Stories By 'Pranaya SJB Rana'
The road expansion did not help motorised transport much, instead it actively harmed pedestrians
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There is a constant refrain among middle-to-upper class Nepalis, especially those who’ve returned from abroad—the Nepali film industry is moribund. They constantly bemoan the lack of quality fare that rivals films produced by India’s parallel cinema or even Nepal’s own thriving documentary scene led by luminaries like Kesang Tseten, let alone European art school films or new wave Asian cinema.
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From the porthole of a moving aircraft, the hills rise languid, undulating like waves on a gently rolling river. Below, in the city, through the stratified squamous smattering of brick and mortar clusters snake asphalt arteries, carrying corpuscles of life.
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September 2016, BrusselsI am living in hip Ixelles neighbourhood of Brussels. Though I am in Europe for the first time, I find myself seeing similarities.
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When you wake, sunlight is streaming through the gaps in the blinds of your room. From the netherworld that is your half-conscious mind, you hear a staccato drumbeat and the sound of trumpets, rising with the sun. It takes you a second before you are able to collect yourself. Then, you remember. It is the first of May and you are in Madrid. There is a parade, one of many, outside.
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Two weeks ago, Kathmandu’s streets turned once again into a battleground between those asserting power and those challenging it. This time, Newar activists and homeowners went up against the might of the burgeoning neoliberal state.
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