तन्नेरी पुस्ताको सेल फोन बानी

Was published in the Kantipur on Sep 5, 2006 ( bhadra 20,2063) based on conversation with my friends in college. Written by a Kantipur jouno, someone who blogs too. LOL It Made my friends “Nepal Famous” surely so want them to be World Famous now.. Had relatives calling them up saying “Saw u in kantipur” but brought along some scoldings too for being toooooo expressive about our cell phone habits too…have highlighted the dialogues..

The Cell Phone Culture among Youths in Kathmandu

दिनेश वाग्ले

समाजमा मोबाइल फोनको प्रभावबारे अध्ययन गर्नेहरूले निकालेको निष्कर्ष हो- बेतारे विद्युतीय खेलौनाले तन्नेरीहरूलाई उनीहरूका अभिभावकको नियन्त्रणबाट अलग्याएर थप स्वतन्त्र बनाएको छ, कम्तीमा कोसँग, कतिबेला के कुरा गर्ने भन्ने प्रश्नमा । सुनौं काठमाडौंमा बढिरहेको मोबाइलधारी युवा जमातकी एक सक्रिय सदस्य सृष्टि खडकालाई जो सानो बेतारे सामानले आफ्नो जीवनमा ल्याएको परिवर्तनलाई उजिल्याउँदैछिन् । ‘पहिले ल्यान्डलाइनबाट अलि लामो समय कुरा गर्‍यो भने मम्मी ड्याडीले ‘कति फोनमा झुन्डिरा’को’ भन्दै कराउनु हुन्थ्यो,’ सेल फोन संस्कृतिबारे कान्तिपुरसँग कुरा गर्न कलेज साथीहरूसँग जम्मा भएकी युवतीले भनिन्- ‘अचेल मैले कोसँग कतिबेला कतिञ्जेल कुरा गछर्ु, उहाँहरूले पत्तो पाउनुहुन्न । आफ्नो कोठामा छिर्‍यो, ढोका बन्द गर्‍यो, फोन चलायो । म पढेकी छु या कसैसँग -घन्टौंं) कुरा गरिरहेकी छु, त्यो उहाँहरूलाई थाहा हुँदैन ।’

( Earlier if I was caught talking in the Landline for long, my parents would reprimand me. Now, they barely know who I talk to and for how long I do that! I come home, lock the door, and they can never know if I am studying or talking on my cell 🙂 )

सृष्टिका कुराबाट आत्तिइहाल्नु अगाडि एकैछिन पर्खनुस् अभिभावकहरू । मोबाइलले तन्नेरीहरूलाई स्वतन्त्रता मात्रै दिएको छैन, एकान्तमा मित्र र अल्छी लागेका बेला रमाइलो गर्ने माध्यम पनि भएको छ । यो वक्तव्यबारे काठमाडौंमा मोबाइलधारी पात्रहरूको वास्तविक अनुभव सुन्नु अगाडि एकपटक फेरि एकजना अनुसन्धाताको अध्ययन नतिजा हेरौं । ‘हरदम सम्पर्कमा राख्ने हुनाले आफ्ना छोराछोरी कहाँ छन्, उनीहरू कुन अवस्थामा छन् भन्ने कुरा अभिभावकले तत्कालै थाहा पाउँछन्,’ अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय टेलिकम युनियनको वेबसाइटमा प्रकाशित अध्ययनमा उल्लेख छ- ‘त्यसले तन्नेरीहरूमाथि परिवारको अर्थहीन नियन्त्रण घटाउनुका साथै अभिभावकहरूमा उनीहरूलाई लिएर हुने चिन्ता पनि हटाउँछ ।’ मोबाइलले आफ्नो मालिकलाई ‘म एक्लो छुइनँ है’ भनेर ढुक्क पनि तुल्याउँछ । ‘कहिलेकाहीँ राति एक्लै हिँडेको बेला मोबाइल साथमा छ भने ढुक्क होइन्छ,’ खोलभित्रको आफ्नो फोनलाई गोजीबाट निकालेर डेस्कमाथि राख्दै सुमन पाण्डेले भने- ‘साथमा कोही छ जस्तो हुन्छ ।’ साथमा कोही भएपछि एक्लो कहाँ होइन्छ, समय बिताउन के गाह्रो हुन्छ ? केही अगाडि अस्पताल जाँदा दुई घन्टा पर्खनुपर्ने भएपछि गएकी निलिमा पौडेलका लागि मोबाइल टाइमपास गर्ने माध्यम भएको थियो । ‘मोबाइलमा गेम खेलेर र एसएमएस गरेर समय बिताउन सजिलो भएको थियो,’ उनले भनिन् ।

the speakers

Hahaha, C me there?? Kasto nachineko!!

मोबाइलको आगमनले कक्षाका विद्यार्थीहरू, अफिसका कर्मचारीहरू तथा समाजका सम्पर्कहरूलाई थप नजिक्याएको छ, उनीहरूबीचको अन्तर्त्रिmया बढाएको छ । ‘मोबाइल नहुनेको तुलनामा हुने साथीहरू नजिक भएको महसुस हुन्छ,’ सेल नेटवर्कमा रमाइरहेकी विजया कोइरालाले भनिन्- ‘उनीहरूसँग बारम्बार र जुनै बेला पनि सम्पर्क हुन्छ, उनीहरूबारे थाहा भइरहन्छ ।’

( I feel closer to friends with a cell phone than the ones without it. You are frequently in touch and are updated about their lives)

मोबाइलले मानिसहरूलाई नजिक्याएको मात्रै छैन, एकआपसमा खुलस्त हुन सजिलो पनि तुल्याएको छ । ती थरीथरीका -कतिपय त छाडा) एसएमएसहरूकै कुरा गरौं जसलाई दैनिक एउटा साथीले अर्कोसँग साझेदारी गरिरहेको हुन्छ । ‘मोबाइलले सजिलो पारिदिएको छ,’ सृष्टिले भनिन्- ‘कति सजिलैसँग ‘भल्गर जोक्स’ समेत घरकै सदस्यसँग साझेदारी गरिन्छ ।’ मोबाइल नहुँदो हो त उनले जोड दिइन्, त्यस्तो कल्पना पनि गर्न सकिँदैन थियो ।

( Cell phones have made it easier to interact with your family members too. Earlier one could never imagine sharing vulgar jokes with family members, now such jokes are easily exchanged)

मोबाइलका केही नियमहरू छन् जसको पालना गनर्ु बेतारे सभ्यताका एउटा भाग हो । जस्तो, कसैले भाषण गरिरहेको, कार्यक्रम प्रस्तुत भइरहेको स्थान या सिनेमा हलहरूमा आफ्नो फोन अफ गनर्ु या चुपचाप अवस्थामा राख्नुपर्छ । कक्षाकोठाहरूमा मोबाइलको प्रवेश निषेध गर्ने कुरामा यी युवाको के सहमति हुन्थ्यो ? तर जिस्काइमा फोनको प्रयोग पर्याप्त हुने गरेको संकेत उनीहरूका कुराबाट मिल्यो ।

‘कक्षाभित्रैका साथीलाई डायल गरेर डिस्टर्भ पनि गरिन्छ,’ एउटीको उक्त भनाइमा अरू धेरैले समर्थन गरे । परीक्षा चलेका बेला मिस कल गरेर ट्वाइलेटमा भेट्ने संकेत गर्नेदेखि एउटाले प्रस्तुतीकरण गरिरहेका बेला उसको ध्यान विकषिर्त गरिदिन फोन डायल गरिदिनेसम्मका काममा आफ्नो सहभागिता हुने उनीहरूले बताए । ‘कक्षामा कसैको फोन बज्दा निश्चयै डिस्टर्भ हुन्छ,’ निलिमाले भनिन् । ‘त्यसैले बरु -चुपचाप अवस्थामा) फोनलाई राख्नुपर्छ ।’ केही अगाडि गाईजात्रा कार्यक्रम हेर्न जाूदा छेवैमा बसेका एकजनाको बारम्बार बजिरहने मोबाइलले आफ्नो ध्यान कति विकषिर्त गरेको थियो उल्लेख गरिन् ।

मोबाइल नियमकै कुरा गर्दा विजयालाई पटक्कै मन नपर्ने एउटा प्रश्न उल्लेख गरिहालौं । ‘मोबाइलमा फोन गरेपछि ‘यो कहाँ पर्‍यो ?’ भनेर सोध्दा दिक्कै लाग्छ,’ उनले भनिन्- ‘कहाँ पर्‍यो भन्नु ? एकछिनमा एक ठाउँमा होइन्छ, अर्कोछिनमा अर्कै ठाउँमा ।’ मोबाइलधारीहरूले फोन उठाउनेबित्तिकै सामना गनर्ुपर्ने अर्को प्रश्न ‘कहाँ छौ ?’ हो जसको उत्तर आकाशका तारा जत्तिकै हुन्छन्- नेपाल यातायातमा चेपिएको, टेम्पोमा कोच्चिएको, भर्‍याङबाट ओर्लिंदै गरेको, सडक किनारमा हिँड्दै गरेको, ओछ्यानमा पल्टिरहेको, शौचालयमा भर्खरै छिरेको । स्वतन्त्रतासँगै मोबाइलधारीको गोपनीयताले खतरा सामना गनर्ुपरेको छ । यदाकदा मोबाइललाई ‘बिरालाको घाँटीमा घण्टी’ नभनिएको होइन ।

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Cell phone Talk participants

जति आवश्यकता, त्यति नै फेसन बनेको छ मोबाइल । धेरै सुविधा भएका महँगा सेट बोक्ने र त्यसको रवाफ देखाउने । फोन कसरी समाउने भन्नेमा समेत बाहिरी प्रभाव या अरूको सिको गर्ने चलनका अनुभव तन्नेरीहरूले गरेका छन् । ‘एक दिन फोन समाएर हिँडिरहेकी थिएँ,’ समिता सुब्बाले अनुभव सुनाइन्- ‘मेरी साथीले ‘ह्या, किन हिन्दी सिरियलमा झैं बोकेको ?’ भनी । मैले सिरियलको वास्तासम्म गरेकी थिइनँ । तत्कालीन स्थितिअनुसार खासै चासो नदिई बोकेको थिएँ । तर उसको प्रतिक्रियाले चकित पार्‍यो ।’ यति भनेपछि समिताले अर्की साथीले नयाँ मोडलको फोन किनेपछि देखाएको रवाफको पनि वर्णन गरिन् । केद्मा मुखियाले थपिन्- ‘पहिले कसैको फोन बज्यो भने ‘यसको पनि मोबाइल रहेछ,’ भनिन्थ्यो । अचेलचाहिँ कस्तो सेट रहेछ भन्नेतिर ध्यान जान्छ ।’
( Earlier anytime a cell phone would be heard ringing we would think ” So s/he’s got a cell too. Now we are more interested in what model of Cell phone a person carries)

फोन हुनेहरूका कुरा निकै सुनियो । नहुनेहरूको भनाइ के छ ? १७ जना सहभागी छलफलमा दुईजना फोनविहीन थिए । ‘मलाई आवश्यकता परेको छैन,’ चुपचाप कुरा सुनिरहेका झ्याम्म कपाल पालेका कमलेश पाण्डेले भने । ‘कलेजबाट घर, घरबाट कलेज ।’ आवश्यकता नभई लिने कुरा भएन र कमलेशको त्यो टिप्पणीसँग नजिकै क्याप लगाएर बसेका अच्युत फुयालले समर्थन गरे ।

तर के मोबाइल नभए जीवन कल्पनै गर्न नसकिने अप्ठ्यारो होला ? सहमत छैनन्, तन्नेरीहरू । ‘निश्चय नै, केही असजिलो हुन्छ,’ एउटीले भनिन्- ‘तर केही समयपछि बानी परिहालिन्छ ।’ जस्तो, माघ १९ को शाही कदमपछि देश कैयौं महिना मोबाइलविहीन हुँदा फोनहरू डायरी या घडीमा ‘डिमोसन’ भएका थिए ।

( Is it impossible to imagine one’s existence with a cell phone? The youngsters don’t agree.
“Certainly it feels uncomfortable”, one answered. “However, you get used to it after sometime.” Like after the Magh 19 Royal Move when the cellphones were cut off its status had reduced to that of a diary and a time machine)

जाँदाजाँदै ती मिसकलहरूको पनि सम्झना गरौं । यदि मोबाइल कल तरंग धनुषका तीरझैं हुने हो भने गाजी मोहम्मदले दैनिक दुई सय जनालाई घाइते तुल्याउँथे । डेभलपमेन्ट स्टडिजका तन्नेरी विद्यार्थीको सेटबाट जारी हुने मिसकलहरूले गाजीका कक्षा साथीहरूलाई मध्यरातमा समेत सम्भिरहेको हुन्छ । ‘मैले मोबाइल किनेकै साथीहरूलाई झ्याउ लगाउन हो,’ उनले भने- ‘दिनमा दुई सय मिसकल गछर्ु । एसएमएस पनि पठाउँछु ।’

( The sole reason I got myself a cellphone was to irritate my friends. I give around 200 missed calls to my friends everyday. I send smses too)

Well everyone was elated when it got published but we sure had problem with the word “Tanneri “here..for no reason really. We just dislike it. ha ha ha..But try using the word “Taruni” ( thankfully not in this article)..and you’ll Be Punched instinctively! .. Some words “pachdaina kya” 🙂

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15 comments

  1. I am utterly disappointed that Kantipur article didn’t use the word Taruni! How sweeet a word! Today’s tarun and tarunis in Kathmandu are really mobile savvy. Please don’t punch on my face!

  2. Sure will, sirf looking for the Perfect timing! You are ta Tarun or Tarul or whtever!! Wanna ruin all possibilies or what Possiblility Ji 😉 …I have a “hate the word Tanneri esp Taruni” Gang of Gals in college..hahaha Beware!!

  3. Tarul? Well, remember what badamaharaj said: Nepal dui dhunga bich ko tarul ho! If Nepal is tarul, we all are taruls! But since Tarul will not incorporate all mobile savvy boz and galz of today’s world, taruna and taruni would be the best option!

  4. Wow, cool to see my article in Zade Express! Didn’t want into the hot discussion going on here about the usage of the word Tanneri but, since I have used the word in my story above, let me put my stand here:

    I can understand some people have certain likes or dislikes for certain words. For instance, I hate word “hapta” and I always go for “sata”. But for tanneri, I find it more colloquial and gaunle word. Plus, I think the word tanneri has all the energy, power and enthusiasm that a young need to have. Come on, tanneri, you are not buda khada or bal bachha! You are tanneri, you got to do something!
    About tarunis, this too is a gaunle word and I don’t say I entirely dislike it. But yes I feel it difficult to use the word taruni in my newspaper articles to describe a young girl even if she is really a taruni! It’s used mostly in look geets (folk songs). And by males, I guess. So I don’t think taruni has the punch nai marnu parne khal ko naramro artha!!

  5. Oh ho kata bata gham jhulkecha Wagle Jiiiii ko comment ayo ni yahan ta! am I dreaming??
    Ke bha ko yesto??

    Je bhayeni comment gareko ma dhanyabad..ani wagleji I feel there is something called Word Psychology when it comes to liking or not liking certain words. For instance a person of my known hates to be called Dai ( even by a poor girl like me who doesn’t have a Dai in this entire universe 😦 ha ha ha…It can’t be justified can it? Tara jasle je bhane ni “Taruni ” bhanne sabda chahin Atttti ho kya..Some matteka buda haru le invent gareko word jasto lagcha! lol

  6. post about “cell phone” and discussion on “taruni”…I think I should add something else related to cell phone use (not by “tanneries” but by budha/budhis!) right after 1 Feb 05…I was in Nepal during that month and was meeting govt officers and bureaucrats quite a lot…And everybody I met had a cell phone, either hanging by the neck or clipped to their belt, although as you all know the network was down(ed). I was really curious as to why they were all carrying cell phones that were not working, so I asked one of them. He had replied – “Mahesh babu, I always hang this phone by my neck in the hope that it’ll ring anytime soon…its been nearly a month and it hasn’t once!” I suggested him to use it as an alarm clock so that it’ll ring occasionally. He had laughed off my suggestion then. But reading above about the demotion of cell phones to clocks during that period, I now wonder if that person was also doing the same!?!

  7. Well, cell phones were widely used as digital diaries for weeks after Feb 1, 2005. Yes, as alarm clock as well. We wrote quite a few cell experiences on blogs. When the post paid service was resumed (selectively though and mine was resumed in the first lot while many of my Kantipur colleagues had to wait for several days and weeks), it was really cool to talk over phone. The ring tone came like the discovery of a long lost friend. I always carried cell phone even when there was no network (but no on neck or on hip) because I don’t carry watch and cell phone perfectly works as one! Another advantage of cell phone, bhannu parla!! 🙂

  8. So the Buda-khada are finally Talking LOL 🙂 .

    “post about “cell phone” and discussion on “taruni”…

    hmm I guess this blog suffering from a Detached Entry and Comment Syndrome like another blog? (Guess which) ha ha ha 🙂

    Ani Mr Wagz, are you mistaking this blog to be WSJ or UWB, natra tapain ra kunai aru blog ma comment is sth I have rarely noticed!! ha ha ha Ki afno article rakhidinda matra comment garincha hau ? 🙂 But seems like I should always put sth or the other which links to Blogstars like you here, ke cha ta bichar ?? Mero ta blogstats badera chaupat!! Almost exceeded the highest blog visit per day till date! Hmmm Wagle Wide Network is surely sth…justifies ppl boasting of it I guess ( though tyo ali pachdaina 😉 LOL )

  9. “Blogstars like you…”

    >>>wrong word for worng person! I must say. But yes from one perspective, every blogger is a star because they shine in their blogs with the freedom they have to express themselves! Why go to other sites like UWB or WSJ, take Zade Xpress is the perfect example. And the new blogstats are the proofs!!

  10. As if you know them Mr Wagz!! Mero blog password ta is still private… ta, ke gadbadi bho like WSJ? 😉
    My suggestion to you is Dherai humble hune prayash pani ali napache nai kura ho 🙂 Who doesn’t know Who you are in The Nepali Blog world??

  11. Well, your password is private but the blogstats are public. Let me quote you from your previous comment (two comments above):

    “Mero ta blogstats badera chaupat!! Almost exceeded the highest blog visit per day till date!”

  12. blogstats are public

    Oh yeah! Blogstats are Public!! ke bho chasma ko power pugena ki kaso?? kahan cha the Public Display of my statistics?? ( I thought journos never believed anything until they saw it for themselves!)

  13. But journos tend to believe what bloggers like Zade write in their sites. And she writes, let me quote again,

    “Mero ta blogstats badera chaupat!! Almost exceeded the highest blog visit per day till date!”

    So the number of visitors almost exceeded the highest number till date! That stat is enough to say the popularity is growing (to get back to the original point, by the way)!

  14. But journos tend to believe what bloggers like Zade write in their sites

    THat I would take as a compliment 🙂 but I surely don’t want the Nep journos to pick up a bad habit by believing in just anything, anyone says, not even when sb really truthful for that matter is talking ( yo kura ma boast garna chahin malai laj lagdaina, because I am!) 🙂 ( Bhujya ho sb?) . I still believe journos should first c the facts for themselves. ha ha ha So journo ji, am displaying the stats of this blog since I migrated to wordpress for a day!
    tapain ko jasto huge nahola mera lagi thikai ho.

  15. Nepali journos should not be generalized! But at times, they must believe what people, concerned people say. Like I wouldn’t have believed to another blogger on the Zade Xpress blog stats!

    Anyway, thank you for taking that decision! (tara almost highest matra display gare pani hunchha 🙂 )

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