Before the People’s Movement broke out, in early 1990, we would spend the evenings killing time at Pashupati Hotel. Despite its name – which it shared with the temple to Shiva – the hotel was quite run-down.
The search for the meaning of life has long been linked with an idea of purposefulness. Within the traditional Hindu caste system, one derived a purpose by virtue of birth into a specific caste group and profession. The notion of such a predestined purpose has long eroded, yet the idea of purposeful living remains with [...]
Nepal watchers will get their fix with this non-hagiographic take on the man who has dominated the country’s politics, for better or worse, for the greater part of two decades. Deepak Adhikari’s insights into the personality of Maoist strongman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, aka The Fierce One, published in this month’s Caravan, will intrigue even those [...]
A mistri is a craftsman, and it was no surprise when Rohinton Mistry was last year awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In an essay titled Rohinton Mistry’s Omniscient Gaze in this issue of World Literature Today, Samrat Upadhyay pays tribute to the Indian-Canadian writer, commending him in particular for his ability to, in [...]
Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about narrative non-fiction, longform journalism, or literary non-fiction, call it what you will. But what is it, apart from being “not fiction”? In essence, you might say it’s the use of literary forms to present the truth. But these forms, in many cases, were developed for the service of [...]