On Saturday

Recoiling in heartbreaking horror

As his boat came around a corner last August, Paul Nicklen spotted what at first looked like a white blanket draped over a rock. And although he kept his distance, it soon became clear the blanket was not actually a blanket at all; it was a polar bear—one Nicklen thought was surely dead.

MATT STEVENS, Dec 16 2017

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What would an earthquake-proof city look like?

Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to earthquakes, with another 118.3 million affected. A further 250,000 deaths resulted from subsequent tsunamis—chiefly in 2004 in the Indian Ocean—and more than 700 from ash fall.

Chrissie Giles, Dec 16 2017

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In Japan, Haiku on the rocks

On a cold and rainy night earlier this year, I found myself at Hoyaken, a matchbook-size bar in Matsuyama, a city in the southwest corner of Shikoku, the least visited of Japan’s four main islands.

Adam H Graham, Dec 16 2017

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Quality over quantity

Bhagirathi Shrestha is a writer with a soft spot for poetry and fiction and is renowned for her short stories. Shrestha, whose works include popular stories such as Kramasha, Mohadangs, and Bhumigat, has been writing for more than five decades.

Dec 16 2017

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To the left!

Well, the election results are out and the Nepali Kangaroos have been asked to move to the left by the ‘left alliance’. Who would have thought that our Kangaroos would fail so miserably? Where did Maharaja Deuba and his courtiers go wrong?

Guffadi, Dec 16 2017

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New era, false dawn

One morning, at my primary school in the periphery of a village in the eastern hills, an unusual sight caught our attention.


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Rethinking academic conferences

Every few weeks we seem to have an academic social science conference in Nepal. In November, our sociologists met in Pokhara.

Pratyoush Onta, Dec 16 2017

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Rajbiraj on the go

With the Himalayas hogging so much of the limelight, it sometimes feels like little attention is paid to the open, lush green fields or the golden harvests in Nepal’s southern plains. But the Tarai has its own cozy and vibrant charms that often go unappreciated.

Dec 16 2017

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Marriage of tech and art, almost

There has been an assumption that technological innovation is reserved for dexterous engineers and art for the hoity-toity ones.

Sandesh Ghimire, Dec 16 2017

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The deadly game

A majority of the recent crop of plays being staged in Kathmandu’s theatre circuit bring to stage the stories from a rural landscape. Since many of the directors working today came of age in villages,

Timothy Aryal, Dec 16 2017

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Morning shows the day

At first sight, the cluster of houses built with corrugate iron sheets in Martadi, the district headquarters of Bajura, resembles a settlement recently hit by the earthquakes.

Manish Gautam, Dec 16 2017

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Home isn’t where the art is

In the winter of 2006, my first visit to Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London was for a rare exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches.

Sanyukta Shrestha, Dec 16 2017

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