Telling Your Story
Technology and its many advances have made certain industries that were almost inaccessible to the masses before, now accessible. Information Technology has provided society with a plethora of information readily available at their fingertips. The digital publication industry is growing exponentially as publications move from print platforms to digital ones. The independent author industry is continuously expanding because everyone no matter where they are in the world has a story to tell, and they don’t have wait on a traditional publishing company to tell it. Today, many writers are taking it a step further by becoming self-published authors including journalists like Kiran Marahatta.
New York based Kiran Marahatta, is a renowned television anchor, author and documentary maker from Nepal. He is a correspondent for the television network ABC Nepal. Marahatta has won several national and international awards, and has been honored for his outstanding achievements in journalism. Marahatta has hosted over 3,500 TV shows covering a host of topics from politics, sports, and socio-economic life in Nepal and abroad. Marahatta was recently awarded with the Agniban National Active Journalism Award in 2017. Marahatta has an extensive resume. He is a man of many hats to say the least, although merely summarized here, more detailed information about Marahatta and his accomplishments can be seen on his website at www.kiranmarahatta.com.
1. When did you migrate to America, and from what country?
I migrated to the US in 2015. Initially, I had been here in 2014 for the first time to cover some stories regarding the Nepali Community.
2. Was migration your choice, or your family’s choice?
We haven’t decided to settle here permanently, but my family and I are happy here, enjoying American vibes. Moving to this country was my choice. As a traveler of more than 50 countries, I thought this is the best country to occupy residency.
3. How long have you been a journalist?
I started my career in 2002 as a radio journalist, and became popular in my position as a radio jockey. I enjoyed my time as a radio journalist, until other career opportunities became available to me, and I decided to follow a different path. Thankfully, I ended up joining the media industry in television, which I enjoy the most. Other than broadcasting journalism, I did not see another profession that suited me, and my career goals.
4. What is the most challenging part about being a journalist?
Being a journalist is a huge challenge in itself. In my opinion, the most challenging part is to maintain your credibility and accuracy. If you make mistakes in your reporting, people begin to doubt your stories and lose trust in you as a journalist. That loss of trust can damage the credibility of the company or organization you work for. In addition, a lack of credibility puts a journalist career in jeopardy.
5. What propelled you into becoming an author?
Over the course of years being a journalist/television host, I’ve met various people from different socio-economic backgrounds. People have their own stories, which were not being covered or told. Through journalism, I saw the real face of society, and the issues they are facing. I became a voice for the voiceless. It was through the lens of journalism that encouraged me to take my passions a bit further.
6. Is “The Hope” your first book?
Actually, The Hope is my second independent publication. I previously published a booklet on interview theory in 2014.
7. What inspired and motivated you to write your book?
My profession, and being a journalist motivated me to publish my own books. I feel publishing a book is a means to keep a story alive for longer than a media report.
8. What is your book “The Hope” about?
The Hope is about interview skills specifically targeted to professional journalist, and recommended to students and media researchers. I have included some of my best television interviews in the book.
9. What kind of feedback about your book have you received from your community in the states and in Nepal?
I have been receiving some outstanding feedback in the States and Nepal. We had launched in both Nepal and the United States. Most of the reviews characterize “The Hope” as a guide for developing interview skills. Since 2017, “The Hope” has been one of the hottest books in demand in Nepal. I have participated in many national book expos, and the IABX (International Author’s Book Expo) where “The Hope” grabbed some additional exposure.
10. Are you working on any additional writing projects currently or in the future?
Yes, I am. I just released another book “Media in Mass.” This book is a collection of my popular television shows that were broadcasted in 2011 and 2012. The show was focused on peace building, and the process of drafting the constitution in Nepal through the Constitutional Assembly. In addition, I am working on another project, which will be a co-authored book between Nepali and America authors. I believe that this project will be a vehicle for progress between US-Nepal cultural relations. I am excited.
11. Where can people find your book if they are interested in buying it?
It is currently available in book stores in the US and Nepal. A US based publication will be releasing the English version, then I will circulate it on my personal website as well.
12. How big is the Nepali community, and or population in New York City?
I think the Nepali community in the US is significant. New York has the largest Nepali community. We are almost 70 thousand in population.
13. Is there a specific place in New York City that has a large Nepalese population?
Yes, the largest Nepali population is in Queens, NY.
14. Are the Nepali people in New York City politically active?
It’s hard to say yes, but currently some of the local community board members have appointed Nepali community board members to be advisors to the mayor through a community board committee.
15. Do the Nepali people vote in US elections, State and local?
Yes they do vote in state and local elections. We exercise our right to vote.
16. In terms of US politics, does the Nepali community favor one party (Democrat or Republican) over the other?
Nepali people believe in both parties. They believe in the US model of democracy.
17. What are the major issues facing the Nepali community in New York City?
The Nepali community is new to the US. They are facing many issues specifically unemployment.
18. What kind of changes would you like to see happening within the Nepali Community in New York City in the next 5 years.
Nepali people are hardworking, and honest by nature. They believe in the American dream, and I believe they will achieve great things in this country. As a Journalist and author I am working hard to connect the Nepali community with the American people by strengthening people to people relations between these two countries. I am also establishing a Nepali-American community media.
Nepal is a country in Asia that boarders the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains. Nepal is between India to the East, South, West and Tibet, an autonomous region of China to the North. Its territory extends roughly 500 miles (800 kilometres) from east to west and 90 to 150 miles from north to south. The capital is Kathmandu.