Stories By 'Pranaya SJB Rana'
While Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Monday speech at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom valorised the importance of freedoms, rights and democracy, back home, his government has been criticised for what many see as an authoritarian turn, stifling freedom of speech and steadily encroaching on human rights.
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There is much that Kami Rita Sherpa wants to get off his mind. At first, he is soft-spoken, a low talker, but minutes into the conversation, he seizes upon something that has irked him throughout this Everest season—the ‘traffic jam’—and he becomes visibly upset, angry even.
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My grandmother used to tell me stories, like all grandmothers do. As a child, I would lay nestled in her lap as she told stories from the Mahabharat and the Ramayan, epics where a man armed with a boy went on to defeat evil and in the process, became a god.
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“What do we say to the god of death?” “Not today.” The final death in The Battle of Winterfell is unexpected. It is a quiet, sombre death that does not come from murder but from acceptance.
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Writing might seem like an art, but it is as much perseverance and hard work, countless hours of toiling late nights over books, reading and rereading.
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Takaki and Akari are both introverted young children, both preferring to stay indoors in the library than outside in the playground.
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