Hajuri Bista’s journey from housewife to entrepreneur started with her spending six months searching for skill development training programs till she finally got an opportunity at WEAN, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. This was 24 years ago. Today, Bista owns the pickle brands, Navaras and Kitchen Recipe. Both the brands specialize in pickles made with Nepali spices.
Head constable of Nepal Police Durga Bahadur Rana, 38, displayed unparalleled courage to save the lives of voters during a bomb attack at the second phase of the local polls at Ambas poll station in Tulsipur-3, Dang. When an unidentified group threw a bomb inside the poll station in the morning of the election, it dropped just a meter away from where the police were stationed. It was Rana who picked up the bomb and threw it away from the crowded area.
I don’t really like attending weddings because all that women seem to do at these functions is show off their ‘golden’ stuff and expensive saris. I tell my wife that it is better to wear fake jewelries rather than breaking one’s neck (and the bank in the process) with tons of gold. And what’s the deal with saris and lehengas costing not just a few thousand rupees but more than half a lakh these days? Why do most women buy new saris every few months? And because of Facebook, you can’t be caught wearing the same sari at another wedding even if it’s after a few years because you will have pictures of the previous party wearing the same stuff somewhere out there.
You needn’t bother with the next few lines of that celebrated song because our country roads are not designed to take us anywhere, never mind home. Around this time every year the monsoon lays bare our infrastructural deficiencies – whether it is the death trap‘roads’ in far flung parts of the country,the only ‘highway’ connecting Kathmandu with the rest of the country or even the major roads in the capital. I’ve been in Nepal for quite a while now and the roads of the capital, in particular, are as bad as I’ve ever seen them.
There are traffic lights in 35 junctions of Kathmandu but, at the moment, not a single one is functioning. In fact it’s been years since Kathmandu residents even saw them flicker. In all this while, the metropolitan traffic police department has been handling traffic in the capital manually. While the public suffers because of mismanaged traffic, the authorities don’t seem to be all that concerned about the non-functional lights. What’s going on with the traffic lights in Kathmandu? Neeraj Chandra Roy reports.
In the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, Caesar and his simian co-stars were buried beneath layers of prosthetic makeup, severely limiting their ability to emote. In Fox’s recently rebooted “Apes” trilogy (three and counting), the computer-generated chimps appear more human than the homo sapiens — which is clearly what the series has been working up to. In purely technical terms, director Matt Reeves more than achieves that goal, although it requires rigging the screenplay and reducing the human characters to crass two-dimensional stereotypes in the process.
SoundCloud has introduced us to quite a few artists that we currently cannot do without. If you haven’t already, then it’s time to add Rajan Shrestha, bass guitarist of the post-rock act Jindabaad, to the list. Shrestha’s debut album Cinema, out on Bangalore based record label Consolidate, is worth a listen and many more.
Rising above the highly prevalent social prejudice, Dalit candidate Nirpa Bahadur Od, 42, has recently been elected the mayor of Dhangadhi of Kailali district, the only sub-metropolitan city of province seven. With his victory, Od became the first Dalit mayor of a sub-metropolitan city in the country. Climbing the political ladder, however, was not easy as he faced lots of hurdles along the way. And his struggles began way before he got candidacy for the mayoral post.
After the blockbuster movie ‘Prem Geet’, the days of struggle are over for Pooja Sharma. 25-year-old Sharma debuted in the Nepali film industry along with Priyanka Karki in the movie ‘3 Lovers’. She got her first lead role in ‘Madhumash’ and in the NEFTA awards 2016, she was awarded the Popular Actress Award for her character in ‘Prem Geet’. But the hardworking girl isn’t just an actor, she recently took up singing as well. The Week caught up with her to learn more about her foray into acting and singing.
She has a degree in environmental law but you will also find her instructing zumba or piloxing classes at various fitness studios across town. Grishma Bista believes in living a life where you work hard, extremely hard, to make your dreams come true. But this ambitious young woman isn’t only focused on improving her own life. She recently organized a charity event to help children in Kenya.