Two extremities

KATHMANDU, March 15 -- After being lampooned for extravagant, but empty, promises and criticised for having nothing concrete to show for his first year as prime minister, K P Oli has moved quickly to ... Read More

Biplav is just following the footsteps of mentors

KATHMANDU, March 15 -- KP Oli rose to prominence with the Jhapa movement. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) gained political clout with the Maoist war. Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) and Netra Bikram Chand (B... Read More

Holy Waters

KATHMANDU, March 15 -- Gosain Kunda is a place to avoid in July-August when tens of thousands ascend to the holy waters at 4,380m for the Janai Purnima festival. But now is the time to go as the winte... Read More

Beat the crowd to Khayer Lake

KATHMANDU, March 15 -- The Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek? That is so last century. Now that road access makes the scenic viewpoint easily reachable with a night stop, more and more trekkers venture on up t... Read More

No closure

KATHMANDU, March 15 -- Just as the government was defusing one crisis by getting Madhesi activist CK Raut to renounce separatism last Sunday, it was faced with another explosive situation created by b... Read More

Nepal, Inc.

KATHMANDU, March 14 -- One To Watch, a Dutch-Nepal joint venture, co-hosted a well attended mini investment conference in London last month. What was originally planned as a Demo Day for the new cohor... Read More

Shut up and shut down

KATHMANDU, March 14 -- My latest assassment is that at least some of you are reading these words, as we speak. There is proof. How else does one explain that three weeks after this very Backside Colum... Read More

Wed before birth

KATHMANDU, March 13 -- The play Garbha Chhita staged by Karnali Arts Centre at the Nepal International Theatre Festival 2019 starts with young, unmarried women in white blouse and skirts singing bhail... Read More

Why we climb mountains

KATHMANDU, March 13 -- Mountaineers have been asked why they climb mountains for as long as big mountains have been climbed. But for Himalayan and other Native peoples around the world, the question i... Read More

A director from Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, March 12 -- Given his multinational background, it was perhaps inevitable that it would be Pema Dhondup would make the first truly global Nepali feature film. Dhondup's family moved down fr... Read More