Of chances and dances

February 15, 2019 09:17 am

I once had the rather unique experience of being an invigilator for the EPS-TOPIK exams conducted in Kathmandu. For those of you in the dark, the EPS TOPIK is the official language exams that you need to clear to be eligible for employment in South Korea. Over the two days that the exams were held, I met Nepalis – by the busload – from every geographical area or, as the politicians are often fond of saying, from Mechi to Mahakali. The busload point is rather important because these folks came from far-flung areas, not in trickles but in droves, in organized systematic fashion.

Can’t think? Try this

February 15, 2019 09:13 am

Familiar with those moments of utter blankness when you have to think of an idea and all that comes to you is...nothing? You are not alone. All of us go through that, even professionals who have to think of ideas for a living. To do worthwhile things in life, we need to think original and unique. And while some may argue that nothing is original and everything is inspired, ideas need to be thought and processed well, original or not.

The Art of writing

February 15, 2019 09:02 am

If you’re looking to learn more about Nepal’s culture and the different kinds of languages spoken here, you might be interested in joining a session of Ranjana Lipi Calligraphy Workshop by the Callijatra team. Although the workshop will not delve deep into the various kinds of scripts (Lipis), it will give a thorough introduction to one particular script: Ranjana Lipi.

What’s in a name ?

February 15, 2019 08:47 am

First impressions are important and for businesses that first impression is often made by their names. It is this first impression that will set the stage for future interactions or, in this case, make someone decide whether or not they want to step into a store or a restaurant. Keeping this in mind many business ventures today seem to prefer quirky Nepali words like Chuplag, Alchi, or Sinka over clichéd English phrases and words for their startups.

A charming place with delectable dishes

February 8, 2019 12:02 pm

Think of the color yellow. Yellow has forever been associated with all things bright and cheerful. And that is exactly what Laxman Thapa envisions his Yellow Coffee and Food to become through its food – the bearer of all things happy.

Piercing precautions

February 8, 2019 11:50 am

It’s winter, meaning layers of clothes and hot mugs of coffee. But for a lot of people it is also the time to finally get that piercing they have been dreaming of. Winter, most believe, is the best time to get piercings because the weather helps in speeding healing and allows for lesser chances of inflammations. While this is a commonly held thought, piercing artist Jeevan Rajbanshi explains that this isn’t necessarily true, and that weather doesn’t have much to do with the healing.

Glam up your bathroom

February 8, 2019 11:42 am

Overhauling the bathroom is super expensive and kind of tricky because it takes a lot of time and money to revamp a space that already has designated water sources, waste and water outlets. So, a lot of people tend to leave their bathroom as it is even when they revamp their whole house. But you can recondition and update your bathroom to make it look prettier without spending a lot of money. Here are some things you can do to pretty up and maintain your bathroom(s) without breaking the bank.

Going with the flow

February 8, 2019 10:42 am

Malika Mahat is a well-known name among Nepali youths. The 19-year-old model has firmly established herself as one of the most popular Instagram stars of Nepal with over 76k followers on the social media. Now, after successful modeling stints, she is making her acting debut in the upcoming movie Yatra: A Musical Vlog, alongside Salin Man Baniya, Salon Basnet, Jahanvi Basnet, and Rajaram Poudyal among others. Directed and written by Samrat Shakya, the movie is set to release in April this year. The Week’s Anweiti Upadhyay caught up with this up and coming actor to talk about her experience while shooting for her first film.

The toy story

February 8, 2019 10:32 am

The mighty Hulk clad in daura suruwal and resting against a bottle of local Nepali raksi (alcohol) makes for quite an image. Or the glamorous Barbie rocking her blonde hair in Hakupatasi (traditional Newari garment). But as removed from one another as they sound, a touch of creativity and a little planning really bring these images to life. And Sunny Shakya is the creative genius behind it.

Strumming the sarangi

February 8, 2019 10:18 am

The song ‘Despacito’ (meaning slowly) by Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi received many praises, accolades, and awards including three Grammy Award nominations. It wasn’t a surprise then that YouTube was suddenly flooded with many covers and renditions of the song. But one version that stands out is definitely the one where Manice Gandharva reproduces the tunes on his sarangi accompanied by Tunna Bell Thapa on the guitar.