My Republica

Shuvechha Ghimire

The author is a Sociologist from Jawaharlal Nehru University and ‘Wine Feminists’ is a term she coined. Also, the opinion expressed is personal.

Cross-border trade and tourism expo

Published On: September 5, 2017 10:50 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Cross-border trade and tourism expo presents ‘Festival of Bengal: the sweetest part of India’ was launched at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza, Soaltimode on Sunday.

Learning Humility through Travel

Published On: August 27, 2017 10:38 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU, August 27: Sanjay Kafle had met a guy on a chance encounter. The guy, a middle-aged man, said he lived alone in the woods, collected medicinal herbs and was notorious for making friendships with the wildlife. “He told me he preferred to be friends with elephants and lions instead of humans,” said Sanjay.

Celebrities in action for flood survivors

Published On: August 26, 2017 09:20 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU, August 26:  Celebrities are mere lobbying agents bringing forth on-the-ground stories with painful recollections of the disaster.

Where to study after +2 ?

Published On: August 24, 2017 09:05 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU, August 24: One doesn’t need to go to a foreign country to receive quality education. If we are to draw a parallel between studying abroad and in Nepal, it is more convenient and economical to study within the country.

Observing Gaijatra in Basantapur Durbar Square

Published On: August 9, 2017 10:44 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

What differentiated child participants from young boys substituting cows during the Gaijatra festival in Basantapur were artificial mustaches, lipsticks and extra-thick mascara worn by the latter.

Bamboo Restro

Published On: July 30, 2017 10:57 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

A delightful dining experience Bamboo Restro is located on Basantapur Durbar Square, and came into operation only three months ago. The restaurant boasts a stylistic decoration, with one having to climb about fifteen narrow steps before they reach the main entrance a floor above. The entrance is decorated with bamboos — hence the name — and green lights that demonstrate the organizers’ fascination for the color.

Eid-ul-Fitr in the spirit of Ramadan

Published On: June 27, 2017 11:05 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: Eid-Ul-Fitr is an occasion where Muslims mark the end of their month-long fast Ramadan and come together to celebrate positivity, forgiveness and charity. To younger Muslims, it is also the time they get money in the name of Eidi, among other gifts, and enjoy different forms of delicacies.

Installation art exhibition in MCUBE GALLERY Patan

Published On: June 26, 2017 09:26 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: Gallery MCUBE hosted the ‘Artist in Residence Seventh Season Exhibition’ on June 23 in Mitra Road, Patan Dhoka. The exhibition featured the works of four national as well as international senior artists in an open theme. Artists C.C. Chang and Chen Siao Chi from Taiwan along with Kapil Mani Dixit and Jupiter Pradhan from Nepal worked exclusively for exhibition.

Finding an emotional balance through yoga

Published On: June 22, 2017 11:57 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: We have a tendency to continuously drift between the present and the past. Rarely do we live for the present, without really regretting the past or being anxious about the future. Similarly, qualities of our lives are dependent upon external variables. For instance, if something does not go according to our plan or goes haywire, we get disturbed inside and shelter negative emotions that impact the lives, sapping our energy in the process.

11th Israeli Film Festival Kicked Off

Published On: June 22, 2017 11:04 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: “There are predominantly two types of movies, ones with profit in mind and ones with cultural and religious practices in mind.” It is the latter, says Krishna Malla, the CEO of Nepal Film Society, which works to bring people across borders together. Israeli movies—drama, animations, documentary and thrillers—in recent days have garnered international recognition.

Never say never

Published On: June 19, 2017 08:45 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: It has been 13 years Ram Bahadur Nepali is working as a tailor. His small tailor stand is stationed at Asan. He comes to his self-allocated ‘office’ at 8 am and leaves at 7 pm.

Pageants boost up confidences of SEE appeared students

Published On: June 19, 2017 08:36 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: Alike many SEE related pageants happening across the country, ‘Mr and Miss Nepal’s SEE Icon Season 2’ organized by Ribbon Entertainment and ANP Media House, was conducted on Saturday at Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal.

A recollection of living abroad

Published On: June 17, 2017 11:45 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

When I say I was raised shy, nervous, and narrow-minded, many people within my circle don’t believe me. My friends currently know me as someone who asks a lot of questions and debates over unconventional issues. I have a focused approach to life that translates to everything that I am and aspire to be. A major part of what I am today is because of my two years in the UK that introduced me to a dynamic educational environment, a multicultural community and a few moments of cultural shock.

Dramatization on social strife

Published On: June 14, 2017 10:52 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

KATHMANDU: Recently, theaters in Kathmandu have started adapting Western plays because of which, they tend to overlook the significance of localized plays. Do theaters here stage Western plays because Nepali society lacks stories for theatrical presentations? As a response to these questions raised by Nepali drama enthusiasts; Shilpee Theatre staged the Nepali play Ani Deurali Runcha that started on May 29 and goes on till June 19. The 1971 drama transports the audience to 1947 Nepal, and showcases why, in 2017, we are heroes in our own individual ways for surviving against caste-based , occupational and economical autocracies. Ani Deurali Runcha is an exceptionally popular drama by Man Bahadur Mukhiya and tells a story of love, rejection, expectation and life struggles brought about by caste and class differences.

Symbolism and Surrealism in art

Published On: June 9, 2017 08:49 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

Nepali artist and the chancellor of the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), works extensively in the field of symbolism and surrealism. Her journey to prominence has been a rollercoaster ride, further fueled by the recent demise of her beloved daughter Shivata, a grief she overcame by starting a foundation that provides scholarships to students studying Bachelors of Arts.

The historical significance of Pote Bazaar

Published On: June 2, 2017 01:11 PM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

Pote, exclusively considered traditional ‘shauvagya chinna’ among Hindu women, was never a part of mainstream Hindu fashion, rather an adaptation of ancient Iranian jewelry. Ras Joshi, a cultural expert at Tribhuwan University, says that these beads were brought over by Muslim settlers from Iran during the Malla regime to Indra Chowk which still shelters the country’s oldest pote bazaar.

On ‘wine feminists’

Published On: April 1, 2017 09:43 AM NPT By: Shuvechha Ghimire

There is a term often used in army circles and strategic studies: “Whisky Generals”. A term used to define high-ranking army commanders who sit in their offices and clubs sipping whisky and smoking cigars, completely detached and unaware of the situation on the ground. In the context of women’s rights movement, especially in Nepal, there has been a steady rise of a group of women who can best be termed “Wine Feminists”.