Non Fiction

What Nepal should really learn from Tibet’s development

Tara Green | August 7, 2014

The article by Chet Nath Acharya, published in Nepali in the Annapurna Post on July 6, 2014, and translated into English and made available on, depicted Tibet as a paradise of progress and comfort, and suggested Nepal has much to learn from China’s development policies there. But the comparison is flawed from the outset. Unlike Nepal, Tibet under […]

Damodar Pudasaini ‘Kishor’ honoured with the 2013 Uttam Shanti Puraskar

Niranjan Kunwar | June 24, 2014

“Qatar workers who have left with MRPs – stories of their pain and grief – are also included in a creative, poetic way,” said Professor Rajendra Subedi while introducing Damodar Pudasaini ‘Kishor’s Nametiyeka Chitraharu (Unerased Pictures), which was granted the 2013 Uttam Shanti Puraskar on 26 May, 2014, in a small ceremony in Kathmandu. Nametiyeka Chitraharu is a […]

Observing the observers

Usuru | March 30, 2014

International election observers came, saw and pronounced once again on the Constituent Assembly elections, held for the second time on 19 November last year. President Jimmy Carter, now 89 years young, was here again, as were other old and young election hands. Apart from the Carter Center the EU had a large mission as did […]

The keeper of conscience

Smriti Mallapaty | December 24, 2013

Hutta Ram Baidya, Nepal’s first agricultural engineer and indefatigable campaigner for the restoration of the Bagmati River’s environmental and cultural health, passed away this morning due to complications arising from a chronic lung condition at Norvic Hospital in Kathmandu. He was 94 years old. The following article by award-winning environmental journalist Smriti Mallapaty was published […]

Election Day, April 8, 2008

Prawin Adhikari | November 11, 2013

Some said there was no way there’d be elections. Some said elections would happen, without too many incidents, although there’d be some. Things were uncertain. Some said the army would take over. The Maoists said the army was stockpiling weapons. Some Royalists said the army would take over. Everybody was waiting and watching. Everybody was […]

The house that Uttam Kunwar built

Niranjan Kunwar | August 18, 2013

Bhupeen and Chaubis Reel “The essay and poetry are deeply related,” said Bhupeen, “the way I am related to my brother. The blood that flows inside an essay is the same blood that flows inside poetry.” This year, Bhupeen’s essay collection Chaubis Reel was unanimously nominated for the 2012 Uttam Shanti Puraskar, and his acceptance speech at […]

Jhapa’s literary rising

The Contextator | March 13, 2013

Kala Sahitya Utsav – 2069, the first major literary gathering outside Kathmandu, came to a close on Monday, 12th March, 2013, in Kakarbhitta, after what has been three days of engaging discussions on numerous literary, cultural and sociopolitical issues.

What is a classic? A hundred years of Nepali literature (1900-2000)

Sharada Sharma | January 18, 2013

A literary work that possesses the quality of being eternally significant by building upon historically relevant work in a creatively stylistic manner can be