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December 2017

  • Melodious Instruments of Lyrical Nepal

    Melodious Instruments of Lyrical Nepal

    Prashant Shrestha

    Nepal’s rich culture comprises unique songs and lyrics, and they are set to the tunes of ingenuous musical instruments that are extremely melodious and very, very pleasing to the ears. Entering the narrow entrance door of Patan Durbar Museum (which was deliberately made narrow so that enemies

  • Sour, Spicy, Satisfying: an Unlikely Love Affair

    Sour, Spicy, Satisfying: an Unlikely Love Affair

    Evangeline Neve

    The first days of cold weather bring with them a craving for a favorite dish.   Just a few days ago, the weather finally started to change. It’s been hot for so much longer than it usually is that I was surprised and delighted when finally

  • Walk for Peace, Walk in Hope

    Walk for Peace, Walk in Hope

    Bhikshu Krishna Man Manandhar is a simple monk attempting to realize great visions. Through his work, he has been trying to bring the world’s religions together in an effort to bring peace to this world. Walking meditation, also known as Parikrama in Sanskrit, Kora in Tibetan, and

  • Rituals from the Long Past, Yet still Living today

    Rituals from the Long Past, Yet still Living today

    Evangeline Neve

    The pujas are completed, and the party is finished, too, by the time I sit down with Karna Shakya. He has just completed an induction ceremony, which he calls a “coronation,” and is now officially the most senior member and ceremonial head of his clan, or community. I’m

  • Christmas is in the Air

    Christmas is in the Air

    Shivani Sarawagi

     Wondering what festivities are on offer this Christmas? Here’s a list to get you started. Feeling festive yet? It’s never too early to begin thinking about Christmas. I know I am, with the days getting shorter, and mornings even harder to get up to, the smell of

  • The Begum of Oudh is Indulged…

    The Begum of Oudh is Indulged…

    Don Messerschmidt

    The Begum of Oudh is Indulged… Recent and Historic Episodes in India and Nepal   Only in India could you find a long-running struggle with such faintly comic overtones. The Begum is indulged... (James Miles, Los Angeles Times, June 1985)   This story

  • Studying Buddhism in Bouddhanath

    Studying Buddhism in Bouddhanath

    Susan M. Griffith-Jones

    Part 1: How I arrived at the feet of the Master When it comes to studying with the High Masters of Tibet, one should never expect anything at all to be mundane! This too is not an ordinary story… I mean, it wasn’t like I heard about

  • Once I am Up There, I Have no Fear

    Once I am Up There, I Have no Fear

    Jolana Whyte

    An unexpected encounter with a motivated and fearless mountaineer Recently, I was asked to visit Bhotang, in Sindhupalchok district. The area was hit very badly in the 2015 earthquake; eighty-five percent of the houses vanished, and with that, many lives and livestock. I was working sixty kilometers

  • Travel


  • Trek to Poon Hill  & Ghandruk

    Trek to Poon Hill & Ghandruk

    Sanjib Chaudhary

    It was an impromptu decision. Together with three of my friends, I set off for an unplanned trek to the Annapurna region. And, it was just after the Dashain festival. Even during the peak festival season, the tourist buses departing from Kantipath were jam-packed. Not with foreigners, but

  • Hiking along the Edge of the Valley

    Hiking along the Edge of the Valley

    Dinesh Ra

    Take a taxi or bus to the Newar settlement of Gokarna (10 km from Kathmandu on the road to Sundarijal from Boudha) and check out the Gokarna Mahadev Temple, also known as Gokarneshwar, which has an abundance of idols dedicated to numerous gods and goddesses, some of which

  • Higher than a Soaring Eagle

    Higher than a Soaring Eagle

    Amar B. Shrestha

    It was fortunate that a cousin’s daughter was getting married in Darjeeling. That gave me a good excuse and added incentive to make a headlong rush for the hill station. The fact that it was the place where I grew up was of course an inherent attraction. But

  • Mountains of the Mind

    Mountains of the Mind

    Robert Macfarlane Reviewed by Svasti Garg

    It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. -Edmund Hillary The above-mentioned quote resonates within the entire book, Mountains of the Mind, by Robert Macfarlane. It is an intriguing title for a very strong book. What comes to mind are the tall and majestic mountains and

  • Almost Lost in Time

    Almost Lost in Time

    Shreesha nankhwa

    Off the bustling streets, and into a world nearly forgotten... As you walk a few minutes south from the perpetually jammed streets of Teku, near the banks of Bagmati, you come across a long-standing temple dedicated to a fierce deity devoutly worshipped among the Newar clans of

  • Repository of Timeless Art

    Repository of Timeless Art

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    This beautiful, historic palace celebrate twenty years of its new life as a museum, and is worth a visit today as much as ever!  Born out of a UNESCO master plan prepared in 1976, as a museum of religious art, the Patan museum was twenty years in

  • Early Writings on the Valley of Thak

    Early Writings on the Valley of Thak

    Don Messerschmidt

    \ “Little by little the look of the country changed; it became far more desolate even than the regions we had just left.” Some of the earliest Western visitors to Thak Khola, the popular trekking and pilgrim destination along the Kali Gandaki River in Mustang District, wrote their

  • Time for some Nepali Coffee

    Time for some Nepali Coffee

    5 Things to Do   Bhogate Sandheko Bhogate Sandheko is usually the most talked about item for all foodies at this time of the year. Bhogate is called Pomelo (Chinese grapefruit) in English and is used in Nepal during Mha Puja and Bhai Tika.