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The dreadlocks deal

February 17, 2017 00:45 AM

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.

Flowers for your home

February 17, 2017 00:30 AM

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.

#Foodgramming in Nepal

February 17, 2017 00:15 AM

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.

Healthy eating

February 17, 2017 00:00 AM

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.

Stunning Singapore

February 10, 2017 03:30 AM

The first thing you’ll notice about Singapore is how well maintained, structured, and clean it is. The air seems fresh, free of dust, and that will really excite you right now, given the condition of our roads and quality of air these days. A five-day trip to Singapore is enough for you to enjoy everything it has to offer, though you can choose to stay as long as you want and leisurely go about your days. It’s a small city and expensive too but there’s still a lot to do here (on a budget).

Assessing the situation

February 10, 2017 03:15 AM

Nepal is a male dominated society which is why women workers aren’t valued much. I got involved in FWEAN to bring their work to the forefront. I wanted to make the decision makers aware about the kind of work women were doing in Nepal and also make sure that the products women entrepreneurs were making in Nepal met certain standards.

Women at work

February 10, 2017 03:00 AM

“When you empower a woman, you empower a family. When you empower a family, you empower a community. And when you empower a community, you empower a nation.” These words were spoken by Jean Shafiroff, a philanthropist and volunteer leader of several Southampton and New York charities. This week, women entrepreneurs join us to talk about their businesses and the challenges they faced while starting off and along the way.

Good Reads

February 10, 2017 01:45 AM

Good Reads

Short & simple

February 10, 2017 01:30 AM

After receiving much accolade and applause at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), the 17-minute short movie Dadyaa: The Woodpeckers of Rotha, recently bagged the special jury award for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. Dadyaa is a poignant Nepali story based in Karnali where Atimaley and Devi find themselves faced with a dilemma when a dear friend leaves without a word.  Priyanka Gurung sat down with Chintan Rajbhandari, director of photography of the movie, to talk about the win and reflect on the movie making process. ​

The craft of making chocolates

February 10, 2017 01:15 AM

If you try these chocolates, you’ll probably never be satisfied with other chocolates ever again. Smriti Tuladhar’s homemade chocolates are that good. She ensures that the chocolates, made without preservatives, are crafted to perfection. It’s been less than a year that she started the chocolate company Bittersweet but she already has a decent list of corporate clients under her belt. And, at 23, with her effervescent persona, charming smile, and go-getter attitude she is steadily gathering even more on a daily basis. She joins The Week to talk about her journey so far and what keeps her going.

The vegan lifestyle

February 10, 2017 01:00 AM

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.

Essential tests

February 10, 2017 00:45 AM

With work, studies, and household issues to take care of, your to-do list on a regular basis is probably longer than you wish it to be, and so you might be tempted to let your annual checkup slip. But don’t let that happen. Going to the doctor might be the last thing on your mind right now but regular tests might save your health and your life too. A little idea: Each year around your birthday, give yourself a gift. Schedule a visit to your dentist and consult your doctor to see if there are important tests you should take. With an investment of an hour or two, you may be able to add years to your life.  For starters, we consulted Dr Devish Pyakurel of Samyak Diagonstics to lay out the five essential medical tests you need once you are in your 30s.

The cleaning session

February 10, 2017 00:30 AM

We might not be able to do a lot on a regular basis to clean our houses inside out but there are little things you can do when you find some pockets of time here and there that will ensure your house looks well maintained.

For warmer weather

February 10, 2017 00:15 AM

It’s that time of the year again when it’s neither too hot nor too cold. During the days, we often need to peel off the layers we have put on in the morning when there is still a slight nip in the air. All of a sudden we don’t find ourselves longing for a hot cup of coffee anymore. We want something cooler that will soothe us in the afternoon heat. Higher Ground Bakery at Bhanimandal has some refreshing coffee drinks that will do just that and a little more.

Skin care routine

February 10, 2017 00:00 AM

Whether you suffer from acne, brown spots, or occasional dryness, chances are that all of you have at least one skin care concern in need of some extra attention. Luckily, most skin issues are more than manageable with the help of good, regular skin care regime. “My mantra is cleanse, cleanse, and cleanse. Achieving beautiful clear skin can sometimes be as simple as having a clean face,” says beautician Archana Rimal, of Charm Herbal Beauty Parlor in Manbhawan, Lalitpur. Here, she breaks down your cleansing routine for you.

Good Reads

February 3, 2017 01:05 AM

Good Reads

A healthy dose of sarcasm

February 3, 2017 00:55 AM

Every conversation Sneha Koirala has had since she was a little girl has inspired her to doodle. She would draw a tiff she had with her parents, things she discussed with her friends and found that, though she grew up, she couldn’t stop drawing things. It was one of these drawings she did for The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that gave birth to Studio Sarcastic. The Week caught up with her to get her talking about her creations.

For a fit you

February 3, 2017 00:45 AM

Many of us have to skip gym due to our busy work schedule but we are willing to spend some time working out at home. The Week talked to Sachin Pradhan of Platinum Fitness to find out how you can best tone your body without having to step into the gym. He advises that you watch a few YouTube tutorials before attempting any exercise, especially if you are a beginner, as wrong posture while doing an exercise may lead to injuries.

Breathe right

February 3, 2017 00:35 AM

When is a cough “just” a cough, or a headache a symptom to be concerned about? Whether you live in a city where smog forecasts are routine or in a less populated place, tiny pollution particles in the air can lead to big problems for your heart. With the current condition of Kathmandu valley with its steadily worsening air pollution, you have to be a little concerned about your health.

Beginner’s guide to meditation

February 3, 2017 00:25 AM

Meditation, after all, has been globally appreciated for helping people become more peaceful, more focused, less anxious and more attentive to everything in their lives. Further, many also claim that meditation helps them better understand their own minds.