Stories By 'ABANI MALLA'
Meghna Lama enjoys the nightlife and frequents Kathmandu’s many clubs and bars. But she is often turned away at the door.
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Bullet Journaling, or ‘BuJo’ if you may, is not a new concept. It has been around for a number of years but was brought to prominence by Ryder Carroll, a Brooklyn-based product designer, gaining precedence as it unfolded within the art communities on social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest.
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On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones. If it’s not Kendrick Lamar, Drake or Nas, Sagun is most likely listening to J Cole, the American rapper who shot to fame for his sensitive lyricism and his self-produced beats.
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On a winter afternoon, eight-year-old Ojaswi Kathayat was sitting near the window at the Music Museum of Nepal in Tripureshwor, facing the gleaming sun, trying to play the sarangi. Kathayat often visits the museum during her holidays, sometimes with her friends, to learn to play the sarangi, one of the 650 folk music instruments housed at the museum-all linked to Nepal’s various ethnic groups.
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A miniature figure of a girl sits on an egg, as if warming it up to hatch like a mother hen.
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It is 10:30 in the morning on a week day at Patan’s Pimbahal Pokhari. The narrow roads surrounding the ponds are filled with honking vehicles, people rushing to work, and storefronts opening for the day ahead.
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