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Archive for February, 2011


Hungry eye – Momotarou

If you know Jhamel, you’ll know Singma, the no-frills Singaporean-Malaysian eatery that’s now branched out into Bhatbhateni. And if you’ve exhausted that menu, head to its companion venue Momotarou, near Sanepa Chok. Itself a branch of an original in Thamel, Momotarou draws you with fairy lights past the chilly outdoor seating into a solidly residential […]

Hungry Eye – Jardin, Jhamel

Off Jhamel’s ‘restaurant lane’, Jardin is one of a flotilla of upmarket eateries that have mushroomed this side of the river in the last year. One could easily conclude that Jhamel is saturated with expensive restaurants offering generalised menus of oriental and continental fare, something in vaguely interesting combinations, with an insurance snack menu of […]

Hungry Eye – Kaiser Cafe, Thamel

It was Friday night, but early as we were, we had Dwarika’s Kaiser Café Restaurant & Bar almost wholly to ourselves. All the better to admire the simple, tastefully done two-storey building comprising outdoor and indoor seating. We were quickly ushered inside, installed next to a gas heater, furnished with menus, and left to admire […]

Kicking Kirtipur

It would appear that Kirtipur, the small town south-west of Kathmandu, has finally hit the big time. First it was the success of the community-run Newa Lahana that drew youth on motorbikes; then a series of festivals staged in the surrounds of the restaurant; and now it’s the five-day Kirtipur Mahotsav, the 2011 edition of […]

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 5

A generalised mental exhaustion was apparent on the fifth day. Four days of browsing some of the best minds of our time; four nights of dousing our own minds with alcohol. Still we soldiered on. One of the few Chinese writers at Jaipur, Hong Ying, partnered with the ever-articulate Isabel Hilton for an illuminating session […]

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 4

Whether to write in one’s mother tongue or an ‘imperial’ one is a debate that has been going on for as long as postcolonial literatures have existed. Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe and Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o slugged it out decades ago, the latter ultimately forsaking English for his mother tongue, Gikuyu. Chimamanda Adichie, author of ‘Half […]