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Archive for November, 2012

 

Politics for politics’ sake

Politics gets a bad rap because its practitioners are generally so self-centred, power-hungry and corrupt. Most people with integrity and a vision are put off by what they perceive as the dirty business of politics and the fear that it will taint them too. Democracy, also, has earned a bad name for itself in Nepal […]


The lake that was once Kathmandu

There is ample geological evidence to prove that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake. But geologists piecing together the genesis and demise of the primordial lake now think it may not have been drained all at once, but in phases.


Mustang’s migrating students

Across Nepal’s arid and remote region of Mustang, the trails are dotted with shrines with three chortens. The red one stands for wisdom, the white represents compassion, and the black is strength. There is a strong quest for knowledge among families here who used to send at least one of their children to study to […]


‘Palazzos decorated with pilasters’

When German architect and urban planner Niels Gutschow first arrived in Kathmandu Valley in 1962, what he saw blew his mind away. “There was only one word to describe it,” he recalls in his new book, The Kathmandu Valley, “it was pristine.” When he returned eight years later in 1970, not much had changed. But […]


‘नेपाल भोट’

हाम्रो देशको भौगोलिक विविधताको बखान गर्दै नेपाललार्इ जहिले पनि हिमाल, पहाड र तरार्इले बनेको मुलुक भनिन्छ । तर, यसो भन्दा हिमालपारिका जिल्लाहरू हुम्ला, मुगु, डोल्पा, मुस्ताङ र मनाङले ओगटेको नेपालको लगभग एकचौथाइ भूभाग समेटिंदैन । भौगोलिक विकटता र थोरै जनसंख्याले होला हामी तिनलार्इ हिमालमै गाभिदिन्छौं, जवकि त्यहाँको धर्म, संस्कति, भेषभुषा, रितीरिवाज, प्रकृति र हावापानी हिमालवारिको […]



 

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