An irreparable loss
My first question is “Is love a punishable crime?” All these years, I thought love is a boon and hatred a bane. And suddenly, I come to know that someone is humiliated just because he is in love.
Prativa Subedi -
During our school days it was not unusual for some classmates to play truant and head for Bagmati during monsoon floods to swim. The easiest way to learn swimming, the daredevils boasted, was to jump into the swelling river. Perhaps, it was in tune...
Hemant Arjyal -
Strangers among us
Fourteen years of education from a government primary school in my village to a private school in Janakpur to high school in Kathmandu, and finally to the reputed Pulchowk Campus. But I am yet to see boys and girls sitting together in class.
Randhir Chaudhary -
Kishore Raj Pandey- My treasured mentor
Kishore Dai had set a record in Nepal by being the first Nepali ever to become a General Manager of two major five star hotels in Kathmandu. And, believe it or not, the two hotels were again Hotel de l’Annapurna and Hotel Yak and Yeti
Deep Lamichhane -
Welcome to the Trumped World (Dis)Order!
Trump has constantly argued that Russia is a lesser threat compared to China. For the neo-realists in Trump’s camp, the alignment of United States with Russia will make the international system more stable.
Dhruba Raj Adhikari -
For beginners seeing their write-up published in black and white brought in a sense of achievement. “Letter to editor” often happened to be the easiest way to get one’s name published. Writing in English did not come easy, given the way it was taught at schools then.
Hemant Arjyal -
The prospect of wide-body in Nepali aviation
Purchase of Airbus A330 will be a game changer for the NA and the aviation industry of Nepal. The commonality in cockpit and cabin systems allows many airlines that fly narrow-body A320 to operate wide-body A330 with ease. A330 has higher capacity and provides medium to long haul service.
Hardik & Harsit Gurung -
ECHO supporting for 'Open Defecation Free Nepal'
Realising the current situation and aiming to combat the problems of community people, ECHO has come forward as one of the key players to support the people in this VDC along with others so that they regain their ‘honor’ and the government of Nepal succeed in its mega plan ‘open defecation free Nepal’.
Ishwar Rauniyar -
Hem Raja - Hotel de l' Annapurna
Somebody nudges me. I wake up and look up with bleary eyes at Mr. Shahdev SSJB Rana holding my uniform blazer in his right hand. Had my skin been white, I would have turned cherry red with a mixture of fear and shame at being caught so red-handed. And that too by the person who was second in position in the hotel food chain, only below Princess Helen Shah herself. Before I could blurt anything out at my Managing Director, he whispers, “Lamichhane, next time I will not give this blazer back for you to wear.”
Deep Lamichhane -
Eyes that change their color
Not long after my grandmother’s passing away, the cat died too. Whenever I think of my grandma, I happen to think of him, or think of grandma whenever I think of him. Although I knew them for much different lengths of time and shared very different moments, that their deaths appeared so close bound them so well together in my memory that I cannot explain in words. How a small animal as a cat could transform experience and memories, I did not know.
Sujita Shrestha -
Periods are pure
Personally, I was on my first day of period this Laxmi Puja. Without a tint of fear or shame, I enjoyed Tihar, from making rangoli to playing deusi bhailo and putting Bhai Tika. And I am confident that I have not committed any “sin”.
Prativa Subedi -
Trump or Clinton?
Polls on the eve of the election show that the race is very tight but Clinton has slight edge over Trump. 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency out of 538 total votes. As polls open for a historic election, American could be very likely on the way to choose their very first woman president.
Lekh Nath Adhikari -
Do looks matter in real life?
It doesn’t matter what you are on the outside, it’s what you are on the inside that counts. So goes a much stated saying when applauding inner virtues above external looks. But pause for a moment and ask yourself “Is it true? Don’t looks matter at all?”
Prativa Subedi -
A patient's odyssey
“You should not expect much from doctors in Nepal because they choose to stay to serve the country unlike many who fly abroad to study and never come back,” a friend told me to mitigate my frustration. I understand what she meant; I acknowledge all those who choose to serve home but why is it aberrant to expect an ounce of professional ethics from them?
Geetanjali Upadhyaya -
Words of gratitude
Over my daily monotonous commutes, I have realized that Mahanagar Yatayat and Traffic police in the valley deserve our utmost respect.
Narbada Ghimire -
Bungee jumping in Pokhara: A lifetime memory
As I approached, Kai was taking a picture of himself with Fishtail mountain. The alluring scenery greatly contrasted with the horror of bungee jumping. "This is my last living photo," said Kai.
Alisha Sharma -
Perils of prejudice
Scores of people who flee the country everyday in search of greener pastures have the same logic – Nepal is a hopeless place to survive. Those from the educated and well-off class wear the lenses of pessimism and fly westward; those who grew up with less or no education opportunity and/or from low economic background fly to the Gulf.
Smita Poudel -
Perhaps Lord Vishnu has diabetes
In Hinduism, oat is used as a pious substance for worshipping different forms of Lord Vishnu. Hindus do not use akshyta (rice); rather, they use jau (oat) and til (sesame seed) to worship Lord Vishnu.
Dr Archana Nepal -
The First Twin Temblors and After-5
Then it happened again: A major jolt matching the twin temblors of April 25. I could immediately feel the tenacity and forcefulness of this big one. The entire 10-story building went boom-bam-boom, boom-bam-boom in vibrations. Our floor heaved. The windowpanes rattled. The trees outside swayed to and fro in swirling sighs. Birds cooed, chattered and flapped away in confused directions.
Peter J Karthak -
Gene, culture and schizophrenia
It has been shown by different studies that symptoms of schizophrenia vary across cultures. Patients from some countries may experience mainly auditory hallucinations while those from other countries experience more visual.
Ketan Jung Dulal -