My Republica

Ashma Chhetri

Daring to dream

June 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Almost every student, at one point of life, dreams of going abroad for higher education. But that dream isn’t easy to pursue as the college application process is a tedious and tiring one. Nevertheless, the abroad allure often trumps the hassles and hurdles one has to face while preparing to go to college in a foreign land.

The one who didn’t back down

June 15, 2018 08:40 AM

Suraj Tamu’s family wanted him to join the British Army and thus carve out a future where everything was perfectly mapped out.

Crafting opportunities

June 8, 2018 09:30 AM

The venture started in 1998 when Prajwol Shrestha took some handicrafts from Nepal to Hanover, Germany, and sold them online through eBay. The only motive behind selling those goods was to earn some extra bucks to afford a quality living in Germany as a student. However, after his graduation, things changed. The handicrafts were greatly appreciated and gradually the demand increased in the international market. Due to this, he decided to continue the same export-business on a larger scale and established a small, cottage enterprise, NepaCrafts. Today, the company is home to many marginalized local artisans and the creations are sold across the globe.

Space that celebrates art

June 1, 2018 08:07 AM

Manish Lal Shrestha never thought he would be a professional artist and make his living through colors and brushes. It was his mother who sent him to India to study arts and encouraged him to pursue it professionally. Today, after decades of training, Shrestha is an art expert who has been actively working to promote visual arts through his studio/gallery, Mcube in Patan, Lalitpur.

Sugarless treats

June 1, 2018 07:59 AM

Tsewang Sadutshang has always been a fitness enthusiast and believes you are what you eat and thus tries to eat healthy. But, last year, when she returned to Nepal after graduation, she realized that the Nepali market has very limited options when it comes to healthy food. This was what gave her the idea of promoting health and wellbeing through delicious drinks with no added sugar and preservatives.

Fashion for all

May 18, 2018 11:45 AM

Ropuma Manandhar’s professional studio is located in the garage at her home. This is where she sits and sketches her masterpieces and brings them to life with the help of three other staffs. This is the birthplace of Chuplag Studio that many Instagram fanatics are surely following by now. A physical store of Chuplag Studio is at Dallu Awas in Siddhartha Chowk, Kathmandu.

From east to west

May 18, 2018 09:49 AM

In October 2017, armed with a sleeping bag, a medical kit, a pair of sandals, two trousers and three t-shirts in her travel bag and a map in her hand, 24-year-old Melina Rai was all set to trek from Khaptad National Park to Rara. The best thing, she says, was that she was going alone. She confesses that she lacked a proper plan but was determined to explore and enjoy the far western region of Nepal.

Carving a life out of nothing

May 18, 2018 09:15 AM

She worked at a junkyard, sorting recyclable scraps from waste, for 25 years. Today, she’s the manager and owner of the finance company, Samyukta Safai Jagaran. Maya Tamang says this wasn’t luck. It was the result of hard work, dedication, and a desire to do better in life.

Cultural craze

May 18, 2018 09:10 AM

For the love of Korean (fashion, food, music)

The art of travel

May 18, 2018 08:55 AM

The website of Backstreet Academy tells you it will help you meet people you would otherwise never meet and do things you will never get to do. It’s apparently how you should travel. And Backstreet Academy, a travel venture that connects travelers with locals and experts for a cultural exchange to make for an ultimate travel experience, aims to help tourists truly enjoy a place while the locals reap the benefits of tourism.

Behind bars and beyond

May 4, 2018 13:15 PM

Mahesh Shah* was tricked by a ‘friend’ and sentenced to seven years in jail on a drug possession charge. He has served his term and is now a free man but, in his case, being free comes with its fair share of baggage. Though, now at 38, he works as a laborer and has a loving family, he confesses that his days out in the world hasn’t been much better than the time he was in jail.

Kabaadi at your doorstep: a digital approach to cleaning

May 4, 2018 09:34 AM

Do you remember how you used to (and still sometimes do) rid your home of dry wastes such as plastics, bottles, old books, and stray metals pieces? There would be someone (on a bicycle, most of the times) collecting all that to take to a scrap dealer who would then recycle and reuse it. But now, as these jobs get rarer by the day, we usually have these things lying somewhere at a corner of our homes ready to be dumped whenever possible. Many even toss these wastes at various places around the city where waste has accumulated due to random dumping.

Master of his craft

May 4, 2018 09:23 AM

Tai Chi isn’t a commonly known form of martial arts that is practiced to build confidence, stamina, and physical strength. Instead, it is one of the oldest Chinese discipline that is believed to have originated way earlier than the principles of yoga. This form of martial arts is practiced for defense training and various health benefits and it comprises of slow, mindful, meditative patterns and full-body energy that comes from standing postures and movements. Despite all that, it’s never been very popular. However, that didn’t stop Nima Syangdo Lama from taking it up. He has been learning Tai Chi for years now and currently even teaches this martial art form to those seriously interested in learning it.

Making it big

April 27, 2018 08:14 AM

With those alluring eyes, warm smile, and radiant looks, Shilpa Maskey is all set to make her presence felt in the Nepali film industry. Here portfolio has lots of amazing projects ranging from stage performances, music videos, short movies, to a huge break in the Hollywood movie ‘Doctor Strange’. She has also been featured in many magazines and commercials not just in Nepal but in the United Kingdom as well. Here leap into stardom has many wanting to know more about her.

A home away from home

April 20, 2018 09:46 AM

As much as you want to, you simply cannot take your pets with you everywhere you go. Say, you have a wedding to attend that requires you to go out of town for a few days or you are going away on a vacation and can’t take them along? Yes, leaving them with a caretaker or your family or friends is always an option but sometimes caretakers aren’t available and you don’t want to trouble your loved ones. This is when Paws, Play and Stay can be of great help.

Tales from Tokha

April 13, 2018 07:21 AM

On the first day of the Nepali calendar (Baisakh 1), many people line up to take a dip in a holy pond in Tokha in Kathmandu and the locals, for the next four days, celebrate ‘Sapan Tirtha Mela’ when the entire village joins in on the celebration with a ‘rath yatra’ (chariot ride), prayers, and fests. The water in the pond is believed to have healing properties and people bathe there to rid themselves of their ailments and pray to Goddess Sapana Tirtha.

A world of its own

April 6, 2018 09:22 AM

Children are always either hooked on their parent’s mobile phones, playing computer games, or just watching television. In the lack of theme parks or even appropriate public spaces where children can play, they really don’t have many options.

Art beyond canvas

April 6, 2018 08:39 AM

A very easy way of changing your space or some of your regularly used items such as helmets, toys, mugs, and badges is by customizing them with various types of arts. But not all of us are good at it. In such situations, contacting PIGS to get the work done is just the right idea. They provide various types of art services ranging from wall arts, portrait sketches, to abstract paintings and many more. The unique name comes by reversing the initials of the founders, Sharave Gurung and Ismiriti Purja.

Redefining concerts

March 30, 2018 09:11 AM

Fond of good live music but can’t stand the chaos of the crowd or the idea of going to a pub to enjoy a gig doesn’t appeal to you? Then Sofar Sounds Kathmandu is just what you need.

Musical wonder

March 23, 2018 09:34 AM

Give a two-year-old a pair of drumsticks and you can be sure he won’t do anything more than create incessant noise with it. What you would never expect him to do is play the drums with it. But ten-year-old Utprem Jojiju has been performing in live stages since he was two, and that makes him the youngest professional drummer in Nepal so far. The talented kid shyly admits that he doesn’t remember what drove him to play the drums for the first time. He just remembers enjoying it.