Rakshya Khadka

The contributor for Republica.

Silent suffering

Published On: May 3, 2019 09:29 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

There’s a suicide prevention helpline in Nepal that’s a direct line to the psychiatry ward in Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu. On-duty psychiatrists at the ward attend to this helpline and each week at least a couple of calls come in. Some weeks, the phone rings everyday.

In the palm of his hands

Published On: April 26, 2019 09:55 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

“The earth is round,” writes Rohit Bhattarai on his Instagram profile. And is this that he tries to project in his pictures too. Rohit is a photographer who uses a lensball for his pictures and does what is called “crystal ball refraction photography.”

Born to travel

Published On: April 19, 2019 11:05 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

It’s hard to believe that Samde Sherpa wasn’t born into a family of avid travelers. Today he is one of the more popular travel/tour guides, traveler and photographer in the traveling circles of Nepal. In the last 15 years of his travels, he has covered an impressive distance, learnt to speak six languages, and led people to expeditions in the far corners of the country.

All things natural

Published On: April 19, 2019 08:46 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

A global shift of consciousness regarding the environment, lifestyle choices, sustainable living has helped spike the market for organic products and brands. In Nepal, the use of organic products, natural oils, and handmade soaps goes way back since it’s a country rich in various herbs with medicinal properties.

To cry or not to cry

Published On: April 19, 2019 07:52 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

One of my earliest memories is of watching black and white Bollywood movies. I can barely remember them but I recall these movies as having isolated shots, dialogues that echoed (quite literally) and tragic storylines.

One person, one tree

Published On: April 12, 2019 08:17 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

In the last few weeks all outlets of The Bakery Cafe in the valley have reopened their hubs for another year of Treevolution Nepal. Run by The Revolution Project in association with The Bakery Cafe, the project is an afforestation initiative with sustainable goals.

Western for the Nepali palate

Published On: April 5, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Just opposite the gates of the UN Headquarters in Pulchowk, Lalitpur is a recently opened eatery by name of Sara’s Bistro that is sparking quite an interest in the food loving community and on social media alike. And with good reason too. In pictures, their pan seared badel and mousseline cake look like real treats and their reviews so far have scored a solid five stars.

A decade of dreams and drama

Published On: April 5, 2019 10:14 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

When his film “Mataan” won Best Picture in the National Film Awards in the year 2015, Keshab Rai thought back to his younger days when a casting agent told him he would never make it in the movie industry. He realized then how far he had come.

An urban retreat

Published On: March 29, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

In just four months since its opening Dokodeli is all the buzz and fireworks in the food reviewing circle. With its state of the art interiors it gives you more than good food, it gives you an experience.

Playing with patterns and colors

Published On: March 29, 2019 10:31 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Samir Maharjan grew up with art and colors. Having lived the early years of his life in Patan, Lalitpur, he was surrounded by art in all forms – the intricacies of the mandalas, the burst of colors of the painted masks, and the spiraling religious structures.

Painting a plea

Published On: March 29, 2019 10:07 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

At Ratnapark there is a splotched mural that has been painted over with brusque strokes of white paint and scribbled on forcefully. The smear is an obvious attempt at dismissing an artistic protest. On closer inspection of the mural, however, the bold letters peek out despite the white paint that blurs the two-word text. ‘Dead Sarkar’, it says (Dead Government).

The essence of colors

Published On: March 22, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

On most days the district of Dolpa is under a thick coat of snow. To the inhabitants their lives are lived in monocolor. Tenzin Norbu, however, grew up with colors, lots and lots of it.

Traveling To Escape

Published On: March 22, 2019 09:47 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Rakshya Shrestha attests to being studious. She did well in school and chose to study mechanical engineering. Although she loves her subject and decided to become an engineer at a very young age, the pressure gets to her every now and then.

Dreams and destinies

Published On: March 22, 2019 08:04 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

On March 16, 12 models walked the ramp for a fashion show at St. Xaviers’s School in Jawalakhel, Latipur. The event was a part of the Fun Run organized by Higher Ground Nepal in association with Pangro, Featherwebs, Valley Plus, Shera and Ford Nepal.

Taste of Nepal

Published On: March 15, 2019 09:08 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

20-year-old Sushita Gurung has promised to treat her friends to a nice meal at Hankook Sarang after she gets paid this month. Like Sushita, 19-year-old Jeena Shrestha has plans to visit Boudha with her friends for some laphing, a Tibetan delicacy that is a spicy cold mung bean noodle, once the weekend rolls in. Food is an inherent part of our lifestyles, and indulging in good food is something we all look forward to.

Braving it out

Published On: March 8, 2019 12:06 PM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

80-year-old Thuli Maya Sunuwar is up hours before sunrise and starts work much before many of us have even had our morning cup of tea or coffee. Her knees and back hurt, she has troubles with her sight, and she can feel her body slowly giving up because things she once did with ease take a lot of effort now.

Fierce & fabulous

Published On: March 8, 2019 11:59 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

I always believed that people who ended up doing remarkable things have had a life changing moment or episode. But meeting some extraordinary people and talking to them made me realize that I could do a Nobel Prize worthy deed right here, right now. No motivation required. Motivation, for most, was a fleeting feeling.

Musicians in the making

Published On: March 8, 2019 10:10 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Singing has, for the most part, been about emulating an artist’s song. That’s how we all learn to sing. Riding on this, covering songs is a huge affair today. A great number of up and coming musicians begin their musical careers not by releasing original works but by performing their versions of popular songs. Most cover artists are music lovers who have nothing more than a guitar and a passion to bring their music to people. While covering songs and posting them on the web initially gained traction in the west, it wasn’t long before Nepal picked up on the trend too.

A crown of responsibilities

Published On: March 1, 2019 10:35 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Life has never been easy for Angel Lama. From struggling to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her mother’s illness to being consumed by suicidal thoughts, it’s always been difficult. But above all is perhaps her life long struggle for acceptance and respect. Born Sabin Lama, Angel always felt trapped in the wrong body. Severely bullied at school for her ‘feminine’ mannerisms by peers, juniors and seniors alike, Angel grew to dread social interactions and attempted to end her life when she was 16 years old.

Picture Perfect

Published On: February 22, 2019 10:00 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Travel pages on Instagram that motivate you to pack your bags and explore Nepal