Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bribe to pay taxes

There's a saying "Kahie Nabhayeko Jatra Hadiguan ma" meaning "It [some event] happens nowhere but here in Hadigaun". Hadigaun is a small town in Nepal. This is taken as a negative connotation and now applied in the context of Nepal. Everything, seemed improbable and unethical, happens here in Nepal.

I went to pay the yearly tax of my bike in the department of transportation. I stood in line (something like drawn by a baby) directly under the heated summer sun. There were two lines and hoards of people. I thought, wouldn't it be easy for people and the civil servants if there were several counters. But no. I was showing some sign of boredom and irritation, with sweat running down my forehead and trickling down to the heated floor and disappeared. Someone might have noticed it and whispered "Rs 200 if you are for yearly tax". What? Now I have to pay to pay. Then someone came over and asked if i came for bike transfer and that would cost Rs 700. That was for the quick service charge and the rate is fixed. I still have to pay around Rs 2000 yearly tax. I was determined not to do that. There had been cases where these middle man gave false receipts and in the end causing the victim to pay more money.

Finally after 45 minutes in queue I reached the window pane where I handed over my blue book (it's the bike ownership pocket size document). He told me to move to the next room window. I was given nothing - not a token of receipt. Later I realized that the people inside the other room would call my name and I would have to push through the crowd to get the document. In the next room I saw four people, one was signing it first and pass to the next person, who would be talking with another person next to him. He was signing it as if they were doing favour to us. Around 20-30 people were clinging to the window, they almost climbed. I was not sure if i would be able to hear my name - which would have to make through the buzz of people. Then this person, wearing jeans and tshirt, would stamp government logo. He would be rocking his chair as if watching some dramatic movie outside. Finally about half an hour later, I was relieved to hear my name. Relaxed. Others were shouting what happened to mine.

It was almost 2pm and there would be no more transactions then. It was clearly printed and nailed in the walls here and there. The extra service people started shouting immediately, "It's 2PM and now there's no point in standing in queue. They won't accept any more. Give it to me. I will have it done". The common man has no choice but heed to the call. I didn't have any more energy to stand there and observe what would happen next. People are openly asking for money to do the service, which would obviously be shared with the civil servants. Indeed, Kahie Nabhayeko Jatra Hadiguan ma.

Standing in the heated sun.

Almost there to hand over my blue book. Took me 45 minutes to reach here from where I began my race.

All the documents submitted to the previous room are brought to this room. I don't have any idea why there are so many people. See that red shirt person, he was rocking his chair and enjoying the show outside. He is the one who stamped on the document and who called the names.

People are flocking to get their blue blue back, signed and stamped. Looks like they are watching over the cage in some zoo.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Failed state?


Saturday, November 07, 2009

Social Networking Consultant at UNEP

When we hear Social Networking, we, most of the time, think of Facebook. And then Hi5, Orkut, MySpace. These sites are often not desired by the employer, for their employees may substitute facebook for work. Well it's time that people understand the power of social networking. Kudos to UNEP, for they have announced for the post of "Social Networking Consultant". Html view at Reliefweb.

Google Wave

Google Wave is certainly over-hyped as of now - many of my friends who just started were quite disappointed. The video was no doubt awesome and breath-taking. I also felt that it's easy to get lost in the wave. Just for the purpose of awareness only, I presented Google-wave to all the staff at my organization.

Google Wave Intro

View more presentations from anjesh.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Jainepal and The London Dreams

If you've been to Jainepal Cinema Hall recently, you would notice that your ticket is scanned for barcode. The funny thing is ticket counter is right next to the entry point, where your ticket is being scanned and hopefully the information are being logged in to some system. Is it that the Jainepal Management is verifying that those who bought the tickets actually get to the hall or that the staff themselves are doing something fishy - not keeping proper records of the tickets sold. Or is it that the management is cutting down the price on the ticket cost - you would notice that a small 4 by 3" paper replaces the former flashy, little thick tickets. But the former contains the ads too. Also the ticket contains this warning "Restriction of Permission by Management" for doing what - they forgot to mention.

You must be wondering why I am writing this. The reason being I watched the worst movie to date - London Dreams. Even a quarter star would be a praise to the movie. I wonder why some directors or whatever underestimate and at the same time overestimate the audiences. The movie tries to tell you to the bits and pieces - that's ok but again they leave such a big incomprehensible hole that is nowhere to the verge of reality. There are dialogs at points who makes you crouch, shut your ears - especially that drama in the Wembley Statium infront of 90,000 people. It's a total waste of time, money and your energy. I was yawning most of the time. It's a test of patience - atleast for me.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chicken Ala Carte

The most powerful heartbreaking video I have seen so far. There are and will be people who criticize such videos - for they can't do anything but just make themselves feel bad. But still I feel that everyone should see it.

Of the 3,600 films submitted to the 56th Berlin International Film Festival, this video won the Green Unplugged Film Fest People's Choice Award.
This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

F-Bomb in Arnold's veto

Once you see it, you can't unsee it. If you give up, just do the search. Don't ask me - search for what. $#%&@

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Facebook for the deceased

Facebook for the deceased sounds good for the dead - how about ghosts, who should be allowed to login and update status like "I just made him fainted", "wait... someone's freaking".

Barry Collins writes "We suspect it's only a matter of hours before someone is wrongly killed off on the social-networking site". I think many will share his views.

The pitfall of layout

Doesn't it look like happy fours got arrested for stealing cash and goods? The print "The Kathmandu Post"  was nailed in our office board tagged "The pitfall of layout". Indeed!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pirates: Who be this Google?

Well if you don't know how pirates talk or better communicate in paper, then Google Pirate is for you.
Well Me Likes "open sack o' loot in a new browserrr window"

Tribute to Geocities and my experiment

It was interesting to see xkcd's design changed to give tribute to fading Geocities. "Geocities" is the 14th most popular search item in google trends (US) too. Will the hits to this page be affected? Lets sit and watch.