Stories By 'ABHI SUBEDI'
A simple narrative, an absurdly repetitious gesture of governments, and the fight for the equal access of common people and subalterns to medical education launched solely by one good-meaning Gandhian surgeon named famously in this country as Govinda KC, have opened up many aspects of education system in the country. In short, it is not heartening.
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A remarkable book with a long title From India’s freedom to Nepal’s Democracy: Memoirs of DB Parihar (2018) was launched at the book fair held in Bhrikuti Mandap in the first week of June 2018.
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I was struck by the title ‘My kind of Kathmandu’ when writer Shekhar Kharel, the organiser of dialogues on matters of literary and other interests of the reading public, asked me if I would like to participate in a panel discussion with writer Peter J Karthak and Tom Bell moderated either by the editor of The Kathmandu Post Akhilesh Upadhyay or professor Arun Gupto for a big book exhibition at Bhrikuti Mandap.
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The occasion was unique. The context was the 107th birth celebration of poet Siddhicharan Shrestha (1912-1992), and the venue was a wing of Bahadur Bhawan, a palace made in Asian Baroque style, which has become the residence and office of the vice-president of the Republic of Nepal.
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The term “Jokelore” is not much used in our folklore discourses in Nepal. But in a paper prepared for presentation on 12 May 2018, the first day of the two-day Sixth International Folklore Congress organised by the Nepali Folklore society in Kathmandu, I  used the term to show the role of jokes in Nepali politics.
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Today, I feel creatively bewildered when I think of Nepal as a country that is replete with tangible and intangible artwork who’s management is in a quandary, particularly after the earthquake of April 2015. The efforts of individuals, the state and friends are very crucial in this matter.
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