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Rahat Poudel

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Homework or kites? Caught in a catch-22 situation

Published On: October 11, 2018 09:39 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Dashain is already at our doorstep and the festival vibe has taken over the city. Many people have started packing to partake in the festival merriment at their native birthplace. However, the vibe isn’t equally awesome for everyone. Some cannot spend their festival as they wished. The students are most likely to go home with an extra burden of festival assignments.

‘Janayuddha Jari Chha?’ an anecdote of people’s war

Published On: October 7, 2018 09:36 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: ‘Janayuddha Jari Chha?’ is a story based on the events that took place during the Maoist insurgency period. Written and directed by Raj Shah, the play is a blend of love, hatred, sorrows, and hope.

I spy a kite in the Dashain sky

Published On: October 4, 2018 07:42 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Air borne kites and the intense aerial battles have been the focal leisure activity during Dashain for ages, until recently. As soon as monsoon ended, the vivid color variations of kites used to engulf the blue sky. Legends suggest that kites are indicators to Lord Indra, the rain god, that the fields had water aplenty. Kites are also believed to send ‘thank-you messages’ to the celestial deities for the abundant rain during monsoon.

Thai Food Festival at Fairfield by Marriott

Published On: October 2, 2018 09:30 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: If you are a foodie, make sure to enter Kava Restaurant with craving tongue as the Thai Food Festival is definitely a must visit for the food lovers. The food festival is led by the guest chef Kroongtana Nimnu, from Thailand.

Acrobat on wheels

Published On: September 27, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Motorbikes are more than just a mode of transportation. Its conveniences have brought together vast demography to benefit from its accessibility. Moreover, the surge in its popularity leaves even the broadest of roads in Kathmandu occupied throughout the day.  This pool of motorcyclists consists of riders with a wide variance of riding characteristics including those with zeal to perform acrobatic maneuvers on the road.

Finding similarities between Subin Bhattarai & Chetan Bhagat

Published On: September 25, 2018 11:15 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Subin Bhattarai rose to fame with his love trilogy ‘Summer Love’, ‘Saaya’, and ‘Monsoon’. He found commercial success from the first part of his trilogy and then completed the love novel in 2016. Since his books have a fair share of romance and love; the youths are tempted toward his writings. Owing to that fact, he is considered Chetan Bhagat of Nepal. Bhattarai recently released his fifth book, ‘Priya Sufi’.

For improved vision

Published On: September 16, 2018 08:13 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: We are familiar with the causes of poor eyesight. However, the majority of us don’t have the 6/6 vision, an essential for a clear image. Owing to radiation, TV, and lack of vitamins, the fluctuating vision worsens eyesight clarity, creating image blurs. Though eye power is supposed to alter only after 40, even youths are venerable to the degradation of eyesight. Hence, it’s common to find people wearing high-powered glasses from a very young age.

Talking Nepali movies

Published On: September 15, 2018 12:05 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Ask any pedestrians or film addicts about their preference for Nepali movies and their answers will be this: Nepali movies seek to earn only profit, focus little on stories and talents and therefore they are boring.

Annual Cosplay convention

Published On: September 5, 2018 08:32 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest convention held in San Diego. In the convention, comic book based movie trailers are released, there are meet and greet programs with on-screen personas, and authors of comic books.

Make way for superfan

Published On: September 5, 2018 08:27 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Comic books have always gathered the appreciation for providing an action-packed enhancement of the lives of superheroes. The rugged graphics that comics flaunt is fine-tuned by captivating storylines. Moreover, the portrayal of comic characters through series, anime, and even mainstream cinemas further aid in increasing its fan base.  To celebrate the grandeur of the vibrant characters, enthusiasts from around the world come together in different venues, to speculate their own fan theories, which are regularly attested by the comic authors.

Souls of my city: Roadside weighing scale attendant and more

Published On: September 2, 2018 10:12 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Ginari Prasad Gautam is an easily recognizable character at Sundhara, Kathmandu. For the past 10 years, he has been operating his weighing scale on a corner near the bustling bus stand at the heart of the capital city.

Under pressure

Published On: August 29, 2018 10:30 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

It’s a popular belief that blood pressure fluctuation only occurs after the age of 35. Blood pressure (BP) measurement, containing systolic (numerator) and diastolic (denominator), is written in a fraction with millimeters of mercury unit (mmHg). 120/80 mmHg is an ideal and healthy blood pressure. However, according to the American Heart Association, blood pressure ranging from 120/80 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg is considered acceptable.

Enroll football greats into your team

Published On: August 22, 2018 11:20 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Premier league is already creating a buzz among football fanatics. While some are obsessed with the game, others watch it just to be a part of the post-match rants that take social media by storm. Moreover, enthusiasts assemble their fantasy teams to prove their supremacy.

Food Review: Chicken Shredded at Odaan Restaurant and Lounge

Published On: August 19, 2018 08:43 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Served with vegetable side-dish and deep-fried chili, Chicken Shredded is a go-to food, especially for spicy food aficionados. Also, the price (Rs 265 per serving) makes it an ideal lunch snack.

Beyond bat and ball, a tussle for power

Published On: August 16, 2018 08:36 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

We grew up listening to the infamous phrase: people who play cricket (mispronounced as Kir Ket) are fools, and those who watch are stupids. Our generation has witnessed a downpour of stones amid an international match, courtesy of “stupid” spectators. On the flip side, we have also experienced a series of positive episodes; including our Rhinos -- the national cricket sides -- qualify to the world cup, and recently, register their first ODI win.

Premier League on a larger scale

Published On: August 11, 2018 12:39 PM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

The entire footballing realm is obsessed with Premier League. Starting from the player signings to speculating the league winner, football enthusiasts follow each episode in hopes of finding the strengths and weaknesses of the participating teams. The yearly gala gets followers to sob at defeats of their favorite teams and celebrate the victory in full might. While it’s the dream of every fan to experience the grandeur,live, from a stadium, not everyone gets the chance to do so. For those, less fortunate, there’s always a possibility of bringing the game to a location of their choice; all they need is a handful of supporters and an enormous tv-screen.

‘The Now Now’, Gorillaz

Published On: August 5, 2018 08:40 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

‘The Now Now’ is British band Gorillaz’s sixth studio featuring all animated members -- 2-D on lead vocals and keyboards, Murdoc Niccals on bass guitar, Noodle on guitar and keyboards, and Russel Hobbs on the drums and percussion.

A look back at friendship of older times

Published On: August 5, 2018 08:12 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Kunti Moktan recalls days without social media sites and mobiles. Likewise, Deepak Raj Giri says he used to catch up with his male friends directly.

Digitized era of friendship

Published On: August 5, 2018 08:10 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

Google ‘friendship’, you won’t find a precise definition because friendship, in practicality, varies from person to person. There are various mediums for connecting with people before bonding together. Whatever be the case, the first meeting is always worth remembering. Like finding a source of friendship, continuity process also differs.

Cultural pride turns into self-mockery

Published On: August 1, 2018 08:22 AM NPT By: Rahat Poudel

The classical ballad ‘Teej ko Rahara Aayo Barilai’ had a homely feel to it. It expressed joys of reunion with childhood friends and the celebration of womanhood. But now that teej music has taken a sharp commercial bend, most songs have changed their disguise. Teej songs, which once encompassed women’s happiness, sorrows, and celebrations, have mostly gone beyond recognition.