Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Trip to Bronx Zoo (Photos)

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Photo of the Day- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Photo of the Day- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Photo of the Day- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge- connects two boroughs of New York City-Staten Island and Brooklyn.1,298 meter long, VN bridge was built on 1964. Everyday estimated 200,000 vehicles cross the bridge. This is one of the best places for fishing,cycling,running and of course for to take pictures.
Have a nice day! — at Verrazano Bridge.

पानी पसेको घडी जस्तो जिन्दगी

धुम्म बादल लागेको छ,
तै पनि घुमी रहन्छ
दाइँका गोरु जसरी!
धुलो मसिनो बनाउनु छ
ओसिएको पराल
र निकाल्नु छ धानका गेडाहरु ।
तर कहिले रोकिन्छ सुईहरु,
अनि रगड्छु आफ्नै शरीरको तातोमा,
र एकैछिन भएपनि हराए जस्तो हुन्छ बादल!
फेरी सुस्त दौडिन्छ तँछाड मछाड गर्दै सेकेन्ड, मिनेट र घण्टाको हिसाबमा!
दौडिदा दौडिदै पर्छ बादलको परिबन्धमा,
अल्झिन्छ पानीका साना साना कणहरुमा,
सम्भबत:
यसै गरी एक दिन झ्याप्प बन्द हुन्छ जिन्दगी,
पानी पसेको घडी जसरी ।
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शब्द र तस्बिर:
सहदेव पौडेल, न्यु योर्क
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Arpana-a Dance Offering for the Himalayan Development Foundation & UCEP

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A group of young students organized a wonderful cultural program “Arpana- a dace offering for the Himalayan Development Foundation and UCEP Nepal.” The performance of Nepali, Hindi, and English songs and dances were beautifully crafted. Meenakshi Krishna and her team did a great job.
All Photos by Sahadev Poudel

A Trip To Coney Island, Brooklyn (Photo Tour)

Coney Island is one of the most popular summer destinations for many beach lovers. It is largely popular for boardwalk and accelerating amusement activities. It has a 45 meter tall Wonder Wheel including much other entertaining stuff. Mostly, I love walking, taking photographs, and splash on the beach.

If you want to go by train D, F, N & Q trains will take you to there.

For more information:

http://www.coneyisland.com/tourist-information

All photos Copyrights by Sahadev & Pratima
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Birds
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Color Purple

Cconey Island

Baby loves beach

Coney Baby

Grab a Crab

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A Trip To Coney Island

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Jumping to the beach

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A Trip To Coney Island

Walking Coney

Birds’ View

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Wheel of Wonder

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Gold Digger

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Coney Island Beach

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Thank you so much for visiting.

Sahadevision

Here Comes – Let It Be on Broadway

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Here Comes-Let It Be on Broadway

By Sahadev Poudel

Here Comes.

The classic radio and television advertisements and music were playing. The crowds in St. James Theatre were excitedly waiting for the curtain to go up. Audiences were cheering and gearing up to embrace the Beatles music. Being a Beatles aficionado, I also joined the crowd and started clapping my hands and cheering right after the young members of the Beatles came on stage. By the way, they were not the original Beatles members; they were the cast members of Let It Be.

Let It Be took me to the 60s and 70s Beatles era. I feel like I was watching the real Beatles concert. During the Beatles era, I was not even born. When John Lennon was shot dead; I was just two years old. Most likely, I started listening to the Beatles songs after I came to America. That was 40 years after the Beatles came to America. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison have the magical combination of music. Their lovely and peaceful lyrics, soft rock flavor, great voices, and their performance made me a Beatles maniac forever.

The Beatles songs are like songs of Narayan Gopal, Arun Thapa, Gopal Yonzan or Amber Gurung of the Nepali music world or Mohamad Rafi, Lata, Kishore Kumar or Jagajit Singh of the Hindi music world. I never get tired of listening to them. I can enjoy them all day and night and the Let It Be has that magic too.  

Let It Be is more than a concert: it’s an extravaganza. The performers Graham Alexander, John Brosnan, Ryan Coath, James Fox,Reuven Gershon Chris McBurney,Luke Roberts, Daniel A Weiss, and Ryan Alex Farmery have tremendous musical talents and I felt like the Beatles soul came back to their lives. They look like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Let it Be cast members dress like them, talk like them, and their hair style looks like The Beatles and of course they performed like the Beatles.

The video and audio footage of the original concert from the US tour, the set and the light effects of Let It Be creates a set like the original concert of the Beatles I really enjoyed all songs; I clapped, hummed and moved my body. Interestingly, the audience was taking pictures and I did too.

Let It Be is sincerely “a celebration of the music of The Beatles.” If you love the Beatles, you would burst with the joy of Let It Be.”

Finally, let me make a simple sentence using some of the Beatles songs:

Hey Jude, Let it be, I want hold your hand and I want to be your man. You know I work A hard day’s night. Once in a while let’s Come Together, Twist and Shout on Strawberry Fields because All You Need is Love.

Let It Be is opening on Broadway from July 24th at St. James Theatre.

Tickets and more info:

http://www.letitbebroadway.com/

All IPhone Photos with Instagram effects by Sahadev Poudel Twitter @Sahadevision Instagram @Iamsahadev

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अन्तरास्ट्रिय नेपाली साहित्य समाजले न्युयोर्कमा मनायो २०० औं भानु जयन्ती( तस्बिरहरु)

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अन्तरास्ट्रिय नेपाली साहित्य समाजले न्युयोर्कमा मनायो २०० औं भानु जयन्ती( तस्बिरहरु)
अन्तरास्ट्रिय नेपाली साहित्य समाज (अनेसास)ले आफ्नू साधारण सभा सँगै आदि कवि भानु भक्त आचार्यको २०० औँ जन्म जयन्ति मनाएको छ। कार्यक्रममा प्रमुख अतिथि कवि तुलसीदिवस, संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघका उपमाहासचिब ज्ञानचन्द्र आचार्य, होमनाथ सुबेदी, कमला ओली, पदम विश्वकर्मा, डा. तारा निरौला, रेणु शर्मा सापकोटा, ज्योति पौडेल, खेम भट्टचन र सिता खरेलले भानु भक्त आचार्य,नेपाली साहित्य, र अनेसास सम्बन्धी आनु विचारहरू राख्नु भएको थियो भने कबिहरु तुलसी दिवस, होमनाथ सुबेदी, विनोद रोका, प्रकाश नेपाल, मनु लोहोरुङ राई, गीता पन्थ, विकास विष्ट, सहदेब पौडेल, मिना श्रेष्ठ, कुन्ता थापा, परिता राजभन्डारी, शिव लामिछाने, पदम विश्वकर्मा, किसानसिंह धामी, शान्ता घिमिरे, बुद्ध चेम्जोङ, नारायण अधिकारी, किरण काफ्ले, सुनिता शर्मा र सकुन्तला ज्ञवालीले आ-आफ्नू रचनाहरू वाचन गर्नु भएको थियो ।

पानीको पाहाड

तालको पानी जस्तो,
सानै स्पर्शले पनि तरंगीत हुन्छु,
निस्सासिन्छु र लाग्छ,
खोला बनेर बँगु,
वा नदी जस्तो जुर्मुराँउ,
कि त आकाशै ओडेर संसार डुल्ने सागर झैँ बनुँ
वा गहिराई छुन सक्ने समुन्द्र !
यस्तै ईच्छाहरुले उकुश मुकुश हुन्छु
र बन्न मन लाग्छ
गाउँ बस्ति बगाउने बहुला भेल र बाढी,
तर अफ़सोस
पानीको पाहाडले घेरिएको म बर्षौं देखि खडेरीको भुमरीमा रुमल्लिरेछु ।
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सहदेव पौडेल
न्यु योर्क
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Photo by Ashok Pant

Review:The Banana Monologues

The Banana Monologues
Review by Sahadev Poudel

The Banana Monologues is a one-man comedy show, performed by John R Brenan and written by Jason C Cooper and Mary Cimino including actor performer Mr. Brenan. He plays a brokenhearted man, Gus Wiederman and retells his side of romantic and tragic relationship story with his girlfriend. By profession Gus is a pharmacist and he falls in love with a pharmacist intern named Alexis, who he describes as a ‘sexy’ girl. Everything goes well until one day Alexis has to move from the current location Charleston, South Carolina to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for three years residency. During these three years, they both keep their long distance relationship lovely using social networks and text messages. Sadly, after three years, the story does not favor Gus. Does this make audiences sad? Do we cry? No. Audiences laugh a lot because of Mr. Brenan’s acting, storytelling crafts and frequent use of profane words.

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(Photo Credit http://www.nytheatre.com Carol Rosegg)
Brenan portrays four other characters as funny as possible. He plays as Gus Weiderman, his inner voice “banana’ Sergeant Johnson, who is like his relationship adviser and his girlfriend Alexis and her ‘Guy’ friend Darby. The Banana Monologues roam around these four characters. When Mr. Brenan portrays Alexis, he brings the sexy and seductiveness using body gestures. Similarly while portraying Sergeant Johnson he uses voice and body languages. In a one-man show, showing four characters is not easy job but Mr. Brenan does it well and keeps audiences connecting. Sometimes Mr. Brenan interacts with audiences and asks personal sex and relationship related questions. It makes the audiences laugh and helps them connect to the show.

Mr. Brenan’s performance skills inspired me but the Banana Monologues’ story is not worth retelling. It has nothing new story to offer. Audiences laugh because of its cliche love story. It makes fun of female character; Many of us have tendency to laugh when someone make fun of somebody. It tells the story from a male point of view and seriously everyone might not find that funny. The bill says it’s “a penetratingly funny show about love”. Of course it’s “penetratingly funny” but it does not have an extra ordinary story .It didn’t inspire me and it lacks aha moment. Audiences mostly laugh because of its sexual contents and profanity.

Mr. Brenan uses every part of the stage. He dances, jumps, and moves around the stage and auditorium. Roman Tatarowicz’s set design certainly worthy for one-man show. The lightening is another important part of the show. It helps to bring the dramatic transaction and create mood of the show. In one scene, I feel like I am inside the dance floor. So the set and lights has given life for the show. Deborah Constantine designs the lights. And Debra Whitfield is a captain of the show; she brings these talented crafts together at the Acorn Theatre.
The auditorium was full with mostly younger adult audiences and their laughter. I laughed too but right after the show I forgot all the jokes but Mr. Brenan. It was not appealing to me. In other words, I liked the banana taste but not its shape. If you are looking for expensive laugh you could buy $70 ticket and break your tension and laugh out loud with this show or if you are fan of other one-person show like ANN (funny and worth watching), the Banana Monologues is not for you.

The Banana Monologues
Theatre Row- The Acorn Theatre
Run Through August 30, 2013
410 W 42 St
Performed by
John R Brenan
Written by
John R Brenan, Jason C Cooper and Mary Cimino
Directed by
Debra Whitfield