The first thing you’ll notice about Singapore is how well maintained, structured, and clean it is. The air seems fresh, free of dust, and that will really excite you right now, given the condition of our roads and quality of air these days. A five-day trip to Singapore is enough for you to enjoy everything it has to offer, though you can choose to stay as long as you want and leisurely go about your days. It’s a small city and expensive too but there’s still a lot to do here (on a budget).
Nepal is a male dominated society which is why women workers aren’t valued much. I got involved in FWEAN to bring their work to the forefront. I wanted to make the decision makers aware about the kind of work women were doing in Nepal and also make sure that the products women entrepreneurs were making in Nepal met certain standards.
“When you empower a woman, you empower a family. When you empower a family, you empower a community. And when you empower a community, you empower a nation.”
These words were spoken by Jean Shafiroff, a philanthropist and volunteer leader of several Southampton and New York charities. This week, women entrepreneurs join us to talk about their businesses and the challenges they faced while starting off and along the way.
When I was a teenager, Valentine’s Day was all about buying a single red rose, a big card from Archies and a packet of Dairy Milk chocolate and asking one of smartest six-year-old in the neighborhood to give your gift to your crush. After receiving the gift, the lady of your dreams would throw away the rose, tear up the card but would take the chocolate. Then she would look around to figure out who the stalker was and, after finding no one, would loudly curse as she went home.
There is a Chinese restaurant just off Leicester Square in London that has pretty decent food (if you like the sort of Chinese food that has been tweaked to suit a British palate) but what it is arguably more famous for is its appalling service. Yes, you read that right. It is frequented by people just as much for its brusque service as for its food. Now, in a place like London, an establishment that chooses to dispense with its ‘pleases’ and ‘thank you’s’ might have stumbled upon a unique, if rather risky, selling point.
The Hindu 13-day death rituals are explained in Grihya Sutra and it’s written about in the Garuda Purana as well. While some believe in its significance wholeheartedly and think it’s actually therapeutic as well to the mourners, there are quite a few who think such traditions could go through some changes. A few shared their thoughts on the matter.
Nepalis, especially the younger generation, now freely admit that they wouldn’t mind a more convenient and compact way to mourn their loss. The debate about the last rite rituals seem poised to rage on.
After receiving much accolade and applause at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), the 17-minute short movie Dadyaa: The Woodpeckers of Rotha, recently bagged the special jury award for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. Dadyaa is a poignant Nepali story based in Karnali where Atimaley and Devi find themselves faced with a dilemma when a dear friend leaves without a word.
Priyanka Gurung sat down with Chintan Rajbhandari, director of photography of the movie, to talk about the win and reflect on the movie making process.
If you try these chocolates, you’ll probably never be satisfied with other chocolates ever again. Smriti Tuladhar’s homemade chocolates are that good. She ensures that the chocolates, made without preservatives, are crafted to perfection. It’s been less than a year that she started the chocolate company Bittersweet but she already has a decent list of corporate clients under her belt. And, at 23, with her effervescent persona, charming smile, and go-getter attitude she is steadily gathering even more on a daily basis. She joins The Week to talk about her journey so far and what keeps her going.
Her friends and relatives often tell her that they don’t know what to feed her when they invite her for dinner. Her answer is always the same: I’ll eat anything and everything that grows in the fields and isn’t sourced from animals. Shristi Shrestha, animal rights activist, freelance writer, and fitness instructor, has been vegan for five years now and says that it isn’t a difficult lifestyle, despite what many might think, if you educate yourself and realize how your choices affect every living being. Here, she joins The Week to talk about her vegan lifestyle and how those who are interested can join her in this noble path.