The Smarter Entertainment Weekly

Nepal’s First Pride Parade

At the beginning of June, my Twitter feed was full of hashtags with people wishing each other happy Pride Month and the queer community was literally on cloud nine; from various corners of the world,...

Live Till You Die

“As long as there is the ocean, the waves will continue rolling in As long as there is life, there will always be loving and living” Oh yeah, that’s the kind of mantra that giv...

Here, There, Chinese Everywhere

“I have plans to make a Chinatown here in Kathmandu, or in Pokhara, with restaurants and entertainment centers,” the smiling Chinese businessman replied to the young female reporter, in re...

We Are What We Are

The wheel of time, it never stops turning, and so another New Year is on the near horizon. We Nepalis are really a very lucky lot, having the chance to celebrate more than just one New Year every year...

Mecca of Good Health and Good Vibes

I think it was about the time when I reached the forty-year-mark that my better half started to nag me out of the house early every day for a morning walk. Up to then, I had considered morning walks t...

Last Rites and the Final Farewell

This week, on a cold and drizzly day, I received a call informing that one of my closest friends had passed away. Naturally, I rushed to Pashupatinath, where he was to be cremated. His family had deci...

Last Rites and the Final Farewel

This week, on a cold and drizzly day, I received a call informing that one of my closest friends had passed away. Naturally, I rushed to Pashupatinath, where he was to be cremated. His family had deci...

Dashain Dilemma

In my previous life, I used to have both excitement and dread when Dashain drew near. New clothes—for child, the wife, myself, and because we traveled back to the ancestral home in another city...

Begetting Success

If you want to really learn about how to succeed in business, I feel that you should have a talk with someone who has failed. This is the kind of thing I am feeling more and more to be a wise action t...

The Truth about Time

“Time is money.”  “Don’t waste my time.” “Time is precious.”  “Make good use of time.”  “Time is the greatest healer.&rdq...

Creation Reconstructed

If God had had the help of technology and modern medicine when he was undertaking the creation of the universe, the world would have been a much better place to live in. He definitely didn’t for...

Save Me from the News

I stopped reading newspapers a long time ago, primarily because the headlines were, and still are, always the same as a decade ago, and the stories are mostly depressing in nature. Then, I stopped wat...

Work is Worship?

“It’s not your office, you only work in it; so why take on unnecessary stress? Do your given work, go home, relax!” advised a friend who lives in New York, when I shared with him the...

A Home of my Own

Yesterday, I got a call from someone from a leading daily. She said that she had received some complaints from a few residents of the housing community I live in, and whether I, too, had any. No doubt...

I Want Moksha

Today, I asked a female colleague at work, “After this life is over, would you be happy to be reborn again as a human?” Her answer was an immediate, “No!” What made me ask t...

The New Age Bheed Tantra

Over the last ten-fifteen years, we have been victims of numerous bandhs forced upon us simple folks by hordes of howling mobs, and those were the years when one wondered if it was the mob that was di...

1986

1986. The year of Maradona. The year when even the gods smiled down on the short but sturdily-built footballer, enabling his country, Argentina, to become world champions, something that wouldn’...

Every Dog has its Day. Really?

Every Dog has its Day. Really? Text By: Amar B. Shrestha How relevant are adages that were made a thousand and one years ago? Adages such as “Slow and steady wins the race” (you&rsqu...

Launching a Thousand Ships

Launching a Thousand Ships Amar B Shrestha Thank god I have never been asked to judge a beauty contest (not that I’ll ever be, but just in a theoretical sense). It would be impossible for...