Writing Nepal: a short story contest

La.lit | March 30, 2013

La.Lit, the literary magazine from Nepal, will be partnering with writer Samrat Upadhyay to organize Writing Nepal: A Short Story Contest. The contest has been set up to encourage new writing in English from Nepal. The...

The centre need not hold

Nepalikukur | March 23, 2013

Perhaps because we were forced to memorize rather than learn, I recall nothing of the SLC English-language curriculum. As for literature there was none. But we schoolboys had our stocks of pulp fiction, gradually supplanted by the slower, profounder pleasures of the Victorian classics.

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The 2013 SAARC Festival of Literature

Nepalikukur | March 19, 2013

The first inkling I had that the SAARC Festival of Literature was not quite what a gathering of self-proclaimed

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.

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A litfest in the mofussil

The Contextator | March 11, 2013

A Literature Festival in the border town of Kakarbhitta is celebrated as a new dawn in the Nepali literary landscape. La.Lit was there observing as Nepali writers shared their thoughts and ideas in a part of the country long neglected by Kathmandu.

Review: Not all fun and games

La.lit | March 9, 2013

Āja Ramitā Cha, by Indra Bahadur Rai, Sajha Prakashan, 2011 (1964) There’s a moment in Indra Bahadur Rai’s Darjeeling saga Āja Ramitā Cha (1964) when a teacher remarks, “We say Nepal-Nepal, as for Nepal…” There’s...

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Review: the wrestler and the courtesan

La.lit | February 27, 2013

His translation of the Urdu epic Hoshruba is expected to run to 8000 pages in 24 volumes, but Musharraf Ali Farooqi minces no words in his latest novel, Between Clay and Dust

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Pashupati Hotel

Narayan Dhakal | February 26, 2013

Before the People’s Movement broke out, in early 1990, we would spend the evenings killing time at Pashupati Hotel. Despite its name – which it shared with the temple to Shiva – the hotel was quite run-down.

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Seeking a purpose

La.lit | February 21, 2013

The search for the meaning of life has long been linked with an idea of purposefulness. Within the traditional Hindu caste system, one derived a purpose by virtue of birth into a specific caste group...