The kitchen queen

Published On: July 21, 2017 08:51 AM NPT By: Republica

Hajuri Bista’s journey from housewife to entrepreneur started with her spending six months searching for skill development training programs till she finally got an opportunity at WEAN, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. This was 24 years ago. Today, Bista owns the pickle brands, Navaras and Kitchen Recipe. Both the brands specialize in pickles made with Nepali spices.

The tablet generation

Published On: July 21, 2017 08:25 AM NPT By: Kalu Maila

I don’t really like attending weddings because all that women seem to do at these functions is show off their ‘golden’ stuff and expensive saris. I tell my wife that it is better to wear fake jewelries rather than breaking one’s neck (and the bank in the process) with tons of gold. And what’s the deal with saris and lehengas costing not just a few thousand rupees but more than half a lakh these days? Why do most women buy new saris every few months? And because of Facebook, you can’t be caught wearing the same sari at another wedding even if it’s after a few years because you will have pictures of the previous party wearing the same stuff somewhere out there.

Country roads

Published On: July 21, 2017 08:14 AM NPT By: Gunjan Upadhyay

You needn’t bother with the next few lines of that celebrated song because our country roads are not designed to take us anywhere, never mind home. Around this time every year the monsoon lays bare our infrastructural deficiencies – whether it is the death trap‘roads’ in far flung parts of the country,the only ‘highway’ connecting Kathmandu with the rest of the country or even the major roads in the capital. I’ve been in Nepal for quite a while now and the roads of the capital, in particular, are as bad as I’ve ever seen them.

Lights Out

Published On: July 21, 2017 05:55 AM NPT By: Neeraj Chandra Roy

There are traffic lights in 35 junctions of Kathmandu but, at the moment, not a single one is functioning. In fact it’s been years since Kathmandu residents even saw them flicker. In all this while, the metropolitan traffic police department has been handling traffic in the capital manually. While the public suffers because of mismanaged traffic, the authorities don’t seem to be all that concerned about the non-functional lights. What’s going on with the traffic lights in Kathmandu? Neeraj Chandra Roy reports.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Published On: July 14, 2017 01:33 PM NPT By: Republica

In the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, Caesar and his simian co-stars were buried beneath layers of prosthetic makeup, severely limiting their ability to emote. In Fox’s recently rebooted “Apes” trilogy (three and counting), the computer-generated chimps appear more human than the homo sapiens — which is clearly what the series has been working up to. In purely technical terms, director Matt Reeves more than achieves that goal, although it requires rigging the screenplay and reducing the human characters to crass two-dimensional stereotypes in the process.

Music that enthralls

Published On: July 14, 2017 01:07 PM NPT By: Republica

SoundCloud has introduced us to quite a few artists that we currently cannot do without. If you haven’t already, then it’s time to add Rajan Shrestha, bass guitarist of the post-rock act Jindabaad, to the list. Shrestha’s debut album Cinema, out on Bangalore based record label Consolidate, is worth a listen and many more.

Pursuing her passion

Published On: July 14, 2017 12:45 PM NPT By: Swasti Gautam

She has a degree in environmental law but you will also find her instructing zumba or piloxing classes at various fitness studios across town. Grishma Bista believes in living a life where you work hard, extremely hard, to make your dreams come true. But this ambitious young woman isn’t only focused on improving her own life. She recently organized a charity event to help children in Kenya.

The laws of life and happiness

Published On: July 14, 2017 12:38 PM NPT By: Republica

Some lines are just hard to forget. As any reader can attest, you don’t even have to go on a hunt for quotable quotes, some lines just stick with us. The Week asked some readers if they would like to share theirs with us. It’s not like we planned to collect worthy life lessons but their picks this time around just turned out that way.

Life in Basantapur

Published On: July 14, 2017 12:04 PM NPT By: Republica

A quite oasis amidst the rush of the city, this place projects a beautiful intermingling of the ancient culture and the modern way of living. Kathmandu Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Chetra is located at the center of the city and is one of the three royal palaces (Durbar Square) in the Kathmandu valley. This area held the palaces of Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Now, it is a popular destination for national as well as international tourists.

Weekend fun

Published On: July 14, 2017 11:56 AM NPT By: Republica

It’s Friday – that time of the week when you start looking forward to relax and unwind. But aren’t you tired of doing the same thing weekend after weekend? How about doing something meaningful and fun at the same time to make sure you are completely recharged when you head to work when the weekend is over? Don’t just waste time by binge watching a series or whatsapping with your friends all day long. Here, The Week presents 10 exciting ways you can utilize your weekend and make it super exciting