Interviews

Yangzom Tsering’s Life Story

Tashi Tewa Dolpo | August 5, 2020

My husband was never there when I needed him. During our life together, he was away most of the time, crossing high mountain passes. He never really had time to spend with me, though his desire to have sons did rekindle the love we had earlier lost.

La.Lit speaks!

La.Lit | June 27, 2020

Episode 4 of the La.Lit podcast is online! Contributing editors Rajani Thapa and Shlesha Thapaliya talk about the complexity of food, beyond what’s on your plate.

Taking care of art: Philippe Van Cauteren and the Kathmandu Triennale

La.Lit | March 20, 2017

The Triennale is like a pumping system to show the potential of the arts in other industries in the city.

Langtang’s lost: an oral history of the village that vanished

Rabi Thapa | April 24, 2016

Cruelly, it was Langtang’s very vitality that spelled doom for extended families up and down the valley.

“It’s like a time bomb: when will it explode?”

Carlo Pizzati | March 30, 2015

I meet Pasang in the restaurant of a central neighbourhood in Kathmandu. Waiters running up and down with iced water pitchers and coffee pots don

Nepali writing in English: an interview with Pramod Mishra, 2004

Pramod Mishra | December 8, 2013

Can you talk about the situation of English in Nepal? Let me relate an incident from my childhood in order to answer this complex question. I was in Class Four in the sixties in a village primary school in Morang when the SLC-Fail headmaster (at least that’s what we were told about his admirable qualification […]

“We need a new discourse”

La.lit | November 30, 2013

Kantipur Kurakani “NC-UML must engage in a new discourse” November 23 With the announcement of elections for Nepal’s second Constituent Assembly (mandated to write a constitution), election constituency Kathmandu-4 was in the spotlight – charismatic youth leader Gagan Thapa (Nepali Congress) going head-to-head with Nanda Kishore Pun (“Pasang”), the erstwhile commander of the People’s Liberation […]

Coaxing the muses: an interview with Sujan Chitrakar

La.Lit | January 18, 2013

It was a pleasant September evening. The sun was setting and the lights around Thamel were starting to flicker. We came upon Sujan Chitrakar in front of a small thangka store, and interrupted his perusal of an intricately designed Mandala. One thing led to another, hours were adjusted and soon enough we were sipping some