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From the desk of children's book writers

October 27, 2017 11:14 AM

The characters that we come across as kids almost always stay with us. Be it Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella or Red Riding Hood, we are not only familiar with their tales but we often remember these characters with great fondness. But, as Nepalis, it is also nice to know that now we have our own native characters to look forward to. While Nepali children literature is still in its infancy, there are writers who are making a lot of effort to help it grow.

Reconnecting with nature

October 27, 2017 09:41 AM

Do you yearn for clear skies, deep blue sea, dense forest and the feel of fresh air? If your ideal vacation is more than just relaxing in the hotel café and partying in a crowded bar, then we have what just you need. To help us compile some incredible holiday destinations for nature enthusiasts, we at The Week spoke to Baikuntha Prasad Adhikari from Asian Heritage Tours and Travels in Nagpokhari, Kathmandu.

Travel checklist: The absolute essentials

October 27, 2017 09:34 AM

International travel can be fun and exciting but if you are not prepared well it may also bring some unforeseen circumstances. The Week has compiled some travel tips to help you organize your next international trip properly and avoid all unnecessary hassles. This is our attempt to make your journey safe, happy and an unforgettable one as well.

Capsule wardrobe 101

October 27, 2017 09:28 AM

With a hundred different things that need our attention every morning, most of us don’t have more than a few minutes to decide what to wear to work. In this rush, we often find ourselves reaching for the same piece of clothing or compromising on our style. It needn’t be the case if you have a capsule wardrobe which is a compact wardrobe made of some basic pieces of clothing and accessories that you can mix and match. With a capsule wardrobe, you needn’t worry about looking dull and drab as you hurriedly get ready for work.

Debunking breast cancer myths

October 27, 2017 09:14 AM

Cancer is a scary thing but, with the advance in medical technology, a lot of cancers are now treatable and that is true of breast cancer as well, which is one of the most common types of cancers in women. But as with all types of cancers, early detection and treatment play a huge role in effectively getting rid of the cancerous cells. Though there is a lot of awareness now about breast cancer, there are still some myths that blind side you from the risks.

For good digestive health

October 27, 2017 08:42 AM

Digestive difficulties are problems most of us face on an everyday basis, in some way or the other. But there is something about this ailment that makes it hard for most to discuss it and as a result we continue to suffer in silence. It is often said in Ayurveda that the root cause of most diseases is inefficient digestion and yoga is its natural remedy.

It’s time for dinner

October 27, 2017 08:04 AM

Making dinner can be quite a chore when you have just returned from work and don’t have the energy to do anything let alone cook an elaborate meal. But eat you must and while ordering in or eating out might seem like perfect options, they aren’t always budget friendly or good for your waistline either.

Shaping shadows

October 27, 2017 07:49 AM

The main purpose of contouring is to create shadows that help shape, sculpt, and redefine your face. While many of us want a beautifully sculpted face like most Instagram stars, our absolute lack of or minimal contour skills gets in the way. So we at The Week spoke to Binita Shah, makeup artist at GlowtoGlow, The Beauty Studio in Hadigau, Kathmandu, to provide you with a basic guide to contouring.

Look who’s back

October 13, 2017 12:50 PM

The 44-year-old rapper is believed to be working on new tracks, and is believed to be releasing his ninth studio album in November this year, MTV Online has reported.

The seriousness of comedy

October 13, 2017 12:47 PM

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra who stars in the upcoming film Golmaal Again said friends for life is her takeaway from the movie.

The final tribute

October 13, 2017 12:40 PM

Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011 at the poignant age of 27 affected many fans of the star’s music but now it seems the singer’s dad wants to bring his daughter to the West End. Following a difficult film released about the singer, entitled Amy and of which her family said was an “unbalanced” portrayal of her, her father Mitch Winehouse has said he wants the musical to be about more than “just the drugs and the alcohol”.

Good Reads

October 13, 2017 12:20 PM

Good books available at Mandala Book Point, Kantipath.

Desert Destinations

October 13, 2017 12:12 PM

Many may feel that holidays and deserts don’t go together, but we here at The Week beg to differ. With proper planning, deserts offer a uniquely lovely traveling experience. The cloudless skies, the mesmerizing sight of endless sand dunes (the sunsets in particular) and then, the  adventure activities, the unique culture of the people from the area, there is a lot that makes journey into the desert a memorable one.

Making it to Bhutan

October 13, 2017 12:06 PM

It’s the nation of legendary three-legged dragons, also “the happiest country” in Asia, they say. Bhutan, for many of us, is indeed still shrouded in mystery. It’s not only iconic images of places like the Tiger’s Nest or their unique culture (like why the obsession with phallic symbols?), but they have also managed to maintain the aura of being the last true Shangri-La of our time.

The art of acting

October 13, 2017 11:55 AM

Srijana Adhikari is a well known name in the Nepali theater scene, having acted in popular plays like ‘Milk Tea’ and ‘Sunkeshari’ to name a few.

The basics of braces

October 13, 2017 09:55 AM

Are braces only for children? Do they make our teeth weak? When is the correct time to put on braces? These are some of the most common queries related to dental braces. We at The Week spoke to Professor Dr Basanta K Shrestha, orthodontist at Shree Bikesh Dental Clinic, in Kamaladi, Ganeshthan, Kathmandu to help you find the answers to all these questions. Here is all that you need to know to become an informed dental patient and debunk myths related to braces.

Getting it right

October 13, 2017 09:46 AM

You know you have to get rid of that weight you have put on during Dashain holidays and so you are all geared up to burn some serious calories. But how do you know you are getting the maximum benefit from your exercise routine? How can you ensure weight loss? Manoj Katwal, fitness trainer at Next Step Fitness Gym Centre in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, says that there are many things people do or don’t do that hinder their weight loss process.

Festive feast

October 13, 2017 09:29 AM

What is Tihar without delicious Nepali recipes? But with busy schedules and modern lifestyles exploring Nepali culinary becomes an extremely exasperating task. For many, getting the correct formulae for an authentic Nepali cuisine is next to impossible.

Makeup 101- what to put in your first makeup kit ?

October 13, 2017 09:19 AM

From lotions and concealers to nail polishes and blush brushes, there exist a variety of tools that are essential in our makeup kit. Picking these items might be easier for those who know the basics of makeup, but beginners often don’t know where to start. For the confused ones, The Week is here to help. We talked to Sajina Shilakar, senior beauty expert at Bliss Beauty Salon in Pulchowk, Lalitpur, and found out what exactly we need to put in our very first makeup kits.

Festive nostalgia

October 13, 2017 08:13 AM

The festival of lights is around the corner and preparations here in Nepal are in full swing with people already thronging the markets to buy clay lamps, string lights, gifts, and other such just Tihar things. While Dashain seems to go by in a blur as we rush from one relative’s house to another seeking their blessings, Tihar seems to be just the festive occasion when we can relax and revel in traditions that we actually enjoy.