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Fusion of old and new

Published On: July 19, 2019 10:31 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Pia is a multicultural brand that takes inspiration from traditional crafts of different places all around the world and contemporizes theses techniques and cultural influences to create something that is modern and relevant in the recent times. These crafts and techniques take shape in home decor items like lamps, plates, cushions and throws as well as accessories like bags, clothes, and scarves.

The many forms of guru

Published On: July 19, 2019 08:53 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

If you were to look up the meaning of “guru” in Sanskrit, it means “the one who dispels darkness and takes you towards light”. The meaning of “guru” transcends beyond the idea of a teacher in school – it can be anything from a book you have read recently, a piece of art you cherish or an album from your favorite artist. With that, The Week’s Urza Acharya asked some people to tell us a little about who or what they consider to be a “guru” in their lives.

No more plastic

Published On: July 19, 2019 08:21 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Neetya Karki carries a heavy bag. Besides the essentials, like her wallet, umbrella, sunglasses, and a book, in her dark green tote, the 29-year-old carries a steel tumbler, a double decker steel lunchbox, a fork and a spoon, two cloth napkins, a canvas bag, and, her recent purchase, a bamboo straw. Her bag might weigh a lot but she’s treading lightly on the planet by reducing plastic usage as much as possible, she says.

Attire on hire

Published On: July 12, 2019 10:21 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Along with renting clothes, you can also put your clothes up for rent through Antidote Nepal. “This way you can make money from clothes that would otherwise be tucked away in your closet,” explains Manish Thapa.

Made with Love Unique, handcrafted jewelry

Published On: July 12, 2019 08:51 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Jewelry has always been a big part of our ensemble, be it at weddings or formal events. But these days, however, especially among the younger generations, jewelry made of inexpensive metal, stones, and beads are more popular than items made from silver or gold.

Looking at the bright side

Published On: July 12, 2019 07:57 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

I have always been fascinated by Kathmandu. It’s a city of contradictions and that’s what I like about it the most. Usually, in other countries, there are always cities that are more popular than the capital itself but Kathmandu is a city that stands out on its own.

The perfect summer escape

Published On: July 5, 2019 09:39 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Rave restaurant, located at Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, is just a year old but the place is quite popular among the young crowd. You could say that’s because of the ambiance of the place or the good food they serve or both, but there’s no denying that Rave is a place you will want to visit again and again.

Capturing memories and moments

Published On: July 5, 2019 09:02 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Nischhal Pradhan was like any other kid who liked taking pictures at family gatherings. He started out by clicking people around him and, in just a few years’ time, evolved into someone capable of capturing brilliant silhouettes, portraits, and landscapes – images that were “Instagram-worthy”. Pradhan interest in photography grew after he joined Kathmandu University for his bachelor’s program and he got to travel around Nepal for various projects and trips.

The intimacy of a relationship

Published On: July 5, 2019 07:47 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Wong Kar-wai is a magician, a mystic when it comes to merging colors, emotions and music. His 2000 film In the Mood for Love is on my list of favorite films. Watching the film was one of the best moments (one hour 38 minutes) of my life. After watching In the Mood for Love, it was only natural I would gravitate towards Kar-wai’s other creations to see what tragic but poetic love story he had in store for me. And I have to say Happy Together did not disappoint.

Charmed by Charulata

Published On: June 28, 2019 09:36 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Charu, as she is so lovingly called, is married to a loving but distant husband whose newspaper “The Sentinel” has made him so busy that he can rarely spend any time with his wife.

Litter, litter, everywhere

Published On: June 28, 2019 08:25 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Going out in Nepal means you have to be clad in layers of clothing, put on multiple face masks, and have your head covered in thick shawls. Yet you end up feeling like the dust and smell are getting into your pores.

The weight of criticism

Published On: June 21, 2019 08:19 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Comedian and architect Pranesh Gautam’s arrest for his satirical review of the movie “Bir Bikram 2” got mixed reactions from the public. While some believed that Gautam had overstepped the line, many thought it was an outright violation of his freedom of speech. Our constitution guarantees free expression but where does one draw the line?

Too good to be true

Published On: June 14, 2019 11:58 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Amélie is a 2001 film that the world knows of as that one “French film” everyone has probably watched at some point in his/her life. Its main characteristic is that it’s so undeniably French (for better or for worse). It was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the film stars the beautiful Audrey Tautou as Amelie, a kind hearted but a lonely woman living in the late 90s Paris, trying to sort through her life as well as of those around her.

Styling dhaka

Published On: June 14, 2019 10:14 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

The use of Dhaka in clothes – be it kurtis, saris, or even gowns – has become really popular in the recent times. With a lot of people finally waking up to see and appreciate the beauty of these handmade fabrics, Dhaka has become a staple when it comes to Nepali fashion, be it traditional or modern wear.

Embracing differences

Published On: June 14, 2019 08:29 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

In the book The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist, a man named Meursault, is sentenced to death essentially for being not sad enough about his mother dying. He is considered a stranger in the society because he did not behave in the way people assume one should whenever they face a personal tragedy. The story was a medium through which Camus wanted to show that if you don’t maintain a certain façade, to meet the societal standards of what is deemed right and wrong, or in his own word “when one doesn’t play the game”, you are considered a dangerous alien capable of bringing ruin to the community, and society at large.

The love for patterns

Published On: June 7, 2019 01:17 PM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Mandala is a spiritual symbol special to Hinduism and Buddhism. Mandala literally means “circle” in Sanskrit and it is seen in religious texts and architecture in most regions of Asia. Nowadays, mandalas and thangkas have become a well-known art form here in Nepal as well as all over the world, thanks to their intricate details and colors. Sukriti Bhatta, an aspiring artist who specializes in mandala making, confesses that she is fascinated by the art form and wants to pursue it as more than just a hobby.

Post winter blues

Published On: June 7, 2019 09:08 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

The last episode of Game of Thrones aired on May 19, 2019 and it marked an end of a show that had been in the center of pop culture for almost a decade. The show first caught people’s attention thanks to its explicit content (both sexual and violence) and for killing off main characters like how one eats popcorn, all at once and without much care.

The art of perseverance

Published On: May 31, 2019 10:42 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Lhakpa Phuti Sherpa was born in 1964 in Mushey village of Solukhumbu district, Nepal. As a child she would see tourists pass through her village in order to climb various mountains and she had always been fascinated by their motivation to take up such a daunting challenge.

A taste of Japan

Published On: May 31, 2019 08:38 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Tucked away in a quite corner at Freak street in Basantapur is probably one of the best Japanese food serving stations in town. Japanese Food Takoyaki SOLO has been serving authentic Japanese street food plus sushi for just over a year but it has already gained a devoted set of customers who come quite regularly to indulge in the various Japanese delicacies that it’s popular for in the short time it has been in operation.

The age of jazz

Published On: May 31, 2019 08:00 AM NPT By: URZA ACHARYA

Improvisation is an important and necessary part of jazz. The fact that jazz makes allowances for any artist to give their own touches to the music adds a certain appeal to the musical genre. It also often draws inspiration from life experiences and human emotions. And it’s because of this flexibility and freedom of expression that jazz music is slowly becoming popular among the masses.