Renu Twanabasu

The contributor for Republica.

Unsure repair of muddy Nikosera streets

Published On: August 2, 2019 03:27 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Nikosera lies in the heart of Bhaktapur. The place stands on the way of Araniko Highway between Sallaghari and Purano Thimi. Despite the fact that highway is well-pitched, the streets of Nikosera, however, haven’t been well managed and is damaged.

Culturally important Dattartreya area turning to a parking lot

Published On: July 31, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Apart from historical tales heard worldwide, Nepal has lots of historical places which carry the legacy of cultural history passing it down to generations. Listed in UNSECO’s World Heritage Site, Dattatreya temple is historically and culturally important for Nepal. Since the past few years, the culturally important place has turned out to be more of a parking lot.

Enthusiasm of secondary level students in Chinese language

Published On: July 25, 2019 05:34 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Bagiswori Secondary School in Bhaktapur has begun the Chinese language course to their students. It has been teaching the Chinese language, especially Mandarin to over 90 students from grade VII.

Drying chillies

Published On: July 17, 2019 12:41 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Chillies spread on the street for Sun drying in Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur.

Celebrating birthday of Nyatapola Temple

Published On: July 3, 2019 07:45 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

We cannot deny that our cultural heritage is our identity. And Five storied temple located at Bhaktapur is one such iconic architecture which is the nation’s pride and is a symbol of peace, prosperity and unity.

Community schools’ changing perspective on SEE

Published On: July 2, 2019 05:55 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

When it comes to government school, most of us carry the mindset of flawed results; let it be on internal examinations or the board examinations. Carrying a defense thought, not every those schools have “not exemplary” result. For example: Bagiswori Secondary School.

Siddha Pokhari: The jogging hub

Published On: May 27, 2019 05:30 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Siddha Pokhari has become a go-to-place for morning walk and exercise. If you happen to visit the pond during the early morning, you can witness locals jogging or jumping around the pond. According to the locals, more than five hundred people come daily to Siddha Pokhari for morning exercise.

Bhaktapur’s Ranipokhari open to the public

Published On: May 10, 2019 05:45 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

The Ranipokhari temple, otherwise closed for the public, was opened on Tuesday. The gates open only twice a year. This year, they were kept open on May 7 (Tuesday) and 9 (Thursday). The temple is open for the visitors on the two days of Dewali (Prayers to the clan Deity). Thursday was the Dewali for Prajapati clan of Bhaktapur.

Woes of living in a temporary shed

Published On: April 23, 2019 08:15 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

There are four municipalities in Bhaktapur and after the Gorkha- epicentered earthquake in 2015; a total of 28,803 locals lost their homes. A total of 24,358 received red cards for their houses' safety level where red denotes danger to stay inside it.

Bhaktapur celebrates Sagun Jatra

Published On: April 14, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

A major attraction of Bhaktapur’s Biska Jatra is ‘Swaga biyagu Jatra’, which means offerings to the deities. It is celebrated annually on the fourth of Baishakh.

Buddhakrishna piercing his tongue for the seventh time

Published On: April 13, 2019 07:30 AM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

BHAKTAPUR, April 13: Every year on April 15, people in Bode, Madhyapur Thimi Municipality-8, celebrate the tongue-piercing festival with grace. As in the previous years, Buddhakrishna Bag Shrestha, 47, of the locality will be piercing his tongue with a metal skewer this year too to keep the tradition alive. He is the chairperson of the Ambulance Drivers Association, Bhaktapur, and an ambulance driver for Nepal Korea Friendship Hospital.

Tradition of tongue-piercing

Published On: April 12, 2019 06:52 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Buddha Krishna Baag Shrestha pierces his tongue every year on the jatra held annually at Khasi Tole, Bodey, Bhaktapur. Shrestha first pierced his tongue in 2005. However, it was in 2008 when he started doing it on a yearly basis.

Aama ko Bara Pasal: Serving baras since early 70s

Published On: April 4, 2019 03:53 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Bhaktapur is always a famous place for sightseeing. Having Nyatapole (Paanch Talley Mandir), the place is crowded most of the times. Nevertheless, the temple has been a chilling hub among youths.

'Raanga ko masu’: For all seasons

Published On: April 3, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Buff meat is always featured in a  Newari bhoj. Though the party has chuira, bhatmas, gedagudi and achar’s combination; the bhoj is barely completed without that ‘Raanga ko masu’.

Enthusiastic approach to preserving and playing dhime

Published On: March 29, 2019 04:12 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Kalash Pradhan is a grade five student at Everest School, Bhaktapur. He says he has an interest in learning dhime as it reflects his community.

King of all dhau

Published On: March 14, 2019 06:08 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Summer is already at our doorstep. Hot season is all about wearing cool breezing clothing and eating food that help you cool down. Comfort food like ice creams, ice gola, and curd are mostly consumed during summer, aside from cold drinks to beat the heat.

The fading topi culture

Published On: March 11, 2019 09:10 AM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

“Topi pasals that were once rare have now evolved in the market because of the  people following the topi fashion”, says Kamala Pradhan. Pradhan has been running a topi pasal at the heart of Bhaktapur for over five decades.

The ‘Titaura’ Craze

Published On: March 8, 2019 10:07 AM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Everything has its own season. Let it be ice creams or the woolen clothes, the season tend to affect the varieties of flavors. However, the case is different for the mouth-watering tangy, sweet and sour foods like ‘paun’ aka ‘titaura’.

Trend of Haku Patasi in Bhaktapur

Published On: March 3, 2019 12:26 PM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

Generally, Nepali women adore to attire in the latest designer outfit in any party and function.  The glimpse of shopping lehenga, kurta, sari and Panjabi kurta can be highly observed in Kathmandu.

Celebrating Maghe Sankranti

Published On: January 16, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Renu Twanabasu

The Newar community across the country is celebrating 'Ghiu Chaku Sankranti' today. As the community people especially consume ghiu and chaku on the day, the sankranti is observed after its name.