catching speed, hobbies are resurfacing to consistency, and love has come home again. It looks like Nepal is also starting to get into the flow of elections, each one equipped with a power to change futures. For Nepal too, the momentum must carry on.
Evolution is the reason of human resilience and survival. As we grow, we change, we adapt and we evolve. My life currently has been a myriad of such changes.
My role in festivals is not the same. From Dakshina receiver to Dakshina giver, an added layer of responsibility towards family and my younger kin has been levied on me. Dashain is not a carefree festival for me anymore, it is the time of maximum responsibility.
My family has evolved. My grandparents passing has now made Kathmandu my “mul ghar”, Dashain responsibility now extends to having Navaratri puja and growing jamara in Kathmandu, a feat we never had to worry about before. My parents have shouldered the responsibility of being guardians and I, the witness to these changes. With wisps of memories of my grandparents’ blessings, I received this year’s tika. It is definitely not the same.
Alongside festivities, an addition to my state of mind has been politics and governance. With elections right around the corner and me being involved in voter education campaigns, I am constantly engaged in research and dialogues (sometimes heated ones) on our country’s leadership. My “guff” buddies are now my parents, uncle and aunties, and entertaining talks are now related to politics. Who would’ve imagined! Definitely not the same!
Prakriti Bhattarai Basnet
Elections are coming and with continuous social media engagement, I can’t get away from the constant bombardment of news. It’s exciting and it’s tiring. It makes me anxious but equally thrilled.