Stories By 'Barsha Chitrakar'
With news about child abuse and violence against women coming from all parts of the country, being fearful of predators lurking about and extra cautious is only normal, and helpful at times.
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Revelations that Kathmandu’s air is one of the most polluted in the region no longer raises eyebrows. Combustion of household wastes and vehicular emissions are said to be the major reasons behind the air pollution.
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When the 2015 earthquake badly damaged our 100-year-old brick-mud-mortar home in Patan, we initially moved to knock it down and replace it with a concrete matchbox structure.
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Lakshmi hated the sound of a nearby bronze bell. It clanked even before the early birds chirped. Everyday at 4:30 in the morning, it rang once—tong: a community call for women of each household to fetch water.
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Many years ago, they told me I was going to die. Six months, they said. I outlived that. I actually outlived decades. There were times when I felt I had won over death. You could say, I felt immortal.
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The air was filled with music; at first slowly, but as everyone settled down, the music got louder.
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