What are they made up of?

Iron melts after a certain breaking point, turning into its molten state. It is forged to make the sword. It is beaten, beaten and beaten until its edges can stand no other. In the hands of the warrior, it is a lethal weapon, one that drew kingdoms over maps.

All of us have been that iron, put through the furnace, beaten, beaten, into pieces and we have the capacity to emerge as the slender razor sharp weapon.

The heat is inevitable, so is the beating, but great swords become great in the process, so do achievers. One may never know what the sword has been through but its sharp edges as it pierces through the wind. They are all the same swords put into the heated furnace, beaten by the hands of destiny, and they rise like shining silver in the sun. They began as irons and ended up drawing kingdoms.

“I’ve been called Nepal’s Bill Gates, but I have nothing in common with him. I don’t wear glasses.”

-Mr. Allen B. Tuladhar.

He’s the creator of the fun filled “Typeshala” that we grew up with, who declined the offer to be the second man at the Shanghai office of Microsoft to work for his country, where there are still places with ‘potatoes, corns and no salt.’

“We do not need to copy Bollywood.”

-Mr. Nakim Uddin.

He’s the man behind the multiple QFXs cinemas that hundreds of people walk in and out of everyday. Team Quest was the first to digitize cinema in Nepal. QFX, the name that echoes in every major mall in Kathmandu was inspired by commonly used technical terms VFX and HFX.

“I knew nothing about the restaurant business, I knew nothing about food except to eat.”

-Mr. Shyam L. Kakshapati

The flagship café in town, Nanglo Bakery Cafe is his brainchild. His passion for food, friends and good music, a cafe and pub that began with 18 stools forever changed the outlook of restaurants in the Nepali eye.

As I walked out of the hall, Stephen Hunt’s words echoed in my ears. “If you’re not living at the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” 

You’ve been taking up too much of space! Go run and chase your dream!


I had this amazing opportunity to attend The Storytellers’ Pioneer Series on 30th March 2016 where three amazing personalities graced the stage with their stories.

By the end of the show, a thousand stimulus had flashed across my mind. We often only get to witness the sharp edges of the sword, as they collide against another in the battle against time; very rare do we get to see it being forged like million others.

What are they made up of? Flesh, bone and blood, like we are too. They’ve had their good, bad and ugly times. And yet they stand. So can we. 

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