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Gauthalika Kathaharu

Happy New Year everyone! Sending you best wishes in this upcoming year! This year I am going to start by telling you about a new show that premiered on Himalaya TV, a series worth watching! I have a lot of TV shows that I like to watch, I don’t usually watch many Nepali/Indian shows because I find them to be too dramatic and sometimes superficial. They are too much like soap operas and I am just really not into that. Gauthalika Kathaharu reached out to us about posting about their show. At first I was very skeptical because I didn’t think it was going to be very good. Boy, was I wrong! I found the episodes (I’ve only seen the first 3 episodes) to be very moving, and well told.  The issues vary from episode to episode, but it focuses on friendship, love, family dynamics, breaking expectations, and much more. Frankly I am very impressed with it. Did I mention the best part? The series is led by mostly women, both the Executive Director and Executive Producer are women, which is a BIG DEAL!

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What’s Happening in Nepal?

By Richa P

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Photo credit: CNN

In less than one month, I, along with my family and few friends will be going to Nepal to celebrate my marriage to Chris (three years after we tied the knot). Back in 2012, I was set to marry him, again in Nepal, but my grandfather unexpectedly passed away so we had to cancel. In our culture after a close family member dies, one can’t participate in any religious ceremonies for a time period (this depends on your relationship to the deceased). Since my grandfather passed away, my parents and paternal relatives wouldn’t be able to participate in the wedding ceremony. Chris and I finally decided to throw our reception this year, we bought our tickets in late January.

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Social Shift

By Richa P

Watching this inspiring clip from Girl Rising has me wondering about shifting cultural and social constructs. I saw this documentary sometime last year but it got me thinking because even when countries create laws for equality among it’s citizens, social acceptance and practice don’t change overnight.

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Transitions

By Nibriti D

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When I moved to the US, I moved to a small town in Iowa called Fairfield.  I joined middle school with my brother and my sisters came to the US when I started high school.  When I started looking at colleges, I decided that I wanted to get out of Iowa.  Not quite sure what fueled it but I had a really strong urge to just get out of Iowa.  I submitted applications to a lot of out of state schools and was accepted by some of them.  I had applied to University of Iowa as well (as back up, of course, but I did not want to stay here).

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