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Diwakar Pyakurel is a Kathmandu-based bilingual journalist. He writes features on society and culture, art and literature, and entrepreneurship, among others.

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Ramkahani movie review: Unskilled handling of magic realism results in misery

Producers of the new release Ramkahani have a unique selling proposition—their flick belongs to the rarely explored ‘horror’ genre. USPs may help companies popularise their products and beat their competitors, but they can never guarantee success. So happens with the movie. At the start, the movie is quite appealing as it presents the serious problem […]

The Mint Studio: Effort to integrate social work and business with ‘Made in Nepal’ tag

In Nepal, INGOs and NGOs are ‘notorious’ for their ‘projects’ that they launch for a period of time. They carry out the projects ‘effectively’ till the deadline, but after they are done, what is left is the dependency of people. But, that was not the case with Helvetas, a Swiss development organisation, when it ran […]

Meri Mamu movie review: Unimaginable coincidences constitute powerful tragedy

The trailer of Meri Mamu is a combination of unconnected shots with some violence and this may deter you from watching it. However, the movie is a strong presentation of an intriguing plot; and stands a bit higher than the average production in terms of its story as well as cinematic art. The film is […]

This youth group is teaching school kids ‘rocket science’, but it’s not gimmick

On a lazy summer afternoon, students of Balkumari Primary School in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, are waiting for the 4 pm bell so that they can rush home and relax. Since 10 am, the kids have already seen eight boring faces come to their class, read lines from their textbook. All this is tiring. Among those waiting […]

Paragonimiasis: Crab eaters in Nepal at risk of contracting this life-threatening disease

Ask locals of many Nepali villages what they do as primary treatment for jaundice, hundreds of them are likely to say, “Mince raw crab or crayfish and eat it uncooked.” The homemade medicine is, in fact, effective in healing the ailment quickly- if we are to believe what a man from Gulmi told doctors at […]

Nai Nabhannu La 5 movie review: A beautiful love story kills its own crux

You need not say ‘Nai’ (No) if someone requests you to go watch the latest Kollywood release, Nai Nabhannu La 5. But make sure that the person asking is not your childhood sweetheart. The movie is interesting, but it further mystifies an already complex idea of love, including its benefits and costs. Despite having strengths […]

One laptop per child: How an NGO adopted govt brainchild to educate rural kids

The coalition government formed after the 2006 Janaandolan, in its annual budget statement, announced the launch of ‘one laptop per child’ (OLPC) programme in a bid to promote the use of information and communication technology in government schools. The decision was made to emulate the success of similar programmes in other underdeveloped countries around the […]

SmartPhones4Water: Why citizen involvement in rainfall measurement is a good idea

When residents of Radheradhe and Sallaghari area of Bhaktapur district woke up in the morning of July 12, floodwater had entered their houses from the nearby Hanumante River. Perhaps some youngsters in the area saw such a situation for the first time in their life; hence they wondered what was wrong with the rainfall. They also […]

What is Nepal doing to avert possible human resource crisis in aviation sector?

Few days after various Nepali media reported that Nepal welcomed five new aircraft within one month and that the government was preparing to ease the licence acquisition process for airline companies to carry out international flights, an official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal asked a crowd of around 400 high school graduates in […]

Human fascioliasis: An emerging life-threatening disease is testing Nepal’s doctors

In August 2015, a 45-year-old woman from Surkhet of Karnali province approached the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital with ‘unusual’ complaints. The patient was tired after visiting hospitals in Nepal and India for the past few months–none could diagnose her condition. Most doctors she visited had told her that she had cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), […]

FIFA World Cup: Russia hopes to build on football craze in Nepal to boost bilateral ties

For past three weeks, the world’s eyes are on Russia as the largest country in the world by area hosts the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup. Russia holds a powerful position in global politics and this World Cup, without doubt, has given it an opportunity to add a new feather in its cap— […]

Nepal flood alert: Better technology is saving lives in flood-prone areas

During the 1993 monsoon, floods and landslides triggered by a cloudburst in central Nepal—around the Bagmati, Kamala and East Rapti river basins—killed 1,336 persons, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. This was the second biggest natural disaster in the country in the past 25 years. In 2017, most parts of the country witnessed incessant […]

Pasa Puchah Guthi: This organisation is leading young Nepalis in UK towards their roots

Sanyukta Shrestha, in his teens, thought that Nepali and Sanskrit were more important languages than his own community’s Nepal Bhasha, commonly called Newari. Though born in a Newar family in Naxal in Kathmandu, Shrestha thought he would not need Newari for his life—because Nepali and English would be enough. Instead, he developed his interest in […]

This is how Nepal eliminated trachoma as a public health problem

When the World Health Organization last month announced that Nepal has become the first country in the South-East Asia region to eliminate trachoma ‘as a public health problem’, many Nepalis, especially those living in central and eastern hills and urban areas, were taken by surprise—apparently because they had never heard about the ailment before. On the […]

Israeli envoy to Nepal: Connections between highest and lowest points of earth are special

Israel has been in a difficult position in the global political arena owing to its conflict with Palestine. Perhaps that is why the country’s presence is not much visible in developing countries like Nepal. This past week Nepal and Israel commemorated 58 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. On this occasion, Onlinekhabar talked to […]

Dochaa: An experiment to connect commodities with culture and communities

Our feet and our shoes have a distinct position in our culture. Your feet are not to come in contact with things you have to respect. Perhaps that is why people do not think of shoes as an important part of our intangible heritage, and manifesting something important on shoes is a taboo. But, three youngsters […]

Meet this ordinary woman to learn what matters more than money and job in life

Until a few years ago, news about middle-aged men and women taking school completion examinations would grab headlines in the media. People, however, would not talk about the ‘inspirational figures’ after the exams were over as most of the men and women halted their academic journey after the exam; it did not matter if they […]

This is how digital mapping is pushing Nepal towards development and democracy

Despite being a student of geomatics, Pratichhya Sharma from Pokhara never thought how modern computer and mobile technologies embedded ideas of her science so that it could be available to everyone. She, of course, would use maps available on various websites whenever she would visit different places, but apparently had taken them for granted. It […]

‘First ascent of Everest is Tenzing Norgay’s imperishable gift to Nepal’

Tashi Wangchuk Tenzing Sherpa was an eighth-grader when he began accompanying his sexagenarian grandfather (mother Pem Pem’s father) as he trekked to the Everest Base Camp along with many foreign climbers.  He was just a ‘baaje’ (granddad) for Tashi; but this carefree teen used to wonder why other people in the trekking group would give […]

This couple cut down on wedding expenses to support Nepal’s education reform drive

People thinking of getting hitched this year must be busy planning how they will save up money to complete the wedding rituals—for Nepali weddings are generally expensive. A typical Nepali wedding has two key dimensions: cultural rituals and social gatherings. Both involve excessive costs–not only for the bride and the groom, but for both the […]

Jacaranda mimosifolia: This ‘beautiful yet invasive’ plant is in love with Kathmandu for 150 years

As the spring season reaches its peak in Kathmandu, major roads in the city turn purple. Beautiful flowers from big plants blanket tarred roads and busy sidewalks—just to get crushed by speeding tyres and hastening feet after a while. But, if you catch the scene before the blooms are trodden by the vehicles and people, […]

Offering Happiness: Nepal’s first surprise planning company plays with people’s love for amusement

What would your response be if you see your picture with a message from your near and dear one(s) on the screen when you go watch a movie in Kathmandu? “Don’t joke with me, kid! It’s never possible,” huh? But, wait, it has already been made possible—in Kathmandu! How? Let’s begin with a story. A […]

Nepal earthquake anniversary: Mobile masons help locals for speedy reconstruction

Nepal marked the third anniversary of magnitude-7.6 Gorkha earthquake this week, but there are complaints galore about insufficient funding and resources to drive the reconstruction campaign forward. One of the problems the survivors frequently raise is the unavailability of skilled human resources to work in the field ensuring that every new construction is earthquake resistant. […]

Nepal Earthquake: Why retrofitting can be a better option for reconstruction

Though the government realised it quite late, retrofitting has been an effective and economical technology to build back better for people whose houses were partially damaged in the 2015 Nepal earthquake. It was in 2012/13 that Min Prasad Nepal (now 67) and his wife Saraswati (now 56) built their new house on a hill at […]

Eco Cell: When tragedy triggers innovative social entrepreneurship

Imagine yourself as a graduate student at a business school. You are in your early 20s, and you are full of vigour and enthusiasm. You talk about many dreams and aspirations with your classmates: being the manager of a leading commercial bank, turning your family business into a modern industry, doing business with social responsibility…. […]

Letter from the Netherlands: Three decades on, Dutch couple lives with Nepal in their hearts

Which country are you from?—perhaps it is the most repeated question for any foreigner, anywhere. That’s why I was not interested to answer her in the beginning. But, I could not just ignore a humble native who approached “a group of lost travellers” as she called us. Each of us answered naming our motherlands. “Nepal…I […]

Letter from the Netherlands: Beyond Mount Everest, what does Nepal have that Europe doesn’t?

“… But the European sun is not as warm as the Asian one,” it was my lame attempt to crack a joke about the chilling cold we were experiencing in Rotterdam this Sunday noon. Having experienced sub-zero temperatures in Dusseldorf, Germany throughout the day, I had gone to bed on Saturday night wishing for a […]

[BLOG] Letter from the Netherlands: Here’s why Kathmandu needs to go ‘European’

Whenever my mom visits ‘rich’ relatives, she praises how they have decorated their houses as soon as she is back to home. Today, living away from her and the home for just three weeks, I realise that this feeling is universal. Whenever ‘outsiders’ see anything similar to or/and different from what they have in their […]

A filmphobic’s confession: Why travelling is the best to challenge your inhibitions

Well, I had never thought I would write about movies someday. All three ‘woods’ of Kathmandu market are not my concern. My city’s most popular, though not native, Bollywood: nay! A couple of reasons to keep it straight: First, I think films are not my cup of tea; second, believe it or not, despite having […]

It’s love that counts: Why life and death of captive animals moves these zookeepers?

Maiya Kapali does not remember anything more heart-wrenching than the demise of five-year-old Simba, a leopard raised at Nepal’s Central Zoo in Kathmandu, around a year ago. Kapali does not know what exactly killed her, but she remembers the female cat was not in good health for around three years. “I had to take care […]

JICA Nepal Chief: Will increase aid amount if there’s political stability

Japan is one of the oldest development partners of Nepal. Whereas the two countries established bilateral relationship in 1956, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been working in Nepal since 1970 to facilitate development cooperation between the two countries. Japan’s assistance is focused on, but not limited to, physical infrastructural development. After the 2015 earthquake, […]

Younger at heart: Senior citizens in Kathmandu now beat their age

Age is just a number—that is the safest statement you can make if someone comments over your decreasing stamina. Even more popular in Nepal is the saying Tan budho bhae ni man ta tanneri nai chha (It is just the body that is ageing, but I am young at heart). No one can stop ageing though […]

Bodhi Chhaaya: Nepal’s would-be ‘longest-running show’ opens. It will run for five years

If you are aware of the business of theatres in Kathmandu, you must have, by now, developed sense of how long a show can run. Few theatres—yes, there are only a few theatres in the city–run their shows for one to two months, and they are seen taking a long break between the productions. But, recently, […]

Redmud: How a college dropout learnt life lessons from failures

Aashish Adhikari ‘wasted’ eight precious years of his youth from 2003 to 2011: He gradually lost concentration in his studies after he began classes at a management college in Kathmandu. He was looking for excuses to leave. Soon, he understood that unstable politics and the Maoist insurgency were reasons enough for his middle-class family to […]

Always a home for me: The story behind an ambassador’s emotional ties with Nepal

As thousands of devotees gathered in Basantapur to celebrate Indra Jatra in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the European Union’s Ambassador to Nepal, Rensje Teerink, recounted to this journo her experience attending last year’s festivities. She was invited to pull the Kumari Rath (chariot) and had felt quite privileged to do so. “It was one of the […]

The Road Not Taken: Why this young Spaniard is determined to invest her life in Nepal

Aina Barca was 21 when she visited Nepal for the first time. After completing Bachelor’s in Social Work, she had come to Hetauda of Makawanpur district for one month. Before visiting Nepal, she had of course known that there was a country with this name, but had not learned anything else about it. But, by […]

Brick by brick: Nepal’s first animal resource centre in the making

Retirement home for street dogs, that too in Kathmandu! Weird it may sound to many, but some people in the city have been advocating for it for around a decade now. And finally, the team’s dream is coming true within the next one year. Animal Nepal, an NGO dedicated to welfare of animals, is building an […]

Her Story: Young filmmakers’ bid to voice concerns of Nepali women

Kaamala Neupane is an Economics student and works for a private company in Kathmandu. Until last year, movies had never been an attraction for her. She used to think that camera was a complex machine and a simple woman like her could never take good shots. Just before Dashain last year, she trekked to Bhairavkunda […]

Tiny treasures: An artist portrays Kathmandu culture through jewellery

  When Aayusha Shrestha returned home after completing her studies in India, she felt like a foreigner. She was attracted to the artistic images and designs carved on temples at Patan Durbar Square among other places of Kathmandu Valley. She was always excited to know what they signified. But, it was disappointing. There was no […]

Not enough: What this Frenchman feels after farming in Nepal for 10 years

If you are from outside Kathmandu and happen to meet Francois Driard, he may surprise you with his questions. “Where are you from?” he shall ask and most probably, you will name your district. “Tell me exactly which place in the district,” he will ask you further. Once you give him the exact name, he […]

Kathmandu Kora: When riders ‘get religious’ through cycling

  For a layman in the city, ‘Kathmandu Kora’ perhaps is not something that he has heard about yet. But for Raj Gyawali, it has been the greatest annual festival for the last seven years. “Yes, it is not everyone’s cup of tea,” Gyawali says as he begins to explain about the event, scheduled  for […]

How one company is setting the stage to formalise domestic help business in Nepal

Prashant Dangol was working at a child rights NGO in Kathmandu in 2006 when he thought of pursuing foreign employment to earn a fortune for his family. After someone told him that Nepalis can reach Canada via an indirect route through Africa, he spent nearly a million rupees on it without giving a second thought. […]

Romance on a roll: The bicycle-meets-couples story of Kathmandu

Kathmandu, June 15 Sailendra Dongol’s 85-year-old grandfather had wished that his only grandson ride a Mercedes when he goes to his bride’s home on wedding day. But, when D-day came, the 29-year-old had something else in mind. “I told him that I had hired a rickshaw for my big day, but he did not believe […]

Into slumber: Curtain falls on yet another Kathmandu theatre with hope to rise again

Kathmandu, May 30 “Today, we are closing the third Nepali theatre in recent years,” announces Kedar Shrestha, Artistic Director of Theatre Mall located in the heart of Kathmnandu. Shrestha, 29, was the brains behind utilising the rooftop of the seven-storey Kathmandu Mall to establish a theatre. Giving a glimpse of his heavy heart through a […]


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