On Saturday

Life on the shelf

Divorced, in his 40s and fearing a solitary future, Zhou Xinsen went online like thousands of other Chinese men to find an affordable and fast solution to bachelordom—a Vietnamese bride.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 15 2018

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The brilliant female architect forgotten by history

The second house designed by Minnette de Silva, once one of the most famous female architects in the world, stands in Alfred House Gardens, a leafy street in Colombo, Sri Lanka, tucked away from the fumes of nearby Galle Road.

Shiromi Pinto, Dec 15 2018

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I draw inspiration by observing, listening and reflecting on what I’ve seen and heard

Shradha Ghale is a name familiar to non-fiction readers, as her journalism has appeared in many newspapers and periodicals in Nepal and India.

Dec 15 2018

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Of birds and flights of fancy

Halfway into the middle of his ill-fated mission, in the middle of a nowhere desert, Major Ellie crashes his plane. Momo, a Cherokee-driving, gun-toting, 15-year-old from a nearby refugee camp, stumbles across him. Bringing them both to each other is Mutt, a philosophical dog who once had his ‘brains fried’ due to a mishap.

Richa Bhattarai, Dec 15 2018

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The smoker

The other day I read an article about smoking, written by probably the greatest purveyor of the habit, Christopher Hitchens.

Timothy Aryal, Dec 15 2018

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In a prison

My conscience sits in a prisonit cannot breathe, cannot make a decisionMy love,she presses her fingers between mine

ASMITA MANANDHAR, Dec 15 2018

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Reading in a group

As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania with the declared intention of qualifying in modern South Asian history, I took several interesting and challenging courses during the two academic years,

Pratyoush Onta, Dec 15 2018

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Parenting autism

Raising an autistic child is daunting anywhere in the world, but more so in Nepal. Parents make countless sacrifices and some even leave their careers to prepare their children for challenging lives ahead.

Dec 15 2018

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I like to experiment with a bit of shock value

Mrigaja Bajracharya’s art is loud. Pierced eye balls drenched in blood stare at you while a girl with her bleeding third eye looks on imploringly. With pen and ink, Bajracharya details her imagination for the world to see.

Dec 15 2018

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Film as a medium of expression

Nepali filmmakers and their audiences have been feeding off the Indian film industry for quite some time. We have been inspired by everything, right and wrong, our neighbours have offered.

ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Dec 15 2018

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The cycle life

On May 18 earlier this year, Yam Lal Rasaily embarked on a solo cycling trip—journeying from Lamki in Kailali to Rara lake in Mugu district. It was an impressive feat, cycling from sea-level up to 2,990 metres in just 13 days.

Ganesh Chaudhary, Dec 15 2018

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