Table of Contents

Issue 139 | June 2013

Once upon a time in Thamel

What is culture but an accumulation of our activities? No matter what we call it, it all boils down to culture. What was once considered an importantpart of out culture...

The Magic of Touch

The Magic of Touch

A rookie player in the Pashmina market impresses with elegant designs and market know-how. A fabric raised in the lap of the Himalayas, as home grown as it can...

Close to the heart

Close to the heart

It doesn’t take much to appreciate. It takes immense generosity however, to allow something to be close to your heart. This is a story of a place which does that...

Hooked to the Mountains

Hooked to the Mountains

Thulakot is a quick fix for those who are infected with the obsession to get closer to the mountains. A boat or two were silhouetted on the inky waters...

Writing Your Story

Writing Your Story

As writers, especially those of us just starting out, we are always on the lookout for enigmatic and interesting subjects, say, for example, a man who has been living alone...

Bhagirath

Bhagirath

Take a walk down the steps of the ancient stone water fountains (Dhunge dharas) of Kathmandu and take a closer look at the stone image of Bhagirath just below the...

Where Traditions Live

Where Traditions Live

The Living Traditions Museum in Changu Narayan is a noble effort to present the artistic culture of Nepal’s ethnic groups. I had a wonderful dream this morning,” began Judith Conant...

Worlds of words

Speaking the same language in two different worlds can be a life time issue, finds one Nepali who went to school in a region of India that is close to...

On Old Trails

On Old Trails

A trek to one of Nepal’s most popular destinations became a journey to the past. The book in my backpack was Michel Peissel’s ‘Mustang: A Lost Tibetan Kingdom’, but every...

Awakening the spirit through art

Awakening the spirit through art

Art

To understand life in its totality, the body, mind and spirit has to have a common language. Samyack, Shyam and Sundar try to unravel this secret in their recent three...

Trick or threat

Trick or threat

The adventures hidden behind the mask of religion put on by Jatras of Kathmandu “Haastey…haaisey!” The fervent chants of adolescent participants echoes in the wind, enveloping the sea of...

Grow local, eat local

Grow local, eat local

Producing and growing our own meat, vegetable and cheese encourage not just local production but also better quality and health of the people A few years ago, walking back home...

A few hours of renunciation

One of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Buddhism in Nepal is the ideal place to pursue spiritual ends. Sleep, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama sometimes says, is the...