Life & Style

Damien Rice: love, loss and melancholy

Damien Rice makes heartbreak music. This is the kind of music that is meant to be listened to after heartbreak but it is also the kind of music that will break your heart.


full story »

‘Roma’ star’s unlikely road from mountains of Mexico to Hollywood

Yalitza Aparicio once was a newly qualified pre-school teacher living in a dusty mountain town in Mexico. Now, the 25-year-old is the star of Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and an Oscar nominee—a fairy tale marred by racist barbs the indigenous actress has encountered along the way.

YEMELI ORTEGA, Feb 22 2019

full story »

In Kathmandu, performance poetry is exploding

Yukta Bajracharya’s work aligns itself with contemporary forms of poetry—from ones filled with angst and romance to others that connect with the tribulations and emotions that today’s youth, especially women, face.

Rose Singh, Feb 21 2019

full story »

What to see at the Nepal International Film Festival

Kathmandu’s cinema aficionados better roll up their sleeves, as the Nepal International Film Festival starts today and the Nepal International Theatre Festival is just a few days away.

Timothy Aryal, Feb 21 2019

full story »

The nine greatest Oscar moments

What one of the first recorded Oscar blunders—the ceremony was first held 90 years ago this May—teaches us is always, always say the surname. Or at least wait for yours to be called. Frank Capra learned this the excruciating way when presenter Will Rogers announced best director with the words:

THE GUARDIAN, Feb 20 2019

full story »

Yantra 7.0 hopes to create a robotics industry in Nepal

Six miniature robots—three black and three striped red-and-white—are placed on the either side of a small green space.

Timothy Aryal, Feb 20 2019

full story »

Making ‘Capernaum’ was a duty: Oscar contender Labaki

For Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki, whose social-realist epic Capernaum is an Oscar contender for best foreign film, the toughest battle is only just beginning.

BEIRUT, Feb 19 2019

full story »

Eating Patan

If coming from Kathmandu, take a right at Patan Dhoka and follow the road until you arrive at another smaller gate, where you take a left and follow the winding claustrophobic alleys until you arrive at a large, resplendent pond.

Thomas Heaton, Feb 19 2019

full story »

The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand.

Matthew Stock, Feb 17 2019

full story »

Who should win the Oscars?

Nominees: Yalitza Aparicio — Roma; Glenn Close — The Wife; Olivia Colman — The Favourite; Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born; Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

THE GUARDIAN, Feb 17 2019

full story »

Hollywood outraged by plan to present Oscars in TV ad breaks

Even by the accident-prone standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the reaction against the plan to relegate four awards presentations to commercial breaks during the live Oscars telecast has been vociferous and damning.

ANDREW PULVER, Feb 15 2019

full story »

A doll’s house

When Indira Dali was living in Osaka, Japan, every other evening, she would walk around town looking for dolls, miniature figurines and tiny teacup sets. The next morning, when she would excitedly show off her new dolls to her friends, they would sigh, as it meant that she had skipped dinner to make her purchases.

Asmita Manandhar, Feb 15 2019

full story »