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Devi, Diva, or the Devil

By Anuja KC/@Anzkc

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I recall the days when I was in school, probably in 6th grade doodling images of houses, cars, trees and everything that filled my imagination while my teacher would lecture to his heart’s content about things that never mattered to me. I was delusional yet very creative at heart. What seemed to my teachers as a diligent note taking was actually my secret escapade to the world of imaginations and possibilities. Sketching was my form of self expression for things that I feared verbalizing in front of the whole class. If I had to summarize my young self in one word, it would be “Devi”. For those who are familiar with Hindu mythology, Devi is a gendered specific term for a female deity, a goddess. In colloquial Nepali language, “Devi” is synonymous to a female who is decent, diligent, disciplined and full of good qualities that society expects a woman should have.

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Man in The Mirror – Looking at Male Privilege in Nepali Society

*Something new on the blog today! We have a male voice speaking about male privilege in our society. We hope you like that we’ve switched things up a bit. Please discuss.

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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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The Impact of Inaction

By Richa P


  I recently went to a protest demanding justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed African American teenager who was killed by a police officer this August. The police officer who killed him got no punishment, rather, the police officer said he had a clear conscience for what he had done. No matter what your take is on this matter, no matter the politics involved, we can’t deny a life was taken unnecessarily. At this protest, there were a few hundred people, we marched on the streets of San Francisco, people watched on from the sidewalks, cars honked as we walked past them. This piece isn’t going to be about the case but rather the act of not acting when we know something isn’t right. Many people choose not speak up when something is wrong,  they want to stay insulated in their comfortable bubbles. Continue reading “The Impact of Inaction”