Rakshya Khadka

The contributor for Republica.

Food fanatics’ favorite

Published On: September 28, 2018 08:52 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

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

Published On: September 21, 2018 10:42 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

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

Published On: September 21, 2018 09:10 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

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

Published On: September 21, 2018 07:57 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

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.

A waning tradition

Published On: September 14, 2018 09:02 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

The oldest pottery ever made can be found in Lumbini and is over 2,600 years old. This goes to show that pottery making has long been a tradition in Nepal where there was once a system that had certain families specializing in certain tasks, be it woodwork, artwork, business to name a few. Pottery making is also something that has continued throughout the years as people took it up to carry on their family legacy. But the interest to do so is definitely waning as of now and pottery makers are also struggling to keep up with the changing times.

The case for comedy

Published On: September 14, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

A sense of humor is a good quality to have but not everybody can say that they are funny or have the ability to make people laugh. Shreya Pokharel calls herself ‘just somebody who wants to be funny’ but her humor is evident in the simplest of words she speaks and the mannerisms with which she tells her story. It is this that led her to the stand-up comedy scene where she is beginning to make quite a name for herself.

The limb I never lost

Published On: September 7, 2018 08:34 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

At a glance Yubak Lama may seem like an ordinary boy but his life and experiences are anything but ordinary.

A musician’s musings

Published On: September 7, 2018 08:16 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

As a young boy he watched in amazement as musicians performed on stage. It was an image that carved a permanent space in his heart and mind and made him want to become a musician himself. And that drive coupled with his love for music made Sanup Paudel go on to create a name for himself in the Nepali music industry.

The goodness of all things sweet

Published On: August 31, 2018 10:08 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Imagine good food in a cozy setting. Imagine doughnuts dripping in chocolate and cream. Think The Workshop Eatery. On a quiet street of Bakhundole, Lalitpur, is a small eatery that serves great food and unparalleled doughnuts. The Workshop Eatery has been in operation since the year 2015 and they have been charming the urban populace of the city with their food.

Creating a space that beckons

Published On: August 31, 2018 09:28 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Having a messy room seems like a common young adult issue. So much so that for many it has actually become a part of their lifestyle because they have succumbed to the fact and fate that organizing isn’t a skill they were born with. But parents can be relentless in their pursuit of bringing some order into your lives. So, to help you deal with that by giving you some inspiration on how you can have your space looking really prim and proper, The Week spoke to two ladies who have turned their little rooms into havens where nothing is ever out of place.

The digital prodigy

Published On: August 31, 2018 08:49 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Yash Poddar, who recently completed his A Levels, has already launched three apps. Poddar always harbored a love for problem-solving and designing and, backed by his fascinations for programming, it was only a matter of time until he put it all to creative use.

Through the off roads of Kathmandu

Published On: August 24, 2018 09:53 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Many working professionals confess that the monotony of everyday life can slowly start to become draining and tiring. You go to work, you come back, eat and sleep and the next day the cycle repeats itself. Life seems to lack purpose and that’s not a very good place to be. It’s no wonder that the recent years have seen a steady growth in the number of individuals indulging in recreational activities and sports.

Something for everyone

Published On: August 17, 2018 09:54 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Sarga simply means ‘something’. The founders interpret the word as creation. For them it is a creative channel through which they merge their ideas to create contemporary products deeply rooted in tradition.

Showing a little love

Published On: August 10, 2018 12:04 PM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

These days, cases of inhumane treatment of animals are gaining national attention. But this certainly hasn’t put a stop to these transgressions. Every day, the nine registered animal shelters in the valley receive over a hundred request calls each for animals to be recused from the fatalities they have become victim of. The calls come from everywhere, more in numbers every day and with more heartbreaking episodes every time.

Ladies of times and beyond

Published On: August 10, 2018 10:02 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Over the course of mankind’s existence, folklores, epics, and sagas have seen emergence as men have transcended tangible and intangible boundaries to reset preconceived notions of potential. And well deservedly, they have been sung of their valor and virtues by minstrels and poets over the centuries. Lesser known though are the counterparts of these men, the ladies, who have been masked in shadows and, although preserved in stories, not acknowledged or heralded enough. Most often though, they are figures of reverence for what they represent.

Making meaningful murals

Published On: August 3, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Despite the difficulties they have endured and the ones that are in sight, the group is hopeful and undeterred because art to them means so much more than just paint and color.

The many kinds of meditation

Published On: August 3, 2018 01:00 PM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

The act of meditation precedes civilization. Our biggest enemy is said to live in our minds and meditation has always been heralded as the single most effective measure to conquer the enemy that lives within. Imagine having a total control over your thoughts and feelings? Life would be so much better, wouldn’t it? Our actions will be dictated by well thought decisions and we can even face an alien invasion without shaming our race’s intellect.

A visual spectacle

Published On: July 27, 2018 11:40 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

It’s the dramatics, the theatrics that elevate the whole experience. It’s not just about the ice cream but also the performance involved.

The many meanings of 'Beautiful'

Published On: July 27, 2018 10:20 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Beauty is subjective. Its definition varies according to perception. Though the world has become more embracing of the varying ideas of beauty, Nepal has yet to catch up. Modeling has long been a profession for the ‘conventionally’ beautiful and plus size models aren’t really considered fit to walk the ramp.

What is Kathmandu reading?

Published On: July 13, 2018 10:50 AM NPT By: Rakshya Khadka

Reading has long been a popular culture, but it’s in only recent years that Nepal or Kathmandu, in particular, has embraced this culture with open arms. This has resulted in an emergence of avid readers who flock the shelves of bookstores and voraciously devour one book after another. Joining the bandwagon is a generation of young readers whose reading choices are varied and thus interesting.