An amazing dining experience at Bhojan Grija – read all the details here
Archive for the ‘writing’ Category
The archives for all the food reviews I did for Friday! in 2014 can be found here:
ECS Nepal published a reprint of my article Ghosts on Everest in their first post-earthquake issue (July/August) which came out this month. It’s something I wrote years ago and while I sincerely hope my writing has improved since then it’s an article that is still really close to my heart. It originally ran in their March 2011 issue, and they asked me edit it a little to tie it in with the hope that things there will soon be normal and people can do treks like the Everest Base Camp again. And unlike the Langtang area, which has been sadly devastated, it does seem that the Everest area is up and running–both for climbing and trekking–in time for this autumn’s tourist season. Now we just have to hope the tourists come. If you’re interested, the original article is archived here.
in daily life, published
I was travelling for a bit in July (more on that soon) and when I got back I had some trouble hunting down the issue of Fr!day that my last food review was printed in. Fr!day (or Friday) is a weekly publication that I’ve been doing regular restaurant reviews for, and the publisher was all out of copies.
While flipping through the daily newspapers and magazines yesterday at Dan Ran, a homey Japanese restaurant in Patan, I had the idea to ask if they had any Fr!day back issues. The waiter disappeared into a back room and returned brandishing a copy.
“We only have one,” he said apologetically.
Happily, it was the right one, and he had no problem with me keeping it.
Which is how I discovered that it’s the second time that I’ve had an article published in a magazine with Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bhansa Acharya on the cover. This comedic duo, known locally as “MaHa” are without doubt Nepal’s most famous comedians, and have been for years now, since a comedy audio cassette tape they made together back in 1981. Since then they’ve moved into TV, film, and sell out live performances, and they somehow manage to touch on relevant and meaningful social issues in their humour, too.
The articles of mine in the two publications below were not related to them in any way, but it made me smile to see them on the covers, and honoured to share the space.
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in daily life, Kathmandu, writing
Yesterday a good friend came over and we had lunch together. We’ve known each other for years, and we talked the way you only can with someone you’ve known, well, for that long. The power was off for the scheduled electricity cut, and we ate in the kitchen, a breeze coming through the back screen door there. And I thought how lucky I was to be there, in that moment.
Yesterday I also heard that the anthology I have a story published in, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, is a bestseller; not ten days after its release, they’ve already had to order a second printing. And while my part in it is very small, and certainly nothing to do with its bestselling status, as a writer it was an encouragement to my own dreams. It made me happy.
Tonight it rained, a heavy rain that we’ve been needing in Kathmandu for weeks now, to clear the dust and bring down the heat and water the earth. Some might say a small thing, but it isn’t really. None of it is. It’s wonderful, and we should enjoy every bit of joy, large and small, that crosses our path. One of many things living in Nepal has taught me, and for which I am very grateful.
Last week I found out that a story I wrote has been selected to appear in the upcoming book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias. It’s the second of my stories to appear in the Chicken Soup books, so I know from experience the process is rigorous; to make the cut, and be selected from amongst the thousands of submissions, is a pretty good feeling.
The essay being published, titled All You Need is Love, is also one close to my heart, about a caring moment I witnessed between my grandmother and my cousin, her caregiver, both of whom have since passed away. I hope this story will honor their memory.
The book will hit the bookshops on April 22, 2014, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I’ve just seen the cover, and here it is; what do you think?