Stories By 'ALISHA SIJAPATI'
While the popular adage ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’ has been attributed to a number of famous personalities, the original, by writer WH Davenport Adams, goes differently—‘great poets imitate and improve whereas small ones steal and spoil’.
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Every day, at about half past five, a thin, wiry man walks out of a small mosque that stands opposite where the Dharahara once stood. Uddab Alam, known popularly and affectionately as Sher Khan, carries with him a large red bucket, with charcoal, skewers and 10 kilos of buffalo meat. He sits down on a flat wooden stool and gets to work.
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In all his 66 years, DB Thapa never missed a day at work. Every day, he arrived at 9:30 am on the dot and he was always the last to leave. His work was his life, and even at the age of 81, photography meant everything to him.
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Hemmed in by dozens of garment stores, this small shop at the corner of a street in Khichapokhari would easily go unnoticed on a busy day. But for 62-year-old Maya, this was exactly the store she was looking for.
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The 16th iteration of the annual Jazzmandu festival will be commencing on November 1 at various locations around the Kathmandu Valley.
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Junge, Junge, Junge—I never knew you were so contemptible—were my thoughts after I finished reading Sheeba Shah’s latest historical novel, ‘The Other Queen,’ based on the life of the fifth Shah king’s junior wife—Queen Rajendra Lakshmi.
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