Anweiti Upadhyay

The contributor for Republica.

Dancing your way through life

Published On: April 13, 2018 07:32 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Neha Christopher always loved to dance but it was actually her mother who steered her towards exploring the therapeutic side of dancing. Now a certified dance and movement therapist, Christopher came to Nepal sometime in August 2017. Since then, she has already facilitated six different workshops in collaboration with six different organizations including Rupy’s International School, Pushpanjali School, and Katha Ghera and she is all geared up for an upcoming four-month long workshop with The British School students.

In pursuit of creative concepts

Published On: April 6, 2018 08:43 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

There is no escaping advertisements these days. Advertisements are not limited to TV infomercials now. Ads can be created and branded in or through all kinds of – but not limited to – digital media because of the colossal advancement in technology in the last two decades. And all these ads are – in almost all cases – created by marketing agencies. One such agency, in particular, that is steadily gaining popularity in the advertising world in Nepal is Project A.

On a steady path to success

Published On: April 6, 2018 08:37 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

A couple of weeks ago, Mansi Dahal posted on her social media accounts that she would be publishing an anthology titled No Names But Connections. This news, of a 20-year-old Nepali publishing limited copies of a collection of poems in English in New York, travelled all the way to the other side of the world and throughout Nepal.

New brand in town: Helping you up your style game

Published On: March 30, 2018 09:30 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Manish Khadgi had been working as a photographer for the past six years – a fashion photographer for the last few years at that – when he decided to launch his own fashion brand. The driving force behind this was the fact that Khadgi saw a lack of quality fashion clothing for men in the country. And so, Ramp was born. Though the clothing brand, Ramp, was initially focused on catering to men and bringing about some much-needed change in men’s fashion, Khadgi quickly decided not to cater exclusively to men and included clothes for women in their fashion line as well.

Fun with fashion

Published On: March 23, 2018 09:31 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Rhea Pradhan was looking for something to do in her free time post SLC and that’s when fashion blogging caught her fancy and she entered the blogging scene. This was back in 2011, and terms like digital influencers and vloggers were not a thing – even blogging was a relatively new scene. Pradhan happened to stumble upon Le Happy blog by Luanna Perez-Garreaud and, inspired by her individuality and how well Perez-Garreaud expressed herself through her style in her blogs, Pradhan wanted to do something similar and jumped on the blogging bandwagon.

Re-krafting the Nepali dessert scene

Published On: March 9, 2018 11:31 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

We were curious about Icekraft because, in the past few months, our Instagram feeds have been flooded with pictures of the place and their tempting food. Located in Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Icekraft is primarily an ice cream parlor but they also serve waffles, fries, pancake and corn. The Week went to Icekraft to sample a few of their popular food items to evaluate whether it really lives up to its Instagram hype and we were in for quite a pleasant surprise.

Talking about taboos

Published On: February 23, 2018 01:11 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

For those who missed earlier performances, The Vagina Monologues is back. V-Day Kathmandu’s The Vagina Monologues Alumni are hosting the 2018 Vagina Monologues, which is the fourth rendition of The Vagina Monologues being conducted in Kathmandu as a fundraiser for an original Nepali production [this summer].

Talking about her big break

Published On: February 23, 2018 12:31 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Thinley Lhamo is soon going to make her debut in the Nepali film industry through the highly anticipated movie, Nakaa, starring alongside the likes of Bipin Karki, Robin Tamang, Sajan Thapa Magar, and Shiva Mukhia (from The AXE Band).

For a PAWsitive future

Published On: February 16, 2018 02:31 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Despite protests and campaigns against discriminations of all kinds, we still get to see a lot of it on a daily basis and then there’s a discrimiation we rarely give mucn thought to, much less talk about and condemn: Discriminating among breeds and gender of animals. Sharmila Karki, founder of PAWsitive Hands, says that the questions that irk her the most are to do with inquiries about breed and gender of dogs before adopting or abandoning them.

Conceptualizing DIY

Published On: February 16, 2018 02:17 PM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

We come across plenty of DIY videos on the internet all the time but usually we can’t make them because the items used in those videos are not available in Nepal. It’s quite frustrating when you want to put your crafty side to use but do not find the resources to do so. Do It Yesari is an e-commerce website which is a platform for DIY artists to give full exposure to their products – and they also plan on putting up videos on how the said artists create their products.

What does your handwriting say about you?

Published On: February 9, 2018 10:25 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

In the recent years, the teaching of penmanship in schools or the lack thereof has been stirring quite a few controversies. The world has gone digital and educational systems have followed that rule. So why do some people emphasize on writing with hand? Bal Gopal Kapali, calligrapher and founder of Thamel Calligraphy Center, believes that digitalization of everything is the very reason we should learn about handwriting.

An act of goodwill

Published On: February 9, 2018 09:06 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

You wouldn’t start anything without meaning to make significant financial gains from it, would you? Why would you want to put in so much hard work and effort into something if you are not getting anything in return, right? But Sanam Sherpa, co-founder and marketing supervisor at Weaving for Empowerment, is doing just that. Even after running Weaving for Empowerment for more than a year now, she insists that she has not yet taken a rupee out of the profits. And she intends to keep it that way.

Bringing stories to life

Published On: January 26, 2018 09:33 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Back in early 2012, Shashank Shrestha, a video producer who had just returned to Nepal from the US, decided to take his freelance video production, which he had been involved in for a year, up a notch. He then launched his own media production company, Katha Haru.

Dealing with sexual harassment

Published On: January 19, 2018 09:34 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

34-year-old Sabrina Pradhan was running late for a meeting and had no other option but to squeeze herself into the last available space in a tempo when the man on the seat next to hers pinched her bottom.

Innovative take on gender equality

Published On: January 12, 2018 09:49 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Rooting for equality comes through different actions and gestures. There is no right or wrong way to do it – you just do it. And equality in itself comes in different forms – gender, race, language, religion, convictions, belief, physical ability and so many more. And while many people voice their opinions on these issues and how inequality in any form hinders progress of societies and nations as a whole, only a few people actually do something about it. is a newly established café that promotes gender equality.

Master of his craft

Published On: January 5, 2018 09:00 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Anyone with even the slightest interest in Nepali theater will be able to tell you who Sunil Pokharel is. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the Nepali theater industry. Many people know him as the founder of Aarohan Gurukul but even without Gurukul’s identity tailing him, he is one of those artists who people admire and adore. The Week caught up with him for a short chat.

Building skills in women

Published On: January 5, 2018 08:56 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Globally, girls are condemned and (in some cases) forbidden to do what are considered “male chores”. This destructive culture is blatantly prevalent in almost every sector in our country. And let’s be honest, besides the domestic/household chores and nurturing, is there anything that is considered a female chore? But #MakerKT aims to change just that mindset.

Promoting ethical fashion

Published On: December 29, 2017 09:54 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Veganism has been the talk of the town for quite sometime now. People are turning vegan not just for fitness and religious purposes but to protest against animal cruelty too. And aside from people adopting the vegan diet themselves, they are also looking for brands that have an inclination towards veganism.

Chancing on a career

Published On: December 22, 2017 10:27 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Even though he has had a successful career spanning almost two decades in theater, Rajkumar Pudasaini claims his stumble into the world of acting was purely accidental. It was during a break after his SLC exams, post which he was planning on study commerce, when he watched a theatrical show at the Rastriya Naach Ghar and was so fascinated by the act that it just ‘sucked him in’.

When passion came calling

Published On: December 15, 2017 10:19 AM NPT By: Anweiti Upadhyay

Recently, Line, a play based on Israel Horovitz’s one-act play of the same name, was up at Shilpee Theater in Battisputali, Kathmandu. The play ran for three weeks. The incongruous drama’s entire plot showcases five people waiting in line for an event. The play starring Rajkumar Pudasaini, Sudam CK, Loonibha Tuladhar, Sandesh Shakya, and Saroj Aryal was directed and translated into Nepali by Akanchha Karki, who is a theater artist and a psychologist as well.