It all started when I was a 5th grader. We started a child club called Bal Yojana Samuha (Child Planning Group) under my chairmanship. It was the first of its kind in the municipality, Ramgram (Nawalparasi district). So, we did not have any seniors to follow. Instead, we were supposed to inspire the posterity. Personally, I was very much interested in reading articles and columns in newspapers and magazines. In fact, I could recall the names of all the famous writers and columnists. I think my novice brain must have seen my potential of being an editor someday.
I used to send my articles to national dailies like Kantipur, Gorakhapatra and the Himalayan times. In 2007, I graduated from the school in Parasi with distinction marks (86.63%) in the SLC board. Unknowingly, I had set an example. Even these days, my school principal asks the students to follow my example. Students in Parasi remember me as person who was able to handle both the studies and extra carricular activies. Later, my articles started to get published in Kopila, Kantipur’s supplement for children. Rajesh Koirala, Kopila’s coordinator, instructed me on how to improve writing skills. Besides Kantipur, my feature articles mainly on children’s issue were also getting published in other national dailies like Nagarik, Gorakhapatra, among others.
I was in my mid-teens. I did not want to limit myself in children’s issues. I was being continuously encouraged to explore the other genre as well. So, I went exploring other genre of writing. As I was a science major in my high school, I wrote many scientific articles as well. I even wrote about UFO in a tabloid, Saptahik. That was an exclusive cover story of the tabloid. I was just 16 when I wrote that.
Now, it has been almost a year since I started contributing regularly for Kantipur national daily. I got this opportunity to write for Hello shukrabar, youth supplement of Kantipur Daily. My columns are published evey fort night. I can say it proudly that I am one of very few columnists to start writing this early. I am very thankful to Mr. Deepak Adhikari, a senior assistant editor at Kantipur Daily. He is the one who taught me journalism. He is one of the very few Nepali journalists who write for international publications such as TIME, The Guardian, among others. He trusted me just by reading a single article. It must have been a tough decision for him to trust me who had no prior experience in writing articles in a national daily like Kantipur. And, working under him turned out to be very fruitful for me. He encouraged me to write features for Hello Shukrabar. I got a whole new opportunity to learn and explore due to my guru Deepak Adhikari.
Standing at this point, whenever I recall my past activities and try to connect the dots; every dot I left has escorted me here. Everything that I did knowingly or unknowingly makes a complete sense today; be it opening a child club for the first time in my municipality or starting the trend of wall journal. The proud moments of being an editor of a wall journal has multiplied. And, yes, starting it all small I am playing it big. Our wall journal used to be published a single copy with limited number of readers. And, the praises from a couple of teachers and parents used to be very overwhelming. Today, my articles are published in a newspaper that is well circulated (2 hundred fifty thousand hard copies) and are accessible to millions of readers worldwide via internet. The day my articles are published, I receive hundreds of messages, calls and emails. I have a huge fan following on Facebook and Twitter. Whatever I am today, it is all due to my child club and the experience that I gained from the publication of my wall journal. :D
Via UNICEF-Nepal's website: A Walk From Wall Journal