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Posts tagged Kathmandu

Belt and Road reaches Nepal’s wild north in the Nikkei Asian Review

My latest story with Laure Siegel in the Nikkei Asian Review on how highways, bridges and dams flow from Chinese infrastructure bonanza in Nepal. A hard truck ride to the Nepal/China/Tibet border, the proverbial end of the world. Some 140 km to the north of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan is in […]

After the Quake… in the Mekong Review

My piece on my return to Nepal three years after I was caught up in the devastating earthquake of 2015 and the journey to overcome my sense of trauma is published in the Mekong Review, Southeast Asia’s literary journal, next month.

A Prison Encounter With Charles Sobhraj, Asia’s Most Infamous Serial Killer: CriMemoir by Tom Vater

This is my first-person account of interviewing serial killer Charles Sobhraj in prison in Kathmandu in 2003. Indian parents tell their children that Charles Sobhraj will come and eat them if they are naughty. That’s what crossed my mind as I walked with Canadian photographer and documentary film maker Steve Sandford through the gate of […]

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, published 12 years ago

                                            The first edition of The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, published in 2005 by Dragon’s Mouth Press in HK. Photo by Charlie Londs. The novel about a drug deal gone wrong on the 70s […]

(English) The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – Review at The Dorset Book Detective

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(English) Nepal Earthquake – One Year On

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(English) The Newar and their Tattoos

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(English) Mohan Gurung – Nepal’s Tattooist Extraordinaire

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(English) The Nepal Tattoo Convention in RISE TATTOO

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(English) The 5th International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu

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