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Rakshya Khadka

A little patch of green

December 14, 2018 10:36 AM

In our culture, gifts usually mean bouquets of flowers, clothes, accessories and occasionally, when nothing comes to mind, money. But, in the recent days, people are looking into changing this. I am the Gardener is a huge part of this wave of change. They sell potted plants for individual purposes: For offices, bathrooms, kitchens, balconies and of course for gifting purposes too.

Korean culinary exploration

December 7, 2018 09:26 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: K-pop is taking over the world. It has been for quite some time now. But its popularity has also led to a curiosity about the Korean culture. Termed as the “Hallyu Wave”, the Korean culture is gaining a strong foothold in various regions of the world. Furthermore, dramas, travel vlogs, and pop culture have hugely contributed to its rising popularity. And since food is such an integral part of any culture, there’s also an increase in the demand for Korean food. In Nepal too, every store these days seems to stack up Korean instant noodles (known as ramen) and it isn’t long before they need to restock them again.

The itch to ink in the eyes of the artist

December 7, 2018 08:33 AM

Tattoo making has always been a part of Nepali traditions. Back in the days, it was a cultural norm among the Rais and Limbus of the country. Now, it has assumed form like it has done in most countries – it is how millions immortalize memories, maintain faith and derive strength in difficult times. Tattoo artists, as such, take great pleasure from their work and so does Sumina Shrestha.

For the love of dancing

November 30, 2018 09:06 AM

Mukesh Dhakal is your typical college boy. He goes to college, has a great time with his friends, studies when he has to, and sleeps whenever he can. Nothing about him will strike you as extraordinary at first glance. But when you see him on stage, all notions of regularity you associated with him will be washed off before he steps off it. For there is nothing ordinary in the way he moves his body, and the way rhythm and music seem to course through him.

Beauty marks its presence

November 30, 2018 08:07 AM

A canvas devoid of any work, no matter how spotless the blank canvas is, isn’t art. Not even an art connoisseur can pass it off as anything but simply a boring piece of canvas. It is because it is untouched and thus has nothing to convey. A plain, spotless face is like that of a blank canvas, it can tell you no stories of days lived, hardships endured or laughs shared. But a face lined along the eyes tells you of times of laughter and joy. The lines along a mother’s mouth cries of hours she has spent nursing her ailing child. The swells of an old man’s wrinkles sing of a lifetime of memories, of love and friendship, of good times and bad, of hardship and hard work. Akin to a canvas, a marked face is one that has lived.

Starting small, dreaming big

November 23, 2018 09:52 AM

For Sushila Karki crafting things always came easily. From a very young age she took to drawing designs and people, making use of discarded bottles to decorate her room and would spend hours remodeling her house. She would always be on the lookout for things that was past its expiry date but could still be used alternatively. This love for making and creating extended even to her academics as she picked fashion designing as her choice of subject.

Nepali heartstrings

November 23, 2018 09:40 AM

Music has forever been an important part of the Nepali culture. From the day a baby takes his first breath to the moment he breathes his last, music will be around him. Its presence is undeniable through the various courses in his life, in marriage and festivities, in life and in death.

The charm of tassels: “We made what we couldn’t find.”

November 16, 2018 09:23 AM

Tassel Kingdom caters to this very need of customized designs. They take in personal requests for customizing earrings and also produce ones that are mostly in demand. An undertaking of longtime friends Stela Shakya, Krisha Bajracharya, and Sulakchhana Shakya, Tassel Kingdom is a small-scale initiative of the trio. They began in their own circle, gifting friends and families a few of their own creations. Enthused by the reactions, they opened an account on Instagram to officially sell their products. The reception and the support that poured in was nothing short of fantastic.

Little efforts, larger effects

November 2, 2018 09:24 AM

For a very long time Nepal has been a breeding ground for transgressions of various forms. This has caused distress among the Nepali mass for quite some time now. Cases of drug abuse, human trafficking, child prostitution and more heinous offenses aren’t unfamiliar stories. Over the years, various groups of individuals and agencies have advocated and worked for the rehabilitation of the victims and ardently endeavored to prevent further wrongdoings. Sano Paila is one among many.

The meaning of words

November 2, 2018 09:03 AM

Neelam Karki Niharika is making waves in the Nepali literature scene as one of the few female writers to be awarded the coveted ‘Madan Puraskar’ and the prestigious ‘Shree Padma Puraskar’. She has been writing for nearly two decades and her works have garnered praises from literary critics and readers alike.

Shrouded in obscurity: The living gods of Nepal

October 26, 2018 10:07 AM

We have all heard of the Kumaris of Nepal. In fact, it might even be safe to say that the world knows of them – many books and documentaries have been made on them. They are the living embodiment of the Goddess Taleju and an integral part of the Nepali culture.

Way with words

October 26, 2018 08:06 AM

“Why look at the stars and waste your time? It’s not like they will magically fix all your problems.”

The kite sellers of Kathmandu

October 12, 2018 08:36 AM

Times have changed, and people’s taste and wants too have changed and though what is inherent to our culture shouldn’t be subject to this change, sadly, it is.

Difficult dealings

October 5, 2018 11:04 AM

Cases like Bista’s aren’t the only ones of its kind. Siddhi Memorial Foundation in Bhaktapur has an elderly home where people wishing to join on their own isn’t uncommon. Differences in the family, not wishing to become a burden on their children, loneliness and wanting to receive proper medical care are common narratives.

Spa for the stressed

October 5, 2018 07:45 AM

Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa in Thamel is one that initially began off as a yoga studio but later branched out to providing spa treatments as well. Kriti Karki, one of the co-founders of Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa, was a yoga instructor herself and initially started off by providing yoga sessions.

A Namaste that changed everything

September 28, 2018 09:44 AM

19 is an age of uncertainty, of college decisions and life choices and everything else that perhaps shouldn’t be ladled on the shoulders of someone so young. It was the same for Margaret Doyne or Maggie. At 19, she was all set for a high-ranking college, dreaming of a six-figure salary and a bright future ahead of her.

Food fanatics’ favorite

September 28, 2018 08:52 AM

They say worthwhile things are hard to find. Well, they might just be right. The French Bakery, located at Chhetrapati in Kathmandu, sort of proves that statement correct. Skirting the vibrant and buzzing streets of Thamel and a little tricky to locate, sits the French Bakery that has delighted the food worshipping populace of the town with its unparalleled bakery goods and wildly diverse food, all of which are served in an elegant manner.

Forever on the move: A compulsive need to travel and explore

September 21, 2018 10:42 AM

For the past five years, Samip Mainaly has traveled the highs and the lows of Nepal. He has traversed through the familiar trails of the country as well as been to the lesser-known places. As a travel guide, leading groups of travelers to unknown areas of Nepal is what he does best but he is a travel enthusiast himself and confesses he can’t just stay at one place for too long.

I lost my sight but gained vision: Sristi KC

September 21, 2018 09:10 AM

What should have been a sweet sixteen turned into a bitter nightmare but what birthed off it was the most extraordinary thing to have ever happened to Sristi KC who lost her sight to a bad case of an eye-medication overdose at the tender age of 16. What was a life of color abruptly turned into an abyss of darkness that made no sense to the teenager. Why was it that light was sucked off her life and all she had now was an asphyxiating pitch-black embrace?

Unboxing happiness

September 21, 2018 07:57 AM

Chocolatebox Nepal has been in operations since November 2017 and it’s well on its way to live a long life. The company makes customized chocolates, of all shapes and characters, all colors including blue and amethyst, and for all occasions of apologies and celebrations.