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1407, 2018

Faith in Chains–The Baha’i Faith

By |July 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last Saturday, I was invited to a special preview of Faith in Chains, a documentary about religious intolerance in Iran – especially after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, led by Ayatollah Khomeini. Although Khomeini has long since passed on, under the present government, headed by other Ayatollahs, there remains religious persecution of minor religious groups in […]

607, 2018

Book Review

By |July 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book Review by Deepak Shimkhada

Other Side of Paradise by Kenny Pandey

Vajra Books, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2017

Pages 391

US $15.00

 

Other Side of Paradise by Dr. Hari Pandey, aka Kenny Pandey, has received an avalanche of accolades from Nepali fans.  How many of them have actually read it, however, is difficult to determine.  A few months ago, for example, […]

206, 2018

What do Elephants and Hindu Temples have in Common?

By |June 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do elephants and Hindu temples have in common? 

As a student of art history, I often wondered when I saw a profusion of the images of elephants in Hindu temples – especially in India.  There are large statues of elephants prominently placed in the temple courtyards, for example, in Kailashnatha at Ellora.  There are […]

705, 2018

Man Becomes a Snake

By |May 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Man Becomes a Snake: A Modern Fairy Tale

Today I was reading a story of Nahusha and noticed parallels between him and the current king of Maha Desh.  Many Hindu puranas, as well as the Mahabharata, narrate the story of Nahusha. I felt inspired to re-write it and have taken literary license to embellish the […]

2004, 2018

Womb: The Creative Genesis of Sushma Shimkha

By |April 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nepali artist Sushma Shimkhada was a feminist, a radical, and a rebel who was way ahead of her time.  She began her career in the early 1970s, and her journey wasn’t an easy one.  In Nepal, the profession of sculpture belonged traditionally to males – and as one of the first female sculptors, she constantly […]

1209, 2017

The Goddess Within and Beyond The Three Cities

By |September 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Goddess Within and Beyond the Three Cities: Sakta Tantra and the Paradox of Power in Nepala-Mandala by Jeffrey S. Lidke.  DR Printworld: New Delhi, 2017; Re.2200; USD 57.00(Hardcover); 376p.; 29 color and b/w photos; appendices, glossary, bibliography; index.  ISBN 978-81-246-0876-0

As someone with roots in Nepal, I am drawn to books and articles that deal […]

405, 2017

One Hundred Pennies

By |May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

100 pennies
I have never received a $1.00 check from anyone before, so it was a historic moment when I received one this year.  It was a refund check from none other than the U.S. Treasury Department.  Allow me to explain.
Every individual who works in the United States must pay income tax.  I filed my income […]

2704, 2017

Textalyzer

By |April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There was Breathalyzer, now there is Textalyzer
While listening to NPR this morning I heard about this new invention called Textalyzer. This is a phone app that analyzes data collected from the cell phone if the driver is involved in an auto accident. Inspired by many auto accidents caused by reckless drivers texting while driving, this […]

2704, 2017

Belief and the Brain

By |April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Belief and the Brain
As alum of USC, I receive its magazine called USC-Dornsife on a regular basis.  In its latest issue which just came out there is a story about Belief and the Brain, based on scientific research.

It’s a known fact that people are hardheaded when it comes to their political beliefs, even when they […]

1801, 2017

When and what to use—RIP or Moksa?

By |January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

I am disheartened by the use of the acronym R.I.P. on Facebook by a number of Nepalis when a fellow Nepali passes away.  Do they not know the meaning of the letters RIP or the context in which they are used?  If the deceased Nepali is a Christian then it’s okay to use it, because […]