Every day in the evening a group of children come out to play in my colony. They scream, they laugh, they jump, and are all really, really happy. I often sit in my balcony, sipping tea, and look at them. I find myself smiling and there’s a sense of calm that takes over.
A lifestyle change that people seem to be adopting the world over in the recent days is sustainable living and minimalism. And although a lot of people expect it to slowly fade away as most trends do, Samikshya Rai believes that sustainable living might not meet the same fate if we go about it the right way.
What is fear? I ask, is fear a stimulus of our body? Fear stimulates our brain to initiate an action. But, fear is associated with the mentality of a person and cannot be generalized. Rather, it should be individualized. Every individual carries a different perception, with varying mental status leading to a contrasting definition of fear from one person to another.
July 11: Living at higher latitudes, where there is also less sunlight, could result in a higher prevalence rate of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.
KATHMANDU, June 12: Roshan Das Katbaniya, 17, from Sarlahi sells balloons at and around Basantapur area. Leaving traditional family occupation of selling Sindoor (vermillion), he has adopted this occupation for one and half year.
JUMLA, May 23: Twenty four students of Jumla were sent to an orphanage in Rukum for free education and accommodation as per the recommendation of chiefs of ward no 1 and 2 of Patarasi Rural Municipality of Jumla.
The dreams that he beheld forbade him to seek for greener pastures abroad. Scholar, academician and Sitar maestro Dhrubesh Chandra Regmi has been living a legacy of his predecessors. Starting to play sitar under the guidance of his father, he became the first Nepali musician to hold a PhD degree in music. He received the degree from Delhi University in 2004 for his dissertation entitled ‘History of music in Nepal with special reference to classical music during the Rana period.’ Although he graduated in law in 1985, he dedicated most of his time contributing to Nepali classical music. He is one of the founder members of renowned Nepali classical and folk musical group Sukarma.
MOSCOW, Mar 1: President Vladimir Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address Thursday.
Nihira Bajracharya, the Kumari, or living goddess, at Ratnakar Mahabihar in Patan on Saturday. On that day, she was installed as the new Kumari of Patan following necessary rituals. Five-year-old Nihira Bajracharya was chosen among five candidates.
SIRAHA, Feb 13: A huge number of Nepali population residing in the border areas are obliged to live a wretched life deprived of various state facilities and privileges. The people here don't have access to secondary level education and health facilities.
SIRAHA, Feb 13: The Nepali people living in areas near the country's borders are deprived of various state services and privileges. The people living here don't have access to secondary level education and health facilities.
SYANGJA, Jan 18: Asmita Budha is 16-months-old. Riverbank has been her home since she opened her eyes to earth. She is kept in the sandy corner of her parent’s small hut that hardly blocks wind or sun.
Family business. What can I say about it? I ponder for words to describe the situation as my entire life has intertwined with it just like those tangled up necklaces at the bottom drawer of my sister’s closet. How does it feel to grow up around business? I guess the word “differently bittersweet” would do justice. Most of my teen years, I juggled with this lifestyle. I felt misplaced, lost and alienated.
RASUWA, Dec 21: When the devastating earthquake of April 2015 rendered them homeless, dozens of Uttargaya rural municipality residents fled to safer locations. In the immediate aftermath, they erected makeshift house in rented property and started living there. Months passed by, but life did not change.
Purnakali Rai is a 33-year-old weaver at Kapan. She is originally from Dang. Despite having a prosthetic leg after her legs were burnt when she was a child, Purnakali has been weaving to earn a living since three years now.
There is no escaping the funny lovelorn lyrics, witty choreography and strikingly modern dace form of the recent hit Nepali music video. With more than 2.5 million views ‘Viral bhaidiyo’ song has become the number one trending video on YouTube in Nepal. The outstanding performance of the entire ‘Viral Bhaidiyo’ team has been able to captivate many Nepalis across the country and abroad. “As soon as I heard the lyrics of the song, I wanted to make a music video for it,” says Sabin Karki, director, choreographer and actor of the song.
KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The idols of goddess Bal Kumari and Rudryani from the Rudrayani Temple in Khokana was stolen on the night of November 25. It is not the first case that the idols at this temple have been stolen. The idol of Bhairav was also robbed some two years ago and it is still missing. Before that, two more attempts of theft had occurred in the temple in the years 2033 BS and 2045 BS, but the locals had caught the thieves and restored the idols.
Natasha told me, “You won’t understand my feelings unless you part with someone who loved you more than everything in his life. And suddenly he asks you to go away without any reason. You are getting punished for the mistakes you have never committed.”
BAGLUNG, Sept 27: Dashain fervor has gripped Hindus across the country but the landslide victims of Nishikhola are untouched by it. While people in other villages are busy preparing for the auspicious festival, the displaced locals of Nishikhola are unable to return to their homes.
MELILLA, August 27: In a winding early-morning queue, Jemaa Laalaoua hunches over with 50 kg (110 lb) of kitchenware on her back, waiting to cross back into Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
BAJHANG, July 24: It has been more than four years since Surendra Damai,40, a former Maoist combatant, has been struggling with life in a small dilapidated hut, which too is built in someone else's land because he doesn't have his own land.
Everybody we spoke to for ‘Life lessons’ at one point or the other said we needed to save for the rainy days. And it’s not just them who are saying that. When it comes to financial advice, everybody, from your parents to your cousins, seems to tell you that. But, for most of us, choosing to scrimp and save means compromising on our lifestyles and desires. Well, it needn’t be that way say some savvy savers. There are ways you can live large and still have plenty of cash leftover.
When I say I was raised shy, nervous, and narrow-minded, many people within my circle don’t believe me. My friends currently know me as someone who asks a lot of questions and debates over unconventional issues. I have a focused approach to life that translates to everything that I am and aspire to be. A major part of what I am today is because of my two years in the UK that introduced me to a dynamic educational environment, a multicultural community and a few moments of cultural shock.
I don’t know if it’s just me or not but of late, every time I pull up the newspaper we happen to be a part of some ranking or the other. Ok, that was slightly exaggerated but whenever these listings come up (and they do rather frequently), invariably it’s our capital city that crops up in the top tier of these often, undesirable listings. For instance, in February, Kathmandu was ranked as the seventh worst polluted city in the world among 290 cities and now we are at it again.
Life, the word itself holds vast meaning. As the saying goes, life is the C between B and D and it’s your choice on what to do during the time period between birth and death. Everybody wants a happy life. We all want everything to be sorted out. But it’s not as easy. Life is meant to be a roller coaster ride but with every up and down, you learn lessons that make you stronger. It is too short to wake up with regrets.
The hectic lifestyle that we lead, knowingly and unknowingly, has a big impact on not just our psyche but our physical and mental wellbeing too. In the drive to do more, do better, and get ahead of the competition, we are often left exhausted and completely burned out.
KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Around this time in the previous years, Sanjay Tandulkar of Teku used to have his busiest business days. The reason was that his business thrived on the complete blackouts faced by the general public due to load shedding of up to 14 hours a day. But since the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) made some remarkable changes in power distribution in the past four months, his business has taken an unfavorable u-turn.
Modern slavery is a brutal reality around the world. The 2016 Global Slavery Index published by the Walk Free Foundation estimates that 45.8 million people are in some form of slavery in 167 countries. 58 percent of people in slavery are living in just five countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. The report estimates that North Korea has the world’s highest prevalence of slavery at 4.4 percent of its population, followed by Uzbekistan (4.0 percent) and Cambodia (1.6 percent).