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QUORA, QUORAER, QUORAEST AND WHY IT MATTERS

Quora is a question and answer platform founded by Adam D. Angelo and Charlie Cheever. It was founded in…All right, you can check its full story by searchin… Nah, not by searching in Google but by asking it in Quora. Yes, not by searching in your search engine but by asking Adam D. Angelo in Quora. It really is possible to ask a company’s founder in Quora. You cannot do that elsewhere. Besides, have you ever got a chance to ask the founder of Wikipedia? If not, then Quora is there. Sign in and ask Jimmy Wales any question that you have. Or are you wondering whether he is a Wikipedia user? No, he is the real founder. The point I am trying to make is that Quora has much more to offer than just asking real questions from the very exact people you want to ask.

Most of us have embraced the social media culture and used them in a daily basis. We tend to scroll down our page to check if there are any new Facebook status that we can like or make a silly comment on, search for sentences that are less than 140 characters or venture into the world of selfies. In my case, I have limited myself to only messaging on Facebook as I cannot avoid the fact that every single human connection I ever formed are in Facebook. I have forgotten what my Twitter account looks like. I do not have any Instagram account since I do not have a flair for taking selfie photos with all the silly poses. Something made me realize that it was a complete waste of time waiting for your friend to post something new and getting ready to ‘like’ it. That something was Quora.

I was introduced to Quora by my friend Rajnish who noticed how I had spent my time reading 140 character tweets and sometimes, articles from Arseblog. Then, he forced me to signup in Quora. I hesitated. I had thought that all social media served the same purpose. I was wrong. The next day, I signed up. Days passed and I removed all my social media apps in my smartphone because I spent the entire day enjoying the beauty of Quora. I thanked Rajnish for introducing me to this world of authentic encyclopedia.

My Reading list in Quora.

My Reading list in Quora.

Quora is a platform where you learn new things. The community comprises of users who have real experiences to the topic you are following. You can ask any question that you want to and get authentic and interesting answer to quench your thirst. Follow the topics and the people you always hear about in the newspaper and get inspired when they answer questions. Or you can share your expertise in any field and become a top writer in that topic (currently, I am a top writer in “One Piece.” Just bragging.). Contribute more so that you can brag when you eventually become a Quora Top Writer ’16. Unlike other social media accounts where the celebrity asks his company to look after his account and post on his behalf, users in Quora manage their own account and answer professionally.

If you are someone who wants to learn new things and cannot wait for others to post something, then Quora is the place you need to be. The answers enlighten you and, sometimes the success stories of popular figures such as Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, make you feel that there is still something you are missing in your life. Basically, the knowledge you gather up-voting answers in Quora or adding your favorite answers to your reading list boosts your spirit and commends the time that you wisely spend. The vast topics that you try to devour propels you to understand more about your surrounding. Is not that interesting? Absolutely. For me, I can talk an entire day about its impact in my life.

If you already have a Quora account, I thank you for being a part of a community of curious individuals. For those of you who do not have one and are not aware of its addictive (in a positive sense, of course!) characteristics, I strongly urge you to sign up and spend more time learning new things than logging into Facebook every five minutes to see the number of likes in your profile picture. Please, please, please, join Quora and spread the word about its benefits. I hope to follow you in Quora and vice versa! Share your stories about how joining Quora has transformed you ever since. I promise you that it will influence your life and career. Enjoy Quora!

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IS NEPAL REALLY POOR?

I love Quora. The wealth of authentic answers that I read from intelligentsia users has broadened my knowledge to a great extent. But lately, I have come across some disturbing questions that question the national integrity of Nepal and hence that has made me mad enough to report such stupid questions to the Quora team. Questions such as “Is Nepal poor?”, “Is Nepal dying?”, “What if Madhes becomes a separate state/ the next Crimea?” and “What if Nepal becomes a country like Macau and Hong Kong that are partially controlled by China?” By now, I know that most of you have been injected with hatred and anger that such questions do get posted and there are people who do want answers to such ridiculous questions. But I am not going to discuss all of these questions in detail here for all they have a common reason to seek attention among some Nepali folks.

The reason is pretty subtle. Since the day we were born, everything we were taught was taught in an unproductive way. Now, you guys just tell me, if our books and all the people around us have nothing to depict our country but only poor then won’t we be susceptible to believe that what we had been part of was always a poor country with no hopes of ever climbing to the developed world category? It is obvious. We are treating Nepal the wrong way. Most of our social science books start with the statement “Nepal is second richest country in terms of water but it is really poor when it comes to hydro power production.” Or “There are huge possibilities to develop Nepal but it is poor enough to make any progress in any possible front.” Now just modify these statements a little: “Nepal is the richest country in terms of water resources and we are making sure that we get the second spot as well in hydro power production. It is down to us to make sure we turn it into reality at any cost. No matter the circumstances, WE ARE GONNA MAKE OUR COUNTRY THE BEST.” Now, the impact is revolutionary. Every kid who understands the statement is made to believe that Nepal is in the pathway to evergreen development. He then makes sure to contribute to the process in every possible way whether he becomes an engineer, an accountant, a manager or in any way that guides Nepal to the top.

Let me tell you guys- Nepal is NOT poor. It never was and it never will be. But it is our thoughts that are turning against us. Want me to give an example? What adjectives do first come in your mind when some foreigner asks about our country? Poor, corrupt, undeveloped, poor quality of life, dejected or polluted. Don’t bluff but these adjectives are what you picture first. To save you the trouble, you begin to highlight about the Himalayas, audacious Gorkhali soldiers, Gautam Buddha, Sagarmatha, Annapurna/Everest Treks, thousands of temples, and so on. But deep down, all the adjectives you think are negative. Just the words you speak aren’t. Patriotism saved you.

Hospitality: The quality that outclasses the notion that Nepal is poor.  Source: www.mixbook.com

Hospitality: The quality that outclasses the notion that Nepal is poor. Source: http://www.mixbook.com

Maybe it is your fault that you have lost hope in developing Nepal. Ok, it is not yours. Maybe it is mine. Seriously. Yeah, I admit that I am at fault. I am just lazily writing this post censuring the bad aspects of Nepal when I should have gone out and get involved in building a school for children in rural areas or teach the families that their children should not completely take care of the household matters or of their siblings but instead should get enrolled full time in the nearby school. That could have made a difference. Instead, I am once again continuing to criticize my own country.

Nepal is not poor. Look around. Everywhere we look, deep down, we know that progress has to be made. There are infinite ways to make a living and really commit ourselves to start a development revolution. Ok, ok, I understand. There is not a stable government. There is not a constitution to begin with. I admit that these are crucial but these are just excuses that our school level books have sprouted in our minds when they put in a question: What are the reasons Nepal is poor? That word once again. We should not worry about the strikes impeding the development. Commitment has to exponentially increase and action must be taken immediately. We should not hesitate to invest in development projects. Maybe with a bit of stubborn nature, we can outclass the political pressure and move towards development era.

Nepal is not poor. Haress, pheri yaar. I have heard numerous accounts that our country tops when it comes to hospitality and smiling at the strangers. See, we are rich. We need to change our mindset. Just go out there and make a difference. Maybe my blog is contributing to some percentage. Maybe you can start an organization, maybe a Youtube channel to promote Nepal’s greatness. Anything that can eradicate the question “Is Nepal really poor?” from Quora.

I beg you guys to love our country and make an impact. I beg you guys to never regret when your kids ask the country you came from and what you did to help climb the nation higher than the Everest. I beg you guys to please, please never ever ask the question “Is Nepal really poor?” but instead yell out “Yeah, this is the country that I lived in and boy, it’s the Best Wonder of the World!” I beg you to transform the way your families think about Nepal. I beg you to convince them they too are responsible to turn their dreams into reality and should act but not only complain by saying “My time is over, son. I could not do anything and am too old to do something new. I leave the rest to you.” Nothing is over. I beg you to learn how South Korea became the nation we all know now when it was in a worse situation than we ever were.

I beg you please never tag our country poor. We all are at fault. One day, I want you guys to believe and say wholeheartedly, “This is the country that people once lost their hopes of development. But our mindsets transformed and look son, where we are now. There are still more to be done. Let’s get going.”

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