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Interrogating modern Nepal

The Vanishing Act, by Prawin Adhikari (226 pages, Rupa Publications 2014)   The early stories in Prawin Adhikari’s debut collection examine the mixture of guilt and innocence with which a young boy growing up in the village of Abu Khaireni receives his first lessons in nature, dealing with other boys or spying on the afternoon [...]

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Manish Paudel's video installation at SUS.TAIN.KTM
Image: Manish Paudel's video installation at SUS.TAIN.KTM

Change within, change without

Over the years, Nepal has hosted any number of events related to climate change, hardly surprising considering we live in the shadow of the Himalaya, the ‘third pole’. Receding glaciers and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) are only, if you’ll excuse the pun, the tip of the iceberg in this regard. Many such events have [...]

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Observing the observers

International election observers came, saw and pronounced once again on the Constituent Assembly elections, held for the second time on 19 November last year. President Jimmy Carter, now 89 years young, was here again, as were other old and young election hands. Apart from the Carter Center the EU had a large mission as did [...]

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Students studying on the floor
Image: Students studying on the floor

Students Across the Mechi don’t know Nepali

  • Raju Adhikari
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014

A community school must run classes for a minimum of 220 days in a year, and it must stay open from ten in the morning to four in the afternoon. These rules do not apply to the school across the Mechi. The school’s opening bell rings at eleven, and by two, the closing bell rings.

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Nhooja Tuladhar
Image: Nhooja Tuladhar

The Vanishing Author

  • nepalikukur
  • Monday, March 17, 2014
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Once upon a time we discovered that a text was not gospel. That once it issued from the imagination of the author, it was free to take whatever form it wanted in the mind of the engaged reader. This realization, millennia after it became evident that the word of god was not really so, would [...]

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