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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 »

US extreme skier Plake among avalanche survivors

American Glen Plake, survivor of a weekend avalanche at Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas arrives at the Tribhuwan domestic airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Rescuers have so far brought down the bodies of eight victims, four French, one each from Germany, Italy and Spain, and a Nepali guide. The climbers killed were part of a crush of mountaineers who came to the peak in Nepal because of heightened tensions between Chinese authorities and Tibetans. AP/Niranjan Shrestha

Renowned American extreme skier Glen Plake says he feels lucky to be alive after surviving the weekend Himalayan avalanche that killed at least eight people, but he’s heartbroken that he could not save two friends.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »