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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”

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Book Review: Good Girls Marry Doctors

 

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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The first book I have read this year was Good Girls Marry Doctors. It’s an anthology of stories from South Asian women. The theme is obedience and rebellion. There are 26 stories. It’s easy to read the book in one day. Each story is different and each women has their own take on what it means to be obedient and rebellious. I found the book to be about survival, strength, and courage.  It gave me comfort in knowing that I am not alone in this. Continue reading “Book Review: Good Girls Marry Doctors”

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Girls on Periods

Again we hear a story about a teenage girl who has died while on her period. It’s tragic that this still happens even when it has been outlawed. Nepali society needs to do a better job ensuring the safety of our girls and woman. They don’t deserve to die because you are uncomfortable with them menstruating.

We’ve covered this topic before and it’s one that many of us talk about frequently. I am angry and sad. THIS does not need to happen.

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The Battles We Fight

By Richa Pokhrel/@richapokhrel

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I have written a piece before about how we should have more courage to stand up to the atrocities we see in our societies, but lately I have been thinking about battles within our families and  communities. Recently when I was at a relatives’ house, their youngest daughter told me a story about her interaction with another male family member. In that story, she said that one of her uncles had asked her to get her something from the kitchen, she said no and told him that he should get it himself. He was an abled bodied man who could get whatever he desired. I was proud of her because she stood her ground. However, it made reflect on conforming and confronting in our families. Continue reading “The Battles We Fight”