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Fire destroys Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu


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ONE of the many rooms at Pilgrims

Sad news. What I did not know while writing last week’s column on favorite bookshops was that the extraordinary Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu is no more.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Romance of bookstores


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A QUIET tea shop under an Art Deco vault at the House of Books in St. Petersburg.

My friend, says his wife, can smell a Zegna store from blocks away. I smell bookshops.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Escape valves in lively Kathmandu


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INTERCONNECTING courtyards at Bber Mahal Revisited reveal a different Kathmandu ambiance

We imagine Kathmandu as a city nestled in clean, verdant green valley, whose temple-framed vistas take the eye all the way to the snow-capped Himalayas beyond, once the Shangri-La of hippiedom.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A Kathmandu winter’s night


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CATCHING the earlymorning sun to warm up after a cold night

Work brought me to Kathmandu in the dead of winter this year.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Much ado about Kathmandu

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In retrospect, flying into Kathmandu ensconced in Thai Airways’ superb Royal Silk business class was probably not the best way to get acclimatized to the Nepali capital’s unique atmosphere.

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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