• The unstoppable ultra - runners

    The unstoppable ultra - runners

    Their stories go unsung, muffled by the glamor of football and cricket, but a new breed of Nepali ultra-runners is taking the international running scene by storm. They stood anxiously at the starting line, some 1600 athletes from 30 nations – among them, the world’s finest. A chilly dusk in early January captivated the international sports community at the

  • Secret, historical hills

    Secret, historical hills

    The geographical and historical heartland of Nepal has been renovated for tourism. These secluded, emerald hills which were once the homeland to Gorkhali warriors offer robust cultural attractions, and distant views of the Himalayas towering into the skies.  It was invitation only – a venture into secluded hills where few tourists have set foot. I was the

  • Getting to know the Kumaris

    Getting to know the Kumaris

    Isabella Tree’s book, The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu came out in April. Tree spoke to Kapil Bisht about coming to Kathmandu as a teenager, pursuing her subject for over a decade, and the experience of writing a book about a Living Goddess.    Any tourist who has been in the courtyard of

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  • The unstoppable ultra - runners

    The unstoppable ultra - runners

    Anuj Adhikary

    Their stories go unsung, muffled by the glamor of football and cricket, but a new breed of Nepali ultra-runners is taking the international running scene by storm. They stood anxiously at the starting line, some 1600 athletes from 30 nations – among them, the world’s finest. A chilly dusk

    Aug.29.2014
  • Secret, historical hills

    Secret, historical hills

    Alonzo Lyons

    The geographical and historical heartland of Nepal has been renovated for tourism. These secluded, emerald hills which were once the homeland to Gorkhali warriors offer robust cultural attractions, and distant views of the Himalayas towering into the skies.  It was invitation only – a venture into secluded

    Aug.28.2014
  • Getting to know the Kumaris

    Getting to know the Kumaris

    Kapil Bisht

    Isabella Tree’s book, The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu came out in April. Tree spoke to Kapil Bisht about coming to Kathmandu as a teenager, pursuing her subject for over a decade, and the experience of writing a book about a Living Goddess.   

    Aug.26.2014
  • A Sparkling Trade

    A Sparkling Trade

    Amar B. Shrestha

    There’s a small market in the heart of the capital that has an impressive heritage spanning almost 400 years. Its name is Rakhi Bazaar, although most people refer to it as Pote Bazaar, because the strands of tiny glass beads are at the heart of the matter here.

    Aug.25.2014
  • For the children of the mountains

    For the children of the mountains

    SHUVECHCHHYA PRADHAN

    Guru Ranag Rinchen Rinpoche has dedicated his life to the spread of education. Now, he wants to take it further. We met Guru Ranag Rinchen Rinpoche, also known as Dolpo Buddha, at Hotel Himalaya in Kupondole where he was staying. Guru Rinpoche, who is a Buddhist scholar,

    Aug.24.2014
  • An amalgam

    An amalgam

    Swosti Rajbhandari

    Rightly titled Amalgam, the group exhibition which took place at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Baber Mahal (June 27- July 28) displays the works of 25 artists from different backgrounds expressing on canvas and other mediums, diverse topics of aesthetics,  personal fancy, commemoration, self realizations and mostly social and political awareness. 

    Aug.22.2014
  • Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia By Gautama V. Vajracharya

    Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia By Gautama V. Vajracharya

    Reviewed by Kapil Bisht

    One of my favorite memories from my childhood in the Terai is of the sight of the first monsoon rain that arrived from the south. After months of relentless heat that turned my hometown into a ghost town in the afternoons, the gales that swept up dust clouds ceased, the

    Aug.19.2014
  • Rainbow on a woman's waist

    Rainbow on a woman's waist

    Amit Shrestha

    Would you be surprised to witness a rainbow on a woman’s waist? A bangdian is a rainbow-like woollen apron worn by women in the Himalayas. It functions perfectly as a shield against the cold, just as much as it does as a decoration on the waist, or even the walls

    Aug.18.2014
    • Writers' block

      ome days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead

    • An empty sheet of paper

      Pencils, refill ball-point pens, sheets of paper, note pads, a desktop, or some other location on your computer

    • A Yak Herder's Breakfast at 14,000 ft.

      What’s for breakfast?  In 1966, Regon Unsoeld and I, with our friend Terry Bech and my Tibetan mastiff dog ‘Amjo’,

    • Sindhuli Gaadi

      By March 2015, traffic along the Banepa-Sindhuli-Bardibas Highway is going to go up exponentially. The highway, which is being engineered

    • Bhasmasura

      The story of Bhasmasura teaches us that greed and lust can lead to self-destruction. Bhasmasura turned himself into ashes, in

    • Swastika

      Because the Swastikai  is used as elcetion stamps, it was seen on pamphlets and banners of various parties. One