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Mata Syaeema Pass: The lamp that kept burning

It’s no secret that male dominance has been a norm in Nepali or for that matter Asian culture from days of yore.  Women have had a miserable time coping with this social stigma. Some fought their way through; most just bowed down to it. This story speaks for itself. “Mata syaeema pass, mata chyakeema fail”. […]

The city that stands still: A walk around ancient alleys of Patan

We have passed through it so many times, seen it in countless photographs, studied lazily in history lessons, but do we understand it yet? Growing up in the heavily urban Kathmandu, I never really knew Patan. I had only been there once, and it was almost like a foreign place. I could never have imagined […]

How Tintin inspired an iconic Nepali shirt brand

When Pradeep Man Shakya, the owner of Juju Wears, was in the sixth grade, he had read Tintin in Tibet. Patan’s Bhimsensthan was in it. But when a porter reprimanded Captain Haddock in Hindi for shouting at him, Shakya was hurt. ‘How could the creator of Tintin have been so blatantly insensitive to Nepal? Didn’t […]

Oscars 2017: How it celebrated the humble, while avoiding the overtly political

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio anchor Mark Colvin once opened a news report on the Oscars ceremony with a prescient segue: “Meanwhile, over in La La Land, the annual integrity awards are underway.” He could have had no inkling of the drama that would surround a film called La La Land this year. Some rumblings […]

‘Loot 2’ movie review: A solid but overwrought sequel

Popcorn Pictures The story of Haku Kale and four petty criminals continues in director Nischal Basnet’s Loot 2, a solid but overwrought sequel to the 2012 flick with the same name. While it may not have found a rhythm to its pace or the immediacy of its prequel, Loot 2 does hold on its own, but […]

Why America needs Marvel superhero Kamala Khan now more than ever

During the first few weeks of the Trump administration, we’ve seen increased pressure on Muslim and immigrant communities in the United States. In the face of these threats, which Marvel superhero might be best equipped to defend the people, ideals and institutions under attack? Some comic fans and critics are pointing to Kamala Khan, the […]