A Dalit Mother’s Accounts

Sarita Pariyar | July 8, 2020

I’m no good at accounting. But I’ve kept accounts of all the little debts owed me by the village in a box in my mind. And when people say they love the village, it makes me laugh. It makes me want to tear Bistini Bajai’s blouse in the middle of the night, and shake the village with my laughter.


Indra Bahadur Rai | May 4, 2020

“If you really want kheer, you need two litres of milk for every quarter kilo of rice,” said an assertive voice that suggested a face with deep-set eyes. “For our rice we need about ten litres.”

Guest Editorial, Translation Issue

Manjushree Thapa | August 31, 2017

The literary canon of a nation as multilingual as Nepal ought not to consist overwhelmingly of Nepali-language literature, but it does. It ought to include a vast body of literature in national languages other than Nepali, but it doesn’t.

An interview with Kamal Mani Dixit, 1962

Uttam Kunwar | January 8, 2017

Kamal Dixit passed away on December 29, 2016 at his residence in Patan Dhoka. He was 87 years old. This is a translation by Niranjan Kunwar of an article from Uttam Kunwar’s anthology of interviews, Srasta ra Sahitya (Authors and Literature).

Should We Not Learn from Tibet?

Chet Nath Acharya | July 16, 2014

Nearly a thousand kilometres of the Nepalese border to the north abuts China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. There is direct air and land transportation between Tibet and Nepal, which have been trading with each other for thousands of years. Tibet’s remote geographical makeup and its large desert plateau and high altitude present far more challenges to […]

Who will repay the loan?

Manika Jha | July 13, 2014

Jugal Malāh from Mahottari District, Matihani – 1, had done nothing wrong. He had been making a living as a day labourer when misfortune struck his life like a thunderbolt. He was arrested and kept in jail simply because his name matched that of an accused from a robbery case that took place 15 years […]

Dor Bahadur Bista

La.lit | March 2, 2014

On June 3, 1995, I had the opportunity to meet the much-debated sociologist Dor Bahadur Bista for an interview at his residence in Lalitpur. Ethnic identity politics had been gaining momentum in the years following the establishment of multiparty democracy. In a society that was slowly beginning to open up, Bista had introduced the idea […]

“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 […]

What The Guardian did not understand

Devendra Bhattarai | October 5, 2013

A recent investigative article by The Guardian on the abuse and exploitation of Nepali migrant labourers preparing Qatar for the 2020 World Cup has generated a media frenzy. But the issue that prompted such fury doesn’t really reveal anything new. The strange wave of rage in social media, fuelled by The Guardian’s facts and statistics, fails to comprehend the core […]