Stories By 'Pranaya SJB Rana'
The first room is that of unbridled expression, free of form and free even of thought. Empty walls, white and unblemished, invite all to draw, scribble, graffiti. This is the room where we are all children, a time when thought doesn’t interfere in expression. Infants, children in time, unthinking, unblinking, with our entire lives ahead of us, nothing but a blank canvas.
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Ever since #MeToo landed in India, many had hoped that the movement would hop the border into Nepal and lead to the exposure of predators in powerful positions. However, most women sharing their #MeToo stories in Nepal have largely refrained from naming and shaming the perpetrators and instead, centred around making public the incidents they went through and expressing solidarity with other women.
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Jha, who is from Nepal, is just one of the influential Indian media, film and art personalities who has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct in what is being seen as India’s long overdue #MeToo movement.
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I sleep fitfully, in between starts and stops, never deeply enough to dream. There are thousands around me, constantly moving, talking in languages that seem to meld into one incomprehensible stream of sound. The buzz of machinery, the hum of the air-conditioner, announcements over the PA all punctuate my sleep, waking me to a bright blue light that permeates the entire space and throws everything into stark relief, not one shadow in sight. I pull my hat down over my eyes and plug in my earphones, willing a sleep that can tolerate earthquakes.
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During his concert performances in the 80s, Bruce Springsteen would often tell a story, long and rambling, about his fractious relationship with his father. Sometimes, the story ended on a good note, with his hard-nosed father accepting the life his singer-songwriter son had chosen.
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The road expansion did not help motorised transport much, instead it actively harmed pedestrians
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