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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):

July 15, 2020

What is the moment, person, or place that you want to remember?

It’s been a very much boring day today. But the week has been great. But I will not share anything related to what I am feeling or what I did this week. This time I will write what I have noticed during lock-down and also answer some questions. Well, no delay as always.

This time, Nature has got a second chance to exist. Since most people stay in their homes, flowers get to bloom and the herbs get to grow. Sun city is green again. And I want to thank god for this. I can’t just go and tell people not to step on the grass and all. I can’t just go to each one of them. So, god did this and I am thankful. But, one thing I am wondering about is that if God really made all this Covid-19 happen, why can’t God himself or the Goddess herself just eradicate the virus. I mean, you know. Just remove all the viruses and then also make people forget about the virus. And then, you know, it’s all done!! No problem!! 

And now, I want to have one more session of some random questions today as well.

The questions are: The moment, person, or place you want to remember.

This place I do not want to remember but I will remember it is Bangkok. It was an amazing place with a lot of things to discover. Who knows when my mind will change on this topic.

One or two reasons this memory is meaningful to you

  1. Because it was a very peaceful country with a perfectly balanced nature
  2. Unique with a lot of things to explore

The Details, big and small

Visiting two different hotelsGoing to the beachWas my first International travel
Good economyVisiting an Apple storeGot to visit a Buddhism country

A few words or a sentence to sum it all up. The only problem is, the trip is too long tom sum it up!! So, the sentence would be: I would call it “10 days in heaven!!”. I am even making a story about it!! But with a different name.

Bye Guys and Girls, see ya all next time!!

July 11, 2020

I am learning to let go of things that I cannot control, and I feel relieved.

This week has been a very fun week on my behalf!! Plus, our PTM is tomorrow. And lastly, we will have our holidays soon!! To be specific, Shrawan 1st (July 14). Yep, our holidays are that near!! So, I will share what is going on in my mind these days. Well, let me not make further delay!! 

First, what is going on in my mind because of our PTM that is tomorrow!! Let me start by how the PTM usually goes in Physical. The teachers till grade 5 tell only our good points. Now, since we are in grade 6 i.e Unit 2, the pressure upon us is really very high!!

Because you do not know maybe the teacher will maybe put some anger that is within them about us to our parents and then, you know, our parents get angry at us.

But I know that will possibly not even be thought of. Because the main focus we put on is our marks/grade points of our Exam. The embarrassment comes over there!! So, that is the main cause of my nervousness.

But, as Deepti ma’am once told me that I should let things go which I cannot control!! Well, I am doing that and honestly, it feels a lot better than before. It feels like you are only floating just an inch above the ground by years of meditation. At least I am relieved now. 

Second, from the mistakes I make!! I feel really scared these days more than before after I make a not huge but even a tiny mistake!! Cause I think my dad and mom both, will just scold me and then I start trembling with fear.

And then I speak in not so much, but a low voice which my mom can barely even hear. Then when she ears it I feel that she scolds on the basis of how important the thing which I broke or the thing which I did wrong was!! But that is not reality. She scolds me all the same no matter how precious it was!!

And then when she stops, I feel like “What a relief! Phew!!” And then if she sometimes reads my mind, she might say “If you are thinking like “PHEW”, then please do not hesitate to come near…” And then I am like acting my best to prove I am not feeling like that!! It makes me laugh when I am writing this, but, I feel so sad and relieved when she finishes. So, this might be the first time I might be sharing this kind of feeling. This is for me personally going to be a really enjoyable memory. I am so sure of it. 

And now, I do not need to share how I feel about the vacation because everyone has known it already that we will feel relieved!! But, I will try and share it from a rather funny or maybe an interesting view!! The relieving feeling is different this year. I would rather describe it as a time where people want to say no to the devices and say yes to eye doctors. I feel like literally my eye is not in proper condition. And no one in Nepal would want to visit anywhere. For me, I just wanna sit at my home, and sleep with my mom or maybe even listen to Deepti ma’am’s podcasts. But, I do not want to look at a device. Course books, OK, Copy exercises!, Ok! But the screen, I do not think so! Though I will avoid looking at the screen, I will still be writing this diary!!

And now, we have a new member of the team. Her name is Ananya. And now, I feel like I wanna know her. I mean, it is usual, if there is a new boy/girl in school, you would want to talk to him/her. But, some do not. But for me, being an extrovert would love to meet new people and make friends with them. 

Moment of truth: This is the moment where I say the truth about what I have said in this diary!! So, I might have told no to screen right now on my vacation, I never ever had a fixed mind so I might even use soo much tech at the time, you never know!!

Now, with a lot of energy but some pain in the ankle, I want to say bye to everyone who is reading this even to people who aren’t reading this article and I hope that you all have a good week!!


  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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