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Beyond Everest

HUMAN CONNECTION: A child smiles amidst the squalor and a monk with begging bowl.

For my birthday, I wanted to try something different. And Nepal looked different.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Nepal may install ladders on Everest’s Hillary Step

Mount Everest  AFP FILE PHOTO

Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest’s Hillary Step, the final rock wall which climbers have to scale to reach the summit, in a bid to ease congestion, the government said Monday.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Fire destroys Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu

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

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

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 »