Anweiti Upadhyay

The contributor for Republica.

A budding rapper

Published On: December 14, 2018 10:33 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Ashish Poudel has always been artistically inclined. He mentions that he wrote his first poem when he was in the third grade and has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. And now, this artistic ardor of his is getting a musical outlet.

Little act with a big impact

Published On: December 14, 2018 10:27 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

The condition of stray dogs has always been pitiful in Nepal. They are kicked, beaten, and sometimes even run over by heavy vehicles. And, time and again, there have been cases where the community or the government has even put them to sleep. And on the exact opposite end of this spectrum are the dogs of “good breed” that most Nepali households buy for thousands of rupees. While a lot of organizations and initiations to help street dogs have started in the past few years, the condition of the stray dogs hasn’t really changed that much.

The case for libraries

Published On: December 7, 2018 11:55 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Unlike libraries in western countries, libraries in Nepal aren’t adapting to the changing times and are still stuck with functioning like a library from two decades ago. Bimala Pokharel thinks that because people value digital media and learning now more than ever, libraries should also adapt that to an extent.

A delightful dessert station

Published On: December 7, 2018 09:46 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: The co-founders of Cream and Crackles, Puspa Gurung Dwa, Saubhagya Joshi, and Binita Gurung had been discussing plans of opening up a coffee shop for quite a while before they launched the eatery at Kupondole in Lalitpur. At the last moment, they decided to make it more of a coffee and waffle station after seeing how well other newly opened waffle hubs around Kathmandu had been doing.

Upping your style game

Published On: November 30, 2018 08:38 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

18-year-old Simran Piya is quite the fashionista. If you scroll through her Instagram page, you will stumble across hundreds of pictures of her dressed up in the most glamorous of ways. So, we were not surprised when we found out that she is just as flamboyant and modish when it comes to dressing up for weddings and parties too.

The sad state of women’s cricket in Nepal

Published On: November 23, 2018 01:00 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

On November 15, 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) of Nepal declared that the national women’s cricket team would take part in the 9 nation’s Women T20 Smash. The event is set to be hosted by the Cricket Association of Thailand from January 11 to 19, 2019. This came as good news for fans of cricket and sports in general but, less than two months till the event, and neither the coach nor the players have been finalized.

Italian for the Nepali palate

Published On: November 23, 2018 10:45 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Who does not love pizza, right? But at most restaurants, pizzas are quite pricey. So, sometimes as much as we might be craving for a slice of gooey pizza, we can’t really order it because it does not fit in our meager eating out budget. Sal’s Pizza comes to your rescue during these times. This eatery runs on the dictum, “Almost Round. Almost Cheap. Almost Delicious.” And the dictum frames their business almost perfectly, minus the almost delicious part because that could not be more wrong.

For the love of design

Published On: November 23, 2018 09:55 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Kirimiri Design started just as Krisha Tamrakar’s graduation project. She was in her last year of Bachelor’s at the Kathmandu University School of Arts (KUSOA), and she submitted her fully illustrated book “Yomarhi” as her final assignment under the branding Kirimiri Design. That was in June. Now Tamrakar has already graduated and is gearing up to launch Kirimiri Design as a design studio.

The art of creative reuse : Upcycling waste and upscaling the economy

Published On: November 16, 2018 09:20 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Waste management is a huge problem in Nepal. Rampant and haphazard urbanization and unplanned waste management system often result in piles of garbage everywhere you look and that affects the country’s environmental health as well as the economy. Doko Recyclers is a social venture started to streamline the unsystematic waste management and work on (and make people aware about) recycling waste products. Their latest project Tatva Upcycle is a creative initiative that prolifically creates new products with creative designs out of discarded waste materials. Although it was introduced in late October this year via Doko Recyclers’ Facebook page, the Doko team had been working on making new useful things out of waste since its inception in July 2017.

Cultural chaos

Published On: November 16, 2018 08:27 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

We live in a society that’s rooted in tradition, culture, and religious sentiments. And while that’s a really good thing, what bothers me about it all is how sometimes people take things way too far. It’s quite the norm for people to follow certain traditions because that’s just how things are supposed to be without knowing anything about it. And when someone questions why they do certain things on certain occasions, the supposed implications of that question offend them. It doesn’t matter that they can’t justify their actions with logical explanations.

Tihar: The favorite festival of many and for good reasons

Published On: November 8, 2018 10:35 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Priya Agrawal claims that she is excited about this year’s Tihar, just like last year and the year before that. The 18-year-old calls it her absolute favorite festival and says that, because the festival has so many things going on, from putting up string lights and cleaning out the oil lamps to worshipping different animals and making rangolis, she is usually super busy during Tihar but doesn’t mind it one bit.

More power to you

Published On: November 2, 2018 09:09 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

We all want and talk about change but how many of us are actually willing to do something to bring about the transformation we seek in the society? Today, it is heartwarming to see many individuals who have taken it upon themselves to do whatever they can to uplift those who are in need of it and thus change their communities and nation one idea at a time.

A band that’s trying to redefine Nepali music

Published On: October 12, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Following our dreams is never easy. You have to be willing to put in a lot of hard work and be persistent if you ever want to succeed in your desired field. Examples of people who achieve astounding feat in their preferred fields pop up every single day. A new musical band that started with nothing but is aiming to redefine the Nepalis music scene is Kta Haru.

Ethnic ensemble for the modern day woman

Published On: October 12, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

It’s that time of the year again when you will have many family gatherings and parties to attend, not to mention rituals and ceremonies. And Dashain and Tihar call for elaborate dressing. You will need more than a single type of outfit as wearing the same kind of sari, lehenga or kurta will get a little boring after a few days. This festive season, we urge you to experiment a little.

Making abortion socially acceptable

Published On: October 5, 2018 08:45 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Abortion has been a topic of much debate for years now. While ‘pro-life’ supporters argue that ending an innocent life is always felonious, their adversaries or the ‘pro-choice’ supporters argue that banning abortion means taking away a woman’s reproductive choice and civil rights on her own body. Both of these opinions are constantly featured in different forms of media with different sets of arguments backing them up and the general public’s perception of abortion is heavily influenced by such arguments. And although abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002 AD, it is still considered a ‘taboo’ in many families and communities.

Pamper yourself

Published On: October 5, 2018 08:15 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

There isn’t anything in this world that some pampering can’t take care of. A relaxing bath and a quiet evening are sometimes all it takes to loosen the knots of weariness that comes with tackling everyday life. But should you wish for more, to shed the fatigue of hectic days, months, or even a lifetime, a right spa may just be the place you need to head to. Here are three spas in Kathmandu that we think will be able to help you relax and rejuvenate.

World wanderers

Published On: September 28, 2018 11:22 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

The couple says that one of the biggest reasons why they embarked on this caravan traveling expedition was to spend more time with their children.

An affordable fashion hub

Published On: September 28, 2018 09:11 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Shopping for clothes in Kathmandu can be a nightmare. Not only is it difficult to find the kind of jeans or dress you are looking for but the prices are sky high and, more often than not, the quality of the garment doesn’t even justify the number on the price tag. Aashish Pradhan and Sagar Pangeni founded the lifestyle brand Basemark to solve this problem and give the valley denizens an opportunity to clad themselves in good clothes while not having to completely empty their wallets.

Decoding the K-pop mania

Published On: September 21, 2018 09:10 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Nirmal Dhimal, 19, was lazily scrolling through the YouTube recommendation list when he stumbled upon a song. So intrigued he was by this song called Growl by EXO and its music video that he immediately clicked on the band’s next recommended song. One song led to another and, by the end of the hour, Dhimal claims that he was hooked onto K-pop (Korean pop music).

An authentic Italian eatery

Published On: September 21, 2018 08:46 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Freddo means cool or cold in Italian and when you step inside Freddo Café you will come to see that the quaint little café really lives up to its name. It might have been just three months that Freddo Café has relocated at Thamel (moving from its previous Kamal Pokhari location) but it’s already a popular hub among the crowd that throngs to Thamel on a daily basis.