Sunday, September 23, 2012

Protesting Ex-King Gyanendra's Movements - Misplaced Priorities

An interesting news item caught my eyes lately. Former King Gyanendra Shah had planned to visit a few districts in Central-Western Nepal. It was a religious trip, or so he claimed.

Firs let;s go back about five years. Our "world class" politicians, who have failed to produce a constitution primarily because the major parties were unable (or unwilling) to agree on certain "thorny" issues, claimed that the king and palace were so unpopular that Nepalis would rejoice when monarchy was abolished. They also guaranteed that since all ills of Nepal were caused by the monarchy, Nepal's path to prosperity would be clear and rapid when monarchy fell. And, indeed, monarchy fell!

Fast forward to today and, in a rare show of unity, the UML, Maoists, and Nepali Congress decided to call bandhs in the districts that the ex-king were scheduled to visit. Never mind that Gyanendra is now a common citizen guaranteed by the constitution (ooops, we don't have one) and the laws to be able to freely travel within his own country. Never mind, also, that despite the abolition of monarchy, Nepal's ills are still very much alive and kicking. And, did I mention that despite five years of trying, we still don't have a constitution?

Why are the politicians scared of Gyanendra? After all, wasn't he and his family the source of every problem in Nepal? And, by their own claims, wasn't (or isn't) he hated so much by Nepali's that he was forced to vacate his title overnight? Never mind that the body  (CA) that ratified the decision to abolish monarchy proved to be so inept that it had to be dissolved without  having accomplished anything.

Back to the protests about Gyanendra's religious visit. If the politicians are to be believed (that the king was so bad) it is akin to Apple protesting a Chinese company coming out with the "Hi-Phone." And, where was this unity when it came to constitution drafting? One word that keeps on coming to my mind is INEPT. If you are incompetent, your best is so bad that you're always afraid of someone else upstaging you. Isn't that what's happening here? What better an example of misplaced priorities than this?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Nepali Bhitte Patro Calendar - 2069

Update (Feb 24, 2013): Nepali Calendar 2070 important dates now posted!

Some may call it Nepali Calendar while others might call it Nepali Patro or Bhitte Patro. And there are so many different ones available – Jagadamba, Toyanath Pant, and many others.

In any case, I wanted to get my hands on one, and searched a lot on the web. I wanted to get some Nepali dates and tithis. There are some online Nepali calendars, but they were not detailed enough. For example, is the correct purnima on a Friday or Saturday? Or is my Nepali birthday on the 10th or the 11th? How about when Fulpati, Dashain Tika, Laxmi Pooja, or Bhai Tika is? I couldn’t accurately answer these questions unless I was looking at a bhitte patro (or, a  regular, pocket patro).

So the question was where could I find the Nepali Bhitte Patro Calendar for 2069? As I mentioned above, I looked around a lot without much success. However, someone I knew had received a link for a 2069 Bhitte Patro in his Facebook account. He sent it to me and I downloaded the PDF version. It’s a copy of the Jagadamba Bhitte Patro – 2069.

So here I am… I’ve uploaded the PDF here and you too can download the Nepali Calendar. It’s designed very well and is quite extensive. Download your 2069 Nepali Patro today. It's around 6MB, so have patience if your internet connection is slow.

Some Important Dates in 2069 B.S. (2012 - 2013)

EventNepali DateEnglish Date
New Year's DayBaishakh 1April 13
Mata Tirtha (Mother's Day)Baishakh 9April 21
Buddha JayantiBaishakh 24May 6
Ganatantra Diwas (Republic Day)Jestha 15May 28
Guru PurnimaAshadh 19July 3
Ghantakarna - Gathe MangalShrawan 2July 17
Nag PanchamiShrawan 9July 24
Janai Purnima - Raksha BandhanShrawan 18August 2
Gai JatraShrawan 19August 3
Krishna JanmashtamiShrawan 25August 9
Kushe Aunshi (Father's Day)Bhadra 1August 17
Haritalika - TeejAshwin 2September 18
Rishi PanchamiAshwin 4September 20
Indra JatraAshwin 13September 29
Ghatasthapana (Dashain Begins)Ashwin 30October 16
Fulpati (7th day of Dashain)Kartik 5October 21
Maha Ashtami (8th day of Dashain)Kartik 6October 22
Maha Nawami (9th day of Dashain)Kartik 7October 23
Bijaya Dashami (10th day of Dashain)Kartik 8October 24
Kojagrat Purnima (Dashain ends)Kartik 13October 29
Deepawali - Laxmi PoojaKartik 28November 13
Gai TiharKartik 29November 14
Bhai TikaKartik 30November 15
Chhat ParbaMangshir 4November 19
Bibah PanchamiPoush 2December 17
Christmas DayPoush 10December 25
National Unification DayPoush 27January 11
Maghe SakrantiMagh 1January 14 (2013)
Shahid Diwas (Martyrs' Day)Magh 16January 29
Basanta PanchamiFalgun 4February 15
Democracy DayFalgun 7February 18
Women's DayFalgun 25March 8
Maha ShivaratriFalgun 27March 10
Fagu Purnima (Holi)Chaitra 13March 26
Holi in TeraiChaitra 14March 27
Ghode JatraChaitra 28April 10
New Year's Day - 2070Baishakh 1April 14