6-12 January 2017 #840

New year revolutions

One week into 2017 AD, and there are already indications that this year may be one in which 2017 BS repeats itself as a farce in a reversal of the space-time continuum.

Seven days is also time to remember the new year resolutions of December 31st which we have forgotten because we were pretty much plastered by the time we made them. I have this sneaking suspicion that I may not be speaking just for myself when I make a public confession that I have already resumed being my usual cantankerous and obnoxious self.

I have taken the liberty to tweak some resolutions, and after consulting lawyers, have modified them so that they will stand up in a court of law. Listed below are some new year resolutions and their perfectly legal interpretations (in brackets):

I will stop giving cash bribes. (I will use the PayTM phone payment app) I will cut the carbs. (I have started cutting the cake into smaller slices before eating) I will stop drinking and driving. (Stopped driving, only drinking now.) I will stop smoking cigarettes. (I’ll stick to pot.) I will save water. (Haven’t flushed the toilet since New Year’s Eve) I will desist from picking my nose with my finger. (I will do it with an excavator.) I will stop using bad words. (WTF I’ll just use acronyms STFU, LMFAO)

The main drawback of new year resolutions, as I see it, is that they are not legally binding. There is nothing there in writing. And in the absence of a Letter of Intent that will stand up in the International Court of Arbitration, such resolutions are easily broken.

That is why I have hired the Bhattarai, Bhattarai & Bhattarai Law Firm to draw up a memorandum of understanding with my unreformed self, and got the document duly notarised by the Chief District Officer and signed by two witnesses who are senior civil servants in the Fed-up Democratic Republic of Nepal that puts me under a contractual obligation to abide by all my new year resolutions. There are stiff penalties involved in breaking one or more of the terms and conditions hereunder:



WHEREAS all Nepalis great and small are entitled to earn karma points during their ongoing life so as to ensure reincarnation as higher primates (hereinafter referred to as "Monkeys") in their next life;

AND WHEREAS we consider that it is the interest of every citizen to enjoy the fundamental human right to inadvertently break some, if not all, resolutions we have made;

DETERMINED to get intoxicated during every annual traverse by Planet Earth in its trajectory around the Sun;

BEING DESIROUS of making a perfect Ass (hereinafter referred to as "Donkey") of myself at the slightest pretext;

BEARING in mind that similar resolutions shall be undertaken during other new year parties (Bikram Sambat, Nepal Sambat, Tamu Losar, Sonam Losar, Sherpa Losar and the Inuit New Year);

NOTING that although there is a case to be made for a moratorium on said new year parties, and a cessation of hostilities for the time being;

NOTING FURTHER that this document has a provision to make me a persona non grata;

I HAVE resolved with myself during the Gregorian New Year to carry out the following reforms in my general behaviour;

  1. That I will get up every morning at 5:30AM, jog to Pashupati and be back in time for a breakfast of muesli, whole-wheat, and drink without prejudice with any practice a warm frothy health drink which used to be the favourite of a certain late ex-prime minister of a neighbouring country who shall remain nameless for the purpose of this document;

  2. That I will stop shooting the breeze (in more ways than one) unless ordered to do subject to provisions of what is deemed in the national interest by a higher up authoritarian;

  3. That I shall not cast aspersions during the whole of 2002 about the female relatives of motorcyclists who, as the case may be, try to overtake me from the left while on the Pani Tanki uphill without prior express consent.


A Court of Arbitration shall be established inter alia pursuant to the Preamble above to resolve any disputes arising from the non-implementation of any of the instruments in the above resolution, or if they are carried out in a manner that is not in consonance with the letter and spirit of this agreement.


This agreement shall be deemed to be null and void if the contractual party and/or his boss decide to terminate this column in 2017 in the national interest.

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