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A Child’s Diary: Shivan Sharma’s Corona Lockdown Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

We are encouraging children to write diaries and share with us. We are presenting Shivan Sharma, a 11-year old boy, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Here are his thoughts (no edits, no filters):

May 6, 2020

I am sharing a poem that I wrote in 2017. Tell me what you think of it.

Hey, remember when I had created a survey on the grade 5 memories of our class? Well, today, I worked a bit more on it and shared it among my friends. Responses are coming in!! However, I will be sharing the results of that only after 22 of my friends have filled the form. Because 3 of them have already left school, so it won’t be 25 responses. And even if we have a new friend, I can’t count him in as he was not there in grade 5. But, before I talk about that, I have to tell you some memories and thoughts. Or I might just not do it. I am also planning to make 1 with a better topic.

And now, when I write this blog every day, it reminds me of publishing my first poem in a newspaper. It was about the sun and it was named keep shining. Here is that poem and if I believe and remember that day, it was somewhere around June of the year 2017. I will share all about how and why I wrote that poem that also being a 3rd grader:

As far as I remember, we had got homework to create a poem on any one heavenly body. And I had asked my mom on the phone “Mom, what are heavenly bodies?”. She told me that she would come home and help me with that poem. I do not actually remember what I did, but, all I remember is that I had already completed the poem. Mom then read the poem and helped me with the finishing line. Drop me your comments on the poem, I am eager to read here.

Yesterday, small news that I call rather big, was floating through the internet. And when I today woke up, I felt like the news media either made up news at that point or, they just traveled through time like Doctor Strange. You know why? Let me explain. The government had said that there is a relapsed case in Suncity Apartments, whereas, the same news was published by the media yesterday when the case was not even seen. Isn’t that a miracle? Like do they even watch “Avengers”? That is my first question. And if they do, where did they master the mystic arts.  Well, no question, Doctor Strange learned the mystic arts in Kathmandu as well. Maybe Doctor Strange taught some media people how to use the spells of the mystic arts. Right now, I need the card or number of this place. I think they learned the mystic arts and used the time stone. And that is not shocking. The main shocking thing is that they were actually right!! I mean this could be nothing but an insane coincidence.

Lastly, I want to conclude this diary for today with some corona updates. There are 6 new recoveries and that is a good thing. But however, on the dark side where there is nothing but sadness, black, and nothingness, but, only you, There have been 17 more cases which makes a total of 99 cases. I am getting literally too scared to share further and I have changed my decision on yesterday’s doc. Rather than writing in that Doc, you could directly contact me at 2shivansharma@gmail.com. That shall be all for today. Bye!!

May 5, 2020

Wow, homework, homework, homework – it has increased a lot lately. And guess what – I am a new class leader now!

OK, homework is getting increased these days. They have started increasing the amount of homework daily. Because, till yesterday, our teachers used to give us somewhere around 3 Homeworks. But, today there is 5 homework to be done. And the funny thing is that none of them are to be redone, or they are not even classwork that has to be completed. The homework is:

  1. We have to write a reflection on today’s math class. 
  2. There are some questions provided in our social classroom and we have to write them down and also remember the features of the Himalayan and the Hilly region of Nepal. 
  3. And we have to write about simple machines and types of simple machines with details and explain in science class tomorrow.

Also, I wanted to know if you liked the feelings chart yesterday. If so, I will be updating with these kinds of questions and making surveys, and I will share it in this blog. I will ask some of my family members for ideas and mix up some good ideas given by my family which are relevant in different sections. But man I wish I had known about this earlier. It would have been so easy to share the results of the corona lockdown form. It would have made the work easier. It is much better.  

And the main thing for today is that I was 2 minutes late in math class today and when I come, one of my friends just screamed out “Miss, Shivan has come”. I was astounded!! No one usually cared if I come to class, but, I was focused and that also by the teacher. I thought that I missed the attendance so that is why he warned the teacher. Then I calm down. And then my teacher calls me out and says, “Shivan!! I asked everyone who would be a good leader for the online classes. Almost all took your name. So, from now on, you are the class leader? And Yunik, please talk to your class teacher about it!! And by the way, is that OK for you Shivan?”.

I did not know what to say because I was so confused, well, now my feelings have been changed from that pie. I will update it today. So, I just told “I actually do not know how or why it happened, but all I could understand was that I was assigned as the new class leader. She also mentioned my duties. So now, my duties were to:

  1. To note and share the problems and queries from the chatbox.
  2. To stay in contact with all the students and know their problems about why they are missing the classes.
  3. Since we will be in a classroom, I also have to remind my classmates about the rules if they are not following. But, what I say is that they already know the rules so that will not be a problem.

So now, I have almost completed talking about today’s diary and lockdown news is coming like a campfire in Pokhara. One news is:

Apparently (We are not sure about it), the ministry of education has asked the schools to subsidize the fees of online classes. And if you have any ideas for google forms survey, you can please share in this doc:

//docs.google.com/document/d/1UWn4WQS2A34MsyBEdou5A7fy_MXk8V7LfkWV2BbdCzs/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you!! Bye for today!!

May 4, 2020

We had a counseling class today, and I must admit that I have such a mixed range of emotions. Sharing below. What do you think?

Well, there is such a beautiful sunset today as well. But, I have a new plan. I will not be sharing it daily. I will be collecting the beautiful sunsets from now onwards and make one day all about sunsets I have collected. 

I had shared this diary with my friends and I had also asked them to give me some ideas for the diary if they had any. And, some of them have given me some ideas + I am sure I will include these ideas in the coming days. 

Next, we had our first counseling class today and no one expected it, but, it was so much fun. You know why? OK, let me tell you all this first. Did any of you think that this pandemic will occur and that also will enter your country? No, right? Even I did not think of that and a case was seen in our own community!! 

And well, counseling takes a major role in our brains. It helps us feel good. So, what our teacher said, “Think, and make a shape showing your feelings of this lockdown.” I went deep in my heart and tried to think about it. I will present it to you in a pie as we cannot show in the heart in this Google Doc. Here is what I feel:

Well, I am always a 50/50 person, but, this was nothin’ to think about. You know, I had already done a survey on this and I even filled that form myself 2 times. Anyways, let me share why these emotions.

Very Happy😄 

I know that this is not a good time to be happy because people are dying out there. But, you know, I have been getting many good opportunities and the best opportunity is that I have been writing this diary every day. Our school has started doing online classes. If this lock-down wouldn’t occur, I would not be the Shivan I am today. Maybe I might have been having the same hair, or just one of the class’s best speakers, or I would have lost my inner character that writes and types. So, I am happy with all this.

Lovely💗

I just do not know why I included that. Maybe because I have got to spend more time with my family and know myself better. 

Sad😔

This is one of the most common emotions in this period. Because, if you wouldn’t be sad, what else would you be? Like, so many people are dying out there and there is no cure for this disease right now, but the doctors/scientists are trying to make one. Even getting the disease is as painful as dying because of it. I wish Lord Vishnu will come as he has always promised to come in times of danger in the “Mahabharat”. I am also feeling sad because he has not come to save us from this pandemic. So that is why I feel sad.

Bored😡

I mean, there is nothing much to do rather than the online classes, so, yes. I am BORED!!

Corona feeling😷

You know, the feeling when you hear that people have recovered or new cases have been seen. 

Nothing

I am emotionless sometimes because it (Life) just does not make sense. Sometimes you have had the happiest day of your life by visiting Pokhara. And then, right after you come back from there, you hear about the virus and realize that you were in a hotel with 3 Chinese people and the fear rises inside you.  

Enjoyed🆒

Enjoy life today, Yesterday is gone, And Tomorrow might never come. This quote is so true that it made me make the Enjoyed more than it actually was. I think you know, you should be something you usually are not, plus, you never know what you will become in the future. There is another quote saying: You can’t change past (yet), You can’t see the future (yet), so enjoy the present. I have said yet because you might be the one to make the future for other people out there searching for the angel that can change their life. Callbacks might make you think today that those days were just amazing. So, what I do is learn some new stuff like, you know, how I learned about “Infographics”. By the way! I made one of them and I wanted to share it, so, here it is:

OK then!! Bye for today!!

May 3, 2020

Can you believe that my school now has organized a virtual coffee meeting?

Sorry, I am very late to write my diary today. I am really very sorry about it. I was a lot busy with so much homework and I am the weakest person in Nepali though it is my Mother-Tongue. I literally do not even know how to spell a word properly in Nepali+my handwriting is the worst. So, that is why I am late.

I am starting to get a lot more scared than I was before because things are getting even worse in Nepal. Just today, there have been found 10 confirmed cases and 2 relapsed cases(That were seen, recovered, and are again seen). I am trying to divert my mind over it. Writing this diary reminds of these kinds of things because I have to write about my lock-down and the lock-down has occurred because of this Coronavirus. See the linking in there? It just kind of freaks me out when there are more cases.

My mom taught me 1 thing today. Well, it was a cool thing to know about because I have seen those kinds of charts a lot. Anyways, the thing is that my mom taught me about this thing called “Inphography” and I literally loved it. Like, the graphics and the way it is presented is so cool!! I think a lot of us use it. It is just like a web-chart. 

Lastly, I wrote a long definition of the 4 common apps of Google as homework of “computer class”. They are Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Classroom. My mom helped me a lot in this homework and yet it is not complete. I still have to write about Google Classroom.

By the way!! My school had organized a virtual coffee meeting on G-Suite and feedbacks on the online classes. My mom got a little bored in it, “But even if I did get bored the feedbacks were so well” said my mom. I was also there. OK then. Bye for today!! Talk to you all tomorrow!!

WAIT!!! Before you go, I wanted to tell you that 6 more cases have been found in Nepal!! And my family is talking about it right now. It has freaked me out even more because now, there are 75 cases and it is 25 people away from 100/ 1,47,181. Still, it is a lot less than in other countries. Finally, now is the actual Bye for today. OK Bye!!

28 comments

  1. Simple and real. Out of many, your strength on talking to strangers is my favorite one. Life is all about exploring and understanding what is already out there. I wish you lots of love and luck to first keep writing and second love what you do in life ❤️.

  2. Hello again, Shivan! What an amazing bundle of talent you are! Reading your blog brings a smile on my face. I feel like I have known you for so long. Congrats for finishing your exams. Have a great summer break. I know your genius mind wont sit idle at any cost, even on a summer break! Keep writing and amazing your readers. And as a mother myself, lastly would like to add that the more a mother yells at her children the more she loves them 🙂 speaking outa’ personal experience here! hehe! TC. Xoxoxo to you and your mama! ♥️

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