Sumit Pokharel

The contributor for Republica.

10 places to visit in Nepal: Choose your destination

Published On: December 31, 2017 10:05 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Nepal is the holiday destination for many international tourists, while some also visit here for pilgrimage, trekking and adventure sports, among several other reasons. If you also count the number of domestic tourists the volume of people in some areas, both explored and unexplored, becomes overwhelming. Here are the top ten places to visit in Nepal, prepared with the help of the 2017 statistics and Sharad Pradhan, media consultant at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Single step for A thousand-mile journey

Published On: December 26, 2017 08:15 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Kathmandu is a city that’s as developed as it gets from a typical Nepali’s perspective. There are people working at every street, running after money while responsibilities are continuously piling up on them as the days go by. And there are outliers, women, preferably married, in some parts of the valley. Homemakers in many rural parts of Kathmandu do not prefer to go mainstream with their skills.

GoPro users are head turners

Published On: December 21, 2017 11:00 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Imagine attaching a camera to your head and recording every second of your life throughout the day either until you turn it off or its battery dies. You’re well aware that the camera makes you stand out, often getting weird eyes from the public as if they’re watching a sociopath. Think it’s too uncanny? Well, replace your head with a helmet to attach the camera on and ride a motorbike or bicycle and the situation suddenly changes into a rather interesting trend.

Dibesh Karmacharya wins Tiger Pitch

Published On: November 23, 2017 11:38 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The first ever ‘Tiger Pitch’ event was organized by the US Embassy at US Embassy iHUB, Teku, this Tuesday.

Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Published On: November 21, 2017 09:22 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Entrepreneurship is enterprising. Someone who manages a business speculating the accompanying risks, and receives either the resulting rewards or red ink accordingly is an entrepreneur. Channelizing the youth into entrepreneurship can be a sustainable approach of development for Nepal. With this realization, many enthusiastic Nepalis have been organizing different events on entrepreneurship.

Decoding Nepali Celebrities’ New-found love for politics

Published On: November 11, 2017 08:59 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Every powerful individual wants to expand and spread her/his influence to other spheres. Similar is the case with several notable Nepali actors and other celebrities as they have been showing an increasing inclination toward politics of late. Why does a celebrity want to join politics? What aim could such people have? Sumit Pokharel of My City interviewed three Nepali celebrities to know about their understanding and personal experience of politics. Below are summarized excerpts of the conversations.

Not laughing at him, definitely not!

Published On: November 6, 2017 12:04 PM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: On November 4, in one of the Bundesliga (German top-tier football league) games, a rather unusual moment took place. With his side 1-0 up away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Mainz’s keeper Robin Zentner produced one of the most hilarious instances in football when he mistook the penalty spot for the ball.

Public speaking: Basic Tips

Published On: November 4, 2017 07:23 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Public speaking is an art and the strength to one’s character so as to lead the audience. A single person, if eloquent in public speaking, can make a large crowd listen and lead them. Having said that, the art of public speaking is not easy to master, yet so fulfilling as you can’t stop flaunting it one you’ve started. Listed below are a handful of tips to make your public speaking journeys adventurous and disciplined.

Vehicle Ban in Thamel draws Mixed Reaction

Published On: October 25, 2017 05:23 PM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

One actually realizes the pleasant change that occurred only after personally visiting Thamel. Cleanliness activities have started in the area, plans to boost floriculture are taking a right direction, and the results are expected to be fruitful.

Tihar for celebrities

Published On: October 19, 2017 09:45 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Tihar, also called Yama Panchak, is a five-day festival considered the second biggest in the country after Dashain. It is believed that Yamaraj, the god of death, takes a break from his usual work to pay a visit to his sister during this time. Tihar is a time when Nepalis express their gratitude to family and self as well as the animals. Not only deities and humans are worshipped during this festival of lights, but even animals are a prominent part of the celebration.

Women Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment

Published On: October 18, 2017 09:35 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

Harvey Weinstein, an American film producer, was recently fired from his own production company -- The Weinstein Company and the Motion Picture Academy after being mired in controversy following allegations of sexual abuse.

Change is Good

Published On: October 12, 2017 09:35 AM NPT By: Sumit Pokharel

The year 2017 saw a major change in me. Currently 18 years old, one can assume I am a normal boy in his late teens like most are. That could be true to some extent, but I can guarantee that I have realized something that all the people at my age need to realize, sooner or later. Networking is important.