Reality Bites

Monday, April 30, 2007

बेलायती राजदुतको नास्ता स्याफ्रुबेसिमा !!!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Loktantra : Remembering a year back

I think that this photograph is not representing the blacky sky of Kathmandu during movement of People's war for democracy. After one year of Baishakh 11, I have taken this photograph on the different occasion at Rasuwa, but it still reminds me the sky, when we were fighting for LOKTANTRA.


Sunday, April 15, 2007


I read too much. • I listen to NPR, and the only TV I see on a regular basis is CNN headline news. • I used to fight with my dad to be the first to read all the sections of the local newspaper — except sports. • When I was little I wanted to be an artist. • I'm one of seven kids. • I'm a reporter at a newspaper. • I don't just think the Internet is the future, I think it's now.
• I began teaching myself HTML at age 10. • As a young girl I would leave our table at restaurants and walk up to strangers to say hello. • I picked journalism as a major expecting to fail. • My dream jobs are producing content for the and writing for WIRED magazine. • I love what I do.
Go Ahead.....

For much of my young life I was the anti-journalist. I struggled with spelling and punctuation. My knowledge of grammar was limited to tidbits of “Conjunction Junction” and “Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here,” basically what I could remember of School House Rock from sixth grade. I also couldn’t have called to order a pizza without an anxiety attack, let alone call a stranger and ask questions he or she would prefer not to answer.
The truth is, I’ve come a long way in a short time.

Journalism as a career didn’t cross my mind until the 11th grade, when my government teacher, after reading my essay about the state of the American education system, told me he thought I’d “make one hell of a journalist.” I shrugged it off at the time. But then, as I began to seriously consider my college and career options, it came back to me.

As a student my strengths had always been science and math. I was extremely interested in technology, especially the Web, but the idea of spending all day tethered to a computer held little appeal for me. I wanted to help people in a more direct way, and journalism was about the people.

At first I told no one. I accepted the science awards, aced AP calculus and quietly sent off my college applications with journalism circled as my major. My parents had always told me they’d support me in anything.
But when I told them I wanted to be a reporter, my father stormed off and told me to talk to my uncle, a journalism graduate currently employed as a waiter. My mother gave a wan smile and basically said she wanted me to be happy. A writer hadn’t been the plan for their smartest kid, the one who should have gone on to medical or law school.

Although I’m positive I would have made an amazing scientist or computer programmer, I don’t regret the decision I made to choose journalism. At the time, I fully expected to fail in the program, to change my major a few times and to succumb to the inevitable and go into science. But I didn’t. Instead, I found something I was intensely passionate about. I also learned that I could have the best of both worlds. I could cover topics such as technology or incorporate my Web background into the campus magazines as the Webmaster.

My inquisitive nature, which made me so good at science, and my unwillingness to give up on a problem, which helped me shine in math, have both worked in my favor as a journalist. I still love a good problem, and I still see things every day and wonder why. But now, I have the tools and courage to find out why and to help others solve their problems, too.


I talk fast. And that makes it difficult when you introduce yourself and people misunderstand you. I say, “Meranda.” They hear Brenda, Amanda, Sandra, Briana, or any other concotion of a female name that is multiple syllables and ends in a. I always correct them, “No, Meranda. As in the Miranda Rights.”

That’s where the title for this Web site came from. Meranda may be my name, but writing and reporting is what I live for. I thought it was a clever pun, and after conferring with a few friends who reassured me it wasn’t too over the top, I registered the domain and got to work. This site will house my resume and work, journalistic mostly, and a blog where I’ll write about whatever strikes me on that given day.


Friday, April 13, 2007

हिसिलाको हौसला ।

नेपाल इन्जिनियर एसोसिएसनको दसौ राष्ट्रिय सम्मेलनको आज समापन गर्दै भौतिक योजना र निर्माण मन्त्रीको जिम्बेदारी सम्हालेकी ने क पा माओबादीकी नेत्री हिसिला यमीले ध्वस्त गर्ने हातहरुले निर्माण पनि गर्नसक्ने बताएकी छन् ।

पुर्व पश्चिम , उत्तर दक्षिण सडक निर्माण गर्दा छिमेकी देशबाट आफ्नो अनुकुलको ठाउमा मात्र लगानी एवम् हस्तक्षेप् गर्ने कुरा गलत भएको उल्लेख गर्दै उनले देसको रणनैतिक् उदेश्यले बाटो तराई हुदै, कि पहाड हुदै कताबाट लाने हो त्यो नेपाली जनताले निर्णय गर्ने कुरा रहेको बताइन ।' रोल्पाको आधार सिविरमा यिनै कलिला हातहरुले ९३ कि मी को बाटो खनेका छन्' आर्किटेक्ट् इन्जिनीयर समेत् रहेकि उनले भनिन ' साथै उपचारको लागि क्षेत्रीय अस्पतालको समेत् निर्माण गर्यौ । ''भ्रष्टाचार पुरै हटछ त म् भन्दिन' बिच बिचमा निकै भावुक् हुदै सहभागी इन्जिनीयरहरुलाई सचेत् समेत् गर्दै उनले भनिन् ' तर यसमा कमी आउने म ठोकुवा गर्छु।'

धेरै पटक काठमान्डु केन्द्रीत सामन्ती राज्यसत्ताको बिरोध् गर्दै उनले क्षेत्रीय, प्रान्तीय् र जातीय सँघात्मक ब्यबस्थाले जनताले बिकासमा चासो देखाउने हुदा भ्रष्टाचारमा कमी आउने बताइन्।

कार्यक्रममा कोरियाका प्रोफेसर् जेम्सले केपिएल् ट्राङ्गलको अवधारणा प्रस्तुत् गरेका थिए । जसमा काठमान्डु, पोखरा र लुम्बिनिको बिचको ठाउ चितवनलाई हब सिटीको रुपमा बिकास गर्नुपर्ने छ । तिनै सहरलाई पर्यटकको केन्द्रबिन्दु बनाउदै चितवनमा अन्तराष्ट्रिय बिमानस्थल निर्माण गर्नुपर्ने उनको सुझाव थियो ।

कार्यक्रम सकिएपछि बिरेन्द्र अन्तराष्ट्रिय सम्मेलन केन्द्र परिसरमा भएको सास्कृतिक् सभा र खानपानमा माओबादी मन्त्रीकै उपस्थितिमा रक्सी, वाइन् र बियरको बिक्री बितरण आयोजकबाट गरिएको थियो ।

मन्त्रीलाई चिनौमा हिसिला यमीबारे मेरो सँसार
Engineers' Meet to be Held in April


पहिलो अन्तराष्ट्रिय प्रतियोगितामा सहभागी नेपाली रोबोट् ।

नेपालले पहिलो पटक सन् २००१ मा जापानको कोरियामा सहरमा आयोजित् एन् एच् के रोबोकनमा सहभागी भएको थियो ।
यस प्रतियोगितालाई नेपाल न्युज् डट् कम् र नेपाल समाचारपत्र दैनिकले पहिलो पृष्ठमा एङ्कर न्युज दिएको थियो । गुगलको जादु नै भनु सर्च् गर्दा यो पुरानो इतिहास सम्झाउने फोटो भेटेकोले यहा रखेको छु ।
यसमा रहेका दायाबाट क्रमस: रमेश् चौधरी, यम प्रसाद चापागाई, दिपेश थापा र सुरज पाण्डे रहेका छन् । यसमध्ये रमेश भने पुल्चोकको रोबोटिक्स् क्लबमा हालसम्म पनि सँलग्न छन् ।


Thursday, April 12, 2007

HNY2064 from highlands !!!!

The New Year lies before you
Like a spotless tract of snow
Be careful how you tread on it
For every mark will show.

Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions
1) Lose weight.
2) Stop smoking.
3) Stick to a budget.
4) Save more money.
5) Find a better job.
6) Become more organized.
7) Exercise more.
8) Be more patient at work/with others.
9) Eat better.
10) Become a better person.
Mine are 3, 6, 7,10, What are yours?


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Story of a Photographer !!!

© Toledo Blade/The Plain Dealer
The March 31, 2007 front pages of The Toledo Blade and The Cleveland Plain Dealer featured similar photos of the Bluffton University baseball team. In the Blade's photo, the legs behind the number 19 banner were erased.
Blade photographer Allan Detrich says he sent the altered file to his editors by mistake. The legs are visible in The Plain Dealer's photo, which was not altered.
(The colors of the two photos don't match because the newspapers use different methods of publishing their front pages online.)
I have lived the life of Journalism for the last 25 years. I have seen alot of changes, some good and some bad.
I have shot millions of photos over my career and loved most every minute of it. I have covered events that most people would give their right arm to be at; let alone on the sidelines or sitting right down front.
I have photographed every President since Reagan, and shook hands with many. I have traveled to Japan, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Panama for stories. I have lived a full journalistic life. ( ...more)


Monday, April 09, 2007

“the world’s greatest superpower: Mother Nature”

Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly has won 2005's World Press Photo for the photograph shown here, taken in an emergency feeding centre in Niger.

"This picture has haunted me ever since I first saw it two weeks ago. It has stayed in my head, even after seeing all the thousands of others during the competition. This image has everything — beauty, horror and despair. It is simple, elegant and moving."
James Colton, chairman of the jury