Life & Style

How Bidhya Chapagain quit hosting BBC’s Sajha Sawal to forge her own path in journalism

Chapagain took a risk to tell the kind of stories she’d always wanted to, and she hopes to continue doing it for years to come. 

SNEHA DAHAL, Jul 04 2019

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A national award-winning artist struggles to make ends meet

Born and raised in Rolpa, Ramchandra Shrestha is the most acclaimed artist in his district, but his fame has not given him monetary success


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Here’s how Muslims in Kathmandu feast during Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours, but once the sun is down feasts await them


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Informal stores operating via social media are getting away with selling fake products

Sadikshya Mishra was idly surfing through Instagram’s explore page when she came across a photo of American celebrity Kylie Jenner wearing a high neck crop top with a criss-cross design on the front. The photo, however, was not from Jenner’s official account—it had been repurposed by a Nepali online retail store, The Next Fashion House.


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Nepal’s indecision on same-sex marriage leaves couples in limbo

Today, over a decade after the Supreme Court’s verdict and four years after the committee’s report, same-sex marriage remains unrecognised, putting couples like Pant and Melnyk in limbo, with no decision in sight. Two years ago, the couple visited ministry after ministry to seek help for a spousal visa for Melnyk, before filing a case against the immigration office.


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Meet the people who keep Kathmandu running

Every day, Rana copes with the stink from the open drains, and his palms have numerous wounds and blisters. He is not happy with the work, he says, because society looks down on his profession.

Apr 30 2019

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Discarding age-old taboos, more Nepalis are eating pork

Once explicitly forbidden for these ‘upper castes’, pork has started to become a new favourite, reflecting changing attitudes and more cosmopolitan approach to the variety of cuisines available in the Kathmandu Valley, brought in by migrants from across the country.   

Thomas Heaton, Apr 27 2019

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Confronting the quake trauma

On the day of the earthquake, I was with a research team in the mid-west Nepal. We were waiting for a person inside an office building. Having just received an earthquake response training few weeks back, I was aware of the building’s vulnerability.

Ojaswi Shah, Apr 26 2019

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Meet the man behind the khattu cocktail

When Abhishek Tuladhar returned to Kathmandu in 2016, after a decade of living abroad, he’d acquired a strong taste for cocktails. But in Kathmandu, he discovered that the cocktails didn’t suit his palate, leading him to make his own, and share them with his family and friends. Thus was born Bar Stories.


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Keeping up with the world’s largest Passover Seder in Kathmandu

On April 19, nearly 2,000 Jewish people from across Asia will gather in Kathmandu for the annual Passover festival, one of the most important Jewish holidays.

Rose Singh, Apr 19 2019

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Cut them down

There was a massacre in our neighbourhood. We witnessed a mass slaughter and kept silent. Most of us chose to live with it. We still don’t talk about it—I have never heard anyone invoke this tragedy since then.

Umesh Bajagain, Apr 13 2019

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