Wikipedia – con men

comparing nepali politicians to world’s greatest

It’s much easier to make fun of our political leaders in Nepal, than to praise them. Some few have been good, but majority are usually corrupt, and uneducated, with a highly dubious personality background, and almost all have a permanent fixture of “Jail Time” as their credentials.

Ten Commandments for a con man
A set of instructions known as the “Ten Commandments for Con Men” has been attributed to Lustig: Compare these with our current leaders in Nepal. Fascinating, that most is dead on seriously accurate for all of Nepali netas.

  1. Be a patient listener (it is this, not fast talking, that gets a con man his coups).
  2. Never look bored.
  3. Wait for the other person to reveal any political opinions, then agree with them.
  4. Let the other person reveal religious views, then have the same ones.
  5. Hint at sex talk, but don’t follow it up unless the other person shows a strong interest.
  6. Never discuss illness, unless some special concern is shown.
  7. Never pry into a person’s personal circumstances (they’ll tell you all eventually).
  8. Never boast – just let your importance be quietly obvious.
  9. Never be untidy.
  10. Never get drunk.

So do you know who Victor Lustig was? He was a con artist who undertook scams in various countries and became best known as “The man who sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.” Seriously, he did duped bunch of people to thinking they were buying the Eiffel Tower. Look for more about him in Wikipedia.

P.S. Next post on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Its about mHealth.

The thirteen of 2013 – new beginning

Young Cambodians doing an exam to be admitted ...
Young Cambodians doing an exam to be admitted in the Don Bosco Technical School of Sihanoukville. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On January 31st, I appeared for one of the toughest exams in the world, USMLE step one. The toughest part for me being able to sit there in front of a computer screen for eight hours. By the time I was finished, I had headache, malaise, and was hungry.

As an average student, I had my doubts, anxiety and uncertainties for the exam. I still am nervous, for the results are due in three weeks time. I’d be more than happy if I get some thing that is well above the mean by two Standard Deviation. Yes, I am greedy. So here is my experience of the last thirty days before the exams, category wise.

sleep
Sleep was very good until about ten days. I usually sleep for eight hours when I am studying in a non pressured mode. But during those last ten days, it became more like five hours, with constant waking up in the night. O however, slept for seven hours In the day before exam, and that helped a lot.

environment
My room is usually clean, but a week before exam, I did loose all my cleanliness. Last time my room was so disturbed and disproportionate was three years ago during my medicine finals. I switched from table-chair study area to bed. I’d sleep next to a pile of books, a bottle of water, few chocolate wrappers, and few too many bread crumbs. Not a regular sleep, or study pattern.

diet
Yup, something very likable. The munching began a few weeks before the exam. I took food break every three hours, and had mini breaks every 90 minutes. Increased my weight, and fat distribution. This is the only part I regret, sleep and environment resumed to a clean status within the next 48 hours, but what do I do with the extra fat? Confused, as I get married next week.

cellphone and social network
On and off Facebook and twitter, with deactivated cellphone. As the day came near, there were frequent Internet access. I did read a lot of good articles in The Economist, New York Times, and few more good sources. My favorite were from Fast Company, and this was especially during the crunch hours. Now as I resume my days to normalcy, I hope to read my good 12 articles per day. Resuming the Reddit, Y-combinator, and Techmeme, and my personalized google reader.

what did I do after the eight hour ordeal?
Went for chickens and pizza. Food… with my two favorite people in the world. Good food, good company.

what next ?
2013 for me starts from Feb 1st. Ad I hope this year to be one of the most fruitful in all my life. Here is a glimpse – learn coding, learn designing, learn medicine, talk, read, learn to sell, learn to buy. And I definitely hope to write more quirky stuff, related to imagination, creativity, improving on my writing skills.

P.S. I definitely hope to give UMSLE step two CK, and CS. Get into a decent medical residency program, built a huge network, get into Public Health Education, and come back Nepal in exactly fifty six months time. A grand plan indeed, lets hope I succeed, stumble and learn along the way, with better than expected end results. 🙂

Next post – about wedding – in few days time. engagement on February 4th, NST.

Friday Read – The Great Leap in China, Stalingrad, Eritrea

Almost all of my good friends are out of Nepal, and right now with self-study, life is all about a cooping in my room, with books. Instead of bar, barbecue or cinema, life is more about books, Internet and sleep. No Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn for the moment. No emails or calendar utility in progress.

Wikipedia has become one important source of entertainment right now. This huge source of information, and my love for history, presents as a great companion in these time of exile. Last night was no different, and when I was done with my books, I went straight to view world maps. Found some irregular border lines, in two places and began my journey for the search of information. Random reading intrigues me, and as much as I presume it to be useless, I just hope, someday everything will come handy.

I began with a small country situated in the horn of Africa – Eritrea. Smaller than Nepal, and bordered with Ethiopia. It’s a developing country, better than Nepal, and has some great good potential, but as with many African nation has fair share of troubles within and outside it, hence a border dispute and fighting with its neighbor has had its toll to the country.

Next on stop was India and its border dispute with China. Apparently there are two border dispute, and as much as I knew about Sino-India war of the late 60s, there was another land mass, near the Kashmir territory that was in dispute. I finally found out more about the seven autonomous regions in China. Tibet plateau is not alone. A long page on these border dispute and the autonomous regions let to a brief history in China, and how Mao came up with a great plan to kill so many innocent humans. Made me sad, and angry. The great leap, the agriculture revolution by the officials which had killed so many innocents, in the name of politics. Reading about these atrocities in the name of a belief made me think the difference between politics and religion. How few smart people ruled the hordes of uneducated like animals. Comparing the democracy with the communism, and the socialist movement with corrupt democracy. A total of 7 million people starved to death during the second agriculture revolution in China – as per the official government figure. An outside figure estimates this to be as much as 48 million, with more people agreeing on terms with the death total of around 30 million. That’s more than the current Nepal’s population of 26.6 million. I was curious to know if something like this had also happen in an entirely opposite scenario, when
I read about the anti-communist genocide by the Indonesian government in the late sixties, in the name of politics. There is a great documentary being released about this, I hope I can see it someday.

Reminiscent and similar to the internet social media rule – 90-9-1 – that for every original source of an idea by one person, there will be nine that will develop on it and improve/degrade it (bake it into their own formula) and distribute to the ninety of us who, with the lack of proper social structure or hence forth the information gap, will follow it. This, I see in both politics and religion – especially in my country (Nepal).

Recently, I met an old friend from Brazil – Sao Palo this past week. We talked about democracy, president Lua, and the evolution of Brazilian culture with its politics. It was a wonderful insight on this huge nation, and I hope Fernando is right when he says, Nepal right now is what Brazil was 20 years ago. I hope, this country turns out great in the near future.

PS.i. This post is not a foul cry to the democracy in Nepal, or the corrupt leaders. I am however, trying to gain knowledge on the evolution of it, and would want to know the path it will follow in future.