The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 24 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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