Isha Upadhyay

The contributor for Republica.

Striving for a balanced life

Published On: July 7, 2017 02:00 PM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Not everybody can dominate the work scene as well as balance the home life, but Girley Agrawal makes it look entirely too easy. Apart from being a mother of two sons, she is also the head of the CG Education Foundation. The Week caught up with her to learn about her career and how she manages to balance both work and personal life with such finesse.

A dedicated actor

Published On: July 7, 2017 01:50 PM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

With the recent release of his third movie, Karkhana, life looks good for Shushil Shrestha who started his career as a model before going on to become the face of Panache Runway in 2014. He then made his debut as an actor with Hostel Returns, and was nominated for the best new actor in NFDC National Award. But not many know that this talented lad has had a hard battle to fight to get to where he is. The Week caught up with him to learn more about his journey so far, and how he manages to look so good.

Wine 101

Published On: June 16, 2017 02:43 PM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Know your wine(s) and understand how to drink this light alcoholic beverage.

Rekindling hope

Published On: June 9, 2017 09:05 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Gita* is now in her 40’s but up until a few years ago, she believed she was a little kid. She didn’t seem to know what she was doing most of the time and would walk around with no clothes on the streets. Even after she was being looked after, and under medication, there were times when she stripped naked and walked around the yard with no clothes on during the winter season. The chill got to her and she fell sick, but somewhere along the road to recovery, two years after she was rescued, she remembered that she has a family in Dhading.

Long way from home

Published On: May 19, 2017 08:28 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

We often get our vehicle tires checked by the same neighborhood mechanic we have been going to for years, our homes painted by the person whose kids we have seen since they were toddlers, and if there is anything that needs fixing around the house, in almost every family, there is that one face that comes to our minds. Life without these handymen would be peppered with problems. We also know that many of these people aren’t from Nepal – most are from towns right across the borders – and often found ourselves wondering what brought them here, so far away from home.

Wedding Fever

Published On: May 12, 2017 10:05 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Everyone lives in perpetual fear of the wedding season. “What do I wear?” is a question that runs in people’s head the minute they hear talks about someone’s marriage. With the wedding season in full throttle, you want to do your best to stand out in the crowd. Adulthood should stand little in the way of playing dress up for these special occasions so The Week brings you the best pickings from the boutiques around Kupondole.

A home away from home

Published On: May 12, 2017 09:45 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

We all know how difficult it is to find hotel rooms that won’t take a chunk of our vacation budget and are lovely and comfortable at the same time. Often times, we end up compromising on one of the two. But it needn’t be that way if you are a little savvy with your searches, and are up for staying at homes instead of hotels.

Made in Nepal

Published On: May 5, 2017 09:48 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Most of us in the country look forward to going abroad, even if it is just to India, for the shopping experience it provides. But there are some local companies that might just make you rethink that next shopping trip. These places offer good products at affordable prices and even the quality will take you by surprise.

Mixed feelings

Published On: May 5, 2017 09:04 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

A newly opened joint at mid-Baneshwor, it is quite easy to locate Dining Park Restaurant and Lounge Bar as it stands out from the rest of the buildings that surround it because of its unique façade. You will find yourself wondering how they maintain the pristine white buildings as soon as step inside. Although located in a busy area, you will not hear or feel much of the outside world once you are inside the building premises and that, in itself, is quite lovely.

Cashing i n on ideas

Published On: April 28, 2017 08:39 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Even if you have an amazing idea or an amazing team, money still is a crucial factor to start and run businesses. The need for capital doesn’t end but keeps increasing even after your business has grown from the start-up it was. In Nepal, although the access to capital is scarce, there are various mediums and organizations that can help you and provide you with the funds, given that you can impress them first.

Summer Love

Published On: April 21, 2017 10:11 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Summer is finally here, and with it you want to get creative with your wardrobe. You don’t have to put layers on anymore and that allows you to experiment with your style. But if you aren’t sure how to get started or don’t have the time, we are here to help you. Step out of your house looking and feeling glamorous with the ensembles we have readied for you.

Battle of attrition

Published On: April 7, 2017 08:48 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. While the symptoms might take years to develop, living with a disease that gets worse with time is tough. What’s tougher is there isn’t much one can do about it. In Nepal, many people don’t know about this disease and attribute the symptoms to old age. How difficult is living with Parkinson’s disease and what can be done? Isha Upadhyay talks to a few people suffering from Parkinson’s disease as well as experts to find out.

Fusion meals

Published On: March 31, 2017 11:18 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

A part of the exotic foods franchise, Le Mirch is an Indian food restaurant with a French influence. In the name itself, the le is an article definis’ in the French language, so even before ordering your food, you already see some French influence. A new addition to the food court at LABIM mall, Le Mirch wants its dishes to impress.

Across all barriers

Published On: March 31, 2017 09:48 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Sandhya Yonzon was 28 years old when she accepted a ring from her boyfriend. When she did, she had no clue that she was now somebody’s fiancée. She thought he was being cute and showing her that he was serious about her, not actually asking her to marry him, because an engagement in her culture was so different and extensive, and included both the families in the process.

The imitation game

Published On: March 24, 2017 12:29 PM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

It was around 20 years ago that he came up with an idea for a business but it has just been five years that his dreams turned into a reality. It took 63-year-old Swayambhu Dhakwa 15 years to get his store Art Decor up and running at Kupondole. Now, he sells artworks based on Tibetan, Newari and Nepali traditional and religious themes.

Refined dining

Published On: March 17, 2017 08:33 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Everyone has flutes, glasses, and goblets at home but not everyone has flutes, glasses, and goblets that can start a conversation and bring a party to life. Not only are these pieces good investment because they will last you a long time and make any dinner event classy and elegant by adding a lot of oomph factor to it, they won’t cost you a fortune to begin with. Invest in these pieces today and add some charm to your simple dinner set as well as create heirlooms over the years.

Animal activism

Published On: February 24, 2017 07:49 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

When the parliament of Nepal, on January 30, 2017 passed a legislation under the ‘National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973’, a lot of animal lovers were enraged.

Business & More with Saurabh Jyoti

Published On: February 3, 2017 10:45 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Saurabh Jyoti entered his office through a ‘secret door’, a door that blends seamlessly into the wall. A well known figure in the business sector, he is also an avid figurine collector who has countless to-scale models of superheroes like Thor and Captain America.

Life on wheels

Published On: February 3, 2017 08:19 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

At the semi-finals of Crossmandu, a bike race at Tinkune, Kathmandu, he was leading when suddenly he felt another bike pushing him and lost control of his bike and fell down. In a high speed race, the person behind him couldn’t manage to slam the breaks on time and he felt his own teammate’s bike go over his legs.

Invigorating touches

Published On: January 6, 2017 10:20 AM NPT By: Isha Upadhyay

Club oasis at The Hyatt Regency is more than just a spa; it’s a wellness center complete with a gym and a pool. Their continuous training programs to better their services make it one of the best spots in town to get a massage. Rammaya Lama, who has been working there for 15 years, tells us how the continuous learning process has helped her hone her skills and made her really good at what she does.