Stories By 'Timothy Aryal'
Domenico Nordio started playing the violin at the age of eight. His parents were not musicians, but his uncle played the instrument. “One day, my uncle gave me the instrument asking if I would want to try it,” says Nordio, 48.
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To get to the Dhuku Futsal Hub in Baluwatar, you’ll have to walk a dusty, congested road. Surrounded by tall, concrete buildings on either side, the road feels claustrophobic, like you’ve just entered a cave with no immediate end in sight.
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The historic Maju Dega in Basantapur was once a beautiful piece of Newar architecture, tall and majestic, the most popular temple in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Today, it is an eyesore.
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In 2001, Anil Dhital, then a seventh grader, was approached by a close friend in school and handed a pamphlet. On it, a large man sporting long hair and a wild beard, carrying a double-necked guitar, was advertising a heavy metal show.
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Saturday was a foggy evening in Kathmandu. A light drizzle that had begun in the afternoon had settled by evening, but the sky was still overcast. People across social media were complaining of being challenged by the weather, and that a nice bowl of steamy jhol momo would’ve hit the spot.
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What would a picture of love look like? “O my Luve is like a red, red rose,” wrote the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. Three centuries now, in artist Ragini Upadhyay Grela’s ongoing exhibition Love Revisited—wherein 17 out of the total 35 pieces have ‘Love’ in their titles—there are only lotuses and hearts, no roses.
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