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“The people in power had everything delivered at their doorsteps while the poor were begging for a tarpaulin during the unforgiving monsoon”.

So I hear Netflix went global this year, expanding their services to an additional 130 countries including Nepal. YouTube now has a dedicated homepage for our country. And of course, how can we forget the LPG coming to our houses via pipeline. This year has toppled our country’s economy from rock bottom to whatever’s below that. The earthquake, the blockade and the black-marketing that followed was a complete nightmare. Despite the setbacks, we were able to find some silver linings. Let’s see how far we’ve come.

Even during the post-earthquake crisis, the people in power had everything delivered at their doorsteps while the poor were begging for a tarpaulin during the unforgiving monsoon. Homes turned to debris, cheeks as moist as a cold toad’s skin, but still the vultures gathered to clink glasses full of imported beverages. Normalcy restored faster for those higher up the social ladder. The ones that are considered to be at the bottom of the social ladder are still struggling. The calendar that showed the date of the disaster may have left our walls but the pain remains. While we’re struggling to gather sufficient amount of basic needs, the crowd has set unrealistic goals far beyond our bounds of necessity.

 

Let’s go back to November 2015. Imagine a common Nepali man, Rambahadur, a regular bike owner trying to survive in the capital, who has two options – either he stays in line for almost three days for five liters of petrol or pays half of his salary to the black-marketeers just to get his engines running and get to work on time. Choosing the latter, he sacrifices half of his salary convincing himself how everything is going to be alright. The bike now makes weird noises, shows signs of malfunction and half of his fuel turns to smoke in the midst of a traffic jam. Ridiculous as it sounds, we have heavy traffic during fuel crisis.

For once, he thought everyone was in his situation. For once, he thought everyone was equal during that ungodly hour. Everyone was walking the same road with the same shoes but no. Never were we equals and never will we be. Equality has always been an illusion.

Going back to Netflix, a multinational provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, which got launched in our country. But then, we can torrent everything and watch pirated copies. Some days, having to pay 25 rupees for a packet of Wai Wai is difficult enough. How can I possibly justify paying for something which I can download for free?

Going back to Netflix, a multinational provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, which got  launched in our country. But then, we can torrent everything and watch pirated copies. Some days, having to pay 25 rupees for a packet of Wai Wai is difficult enough.

However, I have stopped myself from wasting more of my not-so-precious time and tried to analyze, some real problems. We have other “important” matters to take care of like LPG via pipeline, owning merchant vessels, banning sport activities in the capital and the egregious list goes on. Let us stop wasting time and resources for all the things that we think that we need. Let’s stop drifting away from reality and push ourselves towards equality.

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