KATHMANDU BLUES REFRAIN

Shefali Upreti | March 8, 2019

The small gods said
that I can’t see past the hill.

A WITCH IN THE NIGHT

Shefali Upreti | March 8, 2019

What am I?
A lady? A queen?

WHAT NOBODY SAYS

Aryaa Rajouria | March 8, 2019

The kitchen is a silent civil war zone
Bound by wedding rings

THE MUSEUM-KEEPER’S SON

Archana Shrestha | March 8, 2019

He was the purple flower with
his palms for leaves
that could hold the
tears passed down
as family legacy.

MAMAGHAR

Ujjwala Maharjan | March 8, 2019

Not many people live here anymore.
And those who do, they look like,
they’ve forgotten how to laugh.

Indian Heat, Ian D. Keating

Four distances

Prawin Adhikari | February 2, 2019

On the first day of 2019 I happened to be rifling through a bookshelf in a hotel in Benaulim, Goa, a bookshelf of the sort common in places where people come to forget.

The Eternal

Thomas Bell | December 28, 2018

“Have you seen a nāgā?” I was talking to an eminent scholar, from a famous American university, about Kathmandu’s religion. He clearly felt that I’d misunderstood what these spirits might be. “They are not snakes,”...

Revisiting Kathmandu

Nepalikukur | December 9, 2018

I’ve been back barely a fortnight and my system is rejecting the very air I breathe. My throat feels raw, my eyes water and itch, and I’ve been sneezing like the Dickens.

Editorial, Food Issue

Rabi Thapa | December 1, 2018

Let’s spit out the cliché: you are what you eat. What, then, are we? A garden of flowers nodding in the wind? A nation of voracious mlechhas?