by Abhishek Jha
A child plays with a toy. But that’s more than just playing. That is an act of learning, of solving these curious desires, and a first step towards gaining a perspective about surroundings. I remember, I used to play around, ask questions, and often these questions led to confusion. And, in a quest to solve these confusions, we become what we find most interesting and pursue worthy.
My point of view towards things made me pursue my career as an Engineer. This has been a journey of incessant questioning and reasoning. I believe these innate characteristic of a person define their personality and in turn their perspective towards the world.
When we see things, we tend to make a mental note of them. Some things are fascinating and inspiring, while some are intimidating and overwhelming. But, we miss a lot of details while making these notes. For instance, similar to a camera, our vision has a Focus (Center of Vision) and a peripheral area. We tend to focus on a very limited part of the image. This in turn leads to capturing a limited amount of detail.
Another humane feature we have is adding on to the details. Just as the brain does with the peripheral vision by adding the things we barely notice in the image we see, we also add the details on things we barely remember. As time passes, the focus of the image we saw in the past shifts towards the blurry part, and we keep on adding details to keep it fresh.
As a student, I have had my opportunities to travel and quench my desire of learning. This played a crucial role in building the perspective that you are reading right now. I also had a fair share of the blurred vision and the details as I mentioned and I still do have it as it is only natural for all of us to have this feature. So, as time passed by, I espied and listened. I used to hear others tell how big their labs are, how awesome their projects were, how beautiful the cities are they came from, how perfect their personal life is, but those were just words, filled with erroneous details. I used to observe such things on Internet, T.V. to find they were stunningly beautiful. I often went online to see and read the blogs of these so-called beautiful places, people, things. But I was not satisfied with the things they made me see. I couldn’t find a sense of how can a thing be such beautiful!
This made me travel, meet people, and question things even more. Ha-ha, how tricky things get once you start questioning the things others make you believe. So, I was mocked and so are people, and we mock others who question our perspective about things we believe to be true. A good observer listens, sees, senses, and then only decides and comes to a conclusion. This is true for all the aspects of life; things, governance, and regulations.
I saw the cities, met people, tried and tested things first hand. I observed intricately and only then, I came to a conclusion. This is a process occurring throughout our life. I observed the cities and I differentiated them with what I had seen and read. I found a loophole and to stopgap, I talked with related people.
You might be questioning how all this related is and what’s the conclusion. Here I go. We tend to come to a conclusion even before we analyze the situation and people. A good example of this is “The Trinity of Metropolitan Cities; Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur; The Kathmandu Metropolitan region”. We see the ill-managed and corrupt cities. But, what I want you to do is, reflect on the perspective you have set. Question them such as Why is this city like this, who is responsible for this, Could I have done anything to make it better and so on. I know most of you already know the answers. We know we could have done our part. I want you to know that with every plastic you use, every chocolate you eat, you could have disposed of the trash where it’s supposed to be. I want you to clean the house; not just the four walls; the gully that leads to your house as well. I want you to keep track of decisions made by the government and authorities, I want you to keep a check on them and I soo much want you to be “a whistleblower”.
Let us go and ask questions, let us ask them to be transparent, let us know our rights, and use them. It’s as simple as this. Go and ask the authorities (Government authorities, organizations, NGOs, INGOs) about plans they have set for societies and cities. Ask them what steps will you take to implement the plan and how are they going to accomplish it. This way we can know and help the city grow. This way we can make the Kathmandu region “A truly beautiful” capital of the nation.
Once we know the entire details, the entire process, it is up to us to accept it or reject it. It is up to us to comment on the process and maybe suggest a better alternative. If you find a process, so-called development work to be irrelevant and extravagant, comment to the related authorities and get to a better conclusion.