• The Lost Jewels of Handigaun

    The Lost Jewels of Handigaun

    And the myths that have been lost in translation. In Handigaun, much like in the rest of the country, folklore and history zigzag each other fluidly — diverging, converging, and then diverging again, blurring the lines between the fact and the symbolic. For a town that has been inhabited for at least 2,000 years, much, understandably,

  • Tham Bahi and Its Hero Singha Sartha Bahu

    Tham Bahi and Its Hero Singha Sartha Bahu

    The legend of Singha Sartha Bahu, the pioneering trader whose foreign ventures probably contributed in a major way to the economic success of the Kathmandu valley for many centuries.   When king Gunakamadev established Kathmandu city in the 10th century CE, a rural area known as Tham village existed to the city's northern outskirts. In his travelogue,

  • Buddha's  Mamaghar

    Buddha's Mamaghar

    Ramgram and Devadaha: Ancient Buddhist Sites. After Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha in Kushinagar in 543 BC, eight great kings sent their envoys to Kushinara (present day Kushinagar, India) and demanded a piece of Buddha’s relic for their kingdoms. Malla king of Kushinara denied to give any of Buddha’s relic to other kings saying that Lord Buddha came

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  • The Lost Jewels of Handigaun

    The Lost Jewels of Handigaun

    Sanjit Pradhananga, Shuvechchhya Pradhan & Evangeline Neve

    And the myths that have been lost in translation. In Handigaun, much like in the rest of the country, folklore and history zigzag each other fluidly — diverging, converging, and then diverging again, blurring the lines between the fact and the symbolic. For a town that

    Apr.20.2015
  • Tham Bahi and Its Hero Singha Sartha Bahu

    Tham Bahi and Its Hero Singha Sartha Bahu

    Alok Tuladhar

    The legend of Singha Sartha Bahu, the pioneering trader whose foreign ventures probably contributed in a major way to the economic success of the Kathmandu valley for many centuries.   When king Gunakamadev established Kathmandu city in the 10th century CE, a rural area known as Tham

    Apr.17.2015
  • Buddha's  Mamaghar

    Buddha's Mamaghar

    Yogi Kayastha

    Ramgram and Devadaha: Ancient Buddhist Sites. After Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha in Kushinagar in 543 BC, eight great kings sent their envoys to Kushinara (present day Kushinagar, India) and demanded a piece of Buddha’s relic for their kingdoms. Malla king of Kushinara denied to give any of

    Apr.16.2015
  • Whose heritage is it anyways?

    Whose heritage is it anyways?

    Looza Mahaju

    Juggling between conserving heritage and the need for modernization is by no means a small feat. Concerned citizens, organizations and even the government is doing their best to preserve it for posterity.    A Rude Awakening August 2014 brought an interesting discussion regarding Nepali heritage in

    Apr.15.2015
  • Everlasting Fire: The Agnishala Temple of Lalitpur

    Everlasting Fire: The Agnishala Temple of Lalitpur

    Amar B. Shrestha

    For 4000 years and more, a holy fire has burned continuously at the Agnishala Temple in Patan. If you want to set your graha dasha (planetary configuration) right, have a hom (fire rite) performed here.  July 4 was an important day for the Rajopadhayas of Patan. It

    Apr.13.2015
  • Someone's in the Kitchen

    Someone's in the Kitchen

    Srizu Bajracharya

    The best daal should ultimately remind you of your home.  There is no food more important than daal bhaat for any Nepali. Every home right about the time for lunch will be cooking daal bhaat, the staple food of Nepal. The scent of the simmering daal for me brings

    Apr.12.2015
  • Gurumapa: The Ogre of Itumbahaa

    Gurumapa: The Ogre of Itumbahaa

    Alok Tuladhar

    The famous merchant Singha Sartha Bahu of Tham Bahi (see story on page 58 ) had a brother-in-law named Kesha Chandra in Itumbahaa who had come upon bad times due to his gambling habits. His poverty necessitated him to visit friends and family for free meals. One

    Apr.10.2015
  • Molding Expressions

    Molding Expressions

    Swosti Rajbhandari

    I first met Gopal Das Shrestha-Kalapremi seven years ago at Centre for Art & Design KU, where he teaches sculpture and ceramics. Having heard a lot about him and his works, I was amazed by his modesty and he generously invited me to visit his studio. To reach his studio

    Apr.09.2015
    • A Mountain of Fine Imagery

      There are so many mountaineering books on the market these days that if stacked high they would challenge Everest itself.

    • Through the Looking Glass

      Some writers are like trekkers, moving boldly along like a straight arrow to their destination, as if nothing

    • Writing Your Novel in 100 Days

      John Coyne knows books. He’s written nonfiction, collections, instructionals and prize-winning novels about sports, historical fiction, mystery, horror and romance.

    • 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