Advent of spring

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Photo by : RAJNEESH BHANDARI APR 04 – Come mid-March every year and villages in Humla wake up in a jovial mood, all ready to bid a fond farewell to winter and welcome the onset of spring. That was the case in the village of Bargaun this year, a little settlement in Humla in Nepal’s […]

Autism and education

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MAR 31 – Each student should have an individualised education plan, and only a joint parent-teacher effort can help autistic children learn Fourteen-year-old Kastup Lamsal is an autistic child. He sits aloof, doesn’t communicate with his peers, and is sometimes hyper. Kastup’s mother Rachana, 43, a nurse by profession, found her second child was different […]

Tea-time tales

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MAR 21 – It’s a foggy morning in Lalbandi, Sarlahi, and I need my morning tea. I’d thought about ordering a cup at the hotel I’m staying at, but the people there have recommended Binod Kumar Shah’s place instead, which they say is around a five-minute walk away. Apparently, Shah’s tea stall is a required […]

The show must go on

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KATHMANDU, JAN 31 – Sharada Bhusal Jha has her detractors, but the anti-corruption activist says she is determined to stick it out. On Saturday last week, a group of youths carrying a ‘corpse’ walked out of Khula Manch chanting “Ram nam satya ho, bhrastachar antya ho”. A barefoot lady seated in a wheelchair, head swaddled in […]

All in a song

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APR 19 – Muna Gurung busies herself in the kitchen while her husband, Raj Kumar, strums the guitar in the living room, the pleasant sound of his singing soon filling their one-storied house in Kalanki. It’s been two months since Raj Kumar revealed to Muna that he was HIV-infected. Though horrified at first, Muna has […]

A beautiful mind

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MAR 29 – Pritish Shakya, 10, adjusts his thick glasses and shifts his attention back to the game he’s playing on his laptop. As he rams the keys, he keeps up a running commentary, telling me about the games he likes, the websites where he finds these, how much a Macbook Pro costs, among other […]