• A Monsoon Collective

    A Monsoon Collective

    The rain is a muse. It inspires nostalgia. It heals. It triggers expression. We asked four writers to share with us their monsoon anecdotes. Pages Byanjana Thapa A quick June shower could create river upon river of brown water next to the broken sidewalks. While the older men and women grimaced against the impending splash

  • An afternoon on a Hermit's verandah

    An afternoon on a Hermit's verandah

    A trek to one of Nepal’s last true wildernesses reveals it will remain so for a while. Vultures came swooping down from the hill to the east, and I was reminded once again of my destination. I was in the army barracks in Jhigrana village, the last settlement before Khaptad National Park. My destination was the army

  • From physical to digital

    From physical to digital

    The introduction of the gramophone by aristocrats in the early 20th century can be seen as the genesis of Nepal’s music industry. With vinyl records being replaced by audiocassettes, compact discs, and digital data, the music business in the local market has taken giant leaps over the years. Upendra Lal Singh is a pianist and a

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  • An amalgam

    An amalgam

    Swosti Rajbhandari

    Rightly titled Amalgam, the group exhibition which took place at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Baber Mahal (June 27- July 28) displays the works of 25 artists from different backgrounds expressing on canvas and other mediums, diverse topics of aesthetics,  personal fancy, commemoration, self realizations and mostly social and political awareness. 

    Aug.22.2014
  • Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia By Gautama V. Vajracharya

    Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia By Gautama V. Vajracharya

    Reviewed by Kapil Bisht

    One of my favorite memories from my childhood in the Terai is of the sight of the first monsoon rain that arrived from the south. After months of relentless heat that turned my hometown into a ghost town in the afternoons, the gales that swept up dust clouds ceased, the

    Aug.19.2014
  • Rainbow on a woman's waist

    Rainbow on a woman's waist

    Amit Shrestha

    Would you be surprised to witness a rainbow on a woman’s waist? A bangdian is a rainbow-like woollen apron worn by women in the Himalayas. It functions perfectly as a shield against the cold, just as much as it does as a decoration on the waist, or even the walls

    Aug.18.2014
  • Yoga re-imagined

    Yoga re-imagined

    Biplav Shrestha

    A new way to getaway, we explore the newly established Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Our journey to Nepal Yoga Retreat & Spa Center began from Thamel. After three days of rain, the sun and a clear blue sky was a welcome change. We met our hosts at a

    Aug.17.2014
  • Writers' block

    Writers' block

    Don Messerschmidt

    ome days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better.  Not writing at all leads to nothing.” (Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize winning author) “There is no such thing as Writers’ block for writers whose standards are low

    Aug.14.2014
  • A Monsoon Collective

    A Monsoon Collective

    The rain is a muse. It inspires nostalgia. It heals. It triggers expression. We asked four writers to share with us their monsoon anecdotes. Pages Byanjana Thapa A quick June shower could create river upon river of brown water next to the broken sidewalks. While

    Jul.23.2014
  • An afternoon on a Hermit's verandah

    An afternoon on a Hermit's verandah

    Kapil Bisht

    A trek to one of Nepal’s last true wildernesses reveals it will remain so for a while. Vultures came swooping down from the hill to the east, and I was reminded once again of my destination. I was in the army barracks in Jhigrana village, the last

    Jul.22.2014
  • From physical to digital

    From physical to digital

    Girish Subedi

    The introduction of the gramophone by aristocrats in the early 20th century can be seen as the genesis of Nepal’s music industry. With vinyl records being replaced by audiocassettes, compact discs, and digital data, the music business in the local market has taken giant leaps over the years.

    Jul.20.2014
    • Writers' block

      ome days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead

    • An empty sheet of paper

      Pencils, refill ball-point pens, sheets of paper, note pads, a desktop, or some other location on your computer

    • A Yak Herder's Breakfast at 14,000 ft.

      What’s for breakfast?  In 1966, Regon Unsoeld and I, with our friend Terry Bech and my Tibetan mastiff dog ‘Amjo’,

    • Sindhuli Gaadi

      By March 2015, traffic along the Banepa-Sindhuli-Bardibas Highway is going to go up exponentially. The highway, which is being engineered

    • Bhasmasura

      The story of Bhasmasura teaches us that greed and lust can lead to self-destruction. Bhasmasura turned himself into ashes, in

    • Swastika

      Because the Swastikai  is used as elcetion stamps, it was seen on pamphlets and banners of various parties. One