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Keeping the faith

Do I imagine myself visiting a gobargas project in the sticks to see if my environmental sins are being alchemized into virtue?

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Divided Nepal (Gaijatra series), Ragini Upadhyay-Grela, acrylic on canvas, 76 X 92 cm, 2009
Image: Divided Nepal (Gaijatra series), Ragini Upadhyay-Grela, acrylic on canvas, 76 X 92 cm, 2009

The Contemporary Art Scene in Nepal

Cut-outs of poles and cables rearranged and glued together. A white square split in two – a brick wall drawn on one half and a tunnel-like hole on the other; in the middle, a poem inside a pomegranate, an ode to the neighbourhood fruit tree now buried under concrete.

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Editorial, Green Issue

Many a Nepali has gleefully derided a foreign hill, smug in the possession of the highest mountains in the world. I confess I am one such geo-populist. It took me too long to acknowledge the beauty of less dramatic landscapes elsewhere, and even when I did, every trek in the Himalayas only confirmed to me [...]

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