The Week Bureau

The contributor for Republica.

Healthy and happy pets

Published On: October 18, 2019 11:42 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Pets are an essential part of our lives. They are truly a man’s best friends. Research suggests that pet owners are less likely to be depressed and suffer from other chronic health problems. Studies have proven that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. Having a furry pal can also reduce your stress levels and the great thing is you are never alone.

Common décor mistakes to avoid

Published On: October 18, 2019 11:39 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Decorating your home is fun. Little tweaks here and there have the power to completely change the feel of a space. But it’s quite easy to fall into the trap of getting carried away and not thinking things through. Here are five common décor mistakes that you should avoid at all costs.

You too can have beautiful hair!

Published On: October 18, 2019 11:31 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

We all want luscious, silky hair but the sun, pollution, and harsh tap water often wreck havoc and make our manes rough and dry. Here’s what you can do to reverse the damage.

Time for jazz

Published On: October 18, 2019 11:12 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Surya Nepal Jazzmandu, aka the Kathmandu Jazz Festival, started on October 17 (yesterday) and will continue until October 23. For these seven days, Jazzmandu 2019 will celebrate its 17th year by hosting several shows across Kathmandu valley, as renowned musicians from Nepal and around the world come to join the festival to give the audience a sneak peek of the different dimensions of jazz.

Morning rituals

Published On: October 18, 2019 09:27 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

From drinking a hot cup of masala tea and reading the newspaper to meditating and going out for a walk, we all have various morning rituals that we follow day in and day out before it’s time to go to work. But there is usually that one thing that often sets the tone for the rest of the day and that you would hate to miss or skip because of any reason whatsoever. The Week asked some people what they considered to be their most important morning ritual.

Dashain, that time of the year again!

Published On: October 4, 2019 10:58 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

With many Nepalis residing abroad and families thus getting smaller, Dashain perhaps doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did. The Week asked a few people how they felt about ‘the biggest festival in Nepal’. The answers were pretty unanimous – all of them seemed to think Dashain is an important part of our culture that should be celebrated with a happy heart.

Feeling good

Published On: October 4, 2019 09:28 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

It’s Dashain. It’s when you don’t have to go to school or work. It’s when you take a break. When you sleep in, and do as you please. It’s when you eat and often overeat. It’s also when you don’t exercise, when you get stressed about hosting the perfect party. The thing is when you don’t stretch your muscles, don’t eat wholesome food or forget to take care of yourself, you are doing your mind and body a big disservice. Here are five simple ways you can make sure you stay healthy and happy.

Basics of oral hygiene

Published On: October 4, 2019 08:35 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

When we say oral hygiene, we usually think it’s about keeping our teeth clean and sparkling but, turns out, oral hygiene comprises a lot more than that. It’s about taking care of your gums and tongue and keeping them clean and germ-free as well. Dr. Shilu Shrestha, periodontology and oral implantology specialist, says a good oral hygiene routine can prevent many infections and gum and teeth problems.

Giving your home a facelift

Published On: October 4, 2019 08:29 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

The biggest festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar – are knocking at our doors. And as per our tradition, during this time, we take special care in cleaning as well as renovating our homes. So, why not use this time to up your décor game? Decorating a home is something you should pay special attention to because how you feel in a particular space has a lot to do with it.

Tricks for taking good Instagram photos

Published On: October 4, 2019 08:24 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Like it or not, clicking photos or making videos is a huge part of any celebration. Be it a graduation, a dinner party or festivals like Dashain and Tihar, most of us want to capture and archive our experiences. And some of us want to be really good at it. So when the festival season arrives and our social media is flooded with pictures from our friends and family, it can be difficult to maintain a unique Instagram feed. But it’s not impossible. The Week is here to arm you with a few tricks to make your photos stand out from the rest this festive season.

Beginner’s guide to poetry

Published On: September 27, 2019 10:28 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

We all know poetry is a somewhat elite form of literature. Have you ever tried reading a poem or two and wondered why it didn’t somehow make as much sense as you expected it to? If you are intimidated by the complexity of poems and have steered away from them all this while, then it’s time to change that.

One day treks around Kathmandu valley

Published On: September 27, 2019 10:15 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

For many of us, traveling for days or perhaps weeks high up in the mountains is the ultimate dream. However, due to work or school, we might not have the luxury of taking a week out of our busy schedule to travel for a long time. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t travel at all, we can still make short but frequent trips around the valley in order to get our dose of the wilderness. Here are a few places we recommend you visit.

City of dreams or stuff of nightmares?

Published On: September 27, 2019 08:57 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Living in Kathmandu has its perks as well as its downsides. Be it the pretty cafes or the marvelous historical sites, Kathmandu is a city that’s very much alive and bustling. It’s a city that demands to be explored. However, the traffic, pollution, and potholed roads often take away from its beauty. We asked the residents of Kathmandu what they thought was the best and worst things about living in Kathmandu. Here are their answers.

Eating healthy

Published On: September 27, 2019 08:28 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

We all want to eat healthy but try as we might we aren’t able to stick to our ‘resolution’ of eating fruits and veggies for more than a few days or a week at the most. But eating clean is possible.

An eco-friendly and sustainable approach to menstruation

Published On: September 27, 2019 08:26 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Putali Nepal is a social enterprise that provides training on menstrual health management and sells menstrual cups in Nepal. Additionally, they give trainings on proper use of menstrual cups, especially to women in rural areas of Nepal where menstrual taboos and unhygienic sanitation practices still persist. The organization also distributes ‘Menstrupedia Comics’ which is a guide to educate people on menstruation and reproductive health. This comic is available in both Nepali and English.

Basic zero waste tips

Published On: September 27, 2019 08:23 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, zero-waste can be defined as “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”

Things to do daily

Published On: September 20, 2019 10:58 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Little things can add up over time to improve the quality of your life. Here are 12 things that, done on a regular basis, can make you smarter, healthier, and happier.

Dealing with dengue

Published On: September 20, 2019 10:36 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Over the past few weeks, the rise in the number of dengue patients has been alarming to say the least. According to Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, over 5000 people across the country have tested positive for dengue till date. In Kathmandu, over half of the people visiting the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital are found to be suffering from dengue. What makes matters worse is that the incessant rainfall the capital is witnessing at the moment is believed to bring about a further surge in dengue causing mosquitoes.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Published On: September 20, 2019 09:35 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Life would be boring if we didn’t do the stuff we know we shouldn’t and just focused on what’s important. There are some things we love doing even though eventually, we end up feeling bad about it. Case in point could be Saturday mornings when we sleep till one because of a hangover or indulging in a thick slab of chocolate cake and then one more. But guilty pleasures are necessary.

Acoustic guitar riffs to learn

Published On: September 13, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Acoustic guitars are one of the most popular instruments in the world. Anyone with a knack for music knows that acoustic guitars are the most basic yet one of the most important pieces of medium there is. Be it in front of a thousand people at a concert or with your friends at a campfire, acoustic guitars have a charm of their own.