On Saturday

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear.“The fear of not being able to navigate busy, cluttered and visually oriented environments is a major barrier to participation in normal life,” says Meere, 52, “be that going to the shops, going for a walk in the park, going to work, looking for work, or simply socialising.”

Saba Salman, May 26 2018

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The killer dogs wreaking havoc on a sleepy Indian town

On a recent evening just a few minutes before the sun went down, Sahreen Bano, a 10-year-old girl, walked into a sugar cane field to urinate before going to bed. A pack of wild dogs was waiting for her.

Jeffrey Gettleman, HARI KUMARMay 26 2018

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ERGO, ERGONOMICS

Economics and business books written in Nepali language for general audience are pretty rare. Sujeev Shakya—author of Unleashing Nepal, published in 2009 by Penguin Books India (revised edition in 2013)—has attempted to fill that void with his new book titled Arthat Arthatantra-Nepali Illam ra Udhyamko Yatra, published by nepa~laya. It is largely based on his English book but some updates contextualise political and socio-economic developments since 2009, offering fresh perspectives that interestingly depart from well-worn narratives.

CHANDAN SAPKOTA, May 26 2018

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Philip Roth: Explorer of a golden age’s dark corners

The legend of Philip Roth had become so great, it was almost a shock to be reminded that he was, until Tuesday, still a living writer. He had become part of the Mount Rushmore of American letters, hailed by the New York Times as “the last of the great white males,” his place secure alongside Saul Bellow and John Updike, themselves both long gone, as one of the towering figures of 20th-century American literature.

Jonathan Freedland, May 26 2018

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A writer’s legacy

Uttam Kunwar collapsed inside his bathroom on May 26, 1982, precisely two weeks before I turned one. It was a sudden death, the result of a massive cardiac arrest. Uttam Kunwar was my Thulobuwa, my father’s older brother, and he was only 44 years old. There is a photo of him carrying me but I was too little to remember any of this. As far as I know, I never met him; our paths never crossed. Our existential spheres did not overlap.

Niranjan Kunwar, May 26 2018

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Commuting in a lawless country

A typical scene on a bus plying the Koteshwor-Maitighar route, which I use almost every day, is something like this: The khalasi is precariously hanging on the door of the vehicle, hailing passengers, no matter whether the bus is empty or packed to the rafters. Those who can grab seats are lucky but not spared from the nauseating crowdedness of the bus.

Mohan Guragain, May 26 2018

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Rich wives, poor husbands!

Let us all thank our man Oli and his courtiers for letting us know about how much gold, land and other stuff they own as if it will make us feel better to know that most of our mantris are rich folks and will not engage in corruption to enrich themselves further.

Guffadi, May 26 2018

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Daybreak at Kalimati

Kalimati—a chaotic intersection, where onrushing traffic from Kalanki, Balkhu and Teku, crash into each other—can be a discombobulating place to be in during the day. With horns a-hooting, vehicles kicking up black soot and dust,and a sea of pedestrians trying to outpace each other, Kalimati, it is safe to say, is a place most people generally seek to avoid.

May 26 2018

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The eloquence of silence

The Ugly Duckling turned out to be a misnomer. Bullied for being different, slow and clumsy compared to his siblings, the so-called ugly duckling struggled all his life to find love and acceptance. He wanted to fit in. And he almost broke himself trying. Only to later realise that he was not a duck but a Swan.

SANDESH GHIMIRE, May 26 2018

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Fifty shades of meta

In reconnecting with the Merc with a Mouth, aka Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) two years after we’d first been introduced to the character, we find him more or less settled into the crime-fighting life—chopping off the heads (and assorted limbs) of evildoing mob bosses and ring-leaders by day, romancing fiancée Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) by night. In fact, things are going so great that he and Vanessa have decided to go ahead and start a family together.

OBIE SHRESTHA, May 26 2018

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Top spinner

Nepal’s leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane distinguished himself in an international platform last week and had the whole country celebrating as a result. Sandeep’s success has become a matter of national pride and has further bolstered the prospects of the newly-inducted Nepali Cricket team making a mark on the One Day International (ODI) stage.

ADARSHA DHAKAL, May 26 2018

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