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Gunjan Upadhyay

The contributor for Republica.

Water wise

Published On: February 23, 2018 09:07 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

In July 2018, the city of Cape Town in South Africa is poised to become the first city to run out of water as a result of drought like conditions. ‘Day Zero’ or the day when the city will turn off its taps has been brought forward and pushed back numerous times as the administration continues to assess its water reserves and hopes that its water conservation efforts bears fruit.

Taxi'ng experiences

Published On: February 16, 2018 02:15 PM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

I recently had the pleasure of travelling in a ‘Sarathi’ taxi which offers ride booking services and, I must say, it was a great experience. The urge to write about it, at the cost of sounding like a paid promoter, is borne simply out of sheer overwhelming gratitude.

Laundry service

Published On: February 9, 2018 07:59 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

By now, everyone must be familiar with, and some even sick of, K.P Oli’s flair for the ridiculous. Remember the gas pipelines to individual homes, Nepali vessels in the high seas and other assorted proclamations during the economic blockade? Yeah, who can forget those! While those statements were passed off by the Oli fan club as the aspirations of a visionary leader, his statements on the legitimization of ‘underground’ money (got to admire that euphemism) is not laughable in the least.

The transition generation

Published On: January 26, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

The ongoing handover of power and all its accompanying political manoeuvres really serve as a microcosm of our recent history.

Winter blues

Published On: January 19, 2018 09:47 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: January 12, 2018 08:33 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Resolution season

Published On: January 5, 2018 09:04 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: December 29, 2017 07:50 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: December 22, 2017 07:12 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: December 15, 2017 08:34 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: December 9, 2017 07:19 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Our election circus

Published On: December 1, 2017 09:45 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: November 25, 2017 12:56 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Minding your language

Published On: November 17, 2017 09:01 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: November 11, 2017 12:45 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

In the driving seat

Published On: November 3, 2017 08:02 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: October 28, 2017 12:37 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Old wine, old bottle

Published On: October 13, 2017 08:58 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: October 6, 2017 08:25 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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

Published On: September 15, 2017 08:49 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

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.