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I draw my biggest lesson from the world renowned Greek philosopher Aristotle. However, this lesson isn’t drawn from any of his discoveries but from his view on women. Aristotle, like many men of his time, believed that women were inferior to men. In his words, women were an ‘incomplete man’. While it is true that we cannot judge the people of the past with the morals we hold today, we can stop keeping them on a pedestal.
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The bleakness of Kathmandu never unsettled me nor did I ever give it much thought. With tons of paperwork left on my desk, my day was just beginning. I headed down the street lined with dust covered houses and riddled with puddles reflecting the overcast sky. As I manoeuvred through the city, I caught a glimpse of the long line outside the cinema hall. I shook my head, pitying the fools who paid any attention to such trivialities.
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In one of Freud’s lesser known essays, he conveys that laughter is in fact an emergence of the truth. With a quick glance at our dystopian horror of a political situation, it is no lie that it does indeed sound absurd. To cover such bizarre stories on a day-to-day basis, traditional methods of journalism do not apply. This is where satire and comedy step in. Unlike journalism which is confined within old fashioned norms and formalities, comedy allows an informal space where ideas and candour can flourish.
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