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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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Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

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Photo credit: Qandeel Baloch Instagram

 

Did you guys read this article about the Pakistani social media star who was killed by her own brother?  We women are always cornered into what society wants, what our family wants, mostly what others think we should be.  We are and WILL always be judged for what we wear, what we say, what career paths we choose, who we marry, how we raise our kids, how we do our hair, etc. FOR EVERYTHING WE DO. It’s not just men who judge us, we as women heavily judge other women. As a feminist, I think that women should have the CHOICE to be whoever they want, there is no “right” way to be a woman. We may not agree with someone else’s decisions, but if we want to be free women, we need to stop judging others for their choices. Instead taking time to understand why those decisions were made. I am trying to be less judgmental to those who have different values than I do, especially those women who have different political views than me.  Continue reading “Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself”

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Good News & Terrible News

The good news is that we are on the ballot for NepaliAustralian’s the ‘Most Diverse Blog’ award. Please vote for us here. All you have to do is write a comment in the comment section, the entry will only be available to her. We won the award two years ago thanks to all of you, our supporters! We see some of our other friends have been nominated in other categories too (please vote for them too)!

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Online Harassment of Nepali Women Celebrities

By Pooja/Lost in Pretty Europe 

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Media personalities and celebrities often make use of social media to promote their work, maintain their profiles and connect to the people. The opinions general people post from behind their computer screens on social media can often be very reflective of the society. Once I accidentally landed on social media page of a popular Nepali actress and went through her photos and posts. The comments on those photos were appalling. It was a real eye-opener for me to see the mind of many Nepali men (and in some cases, women fans) who posted such outrageously vulgar comments. Continue reading “Online Harassment of Nepali Women Celebrities”

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Nepalese Society, Sex and Reproductive Health Education

By Kanchan Gautam

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Like most children in Nepal I grew up learning certain things were never discussed. One of those being sex, more importantly sex/reproductive health and sexuality. I am sure many Nepalese can corroborate with me on how uncomfortable it is to watch a movie or a show with family members even when it involves an innocent kiss. Things even as simple as that are considered a big no-no and found to be “dirty.” Discussing how babies are made or what steps one should take in protecting themselves from STDs or unwanted pregnancies is never mentioned. Recently while talking to a younger relative of mine, I found it ironic that a society that is deeply influenced by Hinduism, a sexually liberated religion, somehow is culturally very repressed. Many teens and young adults have either no or very little knowledge about sex, reproduction and sexuality. Continue reading “Nepalese Society, Sex and Reproductive Health Education”

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Identity Crisis: Am I Nepali?

By Rhijuta Dahal/@RizDh

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Growing up abroad we heard words like BBCD – British Born Confused Desis (substituted ABCD for Americans), Coconut (brown on the outside white inside) and plenty of other stereotypes that were used to put ‘people like us’ in a box. Back then, I was very much a Nepali who had just been living in the UK for few years, couldn’t understand why I was categorised as such, but then those few years turned into a decade and has now been almost two decades. My identity since then has evolved significantly.

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My Nepali Wedding

By Kanchan G

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I recently married my long time boyfriend. We personally chose to do it courthouse style since we both fall under the category of “non religious people”. However, when my family decided to have a traditional Nepali ceremony, I wasn’t too thrilled. I expected it to be over the top, relatives and family friends I had neither met nor had little or no contact with to be there, and for me to partake in traditions I did not care for or relate to. I had always found weddings to be a bit over the top and just a way for people to show off lavish trends. All the stress and planning that is related to weddings isn’t all that alluring either. On top off all that we had decided to have the wedding during Dashain and only had two months to organize it.  During these two months me and my family fussed and planned on different details of the wedding. We found a local Hindu temple to hold the wedding ceremony, looked for multiple venues to host the reception, while doing all this from across the country of the wedding location. Most of the planning was done by my aunt and grandmother, which I was very thankful for, seeing how I did not have half the stress most brides do.

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