Friday, March 13, 2015
With a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon, fishing was not even boring at all. I opened my favorite snack pack “RUM-PUM” which added flavor to my fishing time but I was eagerly awaiting the pizza for dinner. I heard all day about it and I kept wondering how my friend Christina was going to make it in the woods where we had few survival tools. Despite this, the chocolate pancake she made that morning was one of the best breakfasts I ever had.
Oh Wow! I caught a bass but it was not big enough to feed us so I decided to let it go. I granted his life back but god knows for how long. I had the biggest catch the day before among those fishing. Christina and Pankaj also caught fish that day and we had fish dinner. It is my third cup of Cabernet Sauvignon but I am having no luck with fishing. It is not a warm and pleasant day anyways. I see Christina gathering firewood for dinner and I go to help her out.
Sauhadra is already helping her out by shredding three different cheeses for pizza. She has begun chopping onions, garlic, tomatoes, and red peppers. She stir fries it in a pan. On the top of the tortilla, Sauhadra puts three different cheeses and the stir fried onions, garlic, tomatoes, and red peppers. With the peperoni topping, it looked amazing. Then Christina puts that pizza in the pan and the cheese starts melting.
The melting cheese and the flavor from wood fire added aroma to the pizza. I never had very good pizza and I am not a big fan of pizza. It reminded me of how crazy my high school friends always were to order Pizza whenever we hung out in a restaurant’s in Pokhara.
With the wind breeze, it was already getting cold in Mid-August. We were camping on an island in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or BWCA. It is located in Minnesota in the northern third of the Superior National Forest. Over one million acres in size, the BWCA extends nearly 150 miles along the international border adjacent to Canada's Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCA wilderness contains 1175 lakes varying in size from 10 acres to 10,000 acres, over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. The BWCA wilderness contains the largest contiguous areas of uncut forest remaining in the eastern United States.
After the couple of hours of sun set, there are still some glows of orange lights in the western horizon. Water and trees are silent but we start hearing a “whoooooo” sound. It sounds to me like someone is lost and asking for some help. It is a loon, the state bird of Minnesota. We came to know this when Christina explains. The eerie sound reminds us we are deep in the woods and all we are surrounded by are trees, water, birds and wild creatures. Pankaj and I chased the Loon couple in the afternoon to take some pics.
Bon fire, darkness, no means of communication, and the smell, reminds me of my mamaghar in Syanga when I was little. I used to get scared every night with the sound coming from the jungle close by. Tonight I feel like I am very close to the nature and I am really connected to it. Finally at around 11, inside my tent, I recalled all the events of the day, all those amazing places we went, and the Pizza which I decided to call “Paddle Pizza in the Woods”.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
National Astronomy Olympiad: The National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO) Program is jointly designed by Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and ESPRO Foundation to encourage Nepalese students with good foundations in Physics and Mathematics and an interest in Astronomy to pursue their further studies in this field.
Vision: School students will be empowered to recognize and comprehend the celestial objects inhabiting our universe and their association with the evolution and preservation of our lives on earth thereby dispelling superstitious beliefs of their influences prevailing in our society.
Mission: School students will be trained to be abundantly versed with astronomy for logically convincing and communicating with any member of local or international society on the importance and indispensability of cosmic entities dwelling in our universe.
Goal: Our goal is to impart school students with sufficient knowledge on basic astronomy to recognize and understand the heavenly entities for enabling them to participate in annual International Astronomy Olympiad. Objective: School Students will be selected, prepared, facilitated and qualified for their successful participation in annual international astronomy Olympiad.
National Astronomy Olympiad 2014 (NAO-2014) NAO-2014 is the first National Astronomy Olympiad in Nepal held during January-June, 2014. Selection Round Examination held on March 22, 2014 has total of 131 applicants at its six different examination centers at Damak, Chitwan, Kaski, Syangja and Dang respectively. Though we announced 15 top students from the selection round examination will be qualified for closed camp sessions, we announced the list of 20 students for the second round: closed camp session. The Closed Camp Session was divided into two sections: Pre-Closed Camp Session (Online) and Closed Camp Session in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the Pre-Closed Session, students were provided three different assignments in May 2014. Closed Camp Session was held in Kathmandu during June 1-7, 2014. Only 12 students qualified from this session to Closed Camp, held in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the Closed Camp Session in Kathmandu, vigorous evaluation of the selected students was carried out and 5 Outstanding Students were announced during second week of June, 2014. We are pleased to announced the first National Team to International Olympiad in Astronomy & Astrophysics (IOAA) from Nepal as follows:
Mr. Ashirbad Acharya
Mr. Kiran Adhikari
Mr. Bibek Kumar Pandit
Mr. H C Regan Babu Bhatta
Mr. Prabesh Koirala
First National Delegation will be lead by Mr. Suresh Bhattarai and co-lead by Ms. Manisha Dwa at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) NAO-2014 Organizing Committee: Rishi Shah, Chair - Rishi Shah, academician at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), has been promoting astronomy outreach in Nepal since 1980s. He has been actively promoting astronomy outreach working with youths during the decades.Not only is he a regular astronomical columnist at The Rising Nepal, but also has his own weekly radio talk at Radio Sagarmatha 102.4 MHz FM.
Suresh Bhattarai, Program Coordinator - Suresh Bhattara is co-founder and secretary of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO). He is also working as Chairman at EurAstro World and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC), global non-governmental organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.
Manisha Dwa, Member - Manisha Dwa is currently persuing her M.Sc. in Physics with majors: Astrophysics and Plasma Physics at Department of Physics, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhra, Nepal. She is working as Project Coordinator at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO).
Kishor Acharya,Member - Kishor Acharya is currently studying M.Sc. Physics at St. Xavier's College, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is working as Program Coordinator at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO). He is also National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) to Nepal. He is also an Immediate Past President of Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town, RI District 3292, Nepal and Bhutan and acting as Partner in Service Officer for RI District 3292, Nepal and Bhutan.
Devraj Sapkota, Member - Devraj Sapkota, M.Sc. Physics, is Coordinator of Department of Physics, Damak multiple Campus, Damak, Jhapa. He is also a coordinator of Damak Astronomical Society (DASO), eastern chapter of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) to promote astronomy and space science ooutreach, education and research in Eastern Development Region of Nepal.
Sujan Regmi, Member - Sujan Regmi is a founder and current President of Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS).He is a graduate student of Physics from Prthvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara affiliated to Tribhuvan University. He has an experience of teaching secondary level science.He is currently working in Chhunumunu Publication Limited in Pokhara as an administrative officer.
Mahesh Thakuri, Member - Mahesh Thakuri received Bachelor degree in physics from Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara. He is founder vice president of Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS). His interest lies in telescope operation, observational astronomy and outreach. Jeevan Lamsal, Member - Jeevan Lamsal is a graduate student of Physics from Prthvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara affiliated to Tribhuvan University. He is a science educator from the last three years in Pokhara. He has an experience of three years teaching science and astronomy in high school. He is a founder and secretary of Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS).
Bikal Ghimire, Representative: Chitwan District - Bikal Ghimire is an youth activist persuing bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science at Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Rampur Campus. He is the founder President at SOS HGS Alumni Association Bharatpur that works as a helping hand of SOS Herman Gmeiner School Bharatpur regarding various programs and aims to work on social service as well. He is Joint Secretary of Leo Club of Bharatpur which aims to serve the society with the motto "We Serve".
Suman Gautam, Representative: Kaski & Syagja Districts - Suman Gautam is a founder and former President of Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS), Western Chapter of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) to promote astronomy and space science , outreach education and research in western Region. He is pursing his M.Sc. physics from Tribhuvan University Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal. He is also the science communicator of Revo Science Media from the Western Region, Nepal and working as the vice chairman of Global hands on Universe Nepal Chapter.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
जीवन मा ठुला ठुला सपना देख्छौ हामी, सधै बाची रहन पाउ भन्छौ हामी, कहिल्ले पनि दुइ हात थपेर माग्न नपरोश भन्छौ हामी | तर म मेरा यी दुवै हातहरु तपाई हरु सामु फैलाउदै छु फेरी एक पटक | धेरै पटक मैले मेरो हात फैलौदा मन खुसी भएको छ, भन्ने ले कस्तो " माग्ने जस्तो " पनि भन्छन होला | साएद आफु भोको, नाङ्गो हुदोहू त माग्ने थिईन होला, फेरी अरु कै लागी माग्दै छु आज पनी| हरी के. सी . भाई लाई क्यान्सर भएको थाहा पाए, मन एक पटक रोयो | महादेव सर संग कुरा गर्दा उस्को उपचार भैराखेको पनी थाहा पाए | निकै महँगो हुन्छ येश्को उपचार | उनी पोखरा बासी मात्र होइनन , म संगै स्कूल पढेका र निकै मेहनती बिद्यार्थी हुन् | कोरिया पुगेका थिए रे , त्येस्तो भएछ, त्यहाँ का नेपाली ले पनी सहयोग गरेछन | अहिले उनी उपचार को खोजि मा भारत मा छन् | तिहार जस्तो चाडमा हामी आफ्नै रौनक मा ब्येस्त छौ, उनी भने अस्पताल मा, अनि उपचार को निम्ति पैसा को खोजीमा | तपाइले पुकार्ने भगवान लाई एकपटक हरी भाईको स्वस्थ लावको पनी प्राथना गरि दिनु हुन्छ ? म मेरा दुइ हात थापेर उनको लागी केहि सहयोग माग्दै छु, तपाई संग, स्वीकार गर्नु हुन्छ ? येदी गर्न चाहनु हुन्छ भने मलाई खबर गर्नु होला | तपाइको एक कप कफी को पैसाले कशैको ज्यान जोगिन सक्छ | धन्यबाद https://www.facebook.com/hari.kc.31?fref=ts