Silver Jubilee


By Dinesh Wagle 

As this reporter entered the cozy abode of the aging couple, Pema without any response, continued with her meal. But the next question was certain to bring back all her memories. “Ama, do you recognize her?” This reporter showed her a coffee table book published 25 years ago. After a constant gaze at the cover, she replied, “Of course! It’s me!” more »

Nepali Images in India

by Surendra Phuyal

Where else would you expect to meet more Nepalis than in the
right-next-door neighbor, India? Thanks to the open border and the age-old civilizational — and ecological, geographical, cultural,
ethnographical, historical and political ties —

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Indra Jatra

by Narendra Shrestha/Rajesh KC

This festival named after Lord Indra- the God of Rain and also the King of Heaven is celebrated by both the Buddhists and Hindus in Nepal in August/September. This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing. The chariot of Kumari “ the Living Goddess is taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. On the first day, the King of Nepal also pays homage to Goddess Kumari.

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Teej & Rishi Panchami

Teej is a festival special to women, married and single. Goddess Parvati went on a fast to attract Lord Shiva. In keeping with that tradition, married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity. The unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Dress in red and wearing ornaments, women light oil lamps and stay up all night. The festival culminates in Rishi Panchami two days later. On the eve of Teej, they cook all kinds of dishes and eat them at midnight, celebrate by singing and dancing. They are not supposed to eat on Teej day. more »

A fashion-show

Glimpse of a fashion-show event œSunsilk Fashion Week 2006 held in Kathmandu this week.

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Destination Manang

by Rajesh KC 

Manang, situated within the Annapurna area, goes from 3,000 m to over 8,000 m. Monsoon clouds are effectively blocked by the mountains and it is up to the glaciers and melted mountain snows to feed the many lakes, brooks, and rivers, and keep alive the meadows, forests, and farmlands in the area. more »

Visit Nepal Year 007: Bring your SLR (guns) and SLR (cameras)

by NayanTara

On a hill top in Kavre last week, the People’s Liberation Army showcases excellent hospitality and their big guns. On display in the front rows are Heckler & Koch G36s captured from the army, AK-47s and an assortment of SLRs and INSAS rifles that the visiting media are encouraged to take pictures of. more »

A dazzling Darjeeling

by Surendra Phuyal

‘Welcome to Darjeeling – Queen of the Hills’! – A huge billboard reads as we enter the town sprawling the eastern Himalayan ridge. It offers just as stunning mountainscapes as elsewhere in the region: enveloping its tea plantations in mystic clouds and fogs during monsoon and winter, and glittering in the backdrop of the silver-shining Kanchanjungha, Makalu and other peaks in the fall. more »

Celebrating ‘Asar Pandhra’ (असार १५)

photos by Narendra Shrestha/Rajesh KC 

On the occasion of the Asar Pandhra (Asar 15) festival, farmers planting paddy in a field at Bungmati and Harisiddhi of Lalitpur. Farmers usually plant paddy beginning Asar 15 (June 29) every year to mark the beginning of the monsoon in Nepal. more »

‘प्रचण्डको खुला जीवन’

नारायण वाग्ले / तस्बिरः राजेश के.सी.

नेकपा -माओवादी अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल उर्फ प्रचण्डको भूमिगत जीवन सम्भवतः असार २ गते शुक्रबारबाट अन्त्य भएको छ । यो उनको नयाँ राजनीतिक जीवनको सुरुवात पनि हो । के अब माओवादी खुला राजनीतिक प्रतिस्पर्धाको स्वस्थ राजनीतिमा अवतरण हुन्छ ? यस प्रश्नको सबभन्दा बलियो जवाफ अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डको लगभग तीन दशक लामो भूमिगत जीवनशैली परित्याग हो । more »

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