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A Journey to the West, part 3: the library

Latokosero | April 23, 2013

If the nature of a city and its people are reflected in the public/civic institutions they support, then Kathmandu appears distinctly barbaric. Our libraries are in shambles - they are run like museums, carrying bounded...

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A Journey to the West, part 2: Seattle

Latokosero | April 15, 2013

What is it that writers offer to society? One belief is that they offer a means for understanding our world -  the people and relations that mould much of it. For instance, reading Jane Austen's Pride...

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A Journey to the West, part 1: Travel

Latokosero | April 9, 2013

There I was, traveling to the pinnacle of civilization from a nation confounded by its own existentialism. Five legs over 36 hours - ordeals were to be expected. My journey was marred from the beginning...

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...