Three Harvard library books in human flesh
There's something undeniably creepy about big, expansive libraries. The hushed whispers, the almost artificial quiet, and the smell of dusty tomes combine to create a surreal experience. But when it comes to creepy libraries, Harvard University might take the cake... you see, at least two of its books are bound in human skin.
Greg Newkirk -
Himalayan glacier error was 'really serious'
Amidst the doomsday scenario presented by the United Nations panel on climate change, there is one silver lining. The glaciers in the Himalayas are not disappearing for at least a couple of centuries. The billion plus people who inhabit the fertile flood plains of the Ganga, Indus and Brahmaputra can breathe easy that the rivers which nurture them are not drying up anytime soon.
Pallava Bagla -
Think of our Time and Interest
School time is amazing. Besides attending regular classes, it is one of the places where we build foundation to accommodate, assimilate and concretize our aim, build strong relationship with the friends, teachers and others, and shape our passion with confidence. So, selection of an appropriate school at primary level plays a vital role in producing good result against investment of time and money. If not, the whole school time becomes terrible, and results worsen.
Ira Sharma -
The choice is yours!
Who are leaders? People who make things happen.
Our teenage years define individuality and interests but are spent almost entirely in school. That needs to change. Teenagers need to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and face reality. Once they do, they will see the need for change and try to make things happen.
Failure is Inevitable. There will be hardships.
But then, is it not better to fail early on than to remain a bhē̃ḍā all life long?
- Ish Aana -
Awareness or agitation
And there is one upper crust of the society that increasingly appears to be crediting to the Maoist party that the heightened social, political and cultural awareness in the Nepali communities is the result of a decade-long internal conflict waged by the Maoists. What a credit theft!
AMRIT BHANDARI -
“Holding onto the following three, we will be on a winning spree”
At the moment, it looks like Nepali cricket is on a high. But, like Paras Khadka said, it is also important to remember that this is just the start. If we are to prevail at the top level, a lot has still to be done. I recently read a few news articles about the different plans that the government of Nepal has announced on developing cricket at the grassroots.
Madhav Neupane -
Writing gives birth to the world we live in
Scottish Rhetorician Hugh Blair writes: “What we call human reason, is not the effort or ability of one, so much as it is the result of the reason of many, arising from lights mutually communicated, in consequence of discourse and writing.” The democratic light will shine only when all citizens can write. Writing, after all, is constitutive.
Bhushan Aryal -
Advertisers: start supporting and stop self-gratification
Kantipur is going to donate Rs 1 million to the Nepali Cricket Team. Samsung is donating Rs 100,000. A CA member is donating his month's salary to Mukhiya. The congratulations are flooding the dailies. The newspapers must be making a lot of money because of the sale in these advertisements.
Kumar Ale -
Victims should raise their voice and face the offenders with confidence instead of feeling helpless or waiting for others to speak for them. Holi is not only for fun; it's also part of our culture. So, people should not violate the sanctity of this festival.
Shristi Kafle -
Suicide from a seven-storey building
The boy's suicide is not the first of such cases; he's just an addition to the list of numerous students increasingly resorting to such desperate acts these days. Who is to blame? Individuals, parents, society or the ongoing political mess? Seriously, I don't understand what is wrong with teenagers these days. Although I am a teenager, I am not blinded by my own ambition and I am not going to kill myself.
SEEMA ADHIKARI -
Obstetric fistula: Scourge for new mothers
Mangali Maya Manandhar was 16 years old when her world turned upside down. Married off at the age of 15, she went into labor one year later. But something was not right. Her baby did not survive because it was obstructed inside the birth canal for a long time. There was no skilled birth attendant to help her.
Abha Dhital -
Five nostalgic moments in Kathmandu's theaters
Here I revisit five such plays from three different theaters in Kathmandu. Two of the plays from abroad were the part of the 2012 version of Kathmandu International Theater festival performed at Mandala Theater. The other three are from the Nepali artists from three different theater groups.
Jiwan Kshetri -
Moral Solidarity for Mental Health
The need for international moral solidarity is a first step in addressing mental health related suffering in developing countries. Here, I will elaborate why.
Jagannath Lamichhane -
Republicanism and the democratization of political parties
Parties should be conceptualized as open systems, and the supporters should have an opportunity to stand for and select the parties’ flag bearers for national and local elections. It will have far-reaching consequences for Nepali politics and society.
BHUSHAN ARYAL -
Bato ko Cinema
Directed by Kesang Tseten, this 68-minute movie gives a glimpse of how Nepalis cater to the demands of cheap labor market in the Gulf. The film depicts the harsh and real migrant experiences in the Middle East. It is a heart-wrenching tale of the day to day emotional and social struggles of the migrants who are living under sub-human conditions in the alien land.
Abha Dhital -
Indulgence, censorship and idiocy
As such, there is no basis for a grudge against the social media platform. It has brought a staggering billion plus people together in an unprecedented way. It stores people's data and makes it available very liberally. It lets you adjust privacy settings. It may tempt you to join but it never forces you to.
Jiwan Kshetry -
How we fans react under crisis is crucial!!
The year 2014 has already started in a turbulent fashion for us Nepali cricket lovers. From the ambitious hope of qualifying for the One Day Internationals (ODI) World Cup 2015 down to the dreadful feeling of potentially being relegated from Division II cricket, we all fans have gone through a roller coaster of a ride in the past couple of weeks.
Madhav Neupane -
Thailand to Bangladesh: Worrisome trend for democracy in Asia
If history is any guide the rival sides in the snowballing conflicts in Asia, both domestic and international, have much more to lose from the continuing friction and stalemate. While Sino-Japanese rivalry risks upsetting the relatively stable international order, the boiling conflicts in Bangladesh and Thailand risk undermining the democratic institutions in each with lasting implications.
Jiwan Kshetry -
Nepali God in peril
He does not like a ruckus but our corrupt system is threatening to make an attention-seeking political showman out of the saintly doctor who serves as a professor at the teetering Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
The unmarried doctor survives on subsistence, leading the life of a pauper. The only time the genial doctor shows aggression, like a tigress defending her cubs, is when protecting IOM and TUTH. Perhaps his latent parental instinct takes over there, even though TUTH--that he considers his temple worthy to sacrifice his life for--is far from being his baby.
Prem Dhakal -