Meaning Behind the Mask

By Dinesh Wagle I lost my confidence in my nasal hairs last month. I wonder how my former science teacher would react to this news. Buddha Pramod Rai had full faith in his nasal hairs. While teaching science at Adarsha Janapremi High School in Bhaktapur in the 90s he used speak confidently about their capabilities.Continue reading “Meaning Behind the Mask”

Bryan Adams in Kathmandu: What Does That Mean to Nepal

[This article first appeared on Sunday’s (feb 20) Kathmandu Post. Bryan Adams performed in Kathmandu’s Dasharath Stadium on Saturday.] By Dinesh Wagle Pic by Narendra Shrestha KATHMANDU: Were things better here, Bryan Adams’ arrival wouldn’t be such a big deal. Over the past two decades or so Nepali society has opened up to the outsideContinue reading “Bryan Adams in Kathmandu: What Does That Mean to Nepal”

Reasons to Come Home

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal I came back to Kathmandu last week after completing my two year tenure in Delhi. “Welcome back to darkness,” some of my friends said. Load shedding is not a new phenomenon in Kathmandu. But the continued and unacceptably long hours of power cuts have fueled further frustration. Not toContinue reading “Reasons to Come Home”

The Spillover Effect: from Bihar to Nepal [and the Maoists]

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal We are waiting for the spillover effect to take hold. China is growing phenomenally. India is following China so very closely. We are tightly sandwiched between them. We are folding our hands and sitting back, hoping that one day the economic progress will spillover from both sides and submergeContinue reading “The Spillover Effect: from Bihar to Nepal [and the Maoists]”

Kathmandu Connection: Complaints and Compliments

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal Soon after Tihar celebrations were over in Kathmandu last week I was in Thamel with a colleague who was leaving the newspaper for good. As he took his bike to a nearby parking lot I stood a few metres away from the entrance of the Roadhouse Café. I startedContinue reading “Kathmandu Connection: Complaints and Compliments”

Kashmir and Indian Democracy

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal A Nepali perspective on a South Asian problem: “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India,” declared Arundhati Roy in New Delhi last week. “It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.” By saying so the Booker-prize winning author of The God of SmallContinue reading “Kashmir and Indian Democracy”