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MY SCRIPTED LIFE

Sometimes when I get bored, I wonder if someone came up with such a dull screenplay where I am cast as a mundane character. The writer is doing terrible storytelling, making me not experience any happiness, sadness, anger, exhilaration, anxious, romance, and whatnot. Your average ‘do the same things daily’ Manasbi. Even right now, the blog post that you are currently reading might be the manifestation of thoughts of a terrible screenwriter and my brain, the director of the mess, forcing me into acting a clichéd character. I do not even know the motive behind the blog post, but here I am doing it regardless.

For your clarity, I do not believe that any superior beings are controlling every action that we do. If that were the case, they would not allow the lousy screenwriter to pen a flop movie even though the actor (me, of course!) is of a high caliber. It is like shooting last year’s ‘The Mummy’ film—although Tom Cruise starred, the story was of the lowest quality. So, whomever the screenwriter is, I will have no mercy. The movie won’t earn any profits.

Let’s get a rundown of what I do every day: wake up, poop, take shower, brush, have breakfast, go to work, work, work, work, lunch (wait, what was that work all about??), work, work, work, work (apparently, I do nothing but work throughout the day, huh? Where’s the logic in that Mr. Screenwriter?), finish work (finally, wow. You left it late, Mr. Screenwriter!), go home, arrive home, code for a bit (Edit from the screenwriter: “He codes at work too, oopsie ☹”), have dinner, sleep, read manga (Edit from the screenwriter: “His favorite genre right now is shoujo, maybe because he has not experienced any romance yet, hahaha.”), watch anime (only good thing you have done in this boring story, Mr. Screenwriter.), sleep (finally! That’s why I sleep at work, huh?). Then, the cycle repeats every day.

In an alternate reality, I imagine being the lead actor of a movie directed by Christopher Nolan and screen played by Jonathon Nolan. The duo would do justice directing my biopic even though there’s a possibility that the story is clichéd (Don’t worry, I cannot have a gripping account). The story would have climax, a bit of romance (no tsundere please, Mr. Nolan), some sad backstory, dream within dreams. Wait a minute. I feel déjà vu. Am I not in a dream within the dream of the annoying screenwriter right now? I could be the side character in Dark Knight Trilogy (I know, this is supposed to be about me being the main character, but I can be content getting at least a role in Batman movie. Just let me live the time of my life! Wait, why I am just blabbering and imagining an unimaginable scenario. I swear this Mr. Screenwriter will be dragged to Hell if it exists.

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Teasing the screenwriter

Anyways, I digressed a lot. Sorry about that as it is not under my control. I am seeking justice as the main character. You may be wondering: what does this have to do with me? Well, you are right to some extent. You are not the main character in this story, and it hurts. I know the feeling (side role in the Batman movie). You need to realize, as side characters, that your primary purpose is to enhance the beauty of the main character and strengthen his motivations in the film. Also, when my biopic premiers after I die, will you want to be someone who did not have any impact on my life? You absolutely would not. Alternatively, you would (Edit from the screenwriter: “Hmm. Never thought I would have fans who enjoy his misery. Huhaahaha”). Some of you may have wanted to be a part of my family, some as my best friends (I still don’t have any best friends. They are all good friends 😊). Some may vie to be the lead actress (Edit from the screenwriter: “Don’t be carried away by his wishful thinking. He is destined to be alone forever. Hahahahahaha.”). Some may want to crush my dreams as the main villain. Some may want to be my teachers (I need to be inspired, right??). The point is that you want to be part of something bigger and hence my captivity in this annoying as hell story should matter to you.

The screenwriter and I have not found any common grounds to make peace as he forces me to act these boring scenes. I do not get breaks during the making of the movie. I do not get paid as a lead actor (Edit from the screenwriter: “You will only get paid after the movie completes, FYI”). I am always tired. I just wished Mr. Screenwriter would have introduced some exciting elements to my boring life. For example, traveling around the world in 80 days, experiencing getting on roller coaster, visiting Raftel and Emirates Stadium, meeting my soulmate (Edit from the screenwriter: “Why does he only think about getting a girl, huh? I introduced him to too many shoujo mangas it seems.”) and so on. I try to stay positive but in vain.

Ah, I have the spidey sense that Mr. Screenwriter has finally run out of ideas. All his criticisms have been exposed in this short post. He must be feeling sorry for creating an annoying main character (Edit from the screenwriter: “I am enjoying, to be honest. Think about it, you guys (the readers) never experienced a lead character this boring right?”). I still feel Mr. Screenwriter should have gone to a reputed journalism school to hone his creative writing skills (Edit from the screenwriter: “For the first time in my life, I agree with my main character.”). Now, you have already noticed that the screenwriter is writing stupid comments often in the last few sentences. His creativity levels have dropped in such a short time. Wow. Booooooooooooooooo, Mr. Screenwriter. You get what you deserve.

If this is not proof that a boring screenwriter writes my boring life, then I don’t know what is!

(Edit from the screenwriter: “The entire monologue is purely a work of non-fiction. It matches the life of Manasbi. Any resemblances to the character are intentional. Devilish laugh intensifies).

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THOSE SOUNDTRACKS

Listening to soundtracks is the first thing that I do when I want to concentrate in a work that I am currently doing. The pleasure I derive from this act is matched by none. The ambient atmosphere that I feel when listening to soundtracks helps me to focus and give my best in completing the assignment at hand.

Songs are in a completely different stage than soundtracks. They influence us to memorize the words and sing along with them. This way, we lose concentration in our work and, instead, we try our best to learn the lyrics. We all have experienced this phenomena wherein we memorize a song after listening to it for a certain number of times. There is no way of knowing that we are in control of our present situation as it seems that the song is desperate to stay in our conscience for a pretty long period of time. In other words, the lyrics are addictive and can contribute to losing concentration if we are completing our course assignments.

However, since soundtracks have no lyrics attached to them, we are not distracted. Whenever I work on my homework assignments, I have made it my habit to listen to soundtracks from YouTube or Spotify. Time seems to stop when I listen to playlists as I am glued to the rhythm of the tracks and the beautiful melodies created from a mix of musical instruments or by even using crazy mediums such as a glass of half-filled water.

Soundtracks need incredible amount of time to make them appeal to a wide audience. They literally need to pierce our hearts and change our state of mind in order to make a lasting impression. Also, since music is an industry, composers make sure that their works deserve attention from the listeners and motivate them to produce even more soundtracks that stir our imagination and lift our moods.

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One of my favorite soundtrack album! (Image credit: trailermusicnews.com)

Mostly, I listen to soundtracks from anime shows and popular composers from the movies that I have watched. I love listening to the Official Sound Tracks (OSTs) from anime such as Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Death Note. These two shows provide me with such a great list of soundtracks that I listen to them on repeat mode for an entire day. Death Note’s OSTs are my favorite pick as all of them are equally soothing and exhilarating. There is a playlist from YouTube channel EpicAnimeRequiem of the best soundtracks of Death Note which I encourage you to listen. My other OSTs from the anime include Code Geass: Continued Story, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni: Dear You, Anohana: Secret Base, Angel Beats: Ichiban No Takaramono, Code Geass: Madder Sky and Cowboy Bebop: The Real Folk Blues. I also listen to some OSTs from One Piece and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. When listening to these soundtracks, they increase my productivity, reduce stress and avoid negative emotions.

As for the non-anime soundtracks, I prefer listening to all of the tracks composed by Hans Zimmer and my best composing company, Two Steps From Hell. They both produce epic soundtracks that just relax my body, decrease fatigue and improve motor reflexes. Since I am a big fan of Batman, Zimmer’s work in the Dark Knight Trilogy appeals to my music taste. Also, I highly regard all of his OSTs featured in Christopher Nolan’s movies, most notably from Inception and Interstellar. They are simply astounding. As for TSFH, I love the soundtracks from its album SkyWorld. Occasionally, I listen to this playlist from YouTube channel Epic Music VN as they have some of the best soundtracks from popular online video games and movies. This does not mean that I do not listen anything except the ones mentioned above. There are many movies that have appealing soundtracks which I listen every once in a while.

Soundtracks have become an integral part of my life just as songs once were. With no lyrics to hum often, they help me to complete my tasks without any disturbances. I highly value the time that composers dedicate in creating heart warming soundtracks. Their devotion to craft tracks encourages me to push out of the comfort zone and value passion and time to craft my own products. I highly recommend readers to listen to soundtracks and discover the benefits that they can inculcate in our lives.

 

PORTRAYING NEPAL’S WAR

The bravery of Gorkhali soldiers during the great expansion drive of Nepal is something that we shall cherish forever. Thanks to the essays that delineated their bravery in our course books, we feel proud to be a part of the bloodline that kept the East India Company searching for ways to break down our forces. Wouldn’t it have been interesting to film their act of valor with great precision and allow us to live the moment in a more lively way?
Every time I watch movies that portray the great wars of the world history, I imagine what it would look like to watch our own national heroes involved in a heavy battle against their opposition. One of the films would focus on the life of Prithvi Narayan Shah and his extraordinary tale to unite all the small states into one single country. The other would revolve around the story of Bhakti Thapa and revere his indefatigable spirit.
If kollywood was to take inspiration from these heroes, Nepali cinemas’ profit would skyrocket. Every single Nepali would make sure that the halls get housefull status for over a month. After all, the public would have seen the epic tales of the historical figures for the first time. 
I bet the audience would definitely respect the efforts that the filmmakers would put to add life to the historical characters. And the audience would realize that filming the battle scenes would be a very difficult job. One that requires adequate research to make sure facts aren’t manipulated just in the name of publicizing its inception and making the film even more successful. 
The filmmakers have a hard time figuring out the geography that they have to shoot for these battle scenes. Nepal’s rocky terrains and the location of several forts in India mean that it will be hard to take the cast crew to a real fort. For example, with Nalapani located in India, it would be necessary to build a fort similar to that at Nalapani in Nepal. Then it would be necessary to bring crew that look similar to the warriors of East India Company. Or, bringing in soldiers with military background with their arsenal loaded in the scene would be an even better idea. While on our side, we will definitely have plenty of Nepali warriors who would be willing to be a part of the history. But, all of these ideas require a huge amount of money to turn the ideas into reality.
Whenever I imagine our warriors taking out their Khukuris and yelling and running madly as hell towards the opposition, the scene becomes absolutely breathtaking and truly patriotic. It just feels like being on the battlefield and working under the great leaders of that time. Whenever I try to imagine the battlefield scenario, the energy that comes from it is so powerful that it compels me to spring into a significant work.
More than that, if such films were made in 3D than we could feel the adrenaline filling our body when we see Nepali soldiers outplaying the opposition. On the other hand, it would be delightful to watch the cannon balls fired by the opposition unable to find the targeted Nepali soldiers.
Wouldn’t it be more interesting to see these Khukuris
(the weapons) on the
battlefield in a war film?
Every time I think about it, I desperately want my dream of filming the rich history to turn into reality. It would be one of those moments when I could finally take proud at what my ancestors did to defend this country from external forces. I could even think of the film getting an international name and fame in all the national and foreign television networks. Discovery Channel, National Geographic and History Channel would document further after witnessing the history’s details in the film and maybe after the production of the documentary, get a repeat telecast in every few weeks. Maybe they could even create a mini-series. Who knows on the bright fairy tale side of Hollywood, Leonardo Di Caprio would be more than happy to produce the film and bring Nepal’s history to the world! What more mesmerizing could it get than having these crazy ideas taking shape. 
I am sure that there will come a time when a Nepali director would take the opportunity to bring life to our history’s characters and would provide a glimpse of what it looked like to feel the ‘Great Nepal’ campaign taking full shape. It would enlighten the minds of Nepali, both the young and old, and shed light on the wars that made Nepal earn the tag of ‘Land of the Brave Gorkhas’. It would also make everyone blessed to witness history in the making. 
We just have to have hope that a Nepali would document our own Gorkhali soldiers’ gallant attitude!