If you are active on either Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen these cute little bottles in the shape of filament tubes branded Blenders. These are the bottles of the first Nepali milkshake brand ‘Blenders, The Milkshake Bar’. Launched early May this year, currently the milkshake brand has a single outlet at City Center in Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu, with plans of opening another outlet during Dashain this year.
Green Organic Café and Farmer’s Bar has been in operation for more than a decade now. The restaurant opened its doors in early 2005 and was arguably the first organic eatery in Kathmandu Valley. The proprietors of the café started an organic farm to complement their organic eatery a year later. Currently, they have three different farms located in Melamchi, Sanga, and Gorkha. Binod Balami, general manager at Green Organic Café and Farmer’s Bar, confirms that almost every ingredient the café uses – besides meat – comes from their farms.
Chapagain, a 24-year-old BBS graduate from Capital College and Research Center, runs two Instagram pages. The first one with the handle @heyitsanoo is her primary account that boasts an impressive 10,000 plus followers. You will find various #OOTD, beauty and fashion related posts here. She is also constantly updating stories on this account with important things that happen throughout the day.
Fashion designer Suchina Shrestha believes that good clothes equals to good life, and she’s all set to give the residents of Kathmandu a sample of that life through her designs. Although it has been just three months since she launched the outlet for her brand ‘Suchi Designs’, Shrestha is not a newbie in the fashion industry. She has been involved in fashion designing for more than four years now and claims that she has realized that this is her one true calling in life, and that she is determined to pursue it against all odds.
Padhantey is an online bookstore that was launched in early May this year. Currently, the store is completely Instagram based but, despite that, it is one of the most prominent on-demand book delivery services in Nepal. It has already garnered around seven thousand followers on the social networking site and Anurag Paudel, one of its cofounders, reveals that him and Bibek Lamichhane, the other cofounder of Padhantey, are currently working on a easy to use and thorough website for it.
If you are someone who likes owning stationery products with cute designs and inspirational quotes, you can probably relate to Urvi Suwal’s feelings of dismay at the unavailability of such products in Nepal. But unlike most of us, she actually did something about it. Suwal, along with her friend Prachi Pradhan, launched the brand Piffle in mid-June with the initial intention of coming out with cute and charming notebooks.
Gift giving is a custom that is pleasant and delightful but complicated at the same time. While no one really minds getting gifts, it can be quite difficult to buy gifts that the receiver will actually use, enjoy or appreciate, especially if you don’t know the other individual personally and are not clear on their preferences, likes, and dislikes. Aura Gift Essentials was launched to tackle this particular universal dilemma.
A very important conversation that has been happening worldwide among everyday consumers, fashion enthusiasts, designers and producers is the effects of fast fashion. It’s negative effects are seen in many aspects including the environment and it also has multiple other downsides some of which are the production of low quality clothing, unsustainability and exploitation and mistreatment of labor. Although Nepal is not quite as big of a consumer of fast fashion as most of the European and North American nations, the market for it is growing steadily which might appear as a good thing from an economical standpoint but there are a lot of negative aspects to it.
Amidst the buzzing neighborhood of Jhamsikhel and the myriads of busy cafes and restaurant in the area is the considerably quiet and unyoked The Yard by Oasis Garden Homes. Oasis Garden Homes was initially a bed and breakfast company that came into operation in the year 2014.
Although they started out with just making customized t-shirts, Shibori Nepal have expanded their brand to the point that they are actually opening up a concept store in Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur very soon. Arshiya KC, the founder and owner of the brand, calls Shibori a made in Nepal brand that is waywardly trying to revolutionize the clothing industry in Nepal. She adds that the company views garments more like an art form and all of their pieces are handmade and are made by utilizing the resources available in Nepal.
The popular belief is that parents whose children leave the country are miserable and it’s almost as if their lives come to a standstill. But the actual reality is slowly changing from this age-old narrative. Parents reveal that they don’t actually mind their children living overseas and some even claim that they are enjoying the freedom and the lack of responsibility they get by living on their own.
A common belief among most Nepalis is that when young people leave the country to pursue their dreams, most of them won’t come back to Nepal. But today’s generation is proving this to be a misconception. Not only are many Nepali youths returning to Nepal after completing their studies and actually working here, they are also starting new companies on their own and bringing about innovative ideas that have not been implemented in our country before.
She thought social work meant living a life where you were content with the fact that you were doing whatever you could to help others. She got this idea by seeing her father’s foreigner friend who used to visit Nepal exclusively to volunteer and help people in need. That was largely why she took up social work for her bachelors’ degree in college. Little did she know that she would end up working for a cause where no matter how much she did, it would never feel enough.
The business venture AKUJ was founded back in 2008 and they started off with officially distributing Illy coffee – an Italian coffee brand that is shipped worldwide – in Nepal. Till date, they are the sole distributors of Illy coffee in Nepal. Sometime later, in 2013, they opened up a supermarket to accompany their coffee-selling business. However, the AKUJ team felt that the Gairidhara area in Kathmandu seriously lacked a good food hub so they decided to scrap out their supermarket and open up an eatery at the same place. So, Deli AKUJ was launched in 2015.
Teela, in the Tamang language, translates to ‘what’ in English. Bigya Ghimire, the spearhead of the Nepali lifestyle brand Teela, was searching for a word to represent this new company she had an idea about, when she came across this word and it depicted the image she was going for regarding the brand. Also Ghimire wanted a Tamang word to represent the brand because she claims that her husband Anupam Lama’s cultural background has always fascinated her.
Among the myriads of Nepali movies that are releasing this year, one that is being talked about quite a bit is the upcoming film from Silver Lake Picturez Production titled ‘Chi Musi Chi’. Scheduled to release on Shrawan 11, the movie is scripted and directed by Dinesh Shrestha and produced by Shivraj Karki.
Nestled in a relatively quiet alley at Durbar Marg in Kathmandu is the Nepali franchise of The Belgian Waffle Co. This Indian waffle chain that has over a 100 outlets in India is now branching out and the recent launch of Nepal’s outlet is how they decided to kick start it. And, in just a month, The Belgian Waffle Co has proved to be quite a hit among the Nepali masses.
Men could also experiment with makeup. Paint your nails, put on a prominent shade of lipstick or eyeshadow, put on mascara or fake lashes, highlight your cheekbones or nose – just about any kind of makeup would make you appear more androgynous. Longer hair or dyed hair also goes well with the look.
Before releasing their debut song, Bachna Deu Malai, in October 2016, The Midnight Riders (TMR), a Nepali rock band, performed an array of cover songs at pubs, music festivals and weekend events. Originally formed by Deep Shamsher Rana, the band currently has bassist Sunny Mahat, drummer Sanjeet Tuladhar, guitarist and vocalist Sanjeev BK, and lead vocalist, harpist, and acoustic guitarist Jigme Lepcha as its members. The band, that just recently celebrated their ninth anniversary, is not tied to any record labels and produces and releases their music independently.