Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

A Brown Woman’s Version of Kipling’s If…

By Rhijuta Dahal/@RizDh 

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This piece is inspired by British writer Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem If (1910). He is also the author of The Jungle Book.  Continue reading “A Brown Woman’s Version of Kipling’s If…”

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Nepali Women of the Now: Astha Tamang-Maskey

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog


This month we are featuring Astha, an amazing singer and song writer from Canada. I discovered Astha’s music through social media a few years ago and just fell in love with her voice.  I also like that she sings in both Nepali and English.  My favorite song is Khula Aakash and my favorite music video of hers is Khaali. All her music videos are amazing.  Her most recent released song is Ride.  I admire her because she’s following her dreams and not letting society dictate what she should or shouldn’t do with her life.  Pursuing a creative life is not easy, but Astha does it with class. Thank you Astha for making beautiful music! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for your career.
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Book Review: Tilled Earth

By Kanchan Gautam

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While searching for a new Nepali author to read I stumbled upon Manjushree Thapa through some recommendations. She is a fairly renowned author in Nepal, South East Asia and has gone on to write various short stories, essays and novels. After browsing through the collection of her essays, novels and non-fiction books, I decided to go with the short story collection Tilled Earth. I have always loved short stories and how they give us a quick glimpse into a character or characters lives and leaves the rest to our imagination. Continue reading “Book Review: Tilled Earth”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Richa Neupane

By Richa Pokhrel/@richapokhrel
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This month we have Richa Neupane.  She is currently a Fellow at Teach For Nepal.  Teach For Nepal is a competitive 2 year teaching fellowship that puts recent college graduates in classrooms across the country. Richa currently teaches English at Indreshwori High Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk. She returned to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake in order to work directly with our people and country. In addition to being a teacher, she is part of Code For Nepal,  an organization aiming to increase digital literacy and use of big data. I admire Richa because she came back to Nepal to work even after having opportunities to work and stay in America. I admire her because teaching is not an easy profession, but she is working hard to make sure her students have more opportunities in life. Good luck with the rest of your fellowship, Richa!

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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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