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Love through the tests of time

Published On: February 14, 2020 07:47 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Love—a concept that is often thought of as something grand and life-changing. But what most of us overlook is how that grand and life-changing love often arrives in the form subtle gestures and soft-spoken words, say most of the people The Week spoke to.

Dancing his way up

Published On: February 7, 2020 12:07 PM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

There was a time when dance used to be considered a fruitless pursuit. That has changed now and Bidur Siwakoti couldn’t be any more delighted.

Life in Kathmandu

Published On: February 7, 2020 09:58 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Kathmandu, for many of us, is home. We are used to its blaring noises, tall buildings, complicated network of roads and, unfortunately, the omnipresent pollution.

Prosy and exhilarating

Published On: January 31, 2020 12:16 PM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

In a small, isolated town of Southern California, a drunken girl stumbles into her dorm room and goes to sleep. Days pass and she doesn’t wake up. She’s perfectly fine—except she seems to be in an eternal sleep.

From Thamel studios to Australian stage

Published On: January 31, 2020 11:47 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

When Nischal Nepal’s cover of the popular song “Shallow” from A Star is Born was out on his YouTube channel, it was noticed by One Direction’s former manager. Following this, he has released his own original songs Foolish, Medicine and She’s So Fly.

Writing tips for good storytelling

Published On: January 24, 2020 12:46 PM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Ah, writing; the beast we’re trying to tame since childhood. Sentences, essays, research papers, captions—it clicks then it doesn’t. It fits then it jumbles.

Fight to the finish

Published On: January 24, 2020 09:54 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

26-year-old Diwiz Piya is one of the few people in Nepal who have ventured into Jiu Jitsu, an unarmed close combat martial art with the central theme of grappling. It’s been four years that he’s been practicing it and Piya finds sparring in Jiu Jitsu similar to a game of chess—a battle of the mind but with physical consequences.

A Local Thai Experience

Published On: January 24, 2020 09:52 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Hidden between the alleys of Jyatha and Musya Bahal, Wok Up Thai Inspired Kitchen is a restaurant worth searching for. Sunir Shakya, the mind behind the place, had started the restaurant with the intention of turning his passion into a side business. Today, it stands above his home as a proud eatery serving dishes that are found as local food in the streets of Thailand.

Why can’t we keep our New Year resolutions?

Published On: January 17, 2020 09:41 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

As 2020 approached, all of us, as always, drew up some ambitious resolutions. This was going to be our year. But two weeks later, most of us have given up—on going to the gym, eating healthy, and being productive, which are some of the things that make it to just about everybody’s resolution list every new year.

Love hurts…or does it?

Published On: January 10, 2020 09:47 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Romance books—scoff at it, laugh at it or love it—it would be ignorant of you to say they don’t have a dominant market in literature. If you’re one of those who can rarely be seen without a book, you know how hard it is to escape the subject in a story.

Dancing her way to the top

Published On: January 3, 2020 12:05 PM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Rupa Ghising never thought she would pick dance as her profession. And yet, here she is, gracefully waltzing through her way through her career—ambitious and relentless.

Unsatisfactory education

Published On: January 3, 2020 09:40 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

From the outside, the Central Higher Secondary School for the Deaf looks just like any other government school. But in the dusty ground of Bal Mandir the yellow buildings house a school that has been the educational institution for the differently-abled since 1977.

Finding your voice

Published On: December 27, 2019 12:06 PM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

“We don’t just discuss current affairs. This place is a platform for all youths to network, participate in extracurricular events, share information, learn how to speak publicly, and ask correct questions at the correct time in a correct manner,” says Abdush Miya, the founder of The Orator’s House.

Euphoria: A teen drama that doesn’t disappoint

Published On: December 20, 2019 10:42 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Every once in a while we come across a show that sweeps us off our feet and it’s nothing short of hypnotic. When I heard of Euphoria, all I cared about was Zendaya being in it. Thus, in a binge ensued by raving reviews on every YouTube notification and hopes of an MCU character comfort, I checked it out. Let me tell you that Zendaya is no Mary Jane here.

A merry day indeed

Published On: December 20, 2019 09:49 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

“Even though Christmas comes at a very gloomy time of the year, it’s one of my favorite days to celebrate,” says Sneha Koirala, owner of the lifestyle brand Studio Sarcastic. “I grew up in a convent school. And since childhood, I have always viewed this day as a festival. We weren’t allowed to visit homes during this time. But Christmas always arrived after our exams were over and when it was time to have fun.” She adds. “It doesn’t have the traditional or cultural aspects of other Nepali festivals; there’re no rules or rituals. But that didn’t take away from its preciousness”

Speak without speaking

Published On: December 13, 2019 11:02 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Learning sign language is no different than learning a new language, except that it requires demonstrations. From explanations of each gesture, sentence formations to syntaxes and delivery, it’s best if your teacher is someone who can use both verbal and non-verbal languages.

Escaping reality

Published On: November 29, 2019 10:14 AM NPT By: KUMUDINI PANT

Welcome to 2044 where the world is on the edge of collapse and chaos, suffering from energy crisis and witnessing the consequences of global warming. In order to cope, the majority of the population immerse themselves in a virtual reality simulator knows as the OASIS.