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Aila can be more than just an alcoholic beverage or social lubricant

Every once in a while, my father’s second cousin drops by with a five-litre gallon of aila, the Newari liquor. My father’s aunt prepares the beverage in her backyard by distilling fermented rice and packs a gallon for my father whenever he asks. Later that evening, my father prepares himself for a ritual he calls, ‘aila manangement!’ Aila can be more than just an alcoholic beverage or social lubricant
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Asmita Manandhar
Published at : December 22, 2018
Updated at : December 23, 2018 08:31

Asmita Manandhar

Asmita Manandhar is the Culture & Arts editor at The Kathmandu Post. She has worked as a journalist covering women, indigenous issues, and culture since 2011.


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