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Pashupati Hotel

Pashupati Hotel N A R A Y A N D H A K A L Before the PeopleÕs Movement broke out, in early 19 9 0, we would spend the evenings killing time at Pashupati Hotel. Despite its name Ñwhich it shared with the temple to ShivaÑthe hotel was quite run-down. The old signboard that hung above its black, smoke-charred doorway was rusty and well below the standards of the rest of Kathmandu. An address had been scraped from beneath the hotelÕs name, as if the sign had been used on another building. From the Þrst evening we went there, we could see that the hotel traded in sex. Women arrived after dark to make a living and vied with each other in the murky, cavelike room upstairs. That large communal space was the only real room in the place. The landlord lived somewhere in Tahachal, and he would show up only to collect the rent at the end of the month. The men who came to exchange their money for pleasure with these women were mostly soldiers from the barracks, policemen, or long-haul drivers who arrived in the valley after dusk. Local hooligans and pubescent boys also came to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

N A R A Y A N D H A K A L Before the PeopleÕs Movement broke out, in early 19 9 0, we would spend the evenings killing time at Pashupati Hotel. Despite its name Ñwhich it shared with the temple to ShivaÑthe hotel was quite run-down. The old signboard that hung above its black, smoke-charred doorway was rusty and well below the standards of the rest of Kathmandu. An address had been scraped from beneath the hotelÕs name, as if the sign had been used on another building. From the Þrst evening we went there, we could see that the hotel traded in sex. Women arrived after dark to make a living and vied with each other in the murky, cavelike room upstairs. That large communal space was the only real room in the place. The landlord lived somewhere in Tahachal, and he would show up only to collect the rent at the end of the month. The men who came to exchange their money for pleasure with these women were mostly soldiers from the barracks, policemen, or long-haul drivers who arrived in the valley after dusk. Local hooligans and pubescent boys also came to the

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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