February 2017 marks eight years of the beginning of the Arab Spring protest of 2011 in Libya, which led to the ousting and ultimate death of Muammar Gaddafi (the deposed leader of Libya). My project team and I were on one of the last commercial flights leaving Libya at that time and though now it is a good story to tell, it could have gone horribly wrong.
There is no need to cringe. This is not a list of grievances from a feminist. It’s more of a day to day observation because being a modern woman in our society has never been this intriguing before. The subtle differences in the meaning and expression of being a female who is in tune with the times but living against the backdrop of some of our still persistent orthodox values and traditions make for a truly fascinating survey.
When we read books we submerge ourselves into the fantasy land so completely that some of us never really leave that place. In our daydreams we are always there, living a life that is full of magic and possibilities. The Week talked to a few avid readers to find out what catches their fantasy and what they would like to do when in their dream place.
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.
Having grown dreadlocks herself once, Sanju Lama can’t think of any reasonable explanation as to why anyone would choose to have them. She remembers the pain of maintaining it. But she also recalls exactly how cool and confident they made her feel. Apparently, she enjoyed every moment of it and, these days, she enjoys hooking her clients with them. A large number of Lama’s clientele at the Asylum Salon in Thamel include foreigners but, over the years, she has also seen the trend gain an immense of popularity among Nepalis. Here the hairstylist shares her tips on maintaining dreadlocks.
We all love flowers around the house. The effect a bunch of roses has on our mood as well as the ambience is tremendous. However, buying them every day or even every week isn’t a very financially viable option. We at The Week visited a few flower shops around town to find out simple ways to arrange flowers to liven up your living space as well as tricks to make them stay fresh longer.
Kathmanduities love their food. We have already established that fact. Whether it is hanging out with friends or going out for a business meeting, as city dwellers, we find that most of our activities revolve around restaurants and cafes. So, perhaps, it was only about time that our love for food spilled over Instagram as well. Nepali ‘foodgrammers’ are experiencing a steady rise in their popularity these days.
Nirogdham was established in 2001 and aims to make the community a healthier place through yoga and correct eating habits. Their belief is that ailments like diabetes, blood pressure and even obesity can be controlled by making changes in your eating habits. The Week talked to Dr Umesh Shrestha, founder of this Philanthropic social organization, to find out how we can eat right to stay healthy and fit.