Reviews

Review: Downtown Restaurant, Pulchowk, Lalitpur

gobArganesh | August 24, 2014

The sun rose slightly earlier than the day before. The sun rose like rose concrete. The sun came up like a smoke alarm over Kathmandu which was already half-awake and blowing steam. It was a usual morning. I got up, I made coffee, I took a shower, I used a bar of soap with seabuckthorn […]

Review: Santosh Kulung’s Restaurant, Cheskam, Solukhumbu

gobArganesh | June 8, 2014

I walked for three days through the impossibly steep mid-hills of Eastern Nepal to reach this tiny hole-in-the-wall in the upper reaches of the Hongku river. The predominantly Kulung Rai village of Cheskam was saturated in late afternoon sun and the promise of millet. My feet felt like chhoila. We were quickly given a seat at […]

The literal and the literary

Prawin Adhikari | May 26, 2014

Eelum Dixit’s directorial debut, Red Monsoon, explores abuse and refuses respite. It looks at the spatial character of relationships. It traces a line between rebellion and its genesis in abuse: literally between one pair of characters and with a bit more subtlety between others. It peels back the layers that obscure our chaotic metropolis by looking […]

Country comes to city

Nepalikukur | May 10, 2014

Wherein a tone-deaf MC and a jetlagged headliner fail to derail a sonic ride at the City Museum Kathmandu After a season’s worth of delays, the City Museum Kathmandu opened discreetly on May 5 with a series of guided tours by its indefatigable Director, Kashish Das Shrestha. Those in the know had already sneaked over […]

What a way to go the wrong way

Prawin Adhikari | May 7, 2014

“Pālai pālo moj garnu parchha!” After spending nearly two hours trying to parse the mysteries of human suffering as portrayed in director Dipak Shrestha’s Wrong Way, the illumination came at the very climax: two men roll around on a bed, mounting and dismounting, grunting and pushing and punching, while a dolled-up woman watches. Wrong Way isn’t a rape-revenge-flick […]

Review: Grill Me, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur

gobArganesh | May 1, 2014

Things seemed to be going well. Well in the way that the days passed with ease and adequate happiness. I felt that this was one of those times I would look back upon with a mixture of envy and wonder, whenever it was that I once again majorly fucked everything up. It was only a […]

Interrogating modern Nepal

Thomas Bell | April 11, 2014

The Vanishing Act, by Prawin Adhikari (226 pages, Rupa Publications 2014) The early stories in Prawin Adhikari’s debut collection examine the mixture of guilt and innocence with which a young boy growing up in the village of Abu Khaireni receives his first lessons in nature, dealing with other boys or spying on the afternoon lovemaking […]

Change within, change without

Nepalikukur | April 4, 2014

Over the years, Nepal has hosted any number of events related to climate change, hardly surprising considering we live in the shadow of the Himalaya, the ‘third pole’. Receding glaciers and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) are only, if you’ll excuse the pun, the tip of the iceberg in this regard. Many such events have […]

Review: Chez Caroline, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu

La.lit | February 20, 2014

It’s unclear if the proprietors of Chez Caroline in Babar Mahal Revisited chose their location at the far, far end of the suspiciously polished and over-restored palace as a means of enticing their clientele, or to run away from them. I entered the restaurant perhaps a bit too earnestly dressed, and the busy diners all […]