Kathmandu renewed

Sanjog Manandhar, Sep 16 2017

Yenya Punhi might be popularly known as the Indra Jatra but in doing so the festival is boxed into one single dimension. The Jatra after all is not just about the “King of Heaven” being arrested in the Valley on charges of thievery.
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What inspired the stories in your latest book, Pratinayak?Pratinayak is a collection of stories which covers various phases that the Nepali society has gone through. I did not write this book in a single sitting. I wrote the stories over a span of many years. This anthology has stories that range from the ones I wrote when I was just starting out as a writer to ones that I wrote only very recently. In a way, this book sums up my writing journey till date and compiles stories that best describe my style of writing. Hence, I cannot put a finger on a single thing that inspired all the stories. All stories are unique in their own way, and every story is inspired by a different scenario. However, the theme that binds all the stories together is the hardship and struggle of the Nepali people. Our society has gone through various changes over the last few decades. This book is an effort to put light on that evolution and how it has changed lives of the people across the country.
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What space do the historically deprived, culturally marginalised communities occupy in Nepali society, where individual life and cultural practices are being sacrificed at the altar of the privileged? This is the question that the latest string of plays in Kathmandu’s bourgeoning theatre scene is trying to explore, as they wrestle with the question themselves.
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Owing to its roots in real life, the gentle way in which it tweaks formula, and some terrific performances, The Big Sick leaps over most rom-com pitfalls to offer a moving honest and funny portrait of a couple’s first wobbly steps together
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Cities are fascinating. Kathmandu has been a home and much more to me all these years, and all my life, I have been exploring its streets, trying to understand what exactly makes this space a city? Recently, I found myself asking the same question in a city half way around the world.
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While Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was in the suites of India’s presidential palace, flood-hit people in Nepal’s plains did not have clean water to wash down the chiura and chauchau delivered by relief groups. Hungry children had no dry spot to sleep on.
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Our Maharaja Sheroo Dai is leaving for New York after he is done celebrating ‘Constitution Day’ here at home. Yes, our Prime Monster and thulo mancheys need a vacation every other month to refresh themselves so that they can always come back home and come up with new ideas to loot the state and everyone else while making their near and dear ones happy.
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When newly-wed Seema Sharma first travelled to the South-Indian city of Chennai, little did she know what the city had in store for her. Visiting the coastal city, where her husband, Heeralal Niure, had been living and working as a driver, sightseeing was the only thing on her mind at the time.
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When Prince Pal Singh, India’s 6’7” tall centre, slammed a towering dunk over his Nepali counterpart in the recently-concluded SABA U-16 Boys’ Basketball Tournament, it showcased more than just the power and prowess of an individual athlete.
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