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Rabindra Mishra: Political parties are just creating fertile ground for us

Kathmandu, Nov. 17 -- You can say a lot of things about Rabindra Mishra but you can't say that he's not optimistic. Doom-and-gloom is reserved for the traditional political parties, but when it comes ... Read More


Manjushree Thapa: The content of democracy is social, psychological, emotional

Kathmandu, Nov. 10 -- Growing up as a young boy who wanted to write fiction in English, there were two 'senior' writers that we were supposed to read: Samrat Upadhyay and Manjushree Thapa. I read Upad... Read More


Anupama Khunjeli: Women should have the confidence to demand what we want

Nepal, Oct. 20 -- Growing up, Anupama Khunjeli wanted to become a sportsperson. She played squash, badminton and tennis while in school and college, competing alongside the boys and winning. But after... Read More


Manushi Yami Bhattarai: There's a lot of hypocrisy in Nepali society

Kathmandu, Oct. 13 -- There is a firestorm brewing when I meet with Manushi Yami Bhattarai at Pulchowk's Mitran da Dhaba. Surrounded by kitschy joke moustaches in a decidedly un-dhaba-like setting, we... Read More


48 hours in Istanbul

Istanbul, Oct. 4 -- There is something fascinating about cities on the crossroads of cultures. While empires, religions and personalities might have clashes, cultures have a way of intermingling, of s... Read More


Deepak Bajracharya: If you're good at something, you can succeed anywhere

Kathmandu, Sept. 29 -- Deepak Bajracharya remembers the time he ate snake in Hong Kong. It was long ago, he says, when he was just starting out as a musician and it was his first trip abroad. Bajracha... Read More


Nirmal Purja: Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something

Kathmandu, Sept. 15 -- Nirmal 'Nims' Purja, MBE, might just be a superhuman. In May, Purja climbed Everest (8,848 metres), descended to South Col and climbed adjoining Lhotse (8,516 metres), then flew... Read More


Ghanshyam Bhusal: The prime minister needs to realise his style is not working

Kathmandu, Sept. 8 -- It's been over a year and a half since the government of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli came to power-the first government in the history of modern Nepal to have a comfortable two-... Read More


Lex Limbu: Love should happen to everybody

Nepal, Sept. 1 -- Lex Limbu has just arrived from the premiere of Xira, a film starring his close friend Namrata Shrestha. The film is unique, he says, as Shrestha plays an MMA fighter. He's generous ... Read More


Rekha Thapa: Women weren't born daughters, we were made daughters

Nepal, Aug. 18 -- Picture a serene lake, its waters placid and calm. A rock drops and breaks the surface tension, sending out ripples that spread across the lake. And suddenly, the lake isn't that tra... Read More