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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.