ISARD Documentary on Sukdal Irrigation

My first attempt on creating a documentary. 
Kudos to the team at ISARD for their great effort in addressing the water crisis, specially the Women of Dhuskun.

Thanks to all the people who made this documentary possible.
Bivas Neupane and Akriti Shilpakar for the words.
Geeta Neupane for the beautiful voice in narration.
Kishor Maharjan for the wonderful videography.

Please watch and comment. Any feedback is highly appreciated 😀

Chinglish चिङ्ग्लिस्

Chinglish is a portmanteau of the words Chinese & English and refers to either spoken or written English which is influenced by Chinese. Chinglish, which is sometimes called “Chinese English” or “China English”, is the combination of Chinese grammar & English vocabulary.

The origin of Chinglish can be dated back to the mid 17th century when British traders arrived in Southern China. The British and Chinese traders, due to the communication gap, used Chinese pidgin English for their business. Although, later standard English was begun to be taught in China’s education system, Chinese pidgin English couldn’t be eradicated and evolved to take the form of what is now popularly known as Chinglish.

So, what’s the reason behind the existence of Chinglish? The main reason is found to be complexity. Chinese is a very complex language. In fact, it is considered the most complex language of all. So exact & accurate translation of Chinese is a really difficult task. Here’s an example for how difficult Chinese translation can get.

“Yun Zhi Jue Zhong”

The correct translation of this Chinese sentence is

“The way of heaven is profound & mysterious & the way of mankind is difficult. Only if we make a precise & unified plan & follow the doctrine of the mean, can we rule the country well.”

Let’s analyze the figures here. The Chinese sentence has 4 words and the English translation has 37 words. It’s nearly in the ratio of 1:9.If we count the syllables, the Chinese sentence is 4 syllabled while the English translation is composed of 52 syllables. Thats 1:13.

Shocking! right?This shows the complexity of Chinese language and how can we expect ordinary people to make these sorts of translation. This leads to mistakes in translation giving rise to Chinglish.

Confusion is created in translation due to different connotations for same denotation. Verbs like see, watch, read and look have the same word ‘kan’ in Chinese. So “I’m watching a movie” is incorrectly translated as “I’m looking a movie”. Similarly, “Turn on the door” for “Open the door” and “Can you say Spanish” for “Can you speak Spanish”.

Another reason behind the existence of Chinglish is quite interesting. The reason is ‘humor’.The young generation, though realizing the mistakes, find Chinglish interesting and humorous. So they continue using it. They select vocabularies to rhyme their phrase rather than the proper usage.

The linguists say the birth of Chinglish is due to “psychological structure latent in the brain” which Is activated when one attempts to learn a second language. There are several other examples of inter-language like Franglais for French English, Hinglish for Hindi English, Spanglish for Spanish English and many more.

References:
“Chinglish: an illustrated lecture”
by Dr. William Griffin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, St. Charles Community College

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinglish

Some examples of Chinglish Signs

Untitled

Okay, this is called T-I-M-E-P-A-S-S(N its really good!! nice!!)

1. Put your iTunes/ipod/mp3-player/winamp/windows-media-player/whatever on shuffle.”adf”
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the same as well as the person you got the note from.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
The Unknown Soldier (haha)

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Girl (yo ta atti nai bhayo)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Broken Skin (this is getting real funny)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Sunday Bloody Sunday (and today is wednesday)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
I Just Wanna Live (yo chai thik chha)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Lil’ Victa (what’s victa doing in my motto?hahaha)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
If I Fell (song ma ta fell in love thiyo)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
It’s All Too Much (khoi)

WHAT IS 2+2?
Everything (haha)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Breathing Light (hehe, light!!)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Tutu (ha??)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP
Magical Mystery Tour (wow)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
If I Needed Someone (kasto ramro)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Gone (who is gone?? haha!!)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Cloud Number Nine (yo geet bajaune lai ta bhoot banera tarsayera marchhu)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Please Mister Postman (posting gardai basne hola aba)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
I don’t want to spoil the party (la thikai chha)

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Stand by Me (it would be worst if the one standing by me is a ghost)

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Love Me Do (i guess this suggests i’ll die being loved by everyone.hehe)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Hands (no, i love my hands!!!!!)

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
I’ve got a feeling (oh ye, that’s right)

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
The Woman in Me (hahaha!!!)

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
1985 (i was married before i was born?)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Come Away with Me (huh?)

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Thank you for loving me (i guess everyone likes me)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own (maybe the things that i couldn’t do it on my own)

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
No Ceiling (but I have my ceilings all right)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Untitled (what a title for a wonderful note)

Load Shedding Again

With the flood in Koshi, I had thought the load-shedding would end.
But ALAS!!, the flood took away the tower and we are here living a darker life again.

We are going to have a load-shedding of 16 hrs. a week, i.e., more than 2 hrs. daily.

I took a glance at the Nepal Electricity Authorities Website(http://nea.org.np/). It had a schedule for the load-shedding. They had posted an image file(.jpg). The one in nepali was a scan from a paper and the one in english had texts which could hardly be read.
My area is in Group 1 and on Friday(that’s today), my area was supposed to have a power cut at 1930 hrs. I had my mind set to take a light and a book and start reading. But the power doesn’t go down. I waited a while but the power is still there. So I started making a PDF file of the load-shedding schedule.

Here’s the link for download.(If you need one)

Load Shedding Schedule

UNTITLED

17,561,842seconds
292,697 minutes
4878 hours
203 days, 6 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds
6 months, 21 days, 6 hours, 17 minutes, 22 seconds

You might be wondering what these time periods mean.
Even I am amazed to see these numbers. Look at the number of seconds. OMG!! What a huge number it has become. Even the hours has reached 4 digits.

The above numbers indicate the age of my blog. I started my blog on Friday, November 30th, 2007 at 8:16 pm. I did post some articles after that but I couldn’t maintain my blog. The number of posts in my blog couldn’t even touch the lowest of 2 digit numbers. Shame on ME. I really wanted to own a blog of my own. Actually I still want to be a blogger but I don’t know why I can’t. I have several ideas to blog about but something’s stopping me and I am not able to figure out what’s the thing that’s stopping me.

Today, I posted this entry to apologize. Apologize to everyone for not updating my blog. I am really sorry that I couldn’t update my blog. But, I assure you that I’ll be back. I’ll try my best to gain my ability to blog. I would never give up blogging and who knows someday I might turn into a renowned blogger.

Earth at Night

Recently I stumbled upon to a web page titled “Astronomy Picture of the Day” and I couldn’t resist from posting the picture to my blog.

Earth at Night

Credit: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive

Explanation: This is what the Earth looks like at night. Can you find your favorite country or city? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth’s surface, including the seaboards of Europe, the eastern United States, and Japan. Many large cities are located near rivers or oceans so that they can exchange goods cheaply by boat. Particularly dark areas include the central parts of South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The above image is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the orbiting DMSP satellites.

For more Astronomy Picture of the Day goto http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/

Photography

Me and my group of friends have developed a strong interest on photography. We have been searching through the web about photography and experimenting those ideas.
I created this new post on my blog to display some of our works. Hope you like them.

Badam

Deeya

Light

Pimbahal

Everything happens for the Good

Have you ever realized that everything that happens, happens for a reason and that reason is always good. I realized this fact today and my thanks to my dearest friend Ashesh for helping me realize it.

About two months ago(October 27, 2007 to be precise), I had a cycle accident. I broke a chip of bone in my right elbow. I consulted a doctor and he plastered my right arm saying the chip would decay off. I carried the plaster for 3 whole weeks. It was fun also. The best part of it was that nobody asked me to work. I enjoyed my Tihar without having to work. If I hadn’t plastered my hand, I had to do all those works during Tihar. But I got to enjoy my Tihar, ordering my brothers to work properly. Three weeks passed with great fun. It was a really great experience. Then the plaster was removed. I had hard time using my hand properly. I could hardly move my hands. My hand started recovering slowly. Then one day I had an incident that brought a twist in the story.
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