Ground Control to Major Tom

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satellite dishes at Nepal Television

This picture was taken during our short visit to Nepal Television during MSNG Kathmandu. The visit to the state owned television station was quite insightful as we got to know that the TV station still used VHS tapes and technologies from late 90s and early 2000s to operate. Though there have been plans on upgrading the equipments as Nepal Television plans to operate full HD by the end of 2018, it still looks a far fetched dream to me.

The first Television station in Nepal, Nepal Television serves as a pioneer in Television and News broadcaster in the country. I would certainly be glad if they improved upon their services and have their equipments upgraded as soon as possible.

Brilliant Bremen

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Bremen, a small and beautiful city in the Northern Germany. Taken during our trip to Bremen last year, we got to visit few of Bremen’s landmark. Our visit to Radio Bremen was quite productive as we got to get hands on experience on how a major media house works in Germany. I’d definitely want to visit the city sometime later in my life.

Illusive Ilam

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Took this photo while walking towards the Ilam view tower on the top of the hill. I was waiting for the fog to cover the whole hill while it just blew over the top. To be inside the chilly fog while exploring Ilam was one of the best feelings of the school trip. The staircase to the top seems to make the landscape even more appealing with the yellow paint over its railings.

Though the fog didn’t let us get the proper view of Ilam bazar, the very same fog did create a breathtaking feeling for us to get lost into. East never ceases to amaze me!

Ilam – Where the Tea Comes from

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Goodmorning folks, here’s a pic from Ilam, the tea capital of our small himalayan country. Known for its exquisite tea gardens, this eastern town didn’t fail to mesmerise me with its constant foggy weather and delicious tea.

I would definitely recommend a visit to Ilam for its serene landscapes as it would surely serve as a perfect getaway for a day or two.

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I had never been to the Eastern Part of Nepal ever in my life. Having been there for the first time, that too with a bunch of misfits of a friends from school was one heck of an experience. From the foggy Ilam to Muddy Hiley, Taplejung and the hot Itahari, the trip did help all the students from the Media Studies Department (Kathmandu University) to socialise and get to know each other.

The annual school trip has always been the event where everyone gets to know one other and this year was not different from the past. From the enthusiastic first years, barely present second years, reckless third years and lastly the relaxing fourth years, all the groups of students seemed to have enjoyed the trip to the fullest while also learning about the local elections which was about to be held in few weeks.

Terrific Taplejung

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Terrific Taplejung

A gem in the eastern part of Nepal, Taplejung district is famous for it’s proximity around Mount Kanchanjanga, the third tallest peak in the world and other terrific spots like Pathibhara and the elongated stretch of Phungling bazar.

Also known for the cash crop of Aiselu ( I have know idea what it is called in English). the district produces over 4 tonnes of the herb in a year. One shouldn’t miss out on the local Mustange alcohol (trust me it is goood) when visiting Phungling bazar.

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Captured during MSNG’s visit to the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located at Namobuddha following a short hike to Namobuddha from Dhulikhel.

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This image was taken for a profile shoot for MSNG (Media School Nepal Germany) in Kathmandu University School of Arts. Lena, who has been a very close and wonderful friend ever since we met in Wilhelmshaven last summer, wanted to do something new with the murals in my school. Surprisingly, it was the shortest of all the profile shoots, which only took about 10-15 seconds. Perfectly aligned and positioned with the mural, this particular image surprised us big time!

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It has been a while since I have updated my blog. Have been quite occupied with loads of personal as well as academic matters for the past few months. It has certainly not been very easy for me to overcome all the tragedies and losses this year but at the same time, this year made me believe in my dreams as I got to experience a lot of things and meet a lot of new friends so far.

I will be posting at least three or four posts per week in the upcoming weeks to keep you updated as well as to share the things I learnt in the past few months.

Thus, Live Your Dreams, for it will come true if you do not stop working on it!

Saarangi is a folk Nepalese string instrument, also very popular as a folk musical instrument in Northeast India. Unlike the classical Indian sarangi which has many sympathetic strings which are not bowed, the Nepali has only four strings, all of which are played. Traditionally in Nepal, sarangi was only played by people of Gandarva or Gaine caste, who sing narrative tales and folk song. However, in present days, it is widely used and played by many.

Of all Nepalese musical instruments, it is said to get closest to the sound of the human voice. Carved from a single block of wood, the Sarangi has a box – like shape, usually round two feet long and around half a foot wide. It has no fingerboard and usually three or four gut strings, which are bowed with a horse – tail fiddle and “stopped” not with the finger – tips but with the nails. The name SARANGI is derived from the world “Sau Rangi”, which means “Hundred Colored”, describing its ability to convey a wide range of mood and emotion. Similar musical instrument can be found in other parts of the world. For example: the western violin. Sarinda, the Indian musical instrument probably is the closest in resemblance to the Sarangi. In Nepal Sarangi is mostly played by Gandharva a caste which earns their living by playing Sarangi Instrument. The Gandharvas learn to sing their unique songs and play the Sarangi in a traditional way – elders pass on their skills to younger generations. The Sarangi is most popular in Nepal and North India.

saarangi by nischhal pradhan