Writing Nepal, 1st: Let the rain come down

Samyak Shertok | June 27, 2013

Krishna wakes to the sound of the downpour rioting on the slate roof and the wind churning at the battered pine windows. A deep sleeper, he hasn

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Writing Nepal: the winners!

La.lit | June 22, 2013

The award ceremony for Writing Nepal took place in the cosy premises of Educational Book House yesterday. Our judge, writer Samrat Upadhyay, was rendered speechless. (Well, almost, courtesy a bad case of laryngitis. But he...

Review: In need of federation

The Dionysian | June 18, 2013

It is growing increasingly irreverent and tiresome to hear Gautam Buddha and Mount Everest being used as reasons for Nepali pride. Both are geographical happenstances regarding which the Nepali nation made no conscious choice. When...

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Writing Nepal: the Shortlist!

La.lit | June 12, 2013

A few days ago, Samrat Upadhyay sent us his shortlist for La.Lit's first short story competition, Writing Nepal. We couldn't keep it to ourselves for very long. So here we go, in no particular order...

Uma: between meditation and melodrama

stone.soup | June 11, 2013

Then, along came Uma. It had a lot of expectations attached to it – the actors are among the best of their generations, and the director Tsering Ritar Sherpa is a pioneer among his peers, for the breadth of his vision and for his courage to make fiction-films like Mukundo and Karma.

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At the bank

stone.soup | June 6, 2013

Standing in queue, with a cheque in hand, waiting for the tortoise-crawl to the counter, the back of the head of the man standing before me becomes an intimate: in the ten minutes since I...

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The prediction

Latokosero | June 2, 2013

The astrologer was a pleasant young man, with worn down cloth shoes and a dust-coloured set of clothes. Mohan Shamsher was surprised. He had expected someone older, someone more commanding. More authoritative. This man, with his humble cotton outfit, could not have been more than thirty, at the most.

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Journey to the West, part 4: the bookshop

Latokosero | May 3, 2013

When Quixote's Cove, the bookshop this magazine is affiliated with, was established, it always wanted to wear more than a retailer's garb. It drew its inspiration from the romanticization of ideas that felt as though they...

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In the skin

stone.soup | April 24, 2013

After a very long time, I looked at a full-length mirror. A surface that could reflect the length and the breadth, the quirk and cookie, the flaw and full. I stood before a familiar face...