A comprehensive look into Nepal’s foreign policy
Mana Ranjan Josse’s Nepal’s Quest for Survival in a Challenging Geopolitical Setting offers an in-depth analysis of the country's foreign policy, touching on security and internal political dimensions.
Brigitte Steinmann: ‘Studying culture helps to understand the aesthetic feeling of a society’
Anthropologist and researcher Steinmann talks about her research works in Nepal, her love for reading and her interest to study societies.
The creator’s heart and mind, unravelled
Despite its promises, Jaipur Journals is a sad and lonely work, layered with contempt and spite.
Mahesh Bikram Shah: Literature can mirror our society without fear and bias
Writer Shah talks about his love for writing and the reasons behind the decreasing Nepali readership.
A case for the need of humanist education
Drawing parallels between Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh’s Humanism and Edward Said’s Humanism and Democratic Criticism on the philosophical stance that is humanism.
‘Enough critical discussion is not taking place’
Bidur Dangol, owner of Vajra Books, talks about the publishing industry, the reading culture in Nepal, and all things books.
Pottermania, Anglophilia, and minimal enchantments
Keshava Guha’s debut novel, Accidental Magic, attempts to delve into the murky ground between the virtual and the real, literary and literal, the mind in solitude and its transformation within a clique.
Much is lost in translation in ‘Letter of a Jailbird’
Translating poetry is one thing, but giving it life is an entirely different matter. The pace, the pauses, the energy—everything is lost in translation in Letter of a Jailbird.
'Good writing shapes people’s thoughts; it initiates public discourse'
Durga Karki speaks about her new book Kumari Prashnaharu, what drives her to write and the power writing has in today’s world.
CK Lal: Language is alive only when it is related to a marketplace
Columnist Lal talks about his love for reading and writing and why indigenous readership is decreasing.
When fact is masqueraded as too much fiction
‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ tells a story of love, in the most dire circumstance, but betrays history in doing so.
A practitioner’s perspective on foreign policy and diplomacy
Madhu Raman Acharya’s ‘Nepal Worldview’ breaks down the country’s international identity, its cultural matrix and diplomacy as an instrument of national power.
Shashikala Manandhar: Even writing is like singing; if you don’t practise, you will lose your voice.
Writer Manandhar talks about her journey as a writer and her motivation to write.
An ‘angry’, ‘bossy’ woman tells her story the way it is
What happened to Michelle Obama as she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her super-powerful husband? This is essentially what her autobiography ‘Becoming’ seeks to capture.
Rajan Mukarung: Literature should explore the richness of all the cultures we live in
Writer Mukarung talks about his love for literature and the need for the Nepali literature scene to accept diversity.
‘Silver Cascades’: Timeless Stories From Nepal
Mahesh Paudyal is well-aware that translating is not merely a mechanical work; it is a creative process and involves staying true to the original piece.
Bookstores' decision to halt imports places attention once again on taxes on books
Responding to the decision, many on social media have decried the taxation of books on the grounds that reading is about learning and education.
A long journey to Kashmir
'The Far Field' gets richer by the page, as Madhuri Vijay chronicles the story of a woman in the troubled lands of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dinesh Raj Pant: First you should study, understand and then promote
Historian Dinesh Raj Pant talks about his love for books, history, and the trend of history writing and its challenges.
‘Maidaro’: Reconstructing Caste and Class
While the book reads like a calming river, the question is whether its themes are really done justice.