Aditi Sharma

The contributor for Republica.

The Good men

Published On: March 16, 2018 08:20 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

It’s a rare breed. And I say so because, having lived in a patriarchal setting most of my life, I have seen enough couples to know that men hardly ever appreciate all that women do (or are culturally forced to do) for them.

No. Period.

Published On: January 26, 2018 08:04 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Saying no can be hard but what’s even more difficult is saying yes to something and then trying to get out of it later on. We have all been there at least once and it’s not a good place to be. I have realized saying no is a skill you need to learn if you want to keep your sanity intact.

Saying no to resolutions

Published On: December 29, 2017 08:00 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Top three resolutions we make every year but really shouldn’t bother.

The answer is no

Published On: November 24, 2017 09:36 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

I have watched movies I didn’t want to watch in the first place, gone to places I didn’t want to go to, hung out on Friday nights when I was sick and actually wanted to stay in bed, and bought expensive raffles or charity event tickets when there were at least a dozen things I could have used all that money for. And all this happened because I simply couldn’t utter one simple word: No.

Manners maketh man

Published On: November 10, 2017 08:40 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, the oh-so-charming Colin Firth repeatedly turns to this proverb when some behaves badly and unfortunately, not unlike the ‘bad’ characters in the movie that never seem to get it, there are plenty of people I meet on a regular basis who seem to be equally clueless about good manners. Why bother with niceties when you can be obnoxious and get your way is the thought process that seems to dominate quite a few mindsets.

Curious concerns

Published On: October 27, 2017 07:36 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

“Are you planning a baby?” “When are you going to have a baby?” “You should have a baby.” “You have been married for four years, why don’t you have a baby?” “Listen to your elders and have a baby now.” “The next time we meet, I want to see you holding a baby.”

Festive frenzy

Published On: September 22, 2017 09:00 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

I don’t particularly enjoy red meat and don’t eat it at all throughout the year (unless drinking mutton soup counts as eating red meat). But a red meat monster seems to take over me every Dashain time, and I find myself gorging on fried, braised, and even boiled mutton for days on end. And while I’m almost sickened by the thought of how much meat I have consumed at the end of each Dashain, the same story repeats itself every year.

When love becomes lethal

Published On: September 8, 2017 12:24 PM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Once a cheat always a cheat they say. That’s a character flaw that can’t be changed. But some women it seems have fairytale glasses on.

On the battleground

Published On: August 11, 2017 10:34 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Commuting in Kathmandu is the stuff of nightmares. I don’t drive regularly but when I do, I yell, I shout, I throw mean glances at other drivers, and I refuse to let other vehicles overtake me when there is a jam, and traffic in Kathmandu almost always feels like a jam. When I’m driving, I’m gripping the steering wheel, murmuring to myself, and, as hard as I try not to, spewing out curses a mile a minute.

The unending battle

Published On: July 28, 2017 08:56 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

I knew I had to lose weight when I heard three hurtful words: ‘Kasto motayeko! Chyaa”. A 60-year-old relative who looks like she is in her 40s said this to me during a family dinner. I was angry. She had no rights to treat me like that. But a trip to the bathroom quickly confirmed my worst fears: I was in fact fat. Dressed in a loose kurti over baggy pants, I thought about my days in college when I could easily wear body-hugging clothes. Looking at myself in the mirror, I vowed to hit the gym from the very next day and get my once envious body back. But knowing you need to lose weight and acting on it are two very, very different things.

From fat to fit

Published On: July 7, 2017 12:27 PM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

If you are chubby as a kid, you are branded as cute. But as you age, the chubbiness starts to take an ugly form if the so-called ‘baby fat’ doesn’t go away. When I was 21, I weighed a staggering 90 kilos. Having always been on the heavier side, I didn’t think much of it, not even when I was teased in school, till a visit to the doctors scared me out of my wits. The doctor bluntly told me I’d have to lose a good amount of weight if I wanted to live a healthy, long life. He said I was the ‘perfect candidate’ for all sorts of life-threatening diseases.

Small steps

Published On: May 26, 2017 09:12 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

We all know what we should do to lose weight: Eat right and exercise. Knowing it is one thing but doing it is an entirely different ball game altogether. We all want to lose the jiggle but don’t want to blacklist our favorite eats, count every single calorie, or overdose on gym hours. I have been there. I was overweight but I lost more than 20 kilos. The good news, however, is that you can drop weight or maintain it without extreme dieting.

Starting right

Published On: March 31, 2017 11:42 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Healthy living isn’t an easy thing. And it’s all the more difficult when you are overweight or haven’t been going to the gym or following a diet plan for the longest time. Starting is the hard part but harder still is following through on your plans and keeping at it. I have struggled with weight for a large part of my life and though I’m no longer overweight, I still struggle to look better, feel more energetic, and generally be a fitness driven person.

Why I’m not making New Year’s resolutions

Published On: December 30, 2016 01:19 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

When I was a kid, the only time I wasn’t told to go to bed early was during New Year’s Eve when my parents would stay up till midnight with a few of their friends who had been invited over for the celebrations. I also remember the first time my father asked me to make a new years resolution.

Burn, baby, burn

Published On: October 7, 2016 12:03 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

The Dashain holiday is synonymous with good food. Wherever I go, I (have to) eat. It’s impolite to say no to food during this festive season. Needless to say, it always wrecks havoc to my fitness goals. Last Dashain, I came out with battle scars: pimples because of all the oily food, a roll of fat on my tummy, and chubby cheeks. With no exercise and loads and loads of scrumptious food, what more could one expect?

Holiday fitness plans

Published On: September 30, 2016 12:02 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

I know I won’t be hitting the gym during Dashain holidays – they too will be closed for some festive fun. So I have already readied some home-based workout to follow during this time.

Home workouts

Published On: September 23, 2016 12:05 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

Now that the holidays are just around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. There are so many parties to attend, relatives and friends to meet, and yes, shopping to do that you just might find yourself unable to make time for the gym or your regular exercise class.

Nothing lovely about love handles

Published On: September 16, 2016 12:05 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

You’ve probably heard that cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is responsible for excess abdominal fat, but that’s only part of the story. Your body produces cortisol in response to stress – physical, mental, or emotional. This may include extremely low-calorie diets (fasting or starvation), infection, lack of quality sleep, emotional trauma, or intense exercise, as well as other stressful conditions such as job pressure, relationship trouble and financial woes.

Lifestyle changes for weight loss

Published On: September 9, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

KATHMANDU. Sept 9: All of us want to lose weight and we all embark on carefully laid out workout plans every once in a while but then again, we all stumble and fall.

Working with weights

Published On: September 1, 2016 11:00 PM NPT By: Aditi Sharma

The primary concern women have when it comes to weight training is, ‘I don’t want to get big or bulky.’ In the past couple of articles, we discussed why women simply don’t run that risk. So with the hope that I have convinced you to take up weight training, I’m back with some pointers on how you can make the best of it.