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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):

June 13, 2020

WOW- I am sharing the GOOD NEWS – I won the School Election . I want to thank you

Wow, it has been a hot time for me today, though it is so cloudy and windy outside. Could you believe that I am right now just beside a fan so that I won’t feel hot?!! It is crazy, I know. It has been a lousy day for me. I just wanted to sleep the whole day. Funny, but still true!! I and Arnav have Saturday and Sunday meetings on the Go to meeting interview and we prepare for it in hangouts. 

Also, I have good news and a fun fact for you all and a Nepal Coronavirus update. First, I’ll start with a fun fact: My sister participates in a quiz almost every day. And today, it is our turn to conduct it at 8:30 PM in Nepal. Next up is the good news. The good news is that………. I won our school election (For the CR position of my class).

My mate who will be with me supporting me and will be working with me is Samriddhi. For those of you who might not remember, Samriddhi is my classmate whom I have been working with for years. Actually, 4 years to be exact. But, I wanted it to be her for some reason. And being the CR just 1 day ago, our tough journey for this year has just started.

Yes, we are now already assigned a task. It is to create groups for the morning and closing meetings. We have already done so many things and now our first task is almost complete. Lastly, the Coronavirus update of Nepal!! Well, umm, Nepal has reached 5,335 cases, 18 deaths, and 913 recoveries. Did not know about that for a month. And, the craziest thing I am writing today, is that the Government of Nepal has announced to open all places in Nepal where there are low chances for Coronavirus cases. I mean, that is kinda crazy to say, but, this is a fact rather than a fib. Sad to say😢!!!  

Hey, though this day was lousy, I am feeling good right now!! So let me trick you with some riddles for today:

  1. Forwards I am heavy, backward I am not. What am I?
  2. Which 3 letters can frighten the Thief away?
  3. I have cities but no houses, forests but no trees; rivers but without water, what am I? 

Well, I will be ready for the next time, Sayonara!!

June 10, 2020

I am happy because of Rumani. I have time to spend quality time with her. And guess what, election is one day away

It has been a wonderful 3 days as there is nothing I am happier than having Rumani come to our place. During this lockdown, I am getting enough time to focus on Rumani. Earlier, she used to come from her hostel for one weekend in more than a month. And apart from that, the rest is all about my school election. Well, let me update on the election first and then move onto Rumani’s topic and some extra things.

As you may know, there is a school election this week and I have stood up as a candidate for Class Representative (of my class, of course!). Because there were no other competitors, I have already been selected for the position. I am happy!! 

I am really excited as the election is one day away. Today, there was a meeting where the candidates (excluding class representatives) had to give a speech on why voters should vote for them. Navya, whom I was supporting among the Unit 1 leaders, gave a pretty good speech. She is not only my junior in school but also our family friend. We are neighbors here in the apartment. Honestly, I was really impressed with the way she delivered her speech – her tone, content, and confidence! She sounded very promising as well!! #GirlPower 

Plus, my classmate Samriddhi is also running for a girl class representative from our class! She is talented and hardworking too, hope she gets elected. If so, I think we can make a pretty good team overall as we have had a lot of experiences together. We are just so familiar with each other. It makes me remind myself of this saying “Teamwork makes the dreamwork”. My next writing may include the results!!! 

Let’s have a KitKat break and talk about the riddles. I am not giving any riddles today. I am not in a riddler mood. Rather, let me share the answers to the previous riddles. Here you go!

RiddlesAnswers
Which is faster, hot or cold?Hot, because you can easily catch cold
It is black, but you say it is clean. It is white, but you say it is dirty. What is it?A blackboard
From what number can you take half and leave nothing?8
Why is a river rich?Because it has 2 banks
What part of London is in Brazil?The letter “L”

Finally, we move on to the main topic for today. About Rumani!! For those who are wondering who Rumani is – she is my friend, sister, and best companion during this lockdown. I got to spend most of the time with Rumani this week. She shared with me about her online study problems. Sometimes her network does not work, or maybe she can’t do her assignments due to sign in problems. Can you believe she had around 6 assignments missing because of her technical problems? I felt sad for her and decided to help. Together we could sort that out on my laptop. She had missed so many assignments and I thought I could help her with that and that’s what I was busy with, after school today. We both didn’t even go to play in the ground and we completed 5 out of 6 pending assignments. You know, this whole sounded boring when we started, but, as we went on doing together it felt satisfying and reaching this far, I am feeling like I could help her. It was exciting too because I got to learn MS teams as well. It gives cool and rather funny effects when we turn in assignments. Such as darts, rockets, and many more. 

Let me finish with a quote that’s in my mind today – “we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.  Have a marvelous week ahead!

June 6, 2020

Guess what? I am standing as the Class Representative

We are having an election in our school and I am standing as the CR (Class Representative) of my class in it!! I have had a lot of struggles while being a candidate!! Like, making a team ( I finally have 2 members added in it), reading the roles and responsibilities, and preparing posters. And remember when I told you about the app, Canva? I used it to make a poster!! Let me show them!!

And before I told you that reading the Roles and Responsibilities was tough. That is because the links were not working at all. It did not work for me only, that is my main concern. I even felt like giving up, but, Niroj sir sent me an email written with all information by copy-pasting. I felt like I had got hope back at that moment. I did not give up, and now, I am the only person standing for the position for my class. Feels kinda sad because, you know, it is not really a competition. I have a team now, with 2 of my friends. We prepare posters together. But, since it is the campaign time, there are literally so many E-mails in my inbox related to #voting someone!!

The second thing for today is about a remote-controlled car. It was so old and the battery power was finished. I fixed it by staying there for an hour. It was not working at all. I fixed it by putting a new battery, fixing the remote parts. And now, it is working. It is the model of a Lamborghini so it looks amazing. It was really hard though!! And once, I found out it is not even the correct remote on which I was trying to operate it. Though I fixed it it is not as it used to be!!

Lastly, I have some riddles for today. The riddles are:

  1. Which is faster, hot or cold
  2. It is black, but you say it is clean. It is white, but you say it is dirty. What is it?
  3. From what number can you take half and leave nothing?
  4. Why is a river rich?
  5. What part of London is in Brazil?

I will tell you the answer next time!! Stay tuned!!

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 ❤️.

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