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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 2, 2020

Rajanikant once donated his blood, and do you know what happened next? 🙂

Yay!! It’s Saturday!! That is a holiday. And guess what, our school has decided to give us a holiday on Sunday as well. It has been a tiring week and now we can finally take some rest. Well, on the dark side, we have 5-6 Homeworks to do. I started to do it early in the morning and now I am on the final homework which I will finish after writing this diary. But, that homework is pretty long. And by the way, a comment made by my mom finally was visible 1 month later. Mom was also busy watching a Movie/Suspense Serial today. She loves suspense and I do not. Well, I just like to watch Avengers, so I did watch Avengers. By the way, did you know? Rajnikant once donated his blood. The ones who received it, are now called “The Avengers”!! I am just sharing a joke so do not take it too seriously. It is not true as Rajnikant is just an actor. By the way, I finally know how to use the “IF” formula in Excel. It is so cool to learn, you know. Even children can learn the basic ones with their parents during lock-down. That is my suggestion.

You know me!! I never had, have, or will have a fixed routine. I mean, I am not a fixed person. Well, I have learned about the history of the Earth, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Simple Machines till now in our online classes till now. 

By the way, how many of you have heard of the game “I spy with my little eye”? I played it with my 3 sisters today and it was really fun. One of my sisters had to use binoculars to see the spied object. It was a blue bus parked in the scenario but my sister could not see it. 

And remember that time when I told I will show you a photo of myself with a new hairstyle. Well, I will show you that, but before that, I want to show you all how the sunset in Kathmandu looked today: 

Beautiful isn’t it? I am attracted to sunsets so much because of I just like then ray and the blaze of it. It just attracts me to take its photo.

Now for the ultimate photo, for my photo, I present to you, the photo that is not photoshopped. (Drum roll) . TADA!!!! This is me now. And I want you to go back to the photo of myself like a week ago. Everyone in my house says I have changed so much except for my dad. He just wants to cut my hair and complains about it so much. 

Well, let me give a quick corona update and we will continue. There are 2 new cases in Nepal which makes 59 cases in total. We all are hoping for recoveries soon enough. And today, I’m feeling a little uncomfortable because people are trying to loosen to the rope of the lock-down. They were roaming all-day long. Policemen did not come today to Suncity. I wish they would. I also found out that all the photos I keep in this blog are even going to be on Google. Alright!! All for today!! Bye!!

May 1, 2020

Do you know there are three kinds of levers?

Hi and welcome back to everyone!! I have known about a new app and it is very cool. I will share it with you later, but first, I will tell you about my classes. Today’s classes were Computer, Science, and Mad club. I will explain to you all about the MAD club in a minute or two. 

In today’s science class, we learned about “Lever” from simple machines. We learned that there are 3 kinds of levers. 1st class levers, 2nd class levers, and 3rd class levers. We have got a question-answer homework today about levers. And as classwork, we had got a quiz on wheel and axle cause we learned about that as well. Firstly, I was rechecking the answers and accidentally submitted. So, I did it again without looking at the score. I mean I technically did not cheat. So, then we also did have some technical problems. 

Next was our computer class. We presented on how to prepare better google slides. But, our actual topic was how to take care of your vehicles. And that was it. Almost everyone got their turns. Then, the computer class was over. 

Last, MAD (Music, Art, and Dance) club. So now you must be clear with what the MAD club is. Well, today we only chose the club we will be in. I have not decided and we still have a week to decide.

And now about the new app. It is called “Quickdraw with google”. Here you have 20 seconds to make a doodle that is said to be made. My mom also shared it with so many people.

Also, this song named Legends Never Die. It is so cool. OK then!! All for today!! Bye!!

April 30, 2020

A friend’s birthday and I made a card for him.

There is everything OK with our school in online classes, except for one thing. They give too much homework on the screen except for the science teacher. Other teachers only give us homework to be done in google docs or slides or sheets. She gives homework out of the screen like cooking some food or something to do with real life.

So, let me start!! We were a little late for the opening class. But, it was not such a problem. It was not an actual class. It was all about giving feedback about how the classes were. I already had created my own attendance so attendance was not a problem. We had our first P.E class today. It was boring though I like P.E. 

Good news, it was one of my friend’s birthday today. We all wished him and I made a card. I will print it after the vacation AKA Lockdown is over and give it to him.

Quick corona update. There are 57 cases and 16 recoveries. Well, I have one more thing to tell you after lunch. I’ll be right back!!

OK, I am back!! Next thing is that the way Deepti ma’am has updated this website is so cool. It feels like you are a traveler and you have to explore the website. I just love this!!

April 29, 2020

Today, I get mixed feeling about online classes

Welcome back!! I do not think I even need to say that from now on. I did have a lot of homework, but, I am managing the next 2 hours as busy, so yes, I am spacing time for you all. I saw that this website has changed in some areas such as:

  1. Font sizes 
  2. Their top articles like from Finding Sandy it has become Bhagavad Gita
  3. Also, before in my diary there used to be Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.

I did not find any more changes until now. I will explore it more. I am sure if I explore the website more.

Next, before I felt online classes so much fun and interesting. Now, I feel it a little uncomfortable. Teachers are, I do not know if that feeling comes to me only, but, I feel like they are getting bolder. But, I try to ignore that thing. My favorite subject has been computer so far because we have not had a phonetics class, otherwise, I would not care who our teacher is, but, I would choose Phonetics. 

I am so much of a beginner in excel, but, my mom is an Excel genius and she teaches me 1 formula per day. Now I know how to create an attendance of my class and count the people who are present or absent. 

I think I can share the sheet. Never mind, I can’t. I wish I could. Anyways, bye!!

April 28, 2020

I attended UN webinars today.

Hi all!! I am back with another day in my diary. Today, I participated in two webinars organized by UN Nepal. Children of the UN staff were briefed on coronavirus and there was Q/A session too. I enjoyed the sessions. I also asked a question in which I had confusion.

By the way, I started this new book by Roald Dahl: Boy. I found out that it was all about his childhood. I am very eager to read it and I will read it at bedtime.

The first class of today was Math class. We learned how to create expressions in math class (Google Docs).  It was fun and very new to me to insert mathematical symbols in a Google doc. That is all for Math class. We also learned how to count the words in your document.

 Next, it was supposed to be an English class, but, since English ma’am was absent, the Nepali class took over. We did nothing and just discussed what we will do tomorrow.

The third was Science, and we learned about simple machines in it. We watched a video on Simple machines viz. a wheel, Pulley, Inclined plane, etc. We wrote the Importance of simple machines.

Next, we have a lot of homework, so, I will be busy after writing this diary. I also have to teach my sister the basics about Google slides, and Mentimeter. Bye!! See you all tomorrow!!

Oh, wait!! The questions of yesterday. I don’t know if you did it or not, but, Here are the answers.

The answer to the picture was: 4 perfect circles

And the answer to the riddle was the option “3. C” because it sounds like “sea” and the sea is an unlimited source of water, well, typically. Bye!! And thank you all for giving such good comments on my article. That encourages me a lot.


  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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