Cilla Khatry

To wear or not to wear

September 7, 2018 07:56 AM

While fitness enthusiasts often meet their goals without trackers, many find the devices to be helpful in boosting motivation and, according to fitness trainer Ashok Maharjan, anything that gets people to move more is a great thing.

The obsession over grades

August 17, 2018 07:38 AM

Grades are just an extrinsic motivational factor and it often undermines intrinsic motivation, a desire to learn for its own sake. When grades become the goal, a student’s personal development becomes a footnote in his/her educational chapter.

Misuse of medicines

August 10, 2018 09:03 AM

There are usually some painkillers, cough syrups, antacids, and even antibiotics in a plastic box or a drawer somewhere in every household as it’s quite common for people to take medicines on their own at the slightest discomfort. This self-medicating habit, though helpful in providing immediate relief, isn’t a safe practice and has a lot of long term side-effects, from adverse reactions to risk of dependence.

Where learning is fun

February 9, 2018 08:56 AM

How many of us remember all that we studied in school? Our minds were often like sponges, soaking up much of the information, be it through rote learning, and forgetting most of it a few months after the exams were over. Wondering whether derivatives would actually be useful in any way later on in life and figuring out the value of that dreaded ‘x’ was how most of us spent our childhoods. Creativity and thinking outside the box were considered frivolous concepts and the government curriculum that our schools followed didn’t leave much room for it anyway.

The right & responsibility to vote

May 12, 2017 08:23 AM

43-year-old Sudhir Shrestha, owner of a music and movie store in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, is quite excited about the upcoming local level election, the first phase of which is all set to take place on May 14.

The city of Silence

April 21, 2017 08:50 AM

On the day the no-horn campaign came into effect, 18-year-old Shreya KC missed two of her morning classes at college. The usually up by 5:00 am girl had overslept till 7:30 am missing an important test. She didn’t normally set her alarm because, at her roadside home in Kalanki, the noises of the streets roused her every morning, without fail.

The dark domain

March 24, 2017 08:59 AM

Not many people in Nepal would confess to seeing a therapist in the first place but Arpana Singh from Satdobato, Lalitpur, willingly talks about her weekly visits to a counselor in order to seek ‘treatment’ for her internet addiction. She feels internet addiction is a grave problem and people need to talk about it in order to find a solution.

The ring of Hope

March 10, 2017 08:59 AM

Saraswati Adhikari was trafficked to India from her village in Hetauda, Nepal when she was just nine years old and forced to train and perform in a traveling circus. Her parents searched high and low for her but she could only be reunited with her mother after a decade, following her rescue seven years ago. Her father had passed away by then, and she had had three children already.

Scintillating Shobhaa

November 25, 2016 12:52 PM

She has always spoken her mind and been totally unapologetic about it, even when it has landed her in hot waters time and again. Quite recently, she has had to face the wrath of Shiv Sena in Mumbai, India over a tweet for allegedly insulting the Legislative Assembly, Marathi language and people, and she is still living under police protection. But if, at 68, Shobhaa De has learnt anything it has been to stick by her thoughts and actions and buckle under pressure. The world around her will just have to learn to live with it, she says.

The language debate

September 30, 2016 04:30 AM

The government of Nepal made a decision to change the rules of writing in Devanagari script in which the Nepali language is based. This decision was taken five years ago without consensus among linguists to reportedly maintain uniformity in the written and phonetic forms of the Nepali language. According to the new rules, the practice of writing the ‘half alphabet’ and ‘joint alphabet’ would come to an end and school curricula needed to be revised accordingly.

The slippery slope of self-diagnosis

August 5, 2016 04:30 AM

With literally millions of medical websites, blogs, and other pages, the Internet can spew out an overwhelming amount of information or actually misinformation, in many cases.

Lost in transition

July 15, 2016 03:25 AM

On Tuesday, this past week, Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ accused Prime Minister KP Oli of failing to implement past agreements and said his party was pulling out of the government.

Indecent exposure

June 24, 2016 05:15 AM

Prolonged exposure to violence instills the idea that violence is an acceptable way of solving problems.