Like many Nepali children, I grew up watching Bollywood flicks. As a child, I used to come home from school and flick through the channels and there would always be some film or the other would running on TV. And all the films had the same old premise: A morally good guy (the hero), the pretty subdued heroine, the over-the-top villain and, sometimes, a comic sidekick. At the time, I never found anything wrong with it. Almost all films were made this way (and even continue to be made to this day) and so there was never a way to compare and decide whether or not this was an accurate representation of life. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to notice how films have gone on to shape our ideas of masculinity and femininity.
Most stories are highly imaginative and thus able to conjure things that are beyond the natural world. And that, of course, is much more interesting than reading about world politics or economics. However, to brand non-fiction as bland would be wrong. In the recent years (some may argue since the beginning of literature itself), many works of non-fiction have been as powerful and creative as many fictional books out there, making readers realize that understanding world issues or people’s experiences is important too. Here are five of what we consider to be the best non-fiction books of the 21st century.
Losing weight can be tricky especially since everyone you meet and the internet seem to have so many suggestions as to what you should and shouldn't do. However, when starting out there are a few things that most of us often get wrong which prevents us from shedding the extra kilos. Here we bring to you the top five mistakes that we all make when trying to drop a size or two.
March 27, 2020 11:02 AM NPT
The coronavirus pandemic has brought our lives to a standstill. Since we have been advised to go out only when absolutely necessary—like to buy food and medicines—cardio exercises like jogging, cycling, and swimming have become an absolute no-no. And with gyms and fitness centers closing their doors, getting our daily workouts and thus staying in shape have become next to impossible. But it needn’t be that way. Here we asked some fitness enthusiasts how they are making sure they stay in shape while being locked up at home.
March 27, 2020 10:10 AM NPT
Podcasts are a great way to learn more about a topic you’re interested in. Researchers have found out that hearing a human voice narrate information interacts with your brain the same way an interesting story does, keeping it engaged and helping your brain retain this information quickly and for a long period of time. This week, we bring you eight podcasts that provide vital information and advice on health, fitness and nutrition that could go a long way in keeping your fit and healthy.
The world today is fighting the battleagainst the novel coronavirus pandemic andthere is distress everywhere. At this time of chaos, about two percent of the world femalepopulation would be pregnant. For thesemillions of women, pregnancy has becomea period of anxiety. The most anticipatedand beautiful time in a woman’s life has nowchanged into a stressful situation.
March 27, 2020 09:53 AM NPT
The coronavirus pandemic has us running to the sink to wash our hands every single time we touch something, even when we are at home. Taking the necessary precautions has, as it should, become our number one priority. But germs and bacteria lurk in many corners and surfaces of our homes and thus, in these trying times, it would be a good idea to keep our homes clean and disinfected. Here, we tell you how you can do just that.
21-year-old Aakriti Kapali says that the coronavirus pandemic feels like a bad, sad dream. The only good thing, so far, is that her life, though changed, hasn’t come to a standstill. Since her job is mostly translating and transcribing data, she is working from home. And she’s grateful to have that semblance of normalcy in life in the current times.
As a travel guide, Eric Awale, from Patan, Lalitpur, is living his dream life. His job is something many of us would like to have ourselves—he gets to travel all over Nepal, meet new people, research about the history and culture of Nepal and, what’s more, he makes a decent living doing it all. However, Awale argues that the life of a professional travel guide and a traveler isn’t only the stuff of dreams. It is hard work.
22-year-old Sharmila Nepal’s career as a model began when she joined the lineup of the seventh season of the ‘En Vogue’ finalists. After winning the ‘Most Talented’ title at the competition, Nepal has gone on to walk multiple runways and has been featured in adverts for different brands. A second year BBA student and a model manager, Nepal mentions that she didn’t really think much about fashion before she attended a workshop at House of Fashion but now, she is very conscious of what she’s wearing and wants to present herself in the most flattering light possible. Here, she opens up to The Week about her style and fashion preferences.