The Year 2065 was worth cheers. If I say it was not good, I will have no year in my life that has ever been better. Most of my acquaintances know the following:
Beginning: Elected as the executive member of the Society of Nepali Writers in English
Jestha-Asar: Completion of M.Phil Thesis
Asar: Promotion to Assistant Professor
Asar-Shrawan: Participation in Study of the United States Institutes on Journalism and Media, University of Florida
Bhadra: Thesis defense, M.Phil completed in Dean’s List (GPA 3.98)
Bhadra: Birth of the second son
Bhadra: National Education Award
Magh: Purchased Land in Dhulikhel
Magh-Falgun: Participation in SAUFEST-IV, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Chaitra: Membership offered in the Board of Advisors, The Asian Congress for Media and
I have reasons to be satisfied. I would say, 2065 was the most productive year of my life. I have been more into creative works, mainly poetry. I have written a substantial number of experimental poems, some of which have been posted in facebook also. Others are being published along with those of my NWEN colleagues. I am updating my M.Phil thesis into a book though a bit slow to complete it.
There has been a significant change in my study thrust. I am more into literature now. Though cultural studies features most in my daily discourses, I see literature to have greater scope for most of my intellectual pursuits. I have recently planned to try working with digital/visual poetry. Work is underway.
I did not compose songs and get popular articles published in 2065. I have not been idle, though. The program coordinator of SDSI 2008 says that I have written a lot. Yes, I have. My post-SDSI blogs and facebook-notes are the proofs. I have written some readable pieces reflecting the outcome of my exposure to USA and SDSI colleagues.
I got three research articles and a few poems in my list of publications. Bodhi, no doubt, counts the most. In Bodhi I experimented simple book designing and it worked. I am designing my book myself.
I dropped the idea of participating in an International conference in Bali, Indonesia, though my paper was accepted. The participation was expensive, and I could not think of a possible source of funding. But no regrets. I have got a research article which I can use any time.
In a nutshell, 2065 is a milestone in my life. So, I have every reason to expect the same from 2066.