I have just realized that my mind is normally fine, but it gets agitated when it is time to write this blog. That is, of course, due to the Moral Blog Police, and his edict that I should not write about significant things that he does not like reading and is vouched by some weird ethical standard. And I have been thinking, did he even read my blog, or merely looked at the headlines on Facebook and commented based on that? At least, Dr. eX made a specific point, which was misguided (at best). It is the MBP, and I find myself thinking about his identity.
(To capture my state of mind, though I would rather drink tea than take laps.)
He doesn’t seem to be someone I know well, or even a little bit. One of those folks I just happen to accept a Facebook request from, or through some other happenstance. And he could have commented on the blog itself. But nope, what good would it do to tell me not to write about personal significant things in my personal blog if his persona is not highlighted on Facebook. And if he actually reads my blog, I am sure he has also read about how not knowing his identity has troubled me. But it seems that is fine in his bourgeois moral paradigm. So, appealing one last time. And if he is not a he, not middle aged, not Nepali, not Hindu, not upper caste, not of a hilly ethnicity – at least then, I would be really grateful if he disclosed his identity like he made his announcement: as a comment on Facebook. Where my theory about moral policing would be further fine-tuned according to the details of his identity. If the paper is actually ever published, I will make sure to acknowledge him, if not downright dedicate to him.
See, it looks like I have only about 20 readers (which is a bit puzzling, and somewhat discouraging and disappointing for a wannabe writer). Of them, there is the MBP and some people from the colony (or somehow related). And a few people who have already commented about my blog (about always reading what I wrote, or about reading how bored I was) who are basically friends. And at least two people more people who know me only through the blog, who I remember from comments. Hint here to other readers!
I think I am leaving for Kathmandu on Thursday. It is perhaps the restlessness in me, but I am really eager to go to Kathmandu. That would also explain why I was always bored before (see, I can’t even remember where it was that I was bored, or how long ago. I just remember a friend (and prominent human rights activist, just adding that here to pinpoint the person) commenting that she read about me being bored. I still have to understand which things I remember and which things I don’t. I remember that comment, and even who exactly said it, but I don’t remember ever writing that I was bored, or even where it was that I was constantly bored. But of all the factors in the boredom saga, the one that I remember is the activist saying she enjoyed reading about me being bored!
I wonder what my ex-wife will make of this. It is certainly far less significant than what I repeatedly said to her, or about her mother questioning my fundamental beliefs. And back to the Moral Blog Police!
So, will wrap up for today. Hoping for emails. And comments. Things I can refer to, or I have a higher chance of remembering!
Leaving today with this blurb for a book that I found somewhat interesting – Ziauddin Sardar’s latest book, Ways of Being Desi asks some important questions around this; such as ‘How do we define being Desi?’ and ‘What are the actual sights, scents, sounds and tastes-the myriad elements from the South Asian imagination that come together in various combinations to conjure ‘self’ for all of us?’
Articles read: MILTON FRIEDMAN: APOSTLE OF THE FREE MARKET Who was Milton Friedman? This new article examines how Friedman bolstered the image of capitalism while marginalizing all of the destructive aspects… playing a central role in the shift in mainstream political economy from liberal Keynesianism to free-market neoliberalism… his 1951 essay, “Neo-liberalism and Its Prospects”… Daniel Stedman Jones’s has a great book called Masters of the Universe, which examines Hayek and Friedman in the emergence of neoliberalism… Along with Hayek, he believed that people must either submit to the power of the market or the power of the government, constructing a world of dualisms… The only societies that have escaped poverty are those that have capitalism and free trade. https://economic-historian.com/2018/09/milton-friedman/
Venezuela’s Suicide [Lessons From a Failed State] “… eloquent denunciations of inequality, exclusion, poverty, corruption, and the entrenched political elite struck… a penchant for centralizing power and a profound intolerance of dissent… a predatory, extractive oligarchy… desperate people displaced from cities by hunger try their luck in unsafe mines run by criminal gangs under military protection… the Iraqis and the Libyans know only too well: when outside powers overthrow autocrats sitting atop failing states, open-ended chaos is much more likely to follow than stability—let alone democracy… As the center-left “pink wave” of the early years of this century recedes (something I have no knowledge of)” https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/south-america/2018-10-15/venezuelas-suicide?cid=int-now&pgtype=hpg®ion=br1
Nepali: KP Oli ko badak ko? by Milan Pandey, a pretty good article, wish BSP had someone writing in English too. https://nagariknews.nagariknetwork.com/news/60344/
The World’s Most Valuable Parasite Is in Trouble [And so are the livelihoods of the people who depend on it.]… a bag of Cheetos on sticks… It’s a relative of the tropical fungus that turns ants into zombies… yartsa gunbu, from the Tibetan words for “winter worm, summer grass.”… “It’s a classic tragedy of the commons, and one exacerbated by the lack of other opportunities.” https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/10/tibetan-caterpillar-fungus-trouble/573607/?fbclid=IwAR1Xe2kCb_MfpXbvCpq00MJTFJfTh3BC8rcKmxTxZWd9NlzPY6kOqHO-zjU
The world’s OLDEST intact shipwreck: A 2,400-year-old ‘Odysseus’ Greek trading vessel is discovered 1.3 miles down at the bottom of the Black Sea
World’s oldest Buddhist shrine discovered in Nepal Archaeologists say structure inside Mayadevi temple in Lumbini dates from sixth century BC – around the time of Buddha’s birth https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/26/oldest-buddhist-shrine-discovered-nepal