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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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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…’”

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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”

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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”

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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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