Ojaswi Baidya and Ibha Baidya both confess to always having been particularly fond of silver jewelry. The sisters would always opt for silver instead of brass or even gold. Something about the sublime metal appealed to them and Ojaswi was also sensitive to metal, quickly getting itches and allergies when she donned metal jewelry.
I stumbled across Oldboy at a film related Instagram page (@thpurecinema) and I really liked its plot. An average man, weakened by alcoholism and the hardships in life, is suddenly kidnapped and held at a hotel like prison cell from where he can’t get out. He is trapped in this very cell for 15 years and has no idea why or who did this to him. The administrator of the page had mentioned that this was one of the best foreign films he had watched so far and so I wanted to give it a try.
Mahima Shrestha was in a very disturbed state of mind when she sat for her CA exams because her grandmother had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and Shrestha had found out that the cancer had reached an extremely advanced stage.
Everybody has a food preference. Some like chicken, some like cottage cheese, and then there are those who seem to prefer mushroom over everything else. Rajkumar Adhikari, a civil engineer by profession, had a food bias for corn. He always found himself gravitating towards “poleko makai” (roasted corn on the cob) that vendors sold on the roadside. But he found his experience of indulging in a perfectly roasted corn complete with chili paste on the side somewhat dulled by all the noise and dust on Kathmandu streets.
The key to fashion is balance. And nowadays it looks like no one can pull of fashion better than the Koreans. Thanks to the Hallyu wave that paved the way for Korean fashion and K-pop to spread all over the world, there is no dearth of fashion inspiration online.
All of this, however, was anything but simple. Born and raised in Chitwan, Shrestha has an educational background in pharmacy. Prior to his rehab days he had no experience whatsoever when it came to tattooing.
The team at Shilpee Theatre has decided to keep things realistic for “Symphony of Storm”, their new play that circles around the “storm” that comes with being a teenager in our society, encapsulating different dimensions of the teenage life ranging from education and family matters to love.
When your friend says he or she just visited a wonderful, quaint village somewhere in Nepal, you will have to rely on the images and anecdotes shared by him or her as you will get absolutely no information about the place and its culture via our go-to information guy – the internet. It is alarming how little of Nepal is documented on the World Wide Web.
Three middle-aged men sit at a typical Japanese restaurant sipping hot sake. One of them has taken a young wife and the other two mock him for it. In any other film, this scene would be loud and have a lot of movement.
If you stumble upon artist Ashim Shakya’s recent works, we wouldn’t blame you if you thought it was a film poster for a dark dystopian movie, perhaps the prequel to Apocalypse Now. Shakya specializes in graphic illustrations he categorizes as surreal but based on reality. And what’s more, Shakya is also a musician.
Going vegan is actually a piece of cake, say the vegans we spoke to but, according to experts, a vegan lifestyle can be challenging, especially health wise. One has to find alternate food sources to compensate for the required nutrients such as proteins, minerals, and vitamins that are mainly found in meat and dairy products.
Husband and wife duo Chuck Han and Siwon Choi started Salon De Kathmandu, a cafe and bistro in July 2016. According to Han, he accidentally stumbled upon the property that now houses Salon de Kathmandu and a bed and breakfast called Maison de Kathmandu and was immediately taken by the large garden. “I could see it being a place where people could come in and enjoy some peace and quiet,” he says.
Instagram has become a haven for budding photographers to showcase their photography skills as well as learn from other professional photographers. One such photo enthusiast is Prajwal Bhattarai who has been capturing moments and people of Kathmandu on his Instagram account @nepzie. If you were to go check out his page on Instagram, you will see a feed entirely in black and white with an occasional splash of color here and there. All these images reflect life in Kathmandu as well as places around Nepal.
If anyone had told Prachin Siddhi Bajracharya, as a child, that his interest in reading comics would lead him to a career in graphic designing and illustration, he would have had a hard time believing it. Now, his life circles around creating art in digital form for events, t-shirts, posters etc. and all this has created a pathway for Bajracharya to channel his inner emotions and ideas.
Often times, in a conversation, a generalization or a stereotype becomes a way of comic relief. For instance, whenever you are eating out with friends you might find yourself laughing at your friend being called a “lobhi bhahun” or your Newar friend being forced to pay the bill because all Newari people do is “bhoj”. While many might criticize my ability to “take a joke”, I can’t help but think of how stereotypes, as well as generalizations, have affected not just the average Nepali but the world as a whole.
Thanks to Macklemore’s 2012 hit ‘Thrift Shop’, in the global setting thrift shopping is now a part of the mainstream pop-culture. It emphasizes on the fact that it’s okay, even cool to buy clothes or things that are hand-me-downs from complete strangers. And so places all over Europe and also America have embraced thrift shops where people are more than willing to donate and buy clothes and other materials.
Literature has always been part of Nepali culture. Nepali authors and poets are revered, awarded and hold a respectable position in the society. From Bal Krishna Sama to Parijat, Nepali writers have used literature as a medium to portray as well as critique the behavior of our society and the humanity in general. Works of writers, both past and present, can act as a window to the workings of the society as well. But with our school and college curriculum giving priority to English, it’s debatable whether or not the younger generation is reading as well as showing an interest in Nepali literature.
In the recent years in Nepal, sports and fitness have slowly become a part of the daily life of the urban population. And with the growing numbers of the fitness inclined, active population comes the need for proper sports or athleisure wear, i.e. clothes that make such activities easier.
Life of an artist seems surreal and enviable, right from the recognition s/he gets to all that freedom for creativity and opinion and, of course, their knack for turning anything into a wonderful play of colors and putting something beautiful and meaningful out into the world.