The Unlucky Fox features Nepal

The Unlucky Fox is series of illustrated novels by +Scott Plumbe about a dapper young fox who returns to his birth place to solve a family mystery.

Scott shares, Returning to Calcutta to solve the mystery of his mother’s disappearance, a young fox is inducted by his uncle into the peculiar Tea Merchants’ Secret Society. Against his will and in the company of strangers, he is plunged into a treacherous expedition deep into the Himalaya to protect a priceless artifact and is unwittingly entered into the Tournament in Shadows — a duel for supremacy in remotest Asia between Czarist Russia and Victorian England.

As the Empire teeters on the brink of conflict, our unlucky fox strives to unravel his mother’s riddle, fulfill his promise to guard the artifact, and safeguard his honour… all without putting a whisker out of place.

+View Your Choice- तपाईको सोचाई हाम्रो रोजाई - shares you on what +Scott Plumbe has to share  - 

Who is Scott Plumbe ?
An award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines such as +Communication Arts (US), +Applied Arts (CA), +Creative Review (UK) and 3 x 3 (US). This year alone, artwork from The Unlucky Fox was included in the Applied Arts 2014 illustration annual and chosen for +Bologna Children's Book Fair’s Illustrators Exhibit. The artwork also toured Japanese museums. 

The Scoop on The Unlucky Fox
This is the first story in my Unlucky Fox series of illustrated novels about a young fox named Theodore Browne. When completed, this novel will be around 60,000 words and contain over 100 pages of colour artwork! 
I’ve been developing Theo’s story for nearly four years now; during which time, the manuscript has been methodically researched, written, rewritten, edited, revised hard and revised again (I have even done a rough draft for the sequel!) At last, it’s time for Theo’s story to be brought to life.

I’ve seen the Unlucky Fox book trailer, but who is this story for? 

The Unlucky Fox is a story that celebrates individuality, loyalty and the importance of keeping your wits about you! It can be read by anyone from age 13 and up who enjoys a cracking mystery, with a diverse cast, heaps of artwork, historical tie-ins, far-flung travel and, of course, a good dose of archeological intrigue! As a once-hesitant youth reader myself, it’s my hope that this richly illustrated story will prove irresistible for even the most reluctant reader, regardless of age.

Here's a preview to the Art book - Notice carefully as you will find Nepal 

Is it an illustrated novel the same as Graphic Novel? 

The Unlucky Fox bridges the gap between a graphic novel and a traditional work of prose. For instance, there are no speech bubbles and it contains twenty chapters of approximately 60,000 words and over 60 ‘double-page spreads’ of colour illustration. In traditional printed book terms, that’s well over 100 pages of colour artwork. It can be read as text alone or enjoyed with the three to four colour illustrations per chapter. This artwork includes a mix of key scenes, handwritten letters, telegrams, maps and more.

Susmita's animation series on progress

          1st Nepali Woman Summiter to summit 7 Highest Summits of 7 Continents +Susmita Maskey has co-produced ‪' Susmita ' animation series with +Puppeteer Lounge

+Susmita Maskey made conquered the highest mountains of each continent Mount Aconcagua (Argentina) on 13th January 2014, Mount Everest (Nepal) on 22nd May 2008 & 18th may 2011, Mount Elbrus (Russia) on 26th June 2013 , Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) on 5th July 2013, Mount Denali (USA) on 23rd June 2014, Mount Kosciuszko (Australia) on 25th July 2013 and Mount Vinson Massif (Antarctica) on 6th December 2014

Susmita shares shares more about the animation series,
The series is about a dream, a dream that has always been followed with a passion. A passion that has been created by believing in self. A belief that with courage and perseverance every challenge and hurdle can be beaten. It is not only about climbing a mountain, it is a saga of a survivor transforming into a hero. A hero who will translate the transformation into hundreds and thousands of young children. “Susmita”, is committed to educate, aware and empower the children against violence. 
Here's the trailer -

+Susmita Maskey , the first Nepali woman to Climb Seven Summits and the Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal Tourism through +Nepal Tourism Board, “Susmita”, is an animation series in planning to create awareness about violence against Children and Women. 

Susmita, being a survivor herself strongly believes the need of discussion of the issue not only in public and elite forum but in households and schools. The animation series is unarguably, the best medium to bring the message to the children. Susmita understands the sensitivity of the issue; hence would be working together with experts to design the series in the best and simplest children perception modality. 

Each episode will highlight different forms of violence done against children and the mechanism to prevent and cope that includes -
  1. Physical Violence
    a. Physical punishment
    b. Domestic violence
    c. Torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
    d. Harmful traditional practices
  2. Emotional and Verbal Harm
    a. Bullying
    b. Harassment
    c. Psychological punishment
  3. Neglect and Abandonment
    a. Dangerous or hazardous work
    b. Deprivation
  4. Sexual Abuse
    a. Exploitation
    b. Molestation
  5. Death
    a. Infanticide
One can also be part of this initiation: Reach out to the team via here and also via

Make sure to follow Susmita on Facebook and Twitter for sneak-peaks at upcoming projects.  

Carpool Kathmandu; you just need to ask!

New constitution after a great struggle, and finally some space for joy and celebration; all but gone within some days as Nepal's southern protest rises to its peak. And with India's blockade adding more pressure to what is already an intense situation, the problem for shortage of petrol has risen. With the blocked of India on Nepal in effect, there are limited options to import oil, petrol and other products. Long lines of vehicles in petrol pumps has already set the government to conserve what is left of the remaining petrol by implementing odd/even vehicle rule and disallowing international airplanes to refill in Tribhuwan International Airport.

These tense situation has given rise to a short term solution; Carpool Kathmandu. Fed up with the current situation, Sumana Shrestha founded a Facebook page Carpool Kathmandu and started her community campaign. With the shortage of petrol which eventually led to shortage of vehicle, the idea was to help the people of Kathmandu move around the city by simply asking for a ride on this page.

So how does this work? Here is what she writes: (Using Carpool Kathmandu Facebook group)
Before posting, please search the existing offers and asks - by either searching via Hashtags, ‪#‎Offer‬‪#‎Ask‬, or searching via name of the start or destination points.
#Ask - From where to Where, what time, what day
‪#‎Offer - From Where to Where, what time, what day
‪#‎Filled‬ - Once your request has been completed - please edit your post and update the #Ask and #Offer to #Filled, so that the filled requests do not show up in the searches.
Example - #Ask or #Offer or #Filled - Samakhusi to Babarmahal, at 8 AM, Wednesday - Sept 30th 
Anyone needing a ride can simply post the message using above format. The page has already gained above 30,000 member within the first week and there has been positive responses so far. It seems to be more effective among the people in Kathmandu. This has also helped to unite Kathmandu people to tackle the petrol issue more positively and also an alternative to think about for the near future.

So what lies ahead for Carpool Kathmandu, Sumana believes that since it is a community sourced project, it is bound to run according to the need of the people around Kathmandu. And with this rate of attention among the Kathmandu people, it is bound to stay for a longer time. The number of people joining the group could even help it spread on other cities in Nepal.

There is an app coming very soon for Carpool Kathmandu which would make it much easier for Kathmandu people to ask for a ride so stay alert! and don't forget to Carpool.
Those who haven't joined the group, click here: Carpool Kathmandu and help each other out.

Writer: +Bijesh Bajracharya 
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