Nepal’s Bird Man
A. Learn these words and complete the sentences with them.
[mentoring, diversity, nurturing, enhanced, genteel]
a. Nepal is known for her diversity of people, still there is harmony in them.
b. Despite being successful, Krishna is an example of a genteel lifestyle.
c. The food was tasty! They enhanced the flavour of food items by adding natural herbs.
d. She encouraged women to start formal mentoring programmes in their companies.
e. All the family members helped her in nurturing her newborn baby.
B. Choose the correct alternatives to fill in the gaps.
a. Kazi Dai was a famous birder.
b. Parasar N. Suwal has earned his Ph.D.
c. The writer became interested in becoming a birder while returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
d. Which of the following is a false statement?
ii. The writer never got the opportunity to work together with foreigners.
e. Which of the following organizations did Kazi Dai not work for?
C. Answer these questions.
a. What made Kazi Dai a friend of Parasar Narayan Shrestha?
The shared love of the wilderness and exploring the jungles of the Terai made Kazi Dai a friend of Parasar Narayan Shrestha
b. Was the journey to Pokhara a memorable one for the writer? How can you say so?
Yes, the journey to Pokhara was memorable for the writer. It was a turning point in shaping their interest in birds and they received mentoring from Kazi Dai.
c. Name the personality with whom the writer worked except Kazi Dai.
Karna Shakya, who was with the IUCN Commission on Education.
d. Mention the areas BCN is working in at present.
Bird documentation, photography, research, and conservation.
e. Who is the donor of the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary?
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal, in partnership with International Crane Foundation and Lumbini Development Trust.
f. Do you like Kazi Dai? Why?
Kazi Dai was a respected and influential figure in the field of ornithology and bird conservation in Nepal. He was highly regarded for his knowledge, passion, and willingness to mentor and share his expertise with others, including the writer. Many young naturalists were inspired and nurtured by his guidance. Therefore, it can be said that Kazi Dai’s contributions to the study and preservation of Nepal’s birdlife were highly valued and appreciated by those who had the opportunity to work with him.
D. Can birdwatching be a good hobby for a Nepali student like you? Discuss with your friends.
Birdwatching is a great hobby for Nepali students like me. It connects us with nature, teaches us about bird species and their habitats, and develops observation skills. It’s also a fun and social activity to enjoy with friends.
Gerunds and Infinitives
B. Choose and copy the correct answers.
a. I don’t like going out at night.
b. She learned to tell stories.
c. I would like to come to the party.
d. My grandfather enjoys people asking what he wants.
e. She kept on talking during the film.
f. I am learning to speak English nowadays.
g. Do you mind giving me a hand?
h. Munal helped me carry this load.
i. I dislike waiting for people.
j. They’ve finished preparing food – come and eat!
C. Fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the verbs given in the brackets.
a. Joan loves listening to music.
b. Tina usually goes fishing at the weekends.
c. We usually go swimming on Saturdays.
d. He hates writing emails.
e. Would you like to talk to the manager?
f. Excuse me, I’d like to pay the bill.
g. I like calling her in the evening.
h. She avoided talking to her neighbor.
i. Mr. Thakuri agreed to pay the debt on time.
j. He admitted of stealing the money.
Write an essay on My Hobbies and Interests. Include the answers to these questions.
a. What are your hobbies and interests?
b. Why have you chosen them?
c. How are you going to achieve them?
d. What support do you need to pursue them? (Are there any barriers stopping you?)
e. What changes might they bring to your life?
My Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies and interests play an important role in shaping our personalities and bringing joy to our lives. They provide an avenue for self-expression, relaxation, and personal growth. In my case, I have a few hobbies and interests that I am passionate about.
Firstly, I have a keen interest in photography. Capturing moments and expressing emotions through the lens of a camera allows me to see the world from a unique perspective. Photography helps me appreciate the beauty of nature, people, and everyday life. It is a creative outlet that allows me to document my experiences and share them with others.
Additionally, I enjoy playing the guitar. Music has always been a source of inspiration and relaxation for me. Strumming the strings and creating melodies brings me a sense of peace and fulfilment. It is a hobby that helps me unwind and express my emotions.
To achieve proficiency in photography and guitar playing, I am dedicated to continuous learning and practice. I attend photography workshops, explore different genres, and experiment with various techniques. Similarly, I devote time to practising guitar chords, learning new songs, and even collaborating with fellow musicians.
In pursuing these hobbies, I require support from my family, friends, and mentors who provide encouragement, feedback, and opportunities for growth. However, I also face challenges such as time constraints and balancing my hobbies with other responsibilities. Nonetheless, I am determined to overcome these barriers and make time for my passions.
Engaging in these hobbies brings positive changes to my life. They enhance my creativity, boost my self-confidence, and provide a sense of fulfilment and purpose. They also allow me to connect with like-minded individuals and explore new avenues of self-expression.
In conclusion, my hobbies and interests, such as photography and playing the guitar, bring joy, inspiration, and personal growth to my life. Through continuous learning, practice, and the support of others, I am determined to pursue these passions and embrace the positive changes they bring.