Am I any nearer to those dreams after these 13 complete years of struggle? Or, are they receding further in the horizon?
As I often say, I was out there to change the world during my teenage years. But does that spirit live as vibrantly now?
It is easy to ask questions but not as easy to answer them. Pursuit of answers to these questions drives me to writing. And I have been writing for quite some time now.
On writing, when I find myself bewildered by my inability to translate my ideas into words, I remember a quote of veteran Pakistani journalist and writer Muhammad Hanif. On being asked how he developed his peculiarly elegant and humorous style in writing, he said; "Today I copied or imitated one writer, tomorrow another, the day after still another. I kept doing so until people started to say 'here, this is the style of Hanif!'."
I have also been copying and imitating the writing styles of a great number of writers in books, newspapers and magazines. If Hanif was honest, I should also reach somewhere in my writing venture!
And there is something more. This blog has made it easy for me to pretend to be an editor. I never know how much justice my editing does to the valuable articles of the contributors. Yet until they are ready to accept me as an editor, I shall keep editing their works!
The contents of the Dashain issue are of more serious nature. After a bit of contemplation, I have decided to keep, at least, this editorial short and light. But it will be a blunder if I forget to thank the contributors.
As during the earlier New Year issue, Avaya Shrestha, Jeremy R Hammond and Ramzy Baroud were prompt on providing me with their articles. New addition from the internationally acclaimed writers this time was Maung Zarni, literally the only voice of that stature speaking for the beleaguered Rohingya people in Burma amid the treacherous violence. All these authors deserve a special thanks from me.
The new faces from Nepal to appear this time are Saguna Shah and Prakash Lamichhane. The memoirs of both of them reflect the extreme end of despair. Their tales help us understand our society in a very intimate and personal way. Besides the personal relationship that I enjoy with either of the authors, now a professional dimension has come to be associated. I am elated for that.
And of course, despite his busy schedule, Aqeel Abbas completed a wonderful painting just in time for this special issue of my blog. He also deserves my full gratitude.
Now that we will be enjoying the longest festival holiday of the year in Nepal, I wish all the readers and contributors a happy and blissful holiday. Happy reading and writing!