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Dashain blues

I am not very fond of Dashain. I am a rather quiet person and I like to keep to myself. I wish I didn’t have to get out of the house, but my parents always drag me to all their relatives’ places for tika. And when we are not visiting, we get guests at home—which is much worse. It gets so exhausting.

Oct 16 2018

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Out of love?

Dear Aunt, I have been in a long distance relationship for three years now. At first, it was difficult and we thought we would never make it. But with time we got used to the distance and survived. Now she is coming back after all this time. I should be happy, but I feel weird.

Oct 16 2018

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A machine for photographers

Photography, as an art, is about the photographer’s eye for capturing a moment. However, all photographers must rely on a camera for their work and most digital cameras today come with incredible software that can modify and enhance images.

Anuj Bhandari, Oct 16 2018

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Ghosts, ghouls and graveyards

Once, during an on stage discussion of the type literary festivals go in for, I frightened Neil Gaiman by channelling the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West from the film The Wizard of Oz. “And your little dog, too!” I cackled. “No! No! Don’t do that!” cried Neil. He then explained that he had been petrified by this green-tinted witch as an eight-year-old. Behold: a literary influence had been discovered!

Margaret Atwood, Oct 14 2018

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

World War II casts a long shadow across this week’s recommended titles. Nora Krug’s Belonging reckons with German guilt, both nationally and individually; Kate Atkinson’s Transcription sets a literary spy thriller amid Nazi sympathizers in London; and Joshua Cohen’s essay collection Attention ponders, among other things, the legacy of the Holocaust writer AG Adler.

Gregory Cowles, Oct 14 2018

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Quarter-life crisis

I don’t like where I am in life. I am a fairly eligible bachelor with a job that pays really well. I earn enough to send home a good amount and lead a lavish lifestyle in Kathmandu. However, I feel like I have hit a plateau. It has been a while since I saw any growth in myself. It’s like I’m stuck on a loop.

Oct 09 2018

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VPN: YOUR WAY AROUND THE WALL

In light of the recent government decision to ban certain internet content, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become something of a hot topic. People are looking for alternatives and ways around the restrictions, of which one of the best ways is to use a VPN.

Johnson Shrestha, Oct 09 2018

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Burman Stumps the Runner

Mumbai Mail’s editorial office was quiet except for the staccato of journalists typing on computer keyboards. Vasant Dev entered the sports department with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Ricky Burman ignored him and continued rewriting the headline for an agency report. Barcelona Football Club’s 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League match elated him. He made a special effort to design the broadsheet news page well on the computer.

Sudeep Sonawane, Oct 07 2018

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Dashain stress

With Dashain approaching I’ve become more anxious than ever before. I recently got married (in March) this year, to the man I love. But you know how they say when you marry someone you also marry their family. My in-laws are very traditional and extremely social and we live together.

Oct 02 2018

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Xiaomi Mi A2: Packing the punch

Smartphone users are consistently on a hunt for updated phones that don’t leave a hole in their wallet. They want phones that are affordable, chic and durable. But, not all phones that promise value for money live up to the customer’s faith. A new mid-range phone that promises performance features, and quality has just arrived in town. Let’s see if Xiaomi Mi A2, available in the market for Rs 30, 999, is worth your money.

Pratima Adhikari, Oct 02 2018

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‘My anxiety was a tool to survive’

Claire Foy has the heebie-jeebies. The actor, who until last year played a young Elizabeth II in the Netflix drama The Crown, has spent the last few hours being photographed in a studio in London. “It’s where I did my main audition for The Crown,” Foy says, shuddering.

Tom Lamont, Sep 30 2018

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Tete-a-tete

Sunita emptied her bottle to fill it up again. A little compulsive, she always did this. She didn’t like drinking water that had stayed in the bottle for more than a day.“Why do you always waste water? You do realise that water is something that you drink baasi, it cleanses your stomach,” Bibek had to comment. He always did.

Abha Dhital, Sep 30 2018

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A heart that strays

I recently went on a date with a really sweet person. He is probably everything that I want in a man. He checks off all the boxes. And he wants to see me again; he thinks we could be something. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t want to go on the second date. If this had happened last year, I would probably hold this guy’s hands and never let go. But now, I don’t want to limit my options.

Sep 25 2018

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