Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Jhamak Ghimire

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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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”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Asmita Dhungana

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog


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.

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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’

By Bandana Upadhya

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Photo credit: Rhijuta Dahal

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…’”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

Nepali Women of the Now: Prabighya Basnet

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

I am really excited about this month’s featured Nepali woman. Prabighya  is the co- founder of Khali Khutta, a company that sells environmentally friendly products. I met her during the summer of 2007 when I was in Nepal and she happened to come over to my Great Aunt’s house. We talked and bonded. A few years later, I ran into her at the Bangkok airport when we were both on our way to Nepal. Through the years I have know her she has traveled all over the world, learning and growing. In 2010, Prabighya and her sisters started a marketplace where organic produce was sold in Kathmandu. Since then, her businesses and projects have expanded. I admire her because she is someone who practices what she preaches. Her commitment to Mother Earth, to her community,  and her country is contagious.  Continue reading “Nepali Women of the Now: Prabighya Basnet”

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…”

Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

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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Jhamak Kumari Ghimire receives honorary PhD from President

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”