The yearning for a spiritual, peaceful space

May 19 2018

Nabaraj Lamsal is a familiar name in the field of Nepali literature, journalism, and cultural studies. The voice behind popular literary radio programmes Madhuban and Soor Sangam, 48-year-old Lamsal is also deputy director at the state-owned Radio Nepal.
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Let us congratulate Oli and Prachanda for finally merging their two parties to create a big fat Communist party in the country. Yes, it took them seven months of chiya guff, whiskey talk and what not to finally get their thulo mancheys together to agree to create the biggest left party in the nation.
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They say travelling is the best therapy and I couldn’t agree more. Whenever I need a break from the mundane, I long for the blues and the greens, for the hills and the mountains. There is a reason Nepal attracts so many seeking to draw from this boundless fountain of tranquility, why not drink to your fill?
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In a span of two months, two separate adaptations of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters have been staged in Kathmandu’s theatres. The first one was the English adaptation, Three Sisters, staged at the Kunja Theatre in March, and there is an ongoing Nepali adaptation, titled Tin Bahini, at Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali.
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With an intriguing premise about a Kashmiri girl who marries into an influential military family in Pakistan with the objective of gathering vital intelligence on happenings in that country for the benefit of the Indian government, and starring two of Hindi cinema’s most talented young actors in the form of Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, the new Raazi appears plenty promising at first glance.
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A year ago, my best friend, who is also my almost neighbour, asked me if I wanted to go pull the Buñga Dyah, also known as the Rato Machhendranath. Two of my other friends were also going.
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