The fashion industry has long been dominated by tall, skinny women – often with European features. In fact, more than 70% of models cast for the 2017 Spring fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan were white, per the diversity report by The Fashion Spot. So, when I heard about an up-and-coming Nepali transgender model, I was intrigued. Continue reading “Nepal’s First Transgender Model”→
I first heard about Jhamak Ghimire from my dad because she happens to be from the same place as him and his family. They both hail from Kachide, Dhankuta. In the last few year she has been getting international recognition for her poetry and writings. Jhamak was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects a person’s motor movements. She does not communicate through vocal words, instead she writes with her feet. I was interested in reading her work, but did not have access to her books until 2012. That year I was in Nepal and went to a book fair with my mama and saw her works in English. I purchased her memoir “Jiwan Kada Ki Phool (A Flower in the Midst of Thorns)” and read it in 2 days. I highly recommend everyone to read her words. I imagine they are even more powerful in Nepali. Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Jhamak Ghimire”→
When I first saw an advertisement pop up in my Facebook a few months back, it had a tag line written in big bold letters,“Invest Like a Woman.”That didn’t sit well with me for the first few seconds, but after clicking on the link and going to the company’s website, Ellevest. I was finally convinced that it was not a derogatory tagline, but a way to empower women to invest. I didn’t particularly view this tagline as a negative inference, but I definitely remember asking myself, “but what does invest like a woman actually mean?” After ruminating for several days, the light bulb went on. It was because I didn’t have any female role model associated with being a successful investor that I could instantly think of when I read that tagline. When I was growing up I seldom saw women proactively taking part in the financial decision making in Nepal. It was not very typical of women to take ownership of financial matters in any household and go out an invest without a male’s approval. Based on my professional experience working in the financial sector for many years in the US, most of the investment decision making is led by male counterparts. The current investment systems that are designed by men. Whereas, women are more sensible and level headed to make investment decisions, but we somehow do not idolize women as investors or consider them as our role models in financial decision making. Continue reading “Empowering Women in Finance”→
This month we are featuring Asmita Dhungana. She is a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) in England. Psychological wellbeing practitioners work with groups of people suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. The job is to help people manage their own recovery using behavioral therapy interventions. Mental health policy was developed in the late 1990s in Nepal, but integrating services to its population has been difficult. As Nepalis we know how hush hush this topic can be amongst our family, yet we know several people who are suffering silently. I admire Asmita because she is not afraid to talk about mental health and work with people who are suffering! I hope her interview inspires us to be more vocal about our own mental health issues and not be afraid to seek help when we need it.
My 5th wedding anniversary in approaching this Friday, October 20th. I was 26 years old when I got married on a beautiful horse ranch in California surrounded by our immediate families and two friends. Three years later, we went to Nepal to celebrate our union. Honestly the time has gone by really fast, next year, it will be ten years since our friendship. Marriage is not always easy, it requires work to make it successful. That work can mean different things for different relationships and happen at different times during marriage. It’s kind of like a roller coaster; sometimes it’s working itself to the top, other times it’s coming quickly down. In any marriage (and any relationship) there are two people who are always growing, but at different paces. I’ve been reflecting on those 5 years and I wanted to share what has worked in our relationship.Continue reading “5 Things, 5 Years”→
This month we have Nirmala Lekhak, an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She teaches in the Department of Nursing and this is her first year there. I admire her because of her dedication to be an expert in her field and then go out and inspire others. In addition to being super smart, Nirmala is also an amazing dancer (something she forgot the mention). She also dedicates herself to organizations and causes outside of the classroom. I wish her all the luck for her first year of being an Assistant Professor. I know she’ll be amazing! Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Nirmala Lekhak”→
I was in Nepal recently during a festival called Teej, popularly termed a ‘women-only’ festival. Teej appears to go on for weeks in Nepal though it is primarily a fasting festival that lasts 24 hours, during which women –rightly or wrongly – make a 24 hour sacrifice of hunger and thirst in return for a specific blessing from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The unmarried asks to be blessed with a “good” husband; while the married woman selflessly wishes that her husband is granted a long and healthy life. There might be other reasons for Teej, but these are the most commonly shared ones. Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’”→