I migrated to Australia in mid 2013 as a skilled professional. The skill assessment and the migration process was relatively quick and the visa grant coincided with the festive occasion of Diwali, which called for a double celebration that year (the lasting hangover reminded me that we had overdone it).  Armed with a master’s degree in engineering and 17 years of experience, I landed at Sydney airport with controlled exuberance. A good life and a bright future beckoned. However, I had quit my permanent job as an engineering executive in Indiain pursuit of an uncertain future – in a distant country in a different hemisphere. The chill of that winter morning in early July (arriving from a sweltering Delhi) reminded me of the change and the looming thunderstorm was reflective of the turmoil inside: Will I find a job?

The ‘spirit’ of the law

March 3, 2017 01:15 am

In the wise words of Homer Simpson, alcohol is ‘the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems’.

The malnourished nation

March 3, 2017 01:05 am

So how many times did you forget to feed your son? Shanti Maya* recalls one of the curious mothers at the malnutrition rehabilitation center asking her just a couple of hours after her arrival. She clearly found the question to be upsetting. Even now, Shanti insists that she genuinely believed that her boy was born to be that way, skinny and short. She never considered it to be a medical issue.

When her parents heard that she was pregnant, they did not congratulate her. She wasn’t married. It would tarnish her image, they thought, and she was told to rethink. But Bhawani Sharma*, a high ranking professional, was not ready to reconsider her decision and insisted on carrying the baby to full term.

Baby care

March 3, 2017 00:45 am

As it is it’s difficult to take care of newborns and babies and, of late, with the growing pollution in the valley as well as the seasonal change the task is getting harder. With every other person having his/her own ideas about the best way to take care of babies, it has become all the more difficult for mothers to figure out what’s actually good for their kids. Dr Vivek Todi, consultant pediatrician and pediatrician nephrologist at Norvic International Hospital and Vayodha Hospital, sheds some light on how to take care of children aged from six months to six years.

Small-scape gardening

March 3, 2017 00:35 am

Most of us would like to plant some greens and have a garden at home but often lack the space to do so. The Week talked to Sagar Mulmi of Bangalamukhi Nursery to find out how our gardening dreams can be made possible in small spaces and how we can grow vegetables and even some fruits right on your terrace.

Eat this, not that

March 3, 2017 00:25 am

Eating the right food will not only help you in your fitness journey but also lower your chances of suffering from various ailments like blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Remember, eating for good health is all about making smart choices consistently.

Local joints

March 3, 2017 00:15 am

There is no dearth of places to eat in the capital with new restaurants and bars opening in every nook and cranny. But then, these western culture influenced places might not be what you are looking for when you want to indulge in some local cuisine. But fear not as there are equally many local joints that can delight your Nepali taste buds. The Week talked to a few people in the valley and found out which is the spot they head to when they want a bowl of steaming momos or some yummy Newari food.

For (Pinterest) perfect nails

March 3, 2017 00:05 am

You might have seen some really cute nail paint designs that you wanted to replicate while scrolling through Pinterest. But you couldn’t because you didn’t know where to begin and were too intimidated to seek an expert’s help. The Week is here to help you make your nails look beautiful. We talked to Junu Lama from Jung Strong Nail Art in Durbar Marg and bring you simple, hassle free designs that you can try at home. These don’t take up much time and won’t make you run around, looking for items you may not have. You can use basic items you have at home and make do with them till you find yourself engrossed in nail art and wanting to be better at it.

Smart homes

February 24, 2017 11:14 am

Imagine coming home from a long day’s work and you open the door, and the lights immediately turn on a shade past dim – just the way you like it. It’s 8:00 pm by the time you freshen up and as you sit down in the living room to relax, your sound system automatically turns on your favorite tune.