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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.