Quantum leap in thinking

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” It is important because our resolution is our aspiration to become a better human being for a better tomorrow. This is the driving force of evolution that has taken us from slave society to feudal society and from police states to welfare states. Ours are not just confined to New Year’s resolutions.

As a matter of fact, we take resolutions on our birthday, on a special day or just on any other day on so many issues like we will replace negative thoughts with positive ones, intoxicants with fresh water, idle time with a pastime and so on. It is because of our aspiration to strive for the highest standards, we have been scaling new heights of swifter, higher and stronger. It is more than Olympic motto -- it is our endeavour to blossom over the years. Researchers have produced new DNA evidence that almost certainly confirms “Out of Africa” theory of human evolution that all of us stem from a single group of Homo Sapiens.

After originating in Africa 150,000 years ago, our ancestors began spreading throughout Eurasia 60,000 years ago to seek food after experiencing a “quantum leap in thinking”.  We dare say that 2,000 generations ago, our ancestors could not help but to move out of Africa to satisfy their aspirations that they felt so strongly about after having experienced a “quantum leap in thinking”.

It had opened, as it were, a new horizon in their minds which can be described in the words of Rabindranath Tagore, “Fountain awakened from its dream”. The inner voice of our ancestors might have pushed them by saying in the Biblical words, “My zeal for the Lord has eaten me up.”

Sujit De, Kolkata

Over the moon

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration mentioning that spinner Sandeep Lamichhane from Nepal has virtually stolen the limelight with his extraordinary spell in the ongoing IPL 2018. It was his maiden association with the IPL team, Delhi Daredevils, but he performed like a pro against the best batsmen of the present times. He was very economical in his bowling throughout the tournament.

In each match he played, he had been the centre of attraction and he rightly proved himself as a game changer. He must have been over the moon now as he has been hailed by legendary cricketers, mentors, commentators and fans all over the world for his awesome knock in the tournaments. It is a very big achievement for his personal career. Now that the team he is with has been out of the tournament we will not be able to see more of his cricketing actions in this year’s IPL anymore. Yet, Sandeep has proved his worth. Still, he has a long way to go. The cricketing authority of Nepal, CAN, should aptly acknowledge his great performance in the IPL. He has made all the Nepalis proud. He can still do a lot for himself and the nation. Best wishes to Sandeep!

Rupak R Khanal, Changunarayan