Sonam Lama

The contributor for Republica.

Let Holi be a Holy Occasion

Published On: March 1, 2018 08:14 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Assorted colors, sweets and water-fights are what make Holi festival lively and exuberant. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and a festive day to witness unity. Although every festival is observed to commemorate some traditional, cultural and historical happenings, the underlying essence is to strengthen humanity and celebrate togetherness.

Man of sartorial elegance

Published On: February 27, 2018 09:00 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Manish Rai is one of the highly talked-about personalities in Nepali fashion industry. He started working as a fashion designer since 2015 and his career ever since has witnessed progressive heights of success. Originally from Illam, Rai moved to Kathmandu about seven years ago in pursuit to achieve his dream of becoming a hotelier.

Five things about Sarubhakta

Published On: February 26, 2018 09:34 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Any discourse on Nepali literature would be barely complete without mentioning the works of celebrated litterateur Bhakta Raj Shrestha. He has written most of his works under the penname Sarubhakta.

Let your walls speak your style

Published On: February 22, 2018 10:05 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: When it comes to home décor, the task is absolutely incomplete without decorating the walls. Although the idea of home décor was limited to the high class societies of Nepal in the past, it has been influencing people in high numbers today.

4 Essentials of Gyalpo Lhosar

Published On: February 15, 2018 08:44 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Gyalpo Lhosar, mostly observed in the winter, adds more fun to the morning chills of February. This year it is being celebrated on Friday. The word ‘Lo’ meaning ‘year’ and ‘Sar’ meaning ‘new’ completes the word ‘Lhosar’. Gyalpo Lhosar marks the beginning of Tibetan New Year. The festival is mostly celebrated by Sherpas and Tibetans, while some Hyolmo and Tamang communities also celebrate it. There are 12 years in the Tibetan calendar, each categorized under a variety of animals.

Empowered workers enhancing economy

Published On: February 13, 2018 08:27 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Om Thapaliya, 55, is the Executive Director at Homenet Nepal (HNN), a member-based organization that works with vision to improve the living of home-based workers facilitating them to acquire better livelihood by providing various skill based jobs including wood carving, boutique, weaving and construction.

Kids’ libraries vital to instill reading culture

Published On: February 12, 2018 12:15 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Unlike the silent and strict periphery that it’s been known for, a library is one of the free spheres where children play, learn and grow at their comfort. Apart from the rot memorizing sessions that they go through in schools, kids require a space to unleash from the daily monotony.

5 things about Deepika Prasain

Published On: February 12, 2018 09:49 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Deepika Prasain is a young Nepali artist. She started her career as an ad model in 2014 and has so far managed to get ample coverage in various Nepali newspapers as well as magazines.

Machinery molding pottery tradition

Published On: February 8, 2018 08:16 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Bhaktapur has never failed to amaze its visitors with its age-long artistry. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, at the south of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, there resides a Newar community that has been depending on clay for survival since time immemorial. One of the communities gaining mastery at molding clays is certainly the Prajapatis, the locals of Bhaktapur.

‘Advertising has scope in Nepal’

Published On: February 6, 2018 11:40 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Witnessing every crest and trough of Nepali advertising, Ranjit Acharya, 48, is one of the well-known advertising entrepreneurs of Nepal. With more than two decades of experience in the field, he currently is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Prisma advertising established in 1991. He holds an MBA from Shankerdev Campus.

Are infertile women witches?

Published On: February 4, 2018 09:32 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The premiere of a musical play ‘Witch’, a wordless tale of love, jealousy and superstition, was held on Friday at Sarwanam Theater, Kalikasthan. The play directed by American theater student Peter Seifarth was organized in association with Fermentation Theater and Danfe Theater. The assistant directors of the play are Jess Bryant and RK Mehta Roshan, while four characters including Samrant Thapa, Roshani Syangbo, Mani K Rai and RK Mehta Roshan have played pivotal roles.

Valley’s five popular coffee spots

Published On: January 29, 2018 12:06 PM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Coffee plant, on being first discovered in Ethiopia in the late 11th century, was termed as ‘magical fruit’ for its vibrant aroma. The fame and peculiar functioning of coffee gradually began to spread over the years, and Nepal was no exception.

Expanding research dynamics in Nepal

Published On: January 23, 2018 10:04 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Known for his innovative contribution in the field of research, Santosh Gartaula, 31, is one of the co-founders of Bikas Udhyami which is a social innovation hub and consultancy firm founded in 2016.

5 things about Rojita Buddhacharya

Published On: January 22, 2018 11:27 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Rojita Buddhacharya has showcased her acting skills in half a dozen plays. Having earned a master’s degree in Physics from Amrit Science Campus, she has also been involved in journalism for a decade.

5 things about Ram Krishna Dhakal

Published On: January 15, 2018 09:35 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

The musical journey from his first album ‘Ashirvaad’ to his 15th album ‘Avaran’ has established Ram Krishna Dhakal as one of the celebrated Nepali singers.

A Divine Visit: An exhibition of a kind

Published On: January 14, 2018 07:52 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Patan Museum itself being an epitome of culture and ancient artifacts, has witnessed many cultural exhibitions in the past days.

Pioneering tv Journalism in Nepal

Published On: January 9, 2018 09:44 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Durga Nath Sharma is a celebrated media personality of the country for having initiated and marked a revolutionary phase in the Nepali broadcast media. Sharma is a veteran media personality to bring Nepal Television to life as he worked at the channel as a General Manager for five years. Originally from Illam, his career in media developed after gaining expertise as a reporter and assistant editor at Gorkhapatra newspaper.

5 things about Rekha Thapa

Published On: January 8, 2018 10:29 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Rekha Thapa is one of the most celebrated Nepali actors. She started her acting career in 2058 BS and turned into a producer in 2062 BS after four years of being in the field. Having acted in more than 200 Nepali movies and worked as a producer in a dozen, she is currently dedicated to her social campaign against child marriage in mid-western districts of the country including Surkhet, Banke and Nawalparasi. On the work front, she is eagerly looking forward to producing her upcoming movie based on a social issue.

‘Make Me See’ dispelling darkness

Published On: January 7, 2018 09:55 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: The idea of giving back to the community has never been confined to the categorical divisions of age, sex, class and profession. Humanitarian work is better evaluated and analyzed by the feasible and fruitful outcomes it tends to draw to a concerned group of people.

Queen of Nepali Taekwondo

Published On: January 2, 2018 10:11 AM NPT By: Sonam Lama

Sangina Baidya is the first Nepali athlete to formally qualify and become the nation’s first ever taekwondo player at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She won a gold medal at the 12th Asian Taekwondo Championship, in Melbourne, Australia in 1996 and earned applauds as the finest Nepali taekwondo player.