Stories By 'ABANI MALLA'
The sound of brass gong from the Ghantaghar, which literally translates to ‘bell tower’ in Nepali, reverberates through the surrounding areas every hour.
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In 2007, when Bhumika Shrestha was crowned the first Miss Pink, she was so excited on the scooter-ride home that she decided to wear her crown instead of a helmet. But it wasn’t the crown or the Rs 50,000 cash prize she valuedmost. For Shrestha, it was a triumph.
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Prayog Bhattarai has difficulty recognising his classmates from his time in school. It hasn’t been long since he graduated from high school and yet, he still finds classmates that he never knew had studied at the same school and in the same grade.
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With a stately elephant on the back, the thousand rupee note is a solemn and majestic piece of currency, larger than all others and ornate in its embellishments. Compared to the riotous greens of the hundred rupees or the vibrant tangerine of the twenty rupees, the thousand rupees is wreathed in muted greys, blacks and greens with just a hint of crimson.
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Meghna Lama enjoys the nightlife and frequents Kathmandu’s many clubs and bars. But she is often turned away at the door.
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Bullet Journaling, or ‘BuJo’ if you may, is not a new concept. It has been around for a number of years but was brought to prominence by Ryder Carroll, a Brooklyn-based product designer, gaining precedence as it unfolded within the art communities on social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest.
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