culture

Tunnel to the future

How the Atal Tunnel is reshaping life in Lahaul.

Making sense of Nepali politics

Scholars of political structures and processes in today’s Nepal struggle to find their feet.

The caravan of Sanuman

Translated excerpt from Dor Bahadur Bista’s Nepali-language novel ‘Sotala’.

In the presence of the gods

Shaligram pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalaya.

| Jul 06, 2021

Gobyaer

A short story.

| Jun 15, 2021

Journalists under attack, marine disaster in Sri Lanka, chasing monkeys, and more

Southasiasphere episode 08: Updates and analysis from around the region.

| Jun 09, 2021

COVID-19 travel bubbles, vaccine procurement, Churails, and more

Southasiasphere episode 07: Updates and analysis from around the region.

| May 14, 2021

Revisiting the past, reimagining a future 

How an art magazine found a place in India’s nation-building narratives.

| Feb 16, 2021

Who doesn’t put ghee in their khichuri?

On food and representation, online and offline.

| Sep 11, 2020

Chronicling courtesans

A new book documents the forgotten history of tawaifs – or courtesans – in northern India.

| Feb 11, 2020

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