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My happiness mantra

January 18, 2019 11:10 AM

As we grow older we come to realize that life isn’t a unicorn ride through a rainbow. It throws a lot of choices, decisions, and dilemmas our way and so it can sometimes feel quite calamitous at times. And thus we need and have our own coping mechanisms, a small comfort to fall back on. Rakshya Khadka quizzed a few people on what makes them happy when not everything is going their way. Here’s what they had to say:

Refining your culinary skills

January 18, 2019 10:30 AM

YouTube has become a big part of our internet culture, mainly when it comes to learning things like playing an instrument, brushing up our literary skills, getting started on a new language and, most importantly, cooking

A brief history of colors

January 18, 2019 08:50 AM

According to French color historian Michel Pastoureau, there is no transcultural truth to color perception. It is society that makes color, defines it and gives it meaning.

A beginner’s guide to art appreciation

January 18, 2019 08:50 AM

When the news that a picture of an Irish potato sold for more than a million dollars made headlines, most of us couldn’t understand what made it so special. It’s not rare to hear people saying, “My four-year-old can draw that” while standing in front of an abstract painting or an experimental display. So, how do you know if something is worth considering art? And why do people regard paintings of seemingly nothing but colorful blotches and geometrical shapes as something legendary? If you are tired of pretending to like a piece of art without actually getting it, here is a guide for you to better your understanding.

Musically magical anime

January 18, 2019 08:25 AM

Anime are magical. The Japanese animation industry builds intricate plotlines, complex characters, and fantastic animations for their anime. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the anime industry grosses over billions of dollars from all around the world annually. Their visual impact is just as strong as their elaborate stories. Music is just as rooted in anime as they are in the Japanese culture. The opening and closing tracks to some popular anime have topped major music charts in several countries. In Japan, music is a revered art, some of the world’s greatest musicians are Japanese and recitals and music competitions are the communal norm. There is thus an entire genre of musical anime at your disposal. In Japan, musical anime aren’t about crooning lengthy dialogues as done in the west. They are about expressing the musicality of a musician and his understanding of music. To get your started, here are The Week’s recommendations.

Learning a language

January 11, 2019 11:49 AM

Learning a new language is no small feat. You will probably have to practice for months before you can even string together words to make a proper sentence. But let that not frustrate you and deter you from learning a new dialect.

Making time for yourself

January 11, 2019 11:43 AM

If you find yourself tired and irritated at the end of the day, stressed out by school, college or work, it can get difficult to find a motivation to get up and do it all over the next day. In between all the hassle, you need some time, a few hours, to yourself when you can catch a breath and feel in control.

Attires from around the world

January 11, 2019 11:03 AM

Even today there are thousands of tribes across the world that live among themselves away from the rest of us. They fish, farm, make small governments to govern their populations and still live the indigenous life. Living the life that predates them by centuries, they have also retained their tribal clothing. Varying in geographies, climates and cultural standards, their attires reflect their essence as a community and the lifestyle they abide by even after hundreds of years. Modern clothing is now deriving inspiration from the colorful beads and the hand-woven fabrics these tribes have worn all these years. Because they are original and durable their usage in today’s clothing shouldn’t be a huge surprise.

World’s coolest jobs

January 11, 2019 09:52 AM

There are thousands of memes about Monday being the worst day of the week (for us Nepalis, it’s Sunday), because the weekend is over and most of us have to go to work, back to our not-so-satisfying, boring jobs. But what if on Monday you were scheduled to watch a movie, eat at a restaurant, or maybe just sleep?

Taking the world of business by storm

January 11, 2019 09:21 AM

Ever noticed how the term ‘male entrepreneur’ is rarely, if ever, used anywhere. But ‘women entrepreneurs’ is something you hear of quite often. This is perhaps because even in today’s day and age there aren’t enough women business leaders in the world. And that’s true in the context of Nepal as well.

Oh my sweetness!

January 4, 2019 11:30 AM

Almost every café or restaurant has waffles on its menu these days. But none of these places serve good waffles. Enter Waffle Love into the picture. Introducing bubble waffles and croffles in Nepal for the first time, the less than a year old Waffle Love has set out to redefine sweetness. Karma Ghale says he got the inspiration for Waffle Love when he was living in Australia and he decided to give it a shot upon his return home.

Nighttime habits for better sleep and productive mornings

January 4, 2019 11:10 AM

Maintaining a proper bedtime routine and incorporating some healthy and useful habits into it will result in you getting a better night’s sleep and having productive mornings.

Maintaining your winter wardrobe

January 4, 2019 10:45 AM

Winter has us bundling up in layers. The woolen sweaters and down jackets are what keep us warm and snug. But cleaning, storing, and maintaining these winter clothing items can sometimes be quite a problem.

Worst-case scenarios

January 4, 2019 09:30 AM

The thing about traveling is that it brings about new experiences. But new doesn’t always mean good. Sometimes new means bad and by bad we mean worse. Imagine getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, running out of petrol when you are still miles away from your destination or, the worst of the lot, losing your passport in a faraway country.

Get moving

December 28, 2018 12:15 PM

Exercise is essential but yet few of us actually do some form of it on a regular basis. This year, let’s make it a point to incorporate a little activity into our lifestyle.

The podcast playlist

December 28, 2018 10:53 AM

Podcasts are more popular than ever. With the success of the true crime investigation podcast, Serial, in 2014, it seems everyone has jumped on the podcast bandwagon and is coming up with their own unique content. The problem is not everything that’s out there is good. And with hundreds, if not thousands, of different podcasts out each week, it can be pretty tough to find ones worth listening to.

Your guide to reading

December 28, 2018 09:41 AM

2018 is drawing to a close and you can’t help but think about the things you did or didn’t do this year, like a certain habit you wanted to take up or an activity you wanted to learn.

The healing power of words

December 28, 2018 09:40 AM

Writing ‘His Afflicted Mind’ was a huge undertaking for Prabigyan but one he calls “a therapeutic process”. The book follows three characters (Arlo, Arya and Dedrick) in the fictional city of ‘Ashvale’ as they struggle through mental health issues.

New Year around the world

December 28, 2018 09:00 AM

With 2019 around the corner, you are probably anticipating a close-knit family union or maybe a night of loud music with friends for this year’s New Year celebrations. Of course, catching up with friends and family during New Year’s eve is common everywhere but some countries have given their New Year’s celebration an eccentric touch, including swaying gigantic fire balls, breaking dishes etc.

Grand celebrations

December 28, 2018 08:57 AM

Fairs or melas are the universal constants for times spent with utmost joy. The carnivals, rides, the stalls, and the various kinds of food are testimonies to the wonders of these fetes. All fetes vary from one another according to religious, cultural or even geographical settings. Nepal is a country of splendid attributes and has more holidays, festivals, and fetes than we can keep a count of.