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July 2017

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  • Jyotish, the Science of Light

    Jyotish, the Science of Light

    Sushma Joshi

    My family’s surname is “Joshi,” derived from jyotishi, or astrologers. According to family lore, they fled the Mughal invasion and came to Nepal via Nainital... My family’s surname is “Joshi,” derived from jyotishi, or astrologers. According to family lore, they fled the Mughal invasion and came to Nepal via

    Jul.30.2017
  • A Delectable Dessert for Many Reasons

    A Delectable Dessert for Many Reasons

    Urvi Suwal

    It is one of the best loved dishes of Nepali cuisine, and serves a special purpose on celebratory occasions.   Kheer, a sweet rice pudding, is a common and essential dish in traditional Nepali cuisine. It is regarded as a pure and holy food, as served during auspicious

    Jul.29.2017
  • Remembering B.K. Shrestha

    Binayak Shah

    A businessman, tourism pioneer, and family man whose legacy will live on in the lives of many. Bidhya Krishna (B.K.) Shrestha used to speak politely, precisely, and in very soft tone. He never pressurized people to do things in his way, still he achieved a lot in his lifetime. That was the B.K. Shrestha I knew as the president of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), and also as the president of Nepal German Chamber of Commerce & Industry.   He was truly a workaholic. Every day, seven days a week, and round the year, he was fully engrossed in

    Jul.28.2017
  • Supermacy of the Serpents

    Supermacy of the Serpents

    Urvi Suwal

    Nag Panchami is a festival of the snakes, observed five days after the no-moon day in Shrawan (which is around the end of July, or first week of August). Nags, in Hindu culture, are snake deities, which have a significant space in the history of the religion. On this day,

    Jul.27.2017
  • The Exotic World of  One Hundred Ghats

    The Exotic World of One Hundred Ghats

    Prachi Goyal

    It is the most sacred site for Hindus the world over, for others, a place to explore and discover inner divinity A mystic blend of nature’s grandeur and enigma of human existence, Varanasi is visited by many people from all over the world for a spiritual experience, or to introspect

    Jul.26.2017
  • Rainy Day Reading

    Evangeline Neve

    When wet weather keeps you in the house, take advantage of it by diving into a few good books. There are possibly few things better on a rainy, stormy day than curling up on your couch or in bed with a steaming mug of tea or coffee and a good book. If, like me, you have several four-footed companions hanging about the place, they’ll enjoy it too—animals seem to love to sit on your lap while you’re reading, for some reason, preferably on the book itself! It’s been a busy few months, during which I’ve had less time than

    Jul.25.2017
  • Handmade,  Just For You

    Handmade, Just For You

    Ichchha Pradhan

    Collaboration and cooperation can get one further faster, and that’s what Timro Concept Store is all about. Only two months old, Timro Concept Store at Jhamsikhel has been making waves on the social media. The store is a place where passion and love for Nepali handmade products and Nepali

    Jul.17.2017
  • Stories of a  Himalayan Hunter

    Stories of a Himalayan Hunter

    Don Messerschmidt

    My friend, the story of my life is that story: story of hunting. . .  ~Dil Das The Himalayan hunter today is a mythical character. Half a century ago, however, when Dil Das and others like him were tracking wildlife in the Himalayan forests it was a way of

    Jul.16.2017
  • Pagalbutti, Shiva's Tears, and Tejpatta

    Pagalbutti, Shiva's Tears, and Tejpatta

    Amar B. Shrestha

    Where Am I ? Seven kilometers from the Ring Road, and you’re in Eden, flowers and trees and the unceasing chirping of birds, and serenity, tranquility, and peace. It’s a plant species with some pretty intriguing names. The Tharus of Nepal’s lowlands call it ‘pagalbuti’ (pagalmeans mad and

    Jul.14.2017
  • Vatvatey Reunion 2017

    Vatvatey Reunion 2017

    Sasha Koirala

    An event where bikers could rejoice, rejuvenate, and reconnect, Vatvatey Reunion 2017, was an event solely dedicated to the bike enthusiasts of Nepal. A first-of-its-kind, premium festival for biking enthusiasts, Vatvatey Reunion 2017 was held at Park Village Resort, Budalinkantha, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Initiated for

    Jul.13.2017
  • Uniquely Made in Nepal

    Uniquely Made in Nepal

    Joshua Ryan

    A lot more needs to be done to make Nepal’s beautiful handicrafts more competitive in today’s globalized world. Be it via grassroots brands, personal connections, or what have you, the element of ‘special items’ has a peculiar place in developing nations such as Nepal, that demands recognition. Niche production

    Jul.12.2017
  • Green Everest?—Necessary and Possible!

    Green Everest?—Necessary and Possible!

    EVANGELINE NEVE

    An expedition has been hard at work to clean up the tallest mountain in the world. An expedition with the stated goal of not just climbing but cleaning up? It sounds like a novelty, but considering the circumstances, it would be nice if it became the new “normal.”

    Jul.09.2017
  • Pemba Dolma Sherpa: Remembering Her Legacy

    Pemba Dolma Sherpa: Remembering Her Legacy

    IAN WALL

    Although, today, Everest has been summited by thousands, including a good number of women, the pioneering feats of the few that showed the way cannot be forgotten. The 1970s saw a rapid increased in the number of expeditions traveling through Namche  Bazaar, on their way to Everest and the

    Jul.07.2017
  • Appeasing the Gods of Rain

    Appeasing the Gods of Rain

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    Nepal's monsoon season on display in New York. Festivals have been a part of the Nepali culture since the times they have been inscribed in stone, leaves, barks of trees,and paper. Anyone visiting Nepal, and the Nepalis themselves, are in awe of the number of festivals celebrated, making it

    Jul.06.2017
  • The Many Blessings of Summer Fruits

    The Many Blessings of Summer Fruits

    Ichchha Pradhan

    Refresh yourself with the season's treats - the delicious, juicy and healthy fruits of summer! The hottest time of the year is here. Summer is the time for fun and happiness—to go out and enjoy, letting our skin breathe with the lightest of fabrics while soaking in the brilliant

    Jul.05.2017