Cosplay in Nepal is mostly hand done. Except for the wigs and lenses that have to be imported, everything is created from scratch. Putting together a look requires mastery over craftsmanship, fabrication, makeup, props designing, wig styling, armor designing, performance, and also acting.
The first time Pratik Poudel saw a camera drone was when he was in his second year of BBA at Pokhara University. Tony Whelan, an American tourist, introduced him to the “strange” device. That was in 2011 when Pratik was still mulling over what he wanted to do in life. Whelan helped Pratik through the mechanics of the camera and that was how he started making videos.
Feeling comfortable in one’s skin isn’t just a matter of choice. We’re told, in overt and covert ways, how to view our bodies and criticized for going against what’s socially “acceptable”. Body shaming is so ingrained in our society that the first remark that follows a greeting is regarding the weight you have put on or lost.
Ktm Haat is exactly what you would imagine it would be – a space for fresh produces, locally made accessories, garments, and decorative items all under one roof. Being in operations for exactly a year, it’s going by its tagline, “There is something local for everyone” and seeing as to how they have all basic utilities and a few more luxurious items among their displays, there really seems to be something local for everyone here.
Too many ideas simply die out in small teashops over a cup of tea. Every day a great number of people meet up, talk, and then go about their lives as usual, forgetting that they discussed an idea that could be “the next best thing” and never acting on them. “We know this because we’ve done that ourselves,” says Nishchhal Kharal, CEO of Idea Ghar.
Mohan Duwal has been to 65 districts in Nepal and he plans to make it to all 77 before this year ends. A part time photographer, a full time creative director for F1 Soft International, Duwal is a web designer by profession (UIUX designer as it is called today) but really he is a traveler at heart.
The Nepali game app Nari Paila is all about busting myths, setting facts straight, and educating the masses in a fun way. A product of Edutainment, a newly coined term that converges entertainment with education for cohesive learning, Nari Paila mobile games are some of the first progressively educative games concerning reproductive health in Nepal.
Superstitions make us do weird things. We stop abruptly on our paths if a cat crosses the road in front of us, we hesitate to walk underneath a ladder and take great pains to go around it, and we knock heads again if we accidently bump our head with someone. That’s not all. It seems each and every one of us has our own set of superstitions, or beliefs as we would like to call them. It might have no logic behind it but, in its own way, it makes you feel good and gives you strength and that’s what’s important.
From the day she fully learned to grasp her pencil well, Aakriti Kharel started drawing. She started with circles and stick lines (her imitations of people as a child) and today she is painting large canvases with intricate details. From sticks and lines she has grown into an artist of her own and all on her own.
When reading of the greats of the world we often made a stop at legendary figures at certain sports in our GK books. While Sachin Tendulkar, Roger Federer were the popular names, names such as Stephen Hendry, Bobby Fischer were ones we never really got to hear about. But Hendry and Fischer were masters at their games and dominated their game scenes throughout their careers.
In what he considers to be one of his finest moments, Saugat Rajbhandari handed over a two and half feet long 3D origami model of former Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada that he had made to the lady herself. The model was completed in less than two months and took 8500 paper triangles to make. For two months, Saugat folded pieces of paper everyday for five to six hours.
One of their most notable works is the documentary they did on the honey hunters of Nepal. Titled “Mad Honey Hunters of Nepal”, the documentary sequentially outlines the process and the struggles of the tribe of honey hunters in Lamjung who have harvested the “red honey” for over 200 years.
Given the growing fascination of the Korean culture among Nepalis it’s no surprise that Korean restaurants these days get a lot of visitors. If the aisles of supermarket stores packed with ramen and other instant Korean snacks are any indication, Korean food is the new ‘it’. Hangkook Sarang in Naxal, Kathmandu, is catering to this Korean food loving crowd and how
In the war of Kurukshetra battle troops were tabulated on the unit of “Akshauhini”. One “akshauhini” comprised of 500,000 warriors, 21,870 chariots and elephants each, 65,610 horses and 109,350 infantry. The ideal ratio, thus, in one “akshauhini” is one chariot: one elephant: three cavalry: five infantry soldiers. Emulating this very structure, an ancient strategic game by name of Chaturanga developed in the Indian subcontinent. It employed the use of small figurines to represent the elephants, chariots, cavalry, and infantry and was played on checkered boards of eight by eight grid.
In a country of night owls Abhishek Gurung often wondered why there were no service providers who catered exclusively to them. “Most people I know stay up late and get their work done in the nighttime. Seeing as how our lifestyles are changing, I’d say there will eventually be more night owls than early birds,”.
The band primarily performs at events where they cover Nepali classics and sing their original “Thaha Chaina Bholi Ke Hola” before enthusiastic crowds. They have also recently launched their YouTube channel and are currently awaiting the release of their new single “Gunji Rahecha”. “There’s definitely an edge to being an all female rock band and we’re likely to raise more eyebrows than any other band but it also comes with a fair share of pressure,” says Renu.
An Asian Fusion
Pranaya Limbu had dreamed of opening a noodle bar of his own in Nepal for a very long time. As someone who would choose a bowl of steaming noodles over a plate of dal-bhat any day, this seemed like his true calling. Thus opening his noodle bar, Luma in Boudha, was a dream come true for him.