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Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: Namesake

By Bandana Upadhya

Photo Credit: Navin Mistry

Marriage has uncovered – with full force – personal vulnerabilities that I had not anticipated. At each step I have been overwhelmed with an intense need to question and subsequently reorganise my sense of personal identity. At the very core of this struggle has been the question of whether or not to adopt my husband’s surname. Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese Bride: Namesake”

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Traditions and Rituals

By Richa P

Photo Credit: Richa Pokhrel

I wouldn’t call myself a religious person, perhaps someone who is spiritual. I mean I do believe in a higher being, but I am not sure  exactly who/what that is. I identify as being Hindu, more the cultural Hindu  than the religious Hindu. There is a difference between those two. However, after spending a month in Nepal, especially during the Dashain and Tihar festivities, I have been thinking more about traditions and rituals in families, societies, and religions. Continue reading “Traditions and Rituals”

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Holidays and Beauty

 *Two short blog entries before 2014 is over. Happy New Year everyone!

Wise Compliments by Sanchita N

After hours of applying and reapplying my make up, I finally got ready for a wedding party. At the wedding, I observed women complimenting each other on their saris, make up and hairdos. A bejeweled teenager came over to me and remarked, “That bitch is wearing perfect eye makeup. I will have to YouTube makeover techniques tonight. By the way, I adore your earrings.” After contemplating these comments for awhile, I figured out one disgusting flaw in our culture- the culture of insincere complementing.

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