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Mother Tongue

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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For this piece, I decided to share one of my short stories instead of a personal essay. Here is a story I wrote last year and submitted to Duende Literary Journal.  To my great surprise, they had chosen it to be published! I was floored when I got the news because I never thought that an awesome literary journal like Duende would like my work. Sharing my creative work has always been difficult because I am very critical of myself. The strange thing is that when I write personal essays, I feel good about what I write. But with fiction pieces, I am never confident. Do you guys ever feel that about some things you do? I’m working towards not letting that self doubt get in the way of my creative writing.

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Nepali Women of the Now: Manisha Paudel

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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This month I interviewed Manisha Paudel, a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Tacoma. She works in the Equity and Human Rights department. In my understanding, equity is when people no matter who they are, what their background is have access to opportunities and resources without bias or discrimination. I would like to point out that there is a difference between equality and equity.  Manisha explained that equality is when everyone receives the same thing, but equity is when everyone receives what they specifically need to succeed. In her role she works to inform service providers of this difference and what it takes to close gaps and bring more people from various communities to the table. In addition, she works on creating policy that benefits the whole community, particularly in areas where people have been historically marginalized. Outside of her 9-5 job,  she has been involved with  Amnesty International and leadership – based organizations for more than 10 years.  She served in various capacities in Amnesty International, including Student Group Founder, Regional Group Member Leader, and currently Workshop Facilitator. She is a Nepali woman I admire because she works hard to make sure everyone gets their fair chance at having a quality life.

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Devi, Diva, or the Devil

By Anuja KC/@Anzkc

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I recall the days when I was in school, probably in 6th grade doodling images of houses, cars, trees and everything that filled my imagination while my teacher would lecture to his heart’s content about things that never mattered to me. I was delusional yet very creative at heart. What seemed to my teachers as a diligent note taking was actually my secret escapade to the world of imaginations and possibilities. Sketching was my form of self expression for things that I feared verbalizing in front of the whole class. If I had to summarize my young self in one word, it would be “Devi”. For those who are familiar with Hindu mythology, Devi is a gendered specific term for a female deity, a goddess. In colloquial Nepali language, “Devi” is synonymous to a female who is decent, diligent, disciplined and full of good qualities that society expects a woman should have.

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Nepali Women of the Now: Ladies of Boju Bajai

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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I am so happy to announce that we are starting a new monthly series called Nepali Women of the Now. Every month, we will feature an interview with a Nepali woman (or women in this case) that we admire. I wanted to start this because I wanted to highlight the awesome things Nepali women are doing around the world. I wanted to recognize individuals for their creativity, their hard work, their compassion, their strength, and so much more. I wanted to showcase that ordinary people can do extraordinary things and you don’t have to be famous to be a role model.   This month, I talked to Itisha Giri and Bhrikuti Rai from the badass podcast Boju Bajai. I highly recommend you listen to them if you haven’t already. Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Ladies of Boju Bajai”

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London Pricetag

By Rhijuta Dahal/@RizDh

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A friend of mine once mentioned something to me that really resonated with me, she described London as a place where you pay £5 to breathe in, and another £5 to breathe out. This held extremely true when I was unemployed in the city. Now I am finally back to work and can look back at the financial hard times. Here are some good tricks that I learned which I am going to share with you  today. Continue reading “London Pricetag”

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Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: One Year

By Bandana Upadhya

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My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary recently. It was a celebration of not only love and commitment, but also endurance and perseverance. Yes I know it was only a year! But even a year of staying married is a big deal these days; we are living at a time where if you master the art of flicking your thumb to the right, you will be sorted! My apology for offending those who enjoy the right-flicking scene and have miraculously found true love through it. Of course at the other extreme there are marriages that face unavoidable tragedies and circumstances which are hard to resolve, so no offence there either (by the way, here is a glimpse at my incessant and annoying need to apologise for having an opinion). Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: One Year”

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Morality and Victim Blaming in South Asian Societies

By Kanchan Gautam

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Recently while browsing through a selection of movies on Netflix, I happened upon a Bollywood movie. Usually, I stay away from Bollywood cinema, as they tend to lack depth and are riddled with gender role stereotypes. However, when I saw the description for Pink, I was intrigued. It seemed to veer from the typical Bollywood story of romance and thrills.  Additionally, with 136 minutes run time, it seemed to be reasonably short for Bollywood standards, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and watch it. I have to say besides the melodramatic portrayal of a retired lawyer played by Amitabh Bachan and some unrealistic court scenes, the movie’s depiction of how assault victims are treated in South Asian culture is very accurate. We have seen this many times, not just in Asian cultures, but here in Western society as well. People tend to blame the victim for their assault rather than the perpetrator for their actions. Continue reading “Morality and Victim Blaming in South Asian Societies”