Friday, January 4, 2013

4 JANUARY 2013: People peg themselves

Homo sapiens are nomads. This term may have changed to vagabond, gypsy, migrant, immigrant, emigrant, travelers, tourists, visitors or invader. The allusion is the same. People change places for too many reasons. However, instinct to remain attached to some space using house as a peg has not disappeared even after 3 million years outside the cave. People move out and return. They return for various reasons. I am interested to know the anatomy and genetics of people who love to remain free of pegs. How many people don’t want to tether themselves to a house, village or country? Are there any people who are free (totally) on their own will? It would be an interesting finding if we could genetically analyze a wide range of people from those who want to be pegged to others who shun attachments. GWAS could find the genes. What to do once the gene is identified? With identified gene it’s possible to transform the coming generation to the type we choose. But what do you choose your children to be? Pegged to a place, or liberated from attachments.
This thought came to me when I realized, the visa and passport system is designed to control the flow of people from one place to another, especially from one political state to next. This will continue for several decades or centuries, though the system will be more efficient and people friendly in the days to come.
Today, most of my time was spent in advancing the process for a visa sticker. The importance of the sticker has increased. Thinking of the harassment at the airports, I don’t feel like travelling. But every time pride fills within and spills out of me; every time I raise my head above my contemporaries, and ignore the basic moralities, I realize it’s time for me to travel. In every airport, departure or entry, I wait till the last for discourse on why I travel, give dozens of explanations to scores of idiots. These conversations treat me a lesser Homo sapiens. These treatments cleanse my pride from climax to null and void to anti climax. That is why travel is important, redeeming and refreshing to me.  Hassle during air travel invigorates me more than spa, meditation or sky-dive. Though late, there is a travel in my card. Before my next airport clearance, I want to do something heavy that infuses enough pride and boastfulness in me, so that I can purge during the check up. Although my intuition summons me to peg somewhere in a beautiful high land facing an ocean; the grand realities offer me liberty of a vagabond, I accept travels as the panacea to calm frequent emotional volcanoes of pride and hyper-confidence.
The research is getting on the track. Update part needs more leverage. The plants are going well. Manpower  is well mobilized. I am now preparing for a sum up of the field experiment.

Good Friday, Good night and have a great weekend. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

3 JANUARY 2013: Nature takes its course

Today my excitement was beyond control when i was back on the desk with research data heaped for analysis. A lot of time is needed to go through the heap thoroughly. I visited the green house after a long time, took part in screening but for a short time. We planned for coming works, discussed with the group and reshaped the implementation.

I showed AFSTRI’s office to Ando, the new AFSTRI president. I also introduced her to Anilyn and Frulian Fule. I explained her idea of IAAS Fund over coffee. The Currier has started moving. Now it is in Manila. I still hope to get a positive response by early next week. I am now addicted to listening the interview of Lee Kuan Yew from his book HARD TRUTHS. It is easy to listen.

I left office early (5:10 pm) for home. I need some rest tonight. Back at home I ran washing machine and dryer. No dinner tonight.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Second day into 2013, the trend of new year wishes is ongoing.  The official New Year has begun. I had a nice day today. No worries. Whether I get permit or not I feel happy.  There are thousand ways to smile but I choose only one way. I believe my intuitions and move on my ways. These days I begin to love English grammar.

These days I also am after sting ideas to do new things. I am looking for suitable friends with similar (weird) ideas to carry on with the plans. But how do I find treatable friends whom I can rely on to advance on these crazy projects. I am into the projects. I am sure I will be out with it on my hand.  
I watched a couple of videos. I usually watch films and videos for entertainment and new ideas. I seldom watch them to share sentiments. Today a 3 minute video catches my sentiments. I simply could not avoid mentioning it here. It is The Migrant Manifesto”.  I feel for it. After a long, long time, I spent enough time in social networks chatting with friends and relatives. From tomorrow I will be in the regular 7-5 office duties. That is what I enjoy most out of all.  That is where my interest will be waiting for me.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1 2013: Tuesday

To bring excitement to normalcy the night was short enough to offer me a sleep. Until midnight, the blasts of fire crackers kept me awake and the rest of the night "Hard truths". In morning I went around the park in pleasant village sometimes running and other times walking. I tried to sort out the works done and made a temporary "to-do" list to begin the works immediately. I tried contacting and updating Shanta. She is in Kathmandu now. 

I spent most of the day, looking back at the yesteryears and  getting lost at the miracle power of brain. The most important aspect of the brain is its ability to forget difficulties. Although we try to recall pleasant moments more than the unpleasant ones, brain has its own ways of purification. If our brain did not have this capacity to absorb and earth the shocks and sadness, the world would have been a difficult place to live. 

I don't have many hard resolutions this year compared to those ambitious resolutions mentioned last year. Even outside the resolution, 2012 was a great year to me. The most important was the successful organization of the First Young Scientists Conference. It was not in the resolution. 

For 2013, I am glad that I have enough challenges to tackles and  keep myself sharpened and ready. This year I plan to try several new things that I haven't attempted/thought in the last 4 decades. When I write the December 31 2013 page I want to write with the same energy and enthusiasm as I am writing this page now.

Govinda Rizal

Monday, December 31, 2012

2013: Resolutions

Last year at this time I wrote THIS

Resolution of 2013

1. Keep up the excellence achieved
2. Improve the weakness
3. Try new things that has not been tried.