Our judge, Prajwal Parajuly, has sent a shortlist of titles and names for the competition. CONGRATULATIONS!

(In alphabetical order by first names):

THE GIFT OF MEMORY, Byanjana Thapa
ELEGY, Samyak Shetok
UNTITLED, Sarju Shrestha
ASHOK HALL, Sayaad Ashok
TEA AT MANGALBAZAAR, Yukta Bajracharya

We will finalise the winners in the next couple of days. So stay tuned!

KATHASATHA announces its first writing competition, WALK WITH ME.

We are soliciting *non-fictional/ personal stories* specifically from PATAN area for our initiative GalliSalli that maps Kathmandu with personal stories. These can be narratives of events that took place in Patan; or memorable characters who still roam its streets; or myths & folk tales that ring through its courtyards; or unforgettable songs that live in the clinking of bangles, tea cups, and metal, all in all, a story only YOU can tell.

© Uttam Bahadur Shrestha/Nepal Picture Library

© Uttam Bahadur Shrestha/Nepal Picture Library

Your personal stories from *PATAN* area. Stories can be prose or poetry. Stories can be told with images, audio and/or video.

Can be in Nepali and/or English.

(Note: If written, stories should NOT be longer than 500 WORDS. For audio and video pieces, stories should not exceed the 2 MINUTE mark.)

You! Everyone! Spread the word!

Competition will end on OCTOBER 15, 2015.

Send all stories in all formats to kathasatha@gmail.com.

We are thrilled that the Prajwal Parajuly, the acclaimed author of The Gurkha’s Daughter  and Land Where I Flee, will be judging this competition. So, here’s your chance to take him on a walk through Patan with you.

The winning piece will use necessary elements of storytelling to bring a narrative to life and making it memorable.

1st Prize: Rs 3000
2nd Prize: Rs 2000
3rd Prize: Rs.1000

PRAJWAL PARAJULY is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha’s Daughter, his debut collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and longlisted for The Story Prize in the US. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was to international acclaim in 2015. Parajuly’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, The New Statesman and on the BBC. He lives between London and New York. He is currently the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

KathaSatha is excited to collaborate with Photo Kathmandu for GalliSalli: Patan Edition. The workshop will focus on collecting, creating and presenting stories (in mixed media) from both intimate and public spaces in Patan.

Writers will:

– Be led through a structured set of writing prompts + exercises to explore Patan and arrive at a creative site-specific piece of their own
– Encouraged to explore working with audio, visual, and other forms of media
– Strengthen their interviewing skills by exploring various styles + methods
– Understand their role as a collector of non-fictional personal narratives and learn how to present them in different ways
– Practice creating engaging + memorable nuggets of stories that are interesting to a wide range of audiences
– Learn how to edit stories + use high-end digital audio recorders

Workshop will be conducted in both Nepali and English. Writers may choose to write in Nepali and/or English.

Stories from the workshop will be considered for inclusion by the curatorial team of Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s first international photography festival.

© Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Collection/Nepal Picture Library

© Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Collection/Nepal Picture Library

WHEN: July 20- 24, 2-6 PM
WHAT: Collecting + Interviewing+ Writing + Creating
WHO: YOU (Workshop will cap at 10 participants)
HOW MUCH: Rs. 1000 (*Partial scholarships available. Please fill out scholarship form.*)




Prawin Adhikari writes and translates fiction, creative non-fiction, and writes screenplays for the mainstream Nepali film industry. He is a graduate of Whitman College, Walla Walla. Prawin is the author of VANISHING ACT, a collection of short stories that was short listed for the Shakti Bhatt prize. He is also the assistant editor at La.lit, a literary magazine.

Muna Gurung is a writer and educator who spends her time between New York City and Kathmandu. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow. Muna founded KathaSatha, an effort that fosters a public writing and storytelling culture.

Shuvechchhya Pradhan likes to call herself a dreamer and a wanderer at heart. She loves to write, travel, tell stories, and confuse people.


गल्लिसल्लि: पाटन संस्करणको आयोजनाका निम्ति फोटो काठमाडौँसँग सहकार्य गर्न पाउँदा कथासथा अत्यन्तै उत्साहित छ । यो कार्यशाला पाटनका सार्वजनिक तथा वैयक्तिक स्थानहरूबाट विविध माध्यममा कथाहरू संकलन, सिर्जना र प्रस्तुत गर्नमा केन्द्रित हुनेछ ।

यस कार्यशालामा लेखकहरू निम्न गतिविधिमा सहभागी हुनेछन्ः

– लेखनकालागि विशेष संरचनात्मक उत्प्रेरणा तथा अभ्यासका माध्यमबाट पाटनसँग परिचित हुँदै त्यहाँको कुनै स्थान विशेषबारे सिर्जनशील कृति लेख्नेछन् ।
– श्रव्य, दृश्य तथा अन्य माध्यममा सिर्जना गर्न हौसला पाउनेछन् ।
– विभिन्न शैली तथा विधिको प्रयोगमार्फत अन्तर्वार्ता गर्ने कौशललाई निखार्नेछन् ।
– गैर–आख्यानमूलक वैयक्तिक कथाहरुको संकलकको रूपमा आफ्नो भूमिकालाई मनन गर्दै त्यस्ता कथालाई विभिन्न तवरमा कसरि प्रस्तुत गर्न सकिन्छ, त्यो सिक्नेछन् ।
– फराकिलो श्रोतादिर्घा र पाठकहरूकालागि चाखलाग्दो र स्मरणीय हुने कथाहरु सिर्जना गर्ने अभ्यास गर्नेछन् ।
– उच्च कार्यक्षमता भएका डिजिटल अडियो रेकर्डरको प्रयोग गर्न तथा कथा–सम्पादन गर्न सिक्नेछन् ।

कार्यशाला नेपाली र अँग्रेजी दुवै भाषामा संचालन गरिने छ । सहभागी लेखकले नेपाली वा अँग्रेजी कुनै पनि भाषामा लेख्न सक्नेछन् ।

कार्यशालाबाट आएका कथाहरुलाई नेपालको प्रथम अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय फोटोग्राफी महोत्सव फोटो काठमाडौँको प्रबन्धक समुहले उक्त फोटो महोत्सवमा प्रदर्शनीकालागि छनौट गर्ने सम्भावना छ ।

कहिलेः श्रावण ४ देखि ८ सम्म, दिउँसो २ देखि ६ बजे

केः संकलन + अन्तर्वार्ता + लेखन + सिर्जना

कोः तपाईं (अधिकतम १० सहभागी)

कतिः रू १,०००/– (आंशिक छात्रवृतिको सम्भावना)

सहभागिताकोलागी आवेदन आइसक्नु पर्ने मिति: असर ३०, २०७२
आवेदन फर्मः http://goo.gl/forms/1HfQiKnL67

हल्का नास्ता उपलब्ध हुने अवस्था

सम्पूर्ण जिज्ञासा र प्रश्नः kathasatha@gmail.com

कार्यशाला संचालकहरुः

प्रवीण अधिकारी आख्यान र आलेख लेख्छन्, अनुवाद पनि गर्छन्, र चलचित्रका पटकथा पनि लेख्छन् । उनको कथा संग्रह द भ्यानिशिंग एक्ट मार्च २०१४ मा प्रकाशित भएको थियो । उनि ललित साहित्यिक पत्रिकाका सहसम्पादक मध्ये एक हुन् ।

काठमाडौँ र न्यू योर्ककाबीच आफ्नो समय विभाजन गर्ने मुना गुरुङ लेखक तथा शिक्षक हुन् । कोलुम्बिया यूनिवर्सिटीबाट एमएफए गरेकी गुरुङ कोलुम्बिया यूनिवर्सिटीमा टिचिंग फेलो पनि थिईन् । मुना गुरुङले स्थापना गरेको सँस्था कथासथाले सामाजिक र सार्वजनिक लेखन र कथासिर्जना र वाचनलाई प्रोत्साहन दिन्छ ।

शुभेच्छा प्रधान आफूलाई एक स्वप्नद्रष्टा र मनै देखि बरालिन मनपराउने व्यक्ति भनेर चिनाउँछिन् । उनलाई लेख्न, यात्रा गर्न, कथा सुनाउन र अरूलाई दिग्भ्रमित पार्नमा विशेष रूची छ ।

You may know where and how each galli in Kathmandu begins, merges and disappears, but have you stopped to feel the pulse of countless stories it has witnessed? What has the galli seen? What has it heard? What has it felt?

Photo by: Shashank Shrestha

Photo by: Shashank Shrestha

Come join Katha Satha’s exciting public writing project GalliSalli and be a part of this 2-DAY writing workshop this spring!

Writers will be led through a structured, inspiring and meditative set of writing prompts to arrive at a creative site-specific piece of their own that is expressed in the format of their choosing. The workshop is scaffolded to focus on the process and craft of writing.

Writing can be in English and Nepali, although the majority of the instructions will be in English.

WHEN: March 20-21, 2015, 11AM-1PM
WHAT: Writing! Reading! Being!
WHO: You. Caps at 12 writers.
HOW MUCH: Rs. 400 (*Limited number of scholarships are available. Please email kathasatha@gmail.com for inquiries.*)
WHERE: photo.circle, Jhamsikhel

Apply now by filling out the Workshop Application Form.
Limited number of scholarships are available. Interested writers are asked to also fill out the Scholarship Application Form.


MUNA GURUNG is a writer and educator based in New York city. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow.

SHITU RAJBHANDARI is trying to write herself home despite the realization that there is no longer such place as home. She stands on a bridge that connects two worlds and is relearning her own culture through analyzing other cultures that she comes across. She is a Fulbright Scholar who received her MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 2014.

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photo.circle: Location of workshop

Every Dashain, Kathmandu empties out. The skies open up to a brief blue as it breathes–no longer choked by dust and smoke. You can hear each metallic shutter of every shop grate down to loud bang at a padlock: closed for the holidays. When you walk down a street, you realise that you can actually be heard moving about this city. Your steps hold a rhythm against the squeals of boys and girls flying kites, killing kites, finding kites, learning the ropes. Suddenly, it feels natural to smile to strangers and they smile back at you.

Or so they say.

Although I visit home every year, I haven’t been back for Dashain for 11 years. This will be my 12th. I have forgotten what the air feels like, what the city sounds like– all I can do is work from memory, which now plays itself in a cliched-repetitive manner. I borrow words from others. I ask my mother to hold the receiver outside our window. None of it works.

But last weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting down in front of my computer in my small New York apartment and collecting stories from friends who are expert storytellers and writers. I had the pleasure of reading their words, moulding them, sitting in them, sleeping in them, eating in them.

That weekend, I didn’t get out of my pajamas.

That weekend, I travelled back home to Kathmandu for 48 hours.

I started from Kupondole, went to Jawalakhel, then straight across to Chakrapath, then I took a mini-pilgrimage to Pashupati, cycled to Baneshwar, then to Thamel, hopped on a rickshaw to Basantapur and ended up back in Ason. The marrow of this town.

GalliSallih would not have come to life had it not been for the writers and storytellers who believed in it enough to share parts of them. Make their most forgotten, hidden or sacred memories so public.

Here’s to the writers. Here’s to the stories. Here’s to Kathmandu.
Nepali Times: Dashain Special

Thank you for your contribution. Keep them coming via email (kathasatha@gmail.com) or via Galli Salliharuma. Scroll down for Submission Guidelines.


We are lucky to say that on August 23, 2014, The Kathmandu Post published a group of 12 stories from our Primer workshop.


Take a closer look at the text.

Share YOUR stories with us from Kathmandu’s GalliSalli.
Send submissions to: kathasatha@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines: 
1) GalliSalli is currently focusing on Kathmandu, so your personal story has to take place in Kathmandu.
2) Your story CANNOT be fiction. It CAN, however, be “fictionalised,” i.e. it can be told creatively for the purpose of luring your readers, but it has to be grounded on something that happened.
3) Your story can be your own experience or the experiences of others. It can be an observation. Something you heard. Something you saw. Etc.
4) Your story can be in flexible forms: prose, poetry, epistolary, dialogues, a scene (We will slowly move to audio and video when we have the capacity).
5) Your story should be UNDER 350 words.
6) You should include your full name/ writerly-storytellerly name and the area of Kathmandu you are writing about. It can be a street, building, river, cafe etc. etc.
7) LET’S GO!

– a place shapes a story, a story shapes a place- 

Galli Salliharuma / गल्ली सल्लीहरुमा

You may know where and how each galli in Kathmandu begins, merges and disappears, but have you stopped to listen to the whispers of countless stories it has witnessed? What has the galli seen? What has it heard? What has it felt?

Come join Katha Satha in a primer workshop for an exciting public writing project, Galli Salliharuma. Writers and storytellers will remember, record and archive non-fiction narratives through memory as lived out in specific spaces around the city of Kathmandu. The project aims to collect personal stories and build a walking-breathing interactive virtual map and pulse of a space as marked and narrated by its inhabitants and visitors. Galli Salliharuma is an exercise at encountering and engaging with ideas of place, memory and belonging through personal narratives.

Galli Salliharuma / गल्ली सल्लीहरुमा: A Primer Workshop

Katha Satha is looking for 10 daring writers and storytellers for Galli Salliharuma’s primer workshop, an intensive single-session exercise built to gather initial stories to pilot the project.

When: Saturday, Aug 9, 2-4PM
Wherephoto.circle, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur
How much: FREE!

How to Participate:
Serious participants are asked to send an Email to kathasatha@gmail.com with the following:

1) Full Name/ Email address/ Reachable Phone #

2) In order of preference, a list of three neighbourhoods/gallis/buildings/ shops i.e. spaces in Kathmandu where your story took place.

3) Two specific physical details about each space (we recommend you visit these spaces beforehand). For e.g. “rusty shutters that never closed all the way,” or “two bricks stuck out from the wall, creating a perfect footrest.”

4) Optional but recommended: Take a picture and/or make audio recordings of the spaces you want to explore. Send these images and/or recordings to kathasatha@gmail.com

Location of workshop: 
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*Katha Satha would like to thank photo.circle for generously lending their space to support storytelling endeavors.*

all of this was nothing until those young boys giggled themselves into sliding under tables, like little jellybeings

Four fourteen-year-old boys gathered at a writing center in a NYC high school to hang out. Sometimes we read. Sometimes we wrote. Sometimes we watched YouTube videos. But most of the time we ate donuts.

Until we got to the subject of love.

They slowly began to tell me tales of their crushes: oh the agony, the pain, the unspoken jitters, things surely only they felt. We then did what any free-thinking group of people would do. We opened up a Googledoc and wrote feverish letters to our crushes. Over the span of a month, inspired by Hemingway’s six-word novel, these letters became small notes of affection rendered in a line or two that strove to tell a story of love and longing. We composed about one hundred notes. Once they were revised and reworked, they were stuck around the school as stories, as artifacts of longing, as little sticky notes hastily yet carefully composed. From love and longing, these notes travelled to both dark and warm places. When we opened up the project to our larger community, they scribbled their own notes on little Post-Its, adding to these stories.

That week, new poets emerged from dark corners. That week, we grew as a community into love.

Come join Katha Satha and Word Warriors to write your own love notes and share your tale of love and longing in a three-day writing workshop, WITH LOVE FROM BLANK TO YOU. Notes from the workshop will be shared through an intimate reading and also displayed as art to catalyze a public writing exercise.

WHEN: August 12, 14 and 16; 2PM-4PM
WHERE: photo.circle, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel

Send your application and questions to kathasatha@gmail.com

(***All applicants must be able to commit to all workshop dates and time***)

On Saturday, August 17, workshop writers will share their love notes in an intimate reading at Cuppas, Putalisadak, where audience members will be invited to a pubic writing exercise of composing their own notes, and slam poets + musicians + any willing soul will be invited for open mic.

***All love notes from the workshop and culminating celebration will be displayed at Cuppas, Putalisadak.***

KATHA SATHA has been an effort at running sporadic writing workshops that foster a public writing and storytelling culture in Kathmandu. Katha Satha is remotely run by Muna Gurung, a writer and educator based in New York City. She is the coordinator of the Writing Center at Grace Church School, where she spends her time bribing young people with sugary treats to build a love and culture of writing.

WORD WARRIORS is a Kathmandu based spoken word group. Formed in 2010, WW believes in freedom of expression, helping people find their voice and tell their stories.

Katha Satha and Word Warriors would like to thank photo.circle for the space and support.

Map of location of Writing Workshops

Photo credit: Shikhar Bhattarai & Ashish Bajracharya

8C of Shuvatara School was asked to avoid cliches. No more “hungry as a hippo” or “greedy as a pig” or “it’s raining cats and dogs.” They were asked to sit in their classroom, a space they are familiar with on a daily basis, and focus on one aspect of the room, an object, the colours, whatever they wished to choose. Then their task was to describe it in one sentence without mentioning the word.

Just for kicks, let’s see if you can match these classroom “things” to the descriptions that students came up with: a hole in the wall; a drawing of a heart; a drawing of a smiley/sad face; chart paper; the ceiling fan; a blue internet cable; the classroom speaker; the window grills; the lines on the floor tiles; the ceiling lights; the blackboard and the school calendar.


The grumpy face that never smiles. — Luzala Tamrakar

It’s a bird’s eye view of a highway from a very tall building. — Shrey Shrestha

A big yellow body with a hole. — Rishab Shrestha

A blue snake in the dessert. — Abhishek Kotan

The circular object that moves like a wheel of a large truck. — Rabishu Shrestha

I can see a net stuck in a black box from where strange sounds come. — Sujana Singh

The dull classroom looked bright with the colourful glitter. — Sojiyana Shrestha

There is an iPad like thing. — Annie

Fast as the blades of a chopper. — Saurav Tuladhar

It is a white spiderweb on a black box full of insects. — Pratistha Sthapit

A straight line of a maze with no end. — Anonymous

It goes round and round in a circular track race, it doesn’t get tired. — Dikchhya Tamrakar

The black board full of chalked-words looks like a night sky with stars. — Roji K.C.

An army of ants eat a yummy strawberry. — Nirdishta Amatya

It blinks like the lights of in a disco. — Ayusha Pradhan

The rectangle-shaped like a geometry box, bordered with white wood and filled with black ink. — Anonymous

The black snake going into a hole. — Nishant

Footprints on a silky desert. — Anushriya Pathok

It is a blue snake sliding into a hole. — Rabin Poudel

The black ants are stuck while walking. — Sushil Bista

An upside down helicopter. — Nirakar Sharma

It is a strawberry in a light blue small basket. — Shreejal Shrestha

A crowd of people waiting for the bus. — Niraaj

A lane of volacanic lava with snow on it. — Ketan Bhimsarin

There is a strawberry inside of me. — Projan Shrestha

A refrigerator of information. — Anonymous

He will always be happy. — Pooja Aryal

Termite colony readying its troops to attack the ant colony, recorded by the sneaky blue snake-like wire. — Saugat Man Shrestha

Like an overfed snake. — Ripul Kaji Kasaju

The wire spills out of the multiplug like a stream — Kushal Shakya

A black sea of alphabet. — Rubina Shrestha