In the past decade, a lot of coffee shops and restaurants have popped up in Kathmandu and many have quite unique stories behind their establishment. Mo:Mo la Palpasa, located at JP Road in Thamel, is a quaint little place that has been gaining popularity among the locals as well as tourists because of the hygge-esq ambience it radiates. The two founders of the cafe talk us through their journey of starting Mo:Mo la Palpasa and the future plans they have for it.
Initiating a business venture and successfully managing all aspects of it are strenuous and often requires a lot of patience and courage. Add in a multitude of business ventures coordinated through the same company and all the businesses being new ideas at that and that responsibility quotient goes several notches higher. But Amit Khanal, chief executive officer of Yellow Planet Multipurpose Company, has been doing just that for more than two months now and, though the task at hand is mind boggling, he intends to give it his best shot.
Ojaswi Baidya, Loonibha Manandhar, Sampanna Shrestha, and Susan Chakradhar met back in December 2016 as participants for the Greenovation Challenge, which the quartet won later in November 2017 for their entrepreneurial startup Tyre Treasures. Although, Shrestha had initially come up with an idea of recycling and reusing waste produced by each household, Baidya and Manandhar are the only active executive members of the organization right now. The innovating and unique idea pitched by Shrestha was later worked on and they started making use of non-biodegradable inorganic waste – primarily tyres – to create interesting products, which can be used for various purposes.
Neha Christopher always loved to dance but it was actually her mother who steered her towards exploring the therapeutic side of dancing. Now a certified dance and movement therapist, Christopher came to Nepal sometime in August 2017. Since then, she has already facilitated six different workshops in collaboration with six different organizations including Rupy’s International School, Pushpanjali School, and Katha Ghera and she is all geared up for an upcoming four-month long workshop with The British School students.
There is no escaping advertisements these days. Advertisements are not limited to TV infomercials now. Ads can be created and branded in or through all kinds of – but not limited to – digital media because of the colossal advancement in technology in the last two decades. And all these ads are – in almost all cases – created by marketing agencies. One such agency, in particular, that is steadily gaining popularity in the advertising world in Nepal is Project A.
A couple of weeks ago, Mansi Dahal posted on her social media accounts that she would be publishing an anthology titled No Names But Connections. This news, of a 20-year-old Nepali publishing limited copies of a collection of poems in English in New York, travelled all the way to the other side of the world and throughout Nepal.
Manish Khadgi had been working as a photographer for the past six years – a fashion photographer for the last few years at that – when he decided to launch his own fashion brand. The driving force behind this was the fact that Khadgi saw a lack of quality fashion clothing for men in the country. And so, Ramp was born. Though the clothing brand, Ramp, was initially focused on catering to men and bringing about some much-needed change in men’s fashion, Khadgi quickly decided not to cater exclusively to men and included clothes for women in their fashion line as well.
Rhea Pradhan was looking for something to do in her free time post SLC and that’s when fashion blogging caught her fancy and she entered the blogging scene. This was back in 2011, and terms like digital influencers and vloggers were not a thing – even blogging was a relatively new scene. Pradhan happened to stumble upon Le Happy blog by Luanna Perez-Garreaud and, inspired by her individuality and how well Perez-Garreaud expressed herself through her style in her blogs, Pradhan wanted to do something similar and jumped on the blogging bandwagon.
We were curious about Icekraft because, in the past few months, our Instagram feeds have been flooded with pictures of the place and their tempting food. Located in Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Icekraft is primarily an ice cream parlor but they also serve waffles, fries, pancake and corn. The Week went to Icekraft to sample a few of their popular food items to evaluate whether it really lives up to its Instagram hype and we were in for quite a pleasant surprise.
For those who missed earlier performances, The Vagina Monologues is back. V-Day Kathmandu’s The Vagina Monologues Alumni are hosting the 2018 Vagina Monologues, which is the fourth rendition of The Vagina Monologues being conducted in Kathmandu as a fundraiser for an original Nepali production [this summer].
Thinley Lhamo is soon going to make her debut in the Nepali film industry through the highly anticipated movie, Nakaa, starring alongside the likes of Bipin Karki, Robin Tamang, Sajan Thapa Magar, and Shiva Mukhia (from The AXE Band).
Despite protests and campaigns against discriminations of all kinds, we still get to see a lot of it on a daily basis and then there’s a discrimiation we rarely give mucn thought to, much less talk about and condemn: Discriminating among breeds and gender of animals. Sharmila Karki, founder of PAWsitive Hands, says that the questions that irk her the most are to do with inquiries about breed and gender of dogs before adopting or abandoning them.
We come across plenty of DIY videos on the internet all the time but usually we can’t make them because the items used in those videos are not available in Nepal. It’s quite frustrating when you want to put your crafty side to use but do not find the resources to do so. Do It Yesari is an e-commerce website which is a platform for DIY artists to give full exposure to their products – and they also plan on putting up videos on how the said artists create their products.
In the recent years, the teaching of penmanship in schools or the lack thereof has been stirring quite a few controversies. The world has gone digital and educational systems have followed that rule. So why do some people emphasize on writing with hand? Bal Gopal Kapali, calligrapher and founder of Thamel Calligraphy Center, believes that digitalization of everything is the very reason we should learn about handwriting.
You wouldn’t start anything without meaning to make significant financial gains from it, would you? Why would you want to put in so much hard work and effort into something if you are not getting anything in return, right? But Sanam Sherpa, co-founder and marketing supervisor at Weaving for Empowerment, is doing just that. Even after running Weaving for Empowerment for more than a year now, she insists that she has not yet taken a rupee out of the profits. And she intends to keep it that way.
Back in early 2012, Shashank Shrestha, a video producer who had just returned to Nepal from the US, decided to take his freelance video production, which he had been involved in for a year, up a notch. He then launched his own media production company, Katha Haru.
34-year-old Sabrina Pradhan was running late for a meeting and had no other option but to squeeze herself into the last available space in a tempo when the man on the seat next to hers pinched her bottom.
Rooting for equality comes through different actions and gestures. There is no right or wrong way to do it – you just do it. And equality in itself comes in different forms – gender, race, language, religion, convictions, belief, physical ability and so many more. And while many people voice their opinions on these issues and how inequality in any form hinders progress of societies and nations as a whole, only a few people actually do something about it. WoMen.co is a newly established café that promotes gender equality.
Anyone with even the slightest interest in Nepali theater will be able to tell you who Sunil Pokharel is. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the Nepali theater industry. Many people know him as the founder of Aarohan Gurukul but even without Gurukul’s identity tailing him, he is one of those artists who people admire and adore. The Week caught up with him for a short chat.