Daughter's birthday wish to former Chief Secy Leela Mani Paudyal
Everyone wishes to have a loving, caring and responsible father. But I never had to cherish this wish: I already have as my father a person who thinks not only about his family but the whole nation, who works not to earn but to live, who not merely fulfills his duty but worships it, and who keeps sincerity and honesty above anything else. What else could I have asked?
Biva Paudel -
The things people do
As kids, my brother and I used to return home from our not-so-tedious school day to sit in front of the family computer and play an online game. The game revolved around the Year 1066, when the Saxons of England had to deal with invaders from the North - the ‘Vikings’; and invaders from the south - the ‘Normans’.
Anukrit Lamichhane -
No longer a forbidden land
Each of the monasteries and hidden cave shrines of Mustang holds a spellbinding allure. In one or two of the caves, even stranger and very dark secrets from the ancient past have been unearthed.
Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons -
The culture of disrespecting time
In the last three months, we have witnessed how patient Nepalis are when it comes to buying petrol for as high as Rs 300 to 500. They don't even complain or protest against the government.
Arun Budhathoki -
Hidden Village: an undiscovered gem?
When we arrived in Hidden Village in April this year we found a young woman had been in labour for three days. At 8 pm that night, a procession headed out, bearing her in a bamboo sling. Their challenge: an eight hour trek over a 3,250m pass to reach the nearest village, and more qualified medical help.
Duane Poppe and Joy Stephens -
My journey with mental illness
Based on my own experience, I can say that a mentally ill person can lead a productive and purposeful life if given right support and compassion.
Ketan Dulal -
Time to be smart
I personally feel that Nepalese now should smarten up and stop complaining and becoming a part of the problem. It is high time that we became part of the solution.
Arun Budhathoki -
“Kachins and Gurkhas have lived together peacefully. They have this one village of Kachin-Gorkhas. That’s what they call them—Kachin-Gorkhas. They are intermarried and have temples and churches right next to each other in this village called Sitapur.”
Sushma Joshi -
Think Positive: Rethink HIV
If you are found to be HIV positive, you should learn about the disease, get a CD4 count to know if you need treatment and visit an ART center to start ART if you have a CD4 count of less than 500.
Dr Andrew Trotter -
A visit to the Vihar
Looking at the group of men as they sat there, patiently telling me about all the work that the organization had done, from scholarships for students to study Nepali language during the summers, to wells dug and crematoriums built, I wondered if indeed all the clamor of democracy, which insisted that all organizations must always include everybody—women, minorities, religious groups, ethnic groups—whether that large sense of inclusivity in itself held its own seeds of discord.
Sushma Joshi -
A visit to Myitkyina
I get the sense that what I told Mr. Lama earlier: killing your own people is never profitable, and not part of the Buddha dharma had been reported back to the group. It has entered the discourse and changed the tenor of people’s certainty.
Sushma Joshi -
Madhesi Mahila Diaries
I say this constitution is not inclusive or progressive but biased, unfair and classist. When a big part of my family sits on the roads crying out loud for their equal rights, I cannot bring myself to believe that this nation has agreed upon human rights and republican values.
Moni Jha -
"What did he do, Sardar Patel?"
"He was one of the great leaders. He did good things for our country."
Sushma Joshi -
Let us pledge to not forget
Festivals are always a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and improve on our flaws. This year, they are also a time to remember the less fortunate ones who mourn the loss of their loved ones – those who were a part of this celebration last year. Let us dedicate a larger portion of political discourse this Dashain to apply pressure on the government to move the reconstruction process forward.
Samik Adhikari -
Stories within a story
The characters of the Unlikely Storytellers, a debut novel by Kathmandu-based journalist Bikash Sangraula, have compelling stories to share. Right into the first few pages, we get a peep into their secrets, guilt and torment, which are bound to grip us right through to the last page as they offer deeper glimpses into their struggles.
Prawash Gautam -
How a Simple Solution Saved our House
Tie beams are only one of a number of simple and inexpensive ideas that can be incorporated into traditional mud, stone and wood houses to make them safer during an earthquake.
Scott Berry -
How can People take back the constitution?
Can we then conclude that the only ones who are pleased by the constitution are the ones who wrote them? And boy, did they write with such cleverness that entrenches their role as oligarchs! This is a major feature of the new constitution – where feudal monarchy has been replaced by a political oligarchy.
Umanga Pandey -
A fishy oil business
The only purpose of refilling his scooter for Shubodh Thani was to save it from rusting. He had taken a half-day off from his office to queue up for petrol. It had already been more than five hours. Exhausted from pushing his scooter, Thani, a resident of Minbhawan, said that he would lock the two-wheeler after refilling.
Krishna Dangi -
Problem exists, Dialogue is the solution
If Madhesis are turning out on the streets in huge numbers even one month after the protests began, can't we at least accept that a problem exists?
Rupesh Jha -
In order to find Kathmandu, you need to find yourself. And you won't have to look too hard, for Kathmandu is extraordinary in its most ordinary self.
Marija Grujovska -