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Falling in and out of love with words

When at home and not working, my wife and I usually read books, sitting alongside each other. And when she comes across a word she is not familiar with, she invariably asks me its meaning.

A tsundoku problem

The late associate professor of English Shailendra Kumar Singh was one unique book collector. He would spend most of his earning from teaching on books. At times, when his savings weren’t sufficient enough, he would sell land to sustain his book-buying habit—a habit so egregious that it continued long after his failing eyesight incapacitated him to even read the titles of books. No wonder he left behind thousands of books honeycombed in his one story building.

An ode to the commode

A technological marvel, the commode is believed to have been invented in the 1590s. I am not sure when it came to Nepal.

Musings at dawn

Of the sprinkle of temples situated on either side of the Bagmati River on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley, Pashupatinath is the holiest of them all.

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