Anweiti Upadhyay

The contributor for Republica.

Women at work

Published On: January 24, 2020 08:52 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

In 2018, Anupama Khunjeli was appointed the CEO of Mega Bank. She became the first female CEO of a commercial bank in Nepal. But her rise to the top wasn’t something that came easy, or even according to merit, says Khunjeli.

A Young Musician on the rise

Published On: January 17, 2020 12:04 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

From tailing his two elder brothers when they listened to John Mayer albums when he was young to releasing his own music and opening for Rohit John Chettri, Kelsang Shrestha has come a long way in his musical career. The 17-year-old musician, who studies in grade 12 at Rato Bangla School, recently released his second single, Timilai, and the song along with its cute music video is raking up hundreds of thousands of views on Shrestha’s YouTube channel. Here, he talks to The Week’s Anweiti Upadhyay about his musical journey, and the inspiration behind his music.

Where Food is Fuel

Published On: January 17, 2020 09:45 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

A lot of people misunderstand the term detox. Although it has been a popular concept and a trendy thing to do for the last few years, many people—even ones who supposedly go on detox diets quite frequently—fail to understand what this kind of diet is trying to promote.

In sync with nature

Published On: January 10, 2020 12:55 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Nature and wildlife have always been a big part of Karan Giri’s life. With a father who is a naturalist and having born and brought up in Sauraha, very close to nature, it isn’t a surprise that he is a naturalist and a nature photographer today.

Organic options

Published On: January 10, 2020 10:37 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

With more and more people talking about how products should be organic, sustainable and eco-friendly, it isn’t a surprise that a lot of the newly launched Nepali brands are following this route. And although a majority of Nepalis have always emphasized the use of organic products over factory produced ones, it has only been a few years since the youths have started taking an active interest in making and using organic products. If you want to go the organic way, here are some Nepali brands that you might want to consider for your needs.

Winter style from professionals

Published On: January 3, 2020 02:11 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Dressing in winter is always a little difficult. You have to somehow figure out how to wear many layers of warm clothes while still looking stylish. Here, a few fashion industry professionals show The Week how they dress up every day during the cold weather, balancing style with warmth and comfort.

2019 in K-pop

Published On: January 3, 2020 12:55 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

2019 was an action packed year for K-pop. Although the year will be remembered by many as one of the saddest in K-pop history because of the many disbandments, members ominously leaving their groups, many scandals and, most importantly, the passing of two big stars, Sulli and Goo Hara, 2019 K-pop also had its fair share of high moments—especially in music. Here are some highlights.

Promoting Mithila Art

Published On: December 27, 2019 11:40 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Trishna Singh Bhandari, founder of Mithila House, claims that most Nepalis have a very narrow idea of Mithila art. According to Singh, people often think Mithila art is just wall art and paintings with side-turned faces when it’s actually so much more than that. It was to bring about a shift in that mindset that Singh founded Mithila House. She wanted to promote this exquisite, traditional form of art in all its glory.  “I realized that most people in Kathmandu and even other parts of Nepal don’t know much about Mithila art or appreciate it for what it is and wanted to change that,” says Bhandari who is originally from Mahottari. Thus, developing a platform that would propel this form of ancient art into mainstream attention became crucial.

A lot to learn

Published On: December 27, 2019 09:39 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

In a recent interview with The Week, designer Prabal Gurung said that everyone who is involved in the Nepali fashion scene has to be a stickler for quality for it to prosper. He also spoke about the power of empathy to create stunning designs. What else can the Nepali fashion industry learn from him and, by extension, the international fashion scene?

Bitten by the creative bug

Published On: December 20, 2019 10:53 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

If you like to keep yourself abreast of what’s happening in the fashion scene in Nepal, you might be familiar with photographer Sujan Pradhan Shrestha’s works. Shrestha, who takes the official photos for quite a few fashion brands including DS Collections, is a popular name within the fashion industry. However, for Shrestha, photography was just a hobby initially and he never thought it would go on to become a full-fledged career for him.

Telling stories and Pushing Boundaries

Published On: December 13, 2019 08:44 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

When Prabal Gurung casually strolled into Nagarik Network’s office in Kamaladi on a warm sunny Tuesday afternoon and shook my hand, it took every ounce of strength I had to be able to make a coherent sentence in my head and introduce myself. When he asked me my name for the second time, leaning in a bit so that he could hear me mumble it again, I couldn’t help but wonder why getting my name right would even matter to him.

To visit or not to

Published On: December 6, 2019 08:10 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

One of the major agendas of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign is to promote local tourism. More Nepalis need to explore Nepal, so believe the authorities behind the campaign. But most of the Nepalis The Week spoke to don’t think much effort has been made in that regard.

The fresh food hub

Published On: November 29, 2019 12:33 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Something my parents always advise me to do is to pack my own lunch and snacks every day and to avoid eating out as much as possible. For them, eating out equals eating greasy and unhealthy food and that might be true a lot of times since a majority of restaurants do serve such food. But every once in a while, you stumble across that one eatery that serves everything fresh and healthy – a place that gets even your parents’ approval. That is Kairos Café for me.

Doing what she enjoys

Published On: November 22, 2019 12:54 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Subi Manandhar is a number of things. She’s a fashion designer, stylist, certified makeup artist and, interestingly, a biker as well. And although she is only 26 years old, she has been working professionally in the fashion industry for over six years now.

Fun and moving

Published On: November 22, 2019 12:02 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

I’ve never enjoyed stories about animals. I didn’t cry while watching The Lion King (which says a lot because you’ll usually find me tearing up by the end of most Disney movies, even the happy ones) and always get bored halfway through movies like Finding Nemo and The Jungle Book. You could say I’m not really an animal person.

Joys of Janakpur

Published On: November 22, 2019 11:06 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

My trip to Janakpur was an impromptu one, something my friend and I decided on a day before we departed. So, I didn’t really have big expectations from or detailed plans for this trip, which turned out to be for the better. I’ve finally understood why people say ‘unplanned trips are always the best.’

Touch me not

Published On: November 22, 2019 09:18 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Hearing stories of women having to undergo strange ‘rituals’ and ‘rules’ just because they get periods always upsets me. When I first learned about ‘Chhaupadi’ and ‘Gufa prathas’ during a middle school social studies class, I was appalled by the fact that the society would punish women to either live out of their houses – in dangerous conditions – or lock them in a room, not letting them see the sun at all for something that is only natural and also completely out of their control.

The daily grind

Published On: November 15, 2019 07:59 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

When Raunak Jha first came to Kathmandu for his +2 about a year ago, he was shocked to see how dirty the city was. Jha, who is from Sarlahi, mentions that he had heard people complaining about the pollution in the capital but he didn’t realize how severe this problem was before seeing it for himself. And now that his initial excitement over living in Kathmandu has died down, he can’t get over his irritation with the massive unmanaged waste problem in the city.

A relatable, feel-good drama

Published On: November 8, 2019 10:03 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

After watching quite a few K-dramas over the past few years, I’ve realized that it’s the less dramatic ones that are relatable and based on everyday lives of people that is my cup of tea. And that’s why I enjoyed watching Romance is a Bonus Book. It tells a heart warming story of a struggling single mother, Kang Dan Yi, and how she finally manages to get a job after taking a few years off to look after her daughter in the competitive, harsh and fast paced office setting of South Korea.

The psychology of procrastination

Published On: November 1, 2019 11:11 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

You know you need to have that slightly aching tooth checked out before it gets worse. But you dread going to the dentist. And so you put it off, promising yourself you will go next week. Before you know it’s been six months and you are consciously using the right side of your mouth to chew.