• The Changing Glaciers  of the Everest Region

    The Changing Glaciers of the Everest Region

    An informative feature on how glaciers are undergoing drastic transformation in the Himalayas. Pema Temba Sherpa climbed steadily up the snow covered rock scree toward his destination, a rock cairn constructed by some mountaineer or scientist long ago, in a remote region of Nepal’s Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park in eastern Nepal.  Even at 5,500 m, the world’s highest

  • Back to the future:Reminiscences about Nepal Television in the 90s

    Back to the future:Reminiscences about Nepal Television in the 90s

    Television is under threat with the popularity of the internet and social media ever on the rise; but how were the beginnings?  It is just like every other happy-go-lucky summer evening. I, a 5-year-old boy, am seated on the edge of our living room’s window sill—neck stretched out towards the roof, while hanging on to the frame of the

  • Palpali Dhaka

    Palpali Dhaka

    One of Nepal’s premier handicrafts, dhaka has earned a place in many hearts.  Language, food, and attire identify an individual, a society, and a nation. People have been altering their fundamental language, food, and attire in line with developments in society so as to give themselves a separate identity. Today, if we were to go to any corner of

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  • The Changing Glaciers  of the Everest Region

    The Changing Glaciers of the Everest Region

    Alton C. Byers, Ph.D.

    An informative feature on how glaciers are undergoing drastic transformation in the Himalayas. Pema Temba Sherpa climbed steadily up the snow covered rock scree toward his destination, a rock cairn constructed by some mountaineer or scientist long ago, in a remote region of Nepal’s Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park

    May.24.2016
  • SOWA RIGPA, THE TIBETAN ART OF HEALING

    SOWA RIGPA, THE TIBETAN ART OF HEALING

    Alonzo Lyons

    A traditional healing art still popular in the Himalaya Sowa Rigpa translates to ‘the art of healing’ from Tibetan language. It is more commonly referred to as Tibetan medicine. Amchi (healers of Sowa Rigpa) follow time-honored practices dating back over two thousand years. The ancient tradition has ties with

    May.20.2016
  • Grand Gastronomic Delight

    Grand Gastronomic Delight

    Amar B. Shrestha

    The Newars are born epicureans whose culinary skills are a vital part of their rich culture.  Much of the different cuisines of different clans and regions of the country are derived from the need to fill stomachs, rather than the practice of any special culinary skills. However, it must

    May.13.2016
  • The Purifier in Life and Death

    The Purifier in Life and Death

    Anutara Shakya

    The naus, or Napits, are one of the most essential figures in Newar culture, but often taken for granted. King Jayasthiti Malla knew what he was doing when he assigned the Newar citizens of Kathmandu Valley into different roles. The idea was to ensure that there was

    May.12.2016
  • Hijo Aaja ko  Kura with Santosh Pant

    Hijo Aaja ko Kura with Santosh Pant

    NIRANJAN KUNWAR

    For many years after the advent of television in Nepal, Nepalis throughout the country were regaled with the highly entertaining, yet socially meaningful, dramas produced, directed, and acted in by an actor whose versatility knew no bounds.  Based on our talk over the phone, I showed up at Santosh

    May.11.2016
  • The Prisoner  of Kathmandu: By Charles Allen

    The Prisoner of Kathmandu: By Charles Allen

    Reviewed by Don Messerschmidt

    I imagine him striding north along Jalapahar Ridge towards Darjeeling’s Observatory Hill. He is fifty-seven, which is old by British Indian standards. He would look then pretty much as he does in a photograph taken soon after his final return to England, now part of a collection of his papers

    May.10.2016
  • Back to the future:Reminiscences about Nepal Television in the 90s

    Back to the future:Reminiscences about Nepal Television in the 90s

    Bijaya Adhikari

    Television is under threat with the popularity of the internet and social media ever on the rise; but how were the beginnings?  It is just like every other happy-go-lucky summer evening. I, a 5-year-old boy, am seated on the edge of our living room’s window sill—neck stretched out towards

    May.09.2016
  • RUM DOODLE DUM: What's in a name?

    RUM DOODLE DUM: What's in a name?

    Don Messerschmidt

    Want a good laugh on trek? Try W.E. Bowman’s ‘The Ascent of Rum Doodle’, the popular mountaineering spoof. I usually carry it to read aloud evenings to my trekking companions. They love it. It’s a scream! And, sometimes they do some ‘Rumdoodling’ of their own. Rum Doodle is a

    May.08.2016