Stories By 'ALISHA SIJAPATI'
At the Gupta family’s paan store in Thapathali, ingredients are kept inside a small drawer. Aryan, the eldest son, calls these ingredients his family’s “treasures”. Outside the store, in big red letters, is the paan shop’s name: Rajdhaani Ko Shaan Rajkumaar Paan.
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Despite coming from different worlds, this lawyer and civil engineer duo’s work for the shared social cause of fighting menstrual taboos was not an easy task.
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It’s 6:30 pm on a cloudy Sunday evening. Mohammed Allahuddin looks out towards the dark skies from the Kashmiri Jama Masjid in Ghantaghar, and murmurs, “It will rain heavily tonight.”
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Since she was a child, Medha Bhattarai was big-boned and chubby. Her friend Nistha Shrestha wasn’t plump when growing up, however, she always knew that she weighed more on the heavy side.
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Sheikh Akhtar has been waking up to his alarm at 2 am every day for the past 10 days. It is the month of Ramadan. Akhtar has to get up early so that he has enough time to fill his body with nutritious food while it is still dark.
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In December 2015, four months after the United States Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage, Suman Pant got married to her partner Leslie Melnyk, an American, in the state of California.
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