Stories By 'Manohar Shrestha'
Today, many hotels advertise their ‘power’ breakfasts in various national dailies to woo customers. These power breakfasts are normally a Western set or table d’hôte menu served as a large spread of buffet that would typically consist choices of breads and meats, cereals, marmalade, butter, cheese, eggs; sea food, vegetables, dairies, juices, exotic fruit platter, and tea and coffee.
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Who does not want a nice suit? A Western suit made of the finest material is a cherished dream of many young men, especially if one was going to impress an employer for the first time. I had joined one of the biggest companies as a business correspondent. It was my first job. On my first day at work, heads swivelled when I walked into the office in a freshly-tailored stripe suit and tie and wearing a pair of Beatle boots.
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My name is James Bond,” I told my girlfriend. She wanted to stay in touch with me through letters, the only mode of communication other than trunk calls and telegrams in those days.
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It has been almost a decade since drinking water last flowed in our tap. By now, our underground water pipes must have rusted and cracked into small pieces or turned into dust.
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I recently sat in the ‘cockpit’ of a tempo to go to work. The driver was as snooty as the royal pilot that flew me in an Alouette on my first chopper ride decades ago. “Latch the door,” the tempo driver barked at me.
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Nepal must be one of the few countries on the Asian continent where traffic lights are more or less non-existent on the roads.
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