My Republica

Usha Pokharel

Magical monsoon

April 14, 2018 00:27 AM

Clouds are a visual treat for someone who can see and rain is a sensational treat of smell when it hits the dry earth.

Journey into self

March 31, 2018 01:05 AM

The best thing to do is to stop being our own enemy. We can start by not lying to ourselves.

What respect means to kids

March 17, 2018 01:45 AM

Parents should try their best to help their children figure out what is special about them that demands self-respect.

If the shoe fits

March 3, 2018 01:30 AM

During the 16th century wealthy French noblewomen wore heels so high, they were practically standing on their toes

Story of shankha

February 17, 2018 00:19 AM

The battle in Mahabharat began and ended each day with the blowing of Panchjanya by Lord Krishna.

Understanding grief

February 3, 2018 00:59 AM

One can never get over grief, one can only get on with it. You never move on, you move forward with it.

Being old is no crime

January 20, 2018 00:47 AM

With passage of time perceptions change, situations change and with that, life takes a different course

What’s in colors?

January 6, 2018 10:00 AM

Did you know colors also impact our mood, preferences and actions? They do.

Young role models

December 22, 2017 21:06 PM

Don’t ever think that your children are not equipped to deal with life’s hardships. Expose them early.

Young role models

December 22, 2017 21:06 PM

Don’t ever think that your children are not equipped to deal with life’s hardships. Expose them early.

Exam phobia

December 9, 2017 07:28 AM

Remember the last time your children had their exams? You suspended all their extracurricular activities

Connecting with the past

November 25, 2017 00:57 AM

I remember a time when, in the absence of internet and cell phones, visiting relatives was a spontaneous act.

Women’s relationships

October 28, 2017 00:47 AM

Women will have to be smart to adjust to the ever-changing relations she has to adjust to throughout her life.

Thinking of Tihar

October 15, 2017 13:23 PM

Laxmi is restless and does not stay in one place, so by lighting diyo we try to lure her into our homes.

Being a girl

October 7, 2017 00:47 AM

Although I see smile on the faces of parents after the birth of their first child, a girl, their disappointment is hard to conceal

Coming of age

September 23, 2017 00:30 AM

One day I was having a nice conversation with my grandson who had come from Poland. He said, ‘I will be celebrating coming of age ceremony next year’. ‘But you already had one three years ago when you had your bartabanda!’ I replied.

Equality in festivities

August 26, 2017 00:30 AM

If mythology gave conflicting messages and depicted women as weak, men have been no better, always laying down rules for women to follow

Gifting a daughter

August 12, 2017 00:36 AM

Some time ago, during the engagement ceremony of a relative, the purohit mentioned something about ‘baak daan’. That reminded me of kanya daan. I have always felt very uneasy about kanya daan. I feel the very words transform a girl into an object that can be given away. Not just the Hindus, even the westerners ‘give away the bride’. This prompted me to further explore the term kanya daan, which is a tradition passed on from generation to generation. It is religiously sanctioned and socially accepted. I have not found anything against it in religious scriptures either, nor could I find out when it started. But one thing was clear: a girl is a ‘kanya’ before puberty, before she menstruates. Since she needed to be ‘donated’ as per tradition, child marriage naturally followed.

Menstruation myths

July 29, 2017 00:45 AM

Young girls need your love and support to face this ordeal which frightens them already

Objects of comfort

July 15, 2017 00:54 AM

Security objects such as blankets and stuffed toys are part of the emotional support system of children