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Archive for January, 2014

 

Between east and west

No matter how often you have heard about Istanbul being the city that straddles two continents, it is still a pleasant surprise to be in a megapolis with an Asian heart and a European mind. You are constantly reminded of the intermingling of the two: the outgoing hospitality, easy confidence, spices and food from the […]


Heroes on Everest

With role in new Hollywood film, pilot-actor Vijay Lama’s life comes a full circle At age 50, Vijay Lama feels his two careers are merging again. When he acted in his first Nepali movie, Adarsha Nari, at the age of 17 he had the role of a pilot.  From reel he went on to become […]


An idea whose time has come

Adjusting Nepal Standard Time to UTC +6:30 would not just save energy, but also replace the unscientific 15 minute time difference with India. Nepal’s nationalism has always been so fickle that it is all about re-asserting the ways we are different from India. And one of the most egregious examples of this used to be […]


The Pashmina War

The 19th century conflict between the Kathmandu Darbar and the British East India Company in Calcutta is often attributed to a clash over territory between two expansionist powers in the subcontinent. The Gorkha Empire was its peak, stretching 1,500km from Sikkim in the east right up to Punjab in the west (see map). Britain’s colonial […]


Double centennial

The new year marks two war centennials in Nepal: the 200th anniversary of theAnglo-Nepal War of 1814-16 and the start of the First World War 100 years ago in 1914. In the first, an expansionist Gorkha Empire clashed with the British East India Company and in the second, Nepalis paid a heavy price for supporting the Allied war […]



 

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