My Republica

Gunjan Upadhyay



Winter blues

January 19, 2018 09:47 AM

You could be forgiven for not being too enthusiastic about winter in Kathmandu. I mean, there’s nothing magical in the way of snowfall or lights – just bitter cold added to the ever-present pollution.

The justice league

January 12, 2018 08:33 AM

Chief Justice Parajuli and some of his league were beyond offended when Dr KC used the words ‘mafia don’ to describe him.

Resolution season

January 5, 2018 09:04 AM

It’s that time of the year again when all the festivities are done and dusted with and it’s time for those of us who have made resolutions to finally start walking the walk.

Just Add Alcohol

December 29, 2017 07:50 AM

The commercialization of holidays is a universal theme the world over and I doubt it surprises anybody anymore. In this day and age, the sort of conspicuous consumption it encourages is par for the course with festivals everywhere else and our country is no different.

Of ‘Marshmellos’ and Nigerian Princes

December 22, 2017 07:12 AM

After the Marshmello fiasco last week, there were people quick to brand the whole event a scam and a fraud. Others, including me, saw it for what it was – a series of unfortunate (and unintended) events that ended up in the shambles that we saw on video. Anyway, the intriguing bit was the reaction of the event goers when they felt that they had been swindled – all outrage and vandalism.

Doing it yourself

December 15, 2017 08:34 AM

In the movie Loot, the character ‘Haku Kale’ played by Saugat Malla often describes Kathmandu as ‘Gidda Gidda ko sahar’ – which roughly translates into a city of vultures.

Miles to go

December 9, 2017 07:19 AM

No one has been here before and no one knows how the entire ecosystem will come together

Our election circus

December 1, 2017 09:45 AM

We have been having more than our fair share of election mania lately, what with our recent history of holding elections on a biennial basis. Every time an election is announced, the circus seems to come to town. You would think that with the election overdose of the last few years, at least some of us would be sick of it by now, travelling all the way home to cast our vote for some political dilettante or the other with no real interest in serving their constituency. But no! We love our elections and I have heard people say this is the real deal. But just because the ones before were Constituent Assembly elections don’t make them any less of an election.

Technicolour dreams

November 25, 2017 00:56 AM

The grass may be greener beyond the fence but it takes some wading through the mud to get there.

Minding your language

November 17, 2017 09:01 AM

In the year 2000, at an event in Florence, South Carolina, the then president of the US, George W. Bush, addressed the audience with this statement – “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” This subject-verb disagreement was one example of many grammatical errors that characterized the public speaking of the former US President.

Generation MBA

November 11, 2017 00:45 AM

Some folks have now resorted to putting an MBA after their name à la PhD holders. Really?

In the driving seat

November 3, 2017 08:02 AM

How many times have we been here before? All of these entirely avoidable tragedies – resulting from neglected infrastructure, administrative lapses, and human negligence – leave more than 50 people dead and most of us shaking our heads.

Crime does pay

October 28, 2017 00:37 AM

There are no blurry lines between crime and politics in Nepal. They are inseparable bedfellows.

Old wine, old bottle

October 13, 2017 08:58 AM

Last week, a grand coalition of all the leftist parties of Nepal was announced, much to the surprise of not only seasoned political watchers but even members of their own political parties.

The struggle is real

October 6, 2017 08:25 AM

Don’t we all just love Dashain? I mean, what’s not to like? An extended holiday period, some quality family time and erm…. lots and lots of food. Except that for thousands (millions perhaps?) of over nourished people like me, with a tendency to put on weight at the mere sight of food, the festival of Dashain is a minefield that is getting increasingly harder to negotiate. At the best of times, my weight fluctuations are quite enough to make Oprah Winfrey blush but while Dashain comes around once a year, it never really leaves me – if you know what I mean.

Rotten to the core

September 15, 2017 08:49 AM

For those of us stupid enough to follow the news every day, the never-ending tales of corruption are starting to stack up as tall as our mountains.They tend to weigh us down every morning and make us anxious of the direction this country seems to be taking.

Stings and the Police

September 1, 2017 13:57 PM

When people travel cheek by jowl on our dark and often claustrophobic public transport system, there will always be a few who will look to take advantage of these conditions.

‘Conflicting interests

August 4, 2017 10:26 AM

One of the contemporary stories of interest for people who watch and read news on a daily basis is the ongoing saga of the Tax Settlement Commission and its one-time honcho, Chudamani Sharma. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but every time I see him on TV or on print media, he has this permanently smug expression which seems particularly unusual for someone in his current predicament.

Country roads

July 21, 2017 08:14 AM

You needn’t bother with the next few lines of that celebrated song because our country roads are not designed to take us anywhere, never mind home. Around this time every year the monsoon lays bare our infrastructural deficiencies – whether it is the death trap‘roads’ in far flung parts of the country,the only ‘highway’ connecting Kathmandu with the rest of the country or even the major roads in the capital. I’ve been in Nepal for quite a while now and the roads of the capital, in particular, are as bad as I’ve ever seen them.

From your President (With love)

July 14, 2017 11:29 AM

It has been brought to my attention that a lot of you ‘common’folks are getting worked up over my request to acquire a brand spanking new set of wheels to upgrade my motorcade. My demands have been labelled ‘un-presidented’(and here I was thinking this word only applied to Donald Trump), and many of you have accused me of being greedy, apparently because you pay something called taxes and resent funding my extravagance. Ooh, cry me a river!