For The Love Of MomosBy Aashish Mishra
CNN’s Julian Buckley defines dumplings as a pocket of dough filled with some form of savoury or sweet stuffing. They are easy to cook, their ingredients can be adapted to fit local tastes and they are cheap to purchase. That is why dumplings are a popular food across the globe.
Worship of Mani Keshav Narayan resumes after 40 yearsBy Aashish Mishra
It was November 15, the day of Haribodhani Ekadashi, and the main courtyard behind the golden gate of Patan Museum was abuzz with activity. The chowk is almost always busy, made lively by the domestic and international tourists visiting the gallery dubbed one of the finest museums of South Asia. But this day was livelier than usual.
New Technology & MediaBy Aashish Mishra
Like with every other sector, technological advancements have affected the media industry as well. With the advent of new technology, the mechanics of contemporary media production have become possible. The industrially violent move of News International from Fleet Street to a state-of-the-art Wapping production base in the 1980s has been well documented. With the advent of new technology, it was easier to train graphic designers, printers, among others, thus making much of the production workshop...
The Kathmandu We LostBy Aashish Mishra
The Kathmandu Valley was once arguably the largest open-air museum in the world. Three whole districts – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur – and their settlements seemingly frozen in time. The houses were marvels on their own, specifically designed for the climate of Kathmandu; the alleys that people wandered seemed to get narrower with every step until suddenly, it opened up into a large courtyard, comparable to rivers flowing into a lake; and centuries-old temples and rest houses located around...
Efforts underway to perform it 27 days from next yearBy Aashish Mishra
It’s well into the night. But Rajeev Tamrakar is not asleep. Neither is his wife Radha, nor their eight-year-old granddaughter Krishma. They are at Mangal Bazaar, seated on blue plastic chairs. Like scores of other Patanites, they are eagerly waiting in front of the beautifully decorated Kartik Dabali for the climax of the Kartik Naach – the Narsingha Avatar. A soft melody starts to play, creeping up the ears of the audience. The people gathered, as if by instinct, moved their gaze from the...
Tales About A BridgeBy Aashish Mishra
How much do we know about a place that we know? This is certainly a topic we could discuss a lot about. Nevertheless, for the sake of this article, let us say that, if not important, it would at least be interesting to learn about a place we think we are familiar with; because every place has a story. Every street we take every house we see, every stone we step on and every bridge we cross has a tale to tell.
Dhanashree: The unheard melody of TiharBy Aashish Mishra
Oh Lord Narayan! He who resides in the hills and near the forests, He who brings peace and tranquillity to the lives of people, All hail Lord Narayan! Hari Krishna Maharjan and his Dapha play th
Journos need to be more conflict sensitive: ExpertsBy Aashish Mishra
Nepal is no stranger to conflict. It witnessed several conflicts since 1951 when democracy was ushered in by overthrowing the Rana rulers. It experienced a decade-long insurgency led by the then CPN (Maoist) from 1996 to 2006. Similarly, a number of political movements, many of them violent, occurred in the Terai-Madhes region of Nepal since 2007, after the political change of 2006, which continued even during the political transition period.
Hazards Of InternetBy Aashish Mishra
The internet has been a game-changer for human civilisation. It revolutionised data transfer and communication, made the entire world a village and expanded people’s access to knowledge to never-before-seen levels. No one needs to advocate for the internet because its benefits are far-reaching and widely known. However, it also has some very real threats that many do not seem to talk about.
Kartik Naach to be held in abridged format this yearBy Aashish Mishra
The famous Kartik Naach of Patan will be held after Tihar this year but in an abridged form. The dance will not be staged for 12 consecutive days like it had been from 2014 to 2019. However, it will also not be shortened to two days like last year. “We plan to hold the dance for eight days this year but nothing has been fixed yet,” said Kiran Chitrakar, chairman of Kartik Naach Preservation Committee. “We need to hold further discussions with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City and other stakeholders...