The Pulse The Myanmar Times has the latest news from across Myanmar. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:35:54 +0630 en-gb A critic in Katha Searching for the essence of colonial times Katha is an isolated harbour of almost 24,000 inhabitants by the magnificent Ayeyarwady River in Sagaing Region in Upper Myanmar and bordering the mountains of Shan State in the east. It is where Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, lived from 1926 to 1927 as an officer of the British Imperial Police Force. And on first glance nothing seems to have changed there since.

]]> (Amaury Lorin) The Pulse Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
How to cook like a bona fide aunty Garlic and pomelo. Pickled tea leaves and peanuts. Salted fish and coconut. The combinations of Myanmar cuisine are baffling to the newcomer.


]]> (Whitney Light) The Pulse Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Their weight in gold: How material wealth creates spiritual energy in some of the world’s costliest holy places Nearly US$3 billion, or at least 5 percent of Myanmar’s current annual gross domestic product – that’s the estimated value of the umbrella atop the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. “As it stood overlooking everything it seemed to explain all about Burma,” Rudyard Kipling wrote about it.

]]> (Peter Ranger) The Pulse Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
On the river docks, an old shed becomes an art gallery On the banks of the Yangon River, a rusty warehouse that used to stockpile rice and other goods has a new set of doors.



]]> (Zon Pann Pwint) The Pulse Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Discovering a sea-to-sky paradise The suspension bridge sways dramatically across a wide, shallow river to the left. To the right, an ornate red gate marks the entrance to Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge National Park – one of the seven natural wonders of Asia.


]]> (Bridget Di Certo) The Pulse Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Tay Za backs Everest summit attempt The flag of Myanmar is soon set to flutter from the world's highest peak thanks to the largesse of tycoon U Tay Za. A team of the country's most experienced mountaineers is setting off this month for a two-month trip to Kathmandu, Nepal, which will be their base for an assault on Mount Everest.

]]> (Shwegu Thitsar) The Pulse Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Straight outta Yangon The Myanmar Times sits down for a chat with 28-year-old hip-hop star J-Me, who was born and raised in Yangon.

]]> (The Myanmar Times) The Pulse Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:30:00 +0630
In the kitchen, former street kids whip up a better life As well as fine dining, Linkage offers underprivileged youth culinary training and a safe place to grow up.



]]> (Zon Pann Pwint) The Pulse Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Universal themes: Bringing Asian literature to Western readers

Among the foreign participants at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay were a handful of literary agents and authors interested in bringing the works of Myanmar writers to a broader audience.


]]> (Douglas Long) The Pulse Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0630
Setting the stage The upcoming production of Volpone, by the 16th-century playwright Ben Jonson, will bring together aspects of traditional Myanmar and Western theatre in a free performance that raises subjects previously taboo under the military regime.

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