Stories By 'Abijeet Pant'
People who pass by the Patra Manjusha, the iconic red-coloured letter boxes of Kathmandu, might consider it to be an artefact waiting to be taken to a museum.
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The tale of the ‘Iron Gate’ resides in the collective consciousness of all Nepali households. Graduating the SLC, or SEE as they call it now, has always had a peculiar importance in our society.
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If it were not for Nirmala Gyawali’s perseverance, Nepal’s one and only Braille Library wouldn’t have existed. While establishing a library as such is a testimony to anyone’s hard-work and will to give back to the society, there is another facet that magnifies her contributions: Nirmala herself is visually impaired by birth.
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I had just laid the mattress on my balcony, which luckily still gets some sunlight throughout the day. With my stomach full from my last meal and with a novel that I was halfway through, I longed for a sunbath. I always associate a good sunbath to serenity and solitude, but on that day it was too much to ask for.
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Dangling wires, dusty air, mismanagement, and traffic congestion—these are the first few special elements that welcome the tourists to Kathmandu.
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Commuting on public vehicles in Kathmandu is no less than a brutal triathlon. First comes the race to go get a bus. Next comes the challenge to sustain in severe congestion. Last, but not least, is the struggle of getting past the crammed gangway and down to your desired stop. It is indeed strange if we manage to skip one of these events as we travel.
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