Arun is a poet and fiction writer from Kathmandu, Nepal. He has published five books so far: Edge, The Lost Boys of Kathmandu, Poems on Sikkim, Prisoner of an iPad: New Poems and Second In Love: Short Stories.
His works have been published in MadSwirl, North East Review, Driftwood Bay, NNATAN and Dead Beats. Second In Love is his first short stories collection.
Arun is a graduate in International Relations and works as an editor and freelance writer.
Nepal's citizenship law demands that a child can only be considered a citizen of the country if both the parents are Nepali. In addition, while a foreign woman married to a Nepali citizen can get naturalized citizenship, the provisions are far tougher for Nepali women with foreign husbands or for those who do not know the paternity of their children. This is unfair to Nepali women and the law must be amended. However, what is being overlooked is the notion of granting Nepali citizenship to anyone.
Censorship in Nepal is almost nil, and with the advent of the internet and globalization, Nepalis now are more exposed to almost everything. Enemies of the Internet categorizes several countries, including China and India, as state bullies for their censorship policies. Nepal is nowhere in the list and it definitely gives a positive signal for press freedom. On the flipside, this freedom has allowed the unchecked sexual objectification of Nepali women in print as well as, most rampantly so, in online media.