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Hey men, women don't want to be told to be like a woman

Kathmandu, Sept. 18 -- Throughout her time as a Deputy Inspector General of Nepal Police, Bimala Thapa was referred to as "Sir" by her subordinates. She tried several times, during her initial days in... Read More


A poet whose words still matter

Kathmandu, Sept. 15 -- Prime Minister Juddha Shumsher banned any use of Nepal Bhasa for business or literary purpose between 1932 to 1945. Shumsher even sanctioned admonitions and fines-some were sent... Read More


Does blackface have a place in Nepali comedy? Probably not

Kathmandu, Sept. 2 -- In a 2017 advertisement released by the Election Commission, the popular comedian duo Dhurmus and Suntali attempt to teach the Madhesi community how to vote. Suntali, played by K... Read More


A final show before the start of a new beginning

Kathmandu, Sept. 1 -- It's two hours before the opening of the BFA Show 2019 at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, but a crowd has already assembled. Many are also immersed at the artworks on display, whi... Read More


A day out in the Valley with a local Kathmandu guide

Kathmandu, Aug. 23 -- It came as a shock to this group of guides sitting idly in front of Kumari Ghar, Basantapur, when I asked them if I could hire a guide. A local person needed a guide to be shown ... Read More


This is what it's like to spend a day in Kathmandu with a tourist guide

Kathmandu, Aug. 23 -- It came as a shock to this group of guides sitting idly in front of Kumari Ghar, Basantapur, when I asked them if I could hire a guide. A local person needed a guide to be shown ... Read More


Desolation but in its diverse forms

Lalitpur, Aug. 19 -- It's another scorching hot afternoon, the kind of day when you are thinking of dipping yourself in ice. Those walking the pedestrian pathway are swiftly hurrying to get to their d... Read More


The tale of the singing bowl

Kathmandu, Aug. 14 -- "Close your eyes and keep your muscles loose," said Santa Ratna Shakya, a singing bowl sound healer based in Boudha. Nicholas Edwardo Blanch, his student from Chile, following hi... Read More


Gunla baja vibrates across time and space with the change of guards

Nepal, Aug. 9 -- At 5:45 am, the sounds of neku, dhaa baja, nayakhin, taa, bhusya, danga, jhyali, dabadaba reverberate in the periphery of Swayambhunath, one of the most revered Buddhist stupas in Kat... Read More


Onto a silent life under the Thapathali bridge

Nepal, Aug. 2 -- Thousands of people pass by the Thapathali bridge every day. Here the hustle of life grows abuzz during the day, with everyone in a hurry to reach somewhere. But below the bridge, bes... Read More