Eminent 2019 Introductory Blog Post

Sure, my friend, insane I am
Such is my plight.
I visualize words
but hear the visible.
fragrance I taste
and the ethereal is palpable to me.
The things I touch–
the world denies their existence
nor knows their shape


Laxmi Prasad Devkota was a legendary poet who made creative use of the Nepali language to forever change literature in Nepal. He is the greatest poet of Nepali history for his contributions are matched by none. I chose him as my eminent person for 2019 because of this, and also for the fact that I share my last name with him.

He was born on Laxmi Puja, the day where Nepali people celebrate the goddess of wealth. He was named Laxmi Prasad (which means, a blessing from the goddess of wealth), however, he was poor all his life. His family was a middle-class family; however, their financial status was not very stable. During this time, the Ranas were ruling Nepal. They were known as “iron-fisted” rulers who thought that common people should not be educated. So, his father was the one who taught him basic education. His father was a scholar as well as a priest. After much struggle, his family got him admitted to the only school in Kathmandu Valley where he studies English and Sanskrit. He was only admitted because of his family’s high rank in the caste system. The discrimination of people due to caste was often a topic Devkota addressed in his epics, poems, and other works. These kinds of works often got him in trouble with the Ranas and is part of the reason why he is seen as the hero of the people. Another time, when he was 22, he and a couple of his friends tried to open a library in Kathmandu, after seeing some in India. He was in India because of a scholarship to continue his studies after he got his Bachelor of Arts. He was amazed that the common people had access to libraries in India and wanted the same for Nepal. When his group of friends sent a letter to the Rana prime minister asking for permission to open a library, they were sent to jail. Events like these occurring in his and other people’s lives allowed him to protest against the Ranas in the form of writing. His poetry and stories often reflected the issues that were prevalent in the country at the time, a topic others were afraid to address. Issues like poverty which he faced himself as well. Because he had little money, after his schoolwork, he tutored others and sold his poetry for money. One of his greatest works, Muna Madan, is a story about someone who gets saved by someone who is poor and of low caste. The main character learns that “a man is said to be great not by caste or race but by a heart full of love and humanity” (Muna Madan). Works like these made him famous as time went on. He used the Nepali language in an innovative style and his works were usually compiled in short lengths of time which was one of his strengths. For example, his first epic, Shakuntala, was made in a mere three months. Others after that, like Sulochana, was written in ten days. In the 1930s, Devkota went through a series of events that made him mentally sick. The death of his father, mother, and two-month-old daughter over the years made him go crazy. He was admitted into a mental asylum in India where he tried to recover. Not all was doom and gloom though, as he was also inspired by his “crazy” phase and composed many poems about it.


Laxmi Prasad Devkota is an inspiration for me and all Nepali people. Even though our societies we live in differ, I can still try to see from his perspective and empathize. This will probably be the biggest barrier between us, the things we were allowed to do simply because of those who governed us. Below I have listed some similarities as well as differences.

Laxmi Prasad Devkota Prabigya Devkota
Male Male
Nepali Nepali
Born and raised in Nepal Born in Nepal, raised in Canada
Love of poetry and literature Likes poetry and loves to read
Cares not about the appearance, or social standing in society, or anything that’s out of their control but the nature of people and what comes from within Yes
Believes in equality Believes in equality
Scholar Will graduate high school and is planning to go to university
Traumatic experiences that changed his life Is living a happy-go-lucky like with no traumatic experiences
Chain-smoker Will never smoke

After a long battle against cancer, Laxmi Prasad Devkota died in 1959, however, the fire that he lit for Nepali literature and the good of Nepal will not fade for years to come.

Independent Novel Study: First Response to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The way Christopher handles the situation both surprised and impressed when he gets arrested. Acts of him punching the police and staying calm in that situation solidifies him as peculiar character that always sticks to their morals. When the policeman “[takes] hold of [his] arm and [lifts him] onto [his] feet,” Christopher hits him (8). It shows that even thought Christopher has been taught “that it is wrong to hit a policeman”, he does it anyway because the principles that define the way he behaves, control his thoughts and actions, far more than rules imposed by the government (17). Simply “[not liking] [the policeman] touching [him]” was enough of an incentive to break the law. It highlights Christopher as a stubborn person as well; he listens to little of what others tell him to do. It doesn’t matter whether it is the law or his father, he will do what he wants unless forced to otherwise. Having the audacity to say that “it wasn’t an accident” when he hit the police officer shows that he fears nobody (18). He does not stray from his ethics of honesty even to get out of a serious situation regarding the law.

Job Descriptions

                X Pharmacist Information Security Specialist Project Manager
Education Up to university Up to university Up to university or college
Salary (Median) $ 99 000 $ 81 000 $ 112 000
Daily Tasks The main role of pharmacists is to fill prescriptions based on the instructions given by physicians/ doctors on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients. They are also expected to check if the patient is taking any other medications or if the patient has any medical conditions that will interfere with the prescribed medication. They are expected to give the patient the details of the medication such as: dosage amounts, potential side effects, advice on diet exercise, and other medical advice. They also complete insurance forms and work alongside with insurance companies to ensure patients get the medicines they require. Information security specialists must carefully study computer systems and networks and investigate any irregularities to determine if the networks have been compromised. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security specialists pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance. Information security specialists try to outthink cybercriminals and invent new ways to protect their organization’s computer systems and networks. Information security specialists uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks. A project manager coordinates and oversees the organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation of a project. They confer with management or supervisory personnels, production, and/or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures, and direct, review, or approve project changes. Project managers also consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications and present and explain proposals, reports, or findings to clients.
Hours 8 hour shifts usually with hours 9 am to 9 pm in Canada. 40 hours total, a week. 35-40 hours a week. They need to work around the clock so each one at a company might have rotating shifts. 45-50 hours a week but depends on the company, current project, topic, etc.
Safety Safe but you are going to be surrounded by drugs and chemicals. Standard safety for work. Standard safety for work.
Skills Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs, evaluate the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge about the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication. Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take a medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns. Pharmacists need computer skills to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks. Pharmacists must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient. Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including managing inventory and overseeing a staff. Information security specialists must carefully study computer systems and networks and investigate any irregularities to determine if the networks have been compromised. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security specialists pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance. Information security specialists try to outthink cybercriminals and invent new ways to protect their organization’s computer systems and networks. Information security specialists uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks. Project managers work with groups and teams, as they are in constant contact with others. Project managers work in a wide range of industries. Monitoring/ Assessing performance of themselves, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Talking to others to convey information effectively.




Science 9: TALON/TED Talk 2019

This Ted Talk project was very enjoyable to work on as I really like the topic that I chose. It was different from other finals as there is a lot of creative space you can work with. I did have some issues with YouTube however I got fixed after calling YouTube. Without a further ado, here is my Ted Talk of 2019!

Link: https://youtu.be/mYUlWq5Y7xU



Fighting Fire with Fire: Killing bacteria with virus






Reducing My Ecological Footprint

I calculated my ecological footprint and the total came about to be 3.75 hectares. This was after recalculation. On my first attempt at calculation, the total was about 2.88 hectares. I was first quite surprised as people in my quad had hectares of 8, 9, and even 12! Even though my new calculation is bigger, it is still quite small compared to others’ ecological footprint. In our quad’s discussion, I found out that their living spaces were quite large compared to mine. One person goes horseback riding so she calculated the total are of her barn, I believe it was. Maybe that is why their E.F. was huge compared to mine. Although mine is still smaller than others’ I still plan to reduce it. Some of the biggest factors that increase my ecological footprint include:

  • Transportation by car
  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Living space
  • Eating some food grown outside of B.C.
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Play equipment
  • Play area
  • Garbage that I threw away
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not wearing the some clothes as the day before yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing

The ones that I will try to reduce are:

  • Not wearing second hand clothing
  • Spending too much time in the shower
  • Garbage
  • Not wearing the some clothes as yesterday
  • Not mending pieces of clothing


I will try to reduce these specific ones because the other ones are a bit more difficult to change. For example, I cannot change my mode of transportation. I walk to school almost everyday and sometimes bike. I try to walk as much as I can if the destination is close enough. However, like on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, I have to use cars and public transportation because I have to go to New Westminister. But for things I can change like Garbage, I will try to reduce. For garbage, I can try to pack lunches in reusable containers. I will try to buy second hand clothing or borrow from my parents. I can also spend less time on the shower. As for clothing, I am going to try to mending ripped clothes and try to wear more clothes over the course of more than one day to reduce the amount of times it has to be washed. These are all steps that I can take to reduce my E.F. that are easy but make an impact.

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to reduce my E.F. wherever I can. Some of the changes are easy for me like wearing the same clothes over a period of multiple days. I especially do it on weekends or I wear the same jeans everyday throughout the week. Some obstacles included the showering, garbage and mending. For showering, I try to do my best to get out as quickly as possible but sometimes I can still take up to 15 minutes. That one is still a work in progress. As for garbage, I try my best to look for foods, when grocery shopping, that have little packaging. Also, when I pack my lunch, I try and put them in a reusable container. I also plan to buy clothes second-hand when I wear out my current ones but usually I won’t get clothes until I need them. My plans for the future always include caring for the environment. Reducing my E.F. is just part of the bigger picture. The Earth itself is in trouble right now, so every little thing to impact it counts.