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From the editor

Dear Navyaa Family We bid adieu to 2011 with a bang. Our Signature annual event Navyaata Fashion Night was a huge success. The trendiest of clothes worn by the best models in the country walking the ramp to some of the hippest beats - we had the crowds on their feet and salivating for more. Sponsored by United Spirits Nepal, our Signature event was much talked about for many days and rightly so. We loved the adulation and we promise an even bigger and more raucous event next year.

In this last issue of 2011, we bring you some of the people who have made us proud in the international arena. No they are not business people, they would be too easy to find. They work in esoteric fields of art, music and literature. Their venture in the offbeat fields and their immense success in them is an inspiration to us all. And we are soooooo excited about our fashion features this month. No we are not content with one; we pack you off with a triple dose of our fashion exclusive - some from our resident team and other from our collaborator Gyan Gurung in UK. We hope you will love the main shoot with the bold theme of seven deadly sins - avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth, vanity and wrath! Our attempt is to show that fashion is just another part of your creative expression. We love to see what people are willing to do and experiment to achieve beauty. There are so many possibilities and tastes that you will never satisfy everyone. Just be yourself. What is beautiful to one may be ugly to another. Playing on those ideas and themes, we search through the fashion world of today and the past, to find the intriguing and the extreme. We hope 2011 was a great year for our readers and wish you all an even more prosperous 2012! So Long! Navyaata Editorial Team

President CEO Editor in Chief Design Supervisor Creative Main Director/Fashion Head Marketing Director

Dolly Gurung Himal Karmacharya Sudan Bista Kreeti Shakya Sameer Dhougoda Sharmila Thapa Tina Gurung


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78 make a wish – A bitter-sweet affair 82 Youth Vibe 86 N  avyaata Get Away Kathmandu – Far West - Kathmandu

90 For Friday 8 Memoirs 10 My story – My Search

12 p  ower of two Bishwas Gauchan and Jyoti Gauchan share their secrets to a successful marriage

18 Lakme Makeover 21 Feature Article Influential Icons – samrat Upadhyaya, Manose Singh and Ragini Upadhyaya 28 Navyaa Loves – Mitho Mitho

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36 F all’s Womanly Rules Fashion Feature

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Navyaa Memoirs

I need strength!

Love Blues

He was different back then. He promised me the moon, made me feel that I was special I thought he would always be like that, that his love would be eternal. But he has changed over the course of our relationship.

In the first year of my 10+2 college I had a huge crush on a girl in my my class. She was very friendly with me. I talked to her every day and texted her. She didn’t know anything about my crush. One day I decided to go a little further. I wrote a love letter telling her how much I loved her but without revealing that I was the author. Somehow she realized that the letter was from me. It wasn’t the handwriting, I typed the letter in my computer. And she was upset. She didn’t talk to me for a whole year.

The person who I thought would love me always and would never do anything to hurt me, he acted like an animal. He didn’t hit me, but he really scared me. If I had not left the room, I am sure his rage would have gotten the better of him. Its so unfair how love works. I should have seen that side of him, but I was stupid and oblivious. Whenever we have a fight, I always try to calm him down and apologize first. Today I walked away from him and that really angered him. I don’t deserve this. I gave everything into this relationship. I am emotionally drained. Sometimes he makes me feel like I’m not worth anything. He’s so sure I’ll never leave. He often says, “You don’t have the guts, you’re not strong enough,”. But today it was different. I feel different. I finally, for once, want to do something for myself, I want to save myself I being selfish? I hate that he makes me doubt myself so much, I hate that he might be right, that I’m not strong enough. But I want to go through and leave this relationship behind.

I tried to get over her. I dated other girls but I couldn’t get over her. When she finally started to speak to me again I was so happy and excited! We have become good friends again but my problem is I love her and I don’t think she does or ever will. I’m still in love with her. She makes me laugh, I feel sooooooo good with her, she is just perfect with all the good and the bad side of her personality. It is not that she loves someone else. I know, I am her close friend and know that she doesn’t have feeling for anyone. She may say that some guys are handsome but that is it. I want to talk to her and tell her everything about how I feel but I know that she would not love me back. Should I just keep waiting until she loves me back?

My Reckoning with Facebook I thought I had met my soulmate and was telling others “Don’t worry, you will find yours too, it will happen for you too” Ours is a long-distance relationship, he came and visited me a few months ago and my goodness, was he handsome. But the long distance never works. He connot move back to Nepal and give up all that he has and I cannot go and join him. And I have found out his flings from Facebook. These girls make comments on his Facebook page, he quickly tries to delete them before I can see them which I find amusing. What disturbs me the most is that his FB page clearly states that he is in a relationship with me, and there are cute photos of the two of us up, yet these

silly girls still make these kinds of comments. What ever happened to decency? If I know that a guy has a girlfriend, it is an instant turn-off. I don’t want to be the bitch that hurt some poor girl because she flirted with her man. I guess I have more morals than I thought. Some girls just don’t care whether a guy has a girlfriend or not. Lets see what happens, I want it to work. He is really sweet until we have a fight. I understand his temper, I used to be like that, but I have grown up now. I deal with things in a much more mature way. I like that I understand him, because I was just like him a few years ago. I have grown up now. I think it is going to be a while before he grows up.


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My Search I understand we humans are programmed never to be satisfied with what we have. But my case is not one of greed. Stagnation has been a part of my life for too long and now I find myself reaching for something more. I need. I want. These days I am more restless with that thought. Is it envy? My friends are well off and is it that I am jealous of their progress? But I don’t really want more material possessions. The latest gadgets or a bigger paycheck does not excite me. Is it recognition and acclaim that I am after?

This is my dilemma. I don’t know what I am after or what is that I aim for. It leads me to be irrational or sometimes very irritable. I got mad the other day when someone I had not met in a while said I look better. What does she mean? Does she mean I was ugly before? I have tried Yoga, I have tried faith healers and I have even gone on a sabbatical to the serenity of NamoBuddha or retreated to the banks of Phewa lake in Pokhara to calm this restlessness. I am hoping that an inner voice will finally give me the answers I crave for. But there has been none so far. There is a book by Saul Bellow: “Henderson, the Rain King”. I have always felt that I could relate to the main character Hendersen. In the book, he is struggling with this inner voice. I think he says it

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best: There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it got even stronger. It said only one thing, I want, I want! And I would ask, ‘What do you want?’ But this is all it would ever tell me.

This is the worst feeling one could have. You know you are striving for something, something more, something better. But you don’t know what it is. Otherwise you would have solved it, done something to achieve it and not just wander around aimlessly. My friends say I am very distracted these days. They ask me if all is well. How can I tell them what ails me when I myself do not know? Remember the gnawing feeling when you have a pain or an itch deep inside you, in your bones and no matter how much you scratch or poke your body that pain does not go away. I feel that mentally – the void, the emptiness, the restlessness of something more, of something unknown. Life is so complicated these days. My heart yearns for the old days. Maybe, to be little again, when there are always adults there who have the answers. Maybe I need to find something bigger than myself. All I know is that there are empty places inside of me that I need to fill somehow.

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The Power of Two Bishwas Gauchan and Jyoti Gauchan

Bishwas and Jyoti Gauchan personifies the term made in heaven, who were brought together by families and bounded by love. After working for 10 years in UN, Bishwas has been the chairman and founder of Shangrila Bikas Bank and Bageshwori Development Bank. Today, Bishwas owns trading,travel and construction business in Africa and is involved in the banking, educational and hydro sector in Nepal while Jyoti is an architectural engineer who handles work and family very responsibly.

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How did you meet each other? Bishwas: Ours was an arranged meeting. My mother was very good friends with Jyoti’s family and our parents arranged our first date. It was in 2002 and we met for the first time in Pokhara. Jyoti: Yes, back then the society was not as open as it is today. Our familieswere friends with each other for a long time but Bishwasand I had never met each other. So a few months before we got married our parents arranged a date for us.

How was your first meeting? Bishwas: I very well remember our first meeting. It was very interesting;we spoke about our schooling, our friends and our interests. I was happy that our interests matched and it felt like we shared a common wavelength. Jyoti: We became very good friends just after our first meeting. His nature and the way he was made me feel that i can spend the rest of my life with him.

When did you get married? Bishwas: It was April 2003; life changed a lot after that day and whatever happened all happened for good. I am very happy that we decided to get married. Jyoti: Nepali year it was 2060. A lot of friends and family warned us saying that we shouldn’t get married in a year that ends with zero. But no matter what we tied the knot and we are both very happy that we decided on doing it.

How has life changed after marriage? Bishwas: Well it took my family eight years to convince me in getting married and when I got married to Jyoti I regretted those eight years. Jyoti gave me a feeling of completeness and gave me support that I had always lacked. She would always support me no matter what and she was always there for me. Also, I was very unorganized and once Jyoti came in

my life she changed me in many ways and I started being very organized and responsible. Jyoti: Bishwas is a very humble man. He has been very supportive and he has always been there for me in every turns and challenges of life. Also, he is very intelligent and I adore him for all that he has done for me. But yes, the biggest change that came to after marriage was the sense of responsibilities. I had my own family from then on and I had to be careful and responsible enough to never let them down.

Did you have to sacrifice any of your hobbies to keep each other happy? Bishwas: No, nothing until date. In fact she has added a lot more to my interests. I have started to explore and I have started to open up. But, if I will ever have to give up on my interest to keep Jyoti happy I would happily do that. Jyoti: Once you get married you start a family and there are many compromises you have to do for them. I have done a lot of sacrifices for my kids and my in-laws but because Bishwas has always tried to understand me I haven’t had to make any sacrifice to keep him happy.

One thing that is common between the two of you? Jyoti: It has to be the love we share for each other and our family. Bishwas: Yes, the love is always there but I feel that we are both very responsible and supportive.

What’s that one thing that you want to change about each other? Jyoti: Bishwas can be very naïve at times and he does not know about the hanky pankyways of the world. He trusts people very fast and I keep telling him to change that habit of his. Other than that I want him to stay just the way he is.

Bishwas:With Jyoti everything is perfect but at times I get annoyed with the fact that she complains a lot saying, I trust people very fast and that I should be very careful before I trust someone. Other than that I love her for how she is.

What is that one thing that makes you proud about each other? Bishwas: I am very proud that she is very intelligent and artistic. Jyoti is verycreative and she handles situations very smoothly. Also she is very practical. Jyoti: Bishwas is a very kind hearted person. He cannot see people in pain; he will always do the best to help his friends and family. But amongst so many one thing I like the most is that he is genuine.

Do you guys fight? Bishwas: We do not fight a lot because we both understand that it is not good for our family and esp our children. Jyoti: Yes, that’s how it always is most of the times but even if we fight once in a blue moon, we reconcile within minutes.

How do you reconcile? Bishwas: I always get calm before she does and once the fight is over I am the one to approach because i understand that to prolong that state is not good for our family. Jyoti: He is the one who approaches after a fight. And i love him for that.

What do you believe is the key to a happy and successful life? Bishwas: Marriage is a great opportunity to learn, grow and be happy. The key to a happy married life is trust and support. If you have the trust and support in you married life then there is nothing to fear and if that is lacking I believe one should work very hard in getting that back.

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Lex Blog

Miss World 2011 Not All That! I had never watched any Miss World, Miss Universe or any other international Miss pageants live or on television till the recent 60th Miss World 2011 that took place in London’s Earl’s Court on November 6th. Having watched Miss UK Nepal 2010 live and previous Miss Nepal pageants on television I thought I knew what to expect but boy was I wrong! As I neared the venue it was a surprise to see a crowd of demonstrators chanting away against Miss World, uh’oh this quickly reminded me of the protests that have taken place outside the BICC hall during Miss Nepal. ‘London Feminist Party’ had undoubtedly made an impact as police presence was felt around the venue. As my sister and I walked towards the entrance of the venue there was a buffet of people; all colours, diverse languages and audience purely dressed up like even they were there to compete that evening. I had never found it so interesting to look at the faces of these women (young and old), it literally looked as if their faces was sticking by just an inch. Botox, plastic surgery – too much beauty treatments I say. As the security person quickly removed the last remaining Wai Wai from my sister’s bag I got quite annoyed at the thought of having to pay a ludicrous amount inside for something that I wasn’t going to enjoy. But inside is a whole different story! Now being THE Miss World pageant where girls from 113 nations had come from across the globe to participate I couldn’t help but expect something grand, lavish and royale! I was quickly disappointed to enter the venue where the seating accommodated just over 2100 people. A confused me looked around thinking maybe there are surprises in store… The faded purple stage décor and small stage area left me wondering how on earth 113 girls would fit there. I am yet to watch the program on television but I’m guessing the wonders of editing have made the show out to be colourful, vibrant and larger than life. I couldn’t help but think that if the current organisation that runs Miss Nepal work creatively and with fresh ideas then they can outdo Miss World in a blink of an eye! And even Miss UK Nepal 2010 had more than 1200 attendees last year so it was all a bit of a disappointment in that aspect. Now I was there to support our Miss Nepal 2011, Malina Joshi. Through I have been following and updating everyone of Malina’s journey as a Miss Nepal at Miss World and it only made sense for me to attend the event to cheer on our country rep! I must say that in a short amount of time Malina really has been able to turn it around. The 14 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

amount of negative criticisms which she received upon being crowned Miss Nepal on 30th of August was simply unfair but now to have so many applauding her for improving, speaking well, looking good is not something only Malina is proud of but even I am proud of. As my sister and I waited for Malina to be shown on the big screen after the very upbeat opening dance number by Diversity we found ourselves cheering for the wrong girl thinking it was Malina. I tell you, it was really like going against the tide. Whilst Miss Philippines would have the whole block screaming for her I felt when NEPAL was said on the microphone it was just the ttwo overenthusiastic hooting of my sister and me. Nonetheless, that wasn’t going to dampen our spirits. Clad in a pink dress from Neelima’s boutique Malina looked beautiful and got her chance to shine when she performed in Makhmali Choli in the dance round. Much of the finale event focused on screening video footage from the previous trainings which had judged the girls. Unlike our Nepali pageants the finale night seems to have made no impact whatsoever. As the round progressed on, Malina’s hope of getting through was quickly dismissed as Nepal was not called out for the semi-finalists. I had an inkling from the beginning of the show that Venezuela was going to win, the country and its products always have made an impact on international beauty pageants and you could see Miss Venezuela making an impact from the moment she walked on stage with her larger than life dress on. I wondered what the other 112 girls felt when Miss V walked on stage because there was no way to outshine that. As the hosts picked out the final 7, I finally thought here comes the dreadful part – the final question. But my face nearly fell to the floor to hear the question which was ‘Why you should be the next Miss World?’, shouldn’t such questions be asked at the auditions or in the preliminary rounds. It sounded nothing but weak to me. I quickly thought of the questions which our Miss Nepal’s had been asked in the past. Now they get difficult questions. As I left the venue quite annoyed with the decision of Miss World being Venezuela who clearly could speak no English (which is not a requirement) and looked blanked as the girls sung a finale song in English. I thought to myself with the type of girls that Nepal is getting it will take us many years to make a huge impact but the girls we have are better than Miss World, they can hold a sentence together, argue against the question and empower other women. I don’t regret attending Miss World 2011, being there just made me realize how better our Miss Nepal’s are and how we can easily host such pageants even in our own country, with a blink of an eye ;)

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The purpose of daily makeup is generally to maintain your looks on a regular basis. So this includes the simple things that help you proceed in your daily life in winter season. However, applying cosmetics on a daily basis may not be a good idea as too much of it could prove harmful for the skin. But the argument in its favor says that daily makeup helps the women feel more confident.

“I hardly walk around with makeup because I never thought makeup suited me. But this whole makeover has made me feel pretty from inside and it was a fun experience to see myself in a totally different look and attire. Thank you Hair Story for changing my look and Navyaata for the wonderful opportunity.”

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Quick! Think of the first five famous Nepalis that come to your mind, and not justthose that have carved a name for themselves in the nationalarena. Name five who are equally known outside Nepal. Our featured heroes this month are very well known outside of Nepal. They have played with the best of musicians, they have written books that have been international bestsellers and they have created art pieces that have graced the finest art galleries. Perhaps these luminaries are better known outside of Nepal than in Nepal. Not every accomplishment has to be mainstream or cover-page headlines, but they all noteworthy. We bring you three icons from the most abstract of genres.

We have RaginiUpadhyaya, the famous political artist who has sold her creations for millions. We had an intimate conversation with her about her art. Then we have SamratUpadhyaya, who needs no introduction. Most of us have read his works and he is an inspiration for all literary enthusiasts in Nepal. And finally keeping true to his Nepali heritage is Manose Singh, who has been able to mark his prominence through his Basuri sounds. The flute maestro shared with us his experience about touring with famous musicians in the West. A painter, a writer and a musician – this month’s feature must be the most esoteric one till date.These three icons represent our nation, and their dedicationto their arts is an inspiration to many, and Navyaata is honoured to cover such accomplished artists.

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A Few Minutes with Manose and his Melodies Manose Singh is to be lauded and celebrated for his skills on the Basuri; the modest and almost-enigmatic musician has toured places abroad and is one the very few musicians representing Nepal globally. After a long-spell in the States, he is back in Nepal and has decided to work inside the country as well. Navyaata met with this humble icon and had an indepth exchange about his musical journey and adventures. Let’s hear about your story; you’ve performed with so many famous artists, you’ve travelled all over the world, you’re such a big name here in Nepal now too. Tell us about your journey, how does it feel to have accomplished so much?

What attracted you to the flute and its sounds? I received my first flute from a cousin a very long time back and started playing immediately; I used to play along with my friends and even back then my music had a different feel to it. I’m not bragging – I wouldn’t call that feel magical but a deepness that came about because of my passion for it. There is a quote from Krishna where he says, “Every sound that passes from your mouth through the flute resonates into love;” the flute sound is something really special and profound – at least to me.

See, most of hype from the Nepali audiences came precisely because I played alongside international artists like John Densmore (The Doors) and Rabi Shankar; and we tend to glamorize these artist. And yes, playing with them is an incredible honour as well. But I know these artists personally; John is a personal friend of mine. Also, I concentrate on only making music, I’m not out to impress anybody. So I think playing with international artists is the same as playing with artists back here; there are brilliant musicians in Nepal like 1974 A.D and more. So as long as I get to play my flute it doesn’t matter where I’m playing or with whom I’m playing; the passion within me ignites every time I play the flute.

and why would I be – a lot of international artists like Anuskha and RabhiShankhar had attended. When I landed for the first time in Frankfurt I saw a blond girl with a short dress and high heels, and she was carrying a dog – a Chihuahua. Back then it left me very confused and that moment has stayed in my mind ever since.

What do you think is the difference between the music scene in Nepal and the international music circuit?

Tell us about your first international stage.

I just had a similar conversation with Mariano from the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory a few days ago. See, we have musicians in Nepal too; there are people producing all these bands and singers. But in the end what does it lead to? I’m not pointing fingers and am definitely not calling out names but most musicians we have are in music just for the Namesake it seems, they just want the “Rock star” title.

I remember a festival in Switzerland a while back in Basel. I attended it along with prominent tabala artist PramodUpadhyaya. I was a kid back then so I was very excited;

But then I don’t think I am the right person to answer this. I come from a classical background. Classical music doesn’t have an ego; we are taught not to think of fame and fortune. Raga

The flute’s cacophony I think has the ability to capture everything around, and express it in a single melody – and I think I heard was able to grasp that innate ability of the flute from the first time I heard it. That is what captured my fascination and dedication towards the instrument.

performances come spontaneously; an almost divine process is involved in making my kind of music. I come from this background so that helps me focus on my music and not worry about fame or popularity of my music.

Tell us about your dream stage or performance. As I told you, I don’t mind about the stage or the capacity of crowds I play to; I only want to continue playing my instrument. So there is no dream goal as such. But I am hopeful about my new album which will be coming out pretty soon. This album is a greater accomplishment for me than the previous one because i was given more creative freedom to with most of the songs coming from myself. Also, the boys from 1974 A.D. have collaborated on many tracks on this one so that gets me more excited.

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SESSIONS WITH SAMRAT Mastering a language that is not your mother-tongue is commendable. Publishing novels and other literary works in your first language is a greater achievement still. But publishing works penned down in your learnt or second language is feat of epic proportions, perhaps that is the reason behind SamratUpadhyaya’s incredible popularity in Nepal – a mainstream English author representing Nepal makes it a matter of pride for all of us. His works have done considerably well in the West itself (where it’s published) and he has obtained enough support from the literary scene to publish 4 books till date, all of them about life in Nepal.

Do you remember the age when you started writing? How many hours (or volumes) of practice did you have to put in before you were published? When I was a child in the fourth or fifth grade I used to pen poems in Nepali. I put in many, many hours of writing; I can’t even remember how many.

What made you decide that you’d be a writer? It was not a conscious decision I made. Writing has been in my blood from early childhood. But I guess you could say that I didn’t know what kind of writer I wanted to be, or what I perceived was possible for me. I thought that I wanted to be a journalist. I discovered, however, that even though I loved journalism, it was literature and literary writing that satisfied me more deeply, that gave me more pleasure.

When you write, what is the main idea or ethos that you try to put through your audience? There is no main idea. The language dictates the theme, the structure, and even the characters. I am interested in the family, the tensions inherent within blood and love relationships, especially in a society like ours that’s ruled by tradition yet excited by modernity. I’m

These books have their fair share of admirers and fans. And unlike most Nepali writers before, Samrat dares to include all elements of a great story – he is one of the few Nepali writers to add elements of romance and the revelations of relationships to his stories. But Samrat isn’t writing to represent any nation, he writes because he loves to write. We were lucky enough to catch up with this great icon through email and ask a few questions about his profession, his passion and his obsession. For a writer, Samrat does not come across as a man of many words, but even his concise responses reveal his literary bent.

also interested in the space between the material and spiritual world.

more recent ones, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is certainly one.


Who do you like in Nepali literature?

Do you remember your first accomplishment in literature?

I like the generalized idea of the poetmystic in Nepal literature that has had a strong impression on me. Mohan Koirala’s poems have moved me, so have BhupiSherchan’s.

Yes, I published a story in the journal Manoa while I was a master’s student at Ohio University. There is nothing like that first feeling, I’ve gone looking for that feeling everywhere.

What is the greatest compliment you’ve received? One review hailed me a “Buddhist Chekhov.” I still don’t know how that combination—Buddhism and Chekhovism—actually work, but I like the sound of it.

What inspires you to write? The fact that I can make a difference in someone reading pleasure somewhere in the world; Then, there’s always the movement of my words across the page that I like discovering myself. LITERATURE AND ARTS

What writers and books have inspired you? Too many to name, but among the

Other than writing, what other hobbies or activities do you pursue? Music and meditation

Every writer has a favorite quote, what is yours? I am quoteless. I don’t believe in quotes, but I’ll still give you one: “The whole display that is our objective reality is a magical exhibition of the mind, a kind of infinite interplay that is self-manifesting and selfperpetuating.”—TarthangTulku

How do you describe the state of arts and literature in Nepal? It is good and vibrant, and has become more so. But we also need a stronger system of editorial help and candid reviews.

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The misfit artist Text by :Ashmita Khanal

RaginiUpadhya’s residence, the Ragini Art Village at Balkot, is a reflection of the artist herself. Secluded away from the noise, it is a place where one can sit all day long, indulging in nothing but looking at the view. RaginiUpadhyay was seated there comfortably in her garden, with an iconic long tika on her forehead. Her appearance might appear intimidating to most but her character is quite contrary to it. Outspoken and friendly, RaginiUpadhyay is full of talks about art and won’t hesitate if one asks her about her achievements. She loves art! Uncanny art work, it wouldn’t be wrong to call her a social misfit. A look inside her gallery clearly portrays her mindset. Artist and printmaker Ragini, iconographies of gods and goddesses, cow, nature, gadgets seems to be her forte. Her intentions are never malign though she has been mentioned as a nonconformist in various Hindu awakening forums. That is a long gone case. As of now, she is gearing up for her upcoming, huge budgeted exhibition in Mumbai. The 2.5 crore exhibition is going to be held on November and Ragini has a lot of anticipations from this one. “Prakriti Speak” is the theme she has chosen and her art work this time explores the possibilities of comparing Hindu deities as a resemblance to nature; expressing deep concern about the disastrous climate change. “I’m a symbolic artist and I take a lot from the Hindu mythology.’ says Ragini. “Tulsi (Holy Basil) has adorned modern attire in my painting. We have a custom of tying thread around the Peepal (Sacred Fig) and bulking all our wishes upon it. Rivers are there, used and now made useless. Whoever pays any heed to nature and it’s ailing. I have tried to capture nature’s agonizing pain in my exhibition because their lives are important as much as ours.” Indeed! Vayu on a huge canvass emitting black smoke, underneath, tires standing on top of tree trunks definitely raises a question amongst us all. But is she oblivious of all the fingers that are likely to be pointed at her? There were times when she had been asked to put her paintings down from exhibition and pictures from the internet. When her “GaiJatra” exhibition came up, she was swooned with haters. A bunch of haters were actively conspiring to pull her down. Emails mentioning MF Husain’s exile and various other jeopardized artists started flowing in. “I have developed a tendency of simply ignoring them”, says Ragini in a very confident tone. “The more think about it, the more it starts to matter me. But I know what I am doing and I fully respect my work. My work is modern, not unethical.”

With every stroke of Ragini’s brush, a new life burgeons in a dull canvass. From the age of 9 till now, painting has been her only ability and interest. She recalls failing in other subjects in school and exceeding 90% in arts. “My art teacher encouraged me from my school days. Art is the only thing I should do was on my mind and so I went with it.” She completed 5 years course from Lukhnow College of Arts. Ragini’s gratitude showed on her face when she shared about the honour she received from her college. “I was there for the 100 years celebration of the college but I received an award for my work which was very overwhelming.” Ragini, apparently, is fewer amongst the few artists in Nepal who survive on their passion. Her success is wide known in foreign lands as it is in the nation. Birendra Art Gallery, SAARC building at Kathmandu, VVIP room at Tribhuvan Airport, Fine Art Academy, and Lukhnow are some of the places where Ragini’s art has been mentioned. Besides that, Bradford Museum, UK and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan have added grace to their walls with Ragini’s paintings. Her art works can be found in private collections from all over the world. She has been awarded ‘The Kate and Robert Wilson Prize’ in 1986 and ‘BirendraAswaria Memorial Medal’ in 2002. The artist has had as much as 60 solo exhibitions and more than 20 group exhibitions across the globe. “I love my profession. I get to travel so much because of it.” Ragini expresses in a joyous note.

As much people love her art, the artist has a collection of her own favorites. A look inside her house and one can see Manohar Man Pun’s paintings on her wall. For an artist who is constantly engulfed in her work and mood, her recluse when she needs peace is her home. Satirical art work is not here interest but she says there’s too much to be ignored. But would the artist paint if she was to imagine a utopian world without any doubts and disbeliefs. “I think love is the only topic which can be pure. Possibly, love between a mother and a child is the purest form of love. I might do that someday.”

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Mitho-Mitho They call it the Hangover’s Brunch. And it is served every Saturday and Sunday from noon onwards. If the following sound exotic and a little incomprehensible, join the club:Brat Wurst and/or Weiss Wurst with homemade German bread, Spareribs, Gulasch Soup, Omelet, Salads, Bloody Mary and cold beer. Call 9851130029 for reservation and direction!!!!

We could only make sense of the text in bits and pieces. Nevertheless we ventured into Sano Khokana where the Mitho-Mitho restaurant is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While many eateries try to be in the middle of the busy streets, this one has intentionally shied away to carve a different niche for itself. As a result, it is not very well known except to those die hard aficionados who swear by its ambience, surroundings and the food. It is indeed a great place and we wholeheartedly recommend it to our readers! Mitho-Mitho is a beautiful gem of a restaurant, something a person who has a love for the culinary may aspire to run in his retirement years. And the love is very evident. The place is run by an expat and a Nepali chef, Hari. The two go back a long time dating to their restaurant in Thailand. Hari has been a chef for more than 17 years now. The restaurant is some ways away from the Ring Road and requires a little bit of patience to get there.  But you will be rewarded with journey to remember – all those open fields with its radiant 28 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

colours and lush greenery all around. The first thing that hit us when we got there was the beautiful brick building. On a raised ground, the building combined traditional Nepali architecture with a modern European look. The building has a very beautiful garden that actually grows potatoes, spinach and some herbs.  The garden has space to accommodate 40 people and a barbecue setting. The view is serene and beautifully quiet. After a week long intense milieu in Kathmandu, one can really appreciate the calm in the place. And if you are lucky you will be greeted by wild parrots that often fly by. 

The restaurant has its own bakery and the German breads they make are quite famous among the patrons. The food was quite delightful and tasty. We sampled a few of the food items and came away quite impressed. Our tofu dish was great and quite a “hatke” affair from the tofu dishes we have had elsewhere. The duck breast in honey mixed sauce served with mushroom and potatoes would entice any meat lover. The Prawn TomYam soup was spicy and mouth-watering at the same time. The grilled trout with lemon sauce was quite sumptuous. And our dessert, the apple pie, was fresh and yummy. Indeed, the food here is gastronomic fantasia and delights all the senses.  Topped with the warm hospitality, we left vowing to come there again and often. If you are looking for delicious food in an oasis, look no further.

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Saffron, the new restaurant in town, is noted for its ideal setting that graces an elegant interior. Situated at Trade Tower Nepal, Thapathali, this is the place where the most discerning palates can savour the traditional sea food with exquisite seasonally changed menu. Their interior divided into a VIP room, Executive lounge, Dining hall and a room for parties, Saffron is the best choice you can get in the city. Offering an unmatched view of the city, Saffron is suitable for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians because the food is prepared in two separate kitchens where it can never go wrong. The hotel’s graceful décor and space makes it one of Kathmandu’s classiest restaurants. The exquisite cuisine Poush heart. 2 0 6 8 • Navyaata 29 and discreet staff is sure to win everyone’s





On November 25th 2011, Navyaata Magazine along with OMG Theme Events hosted one of the biggest fashion party in all of K-Town. The Annual Navyaa Fashion Bash 2011 took place in Woodland Complex, Durbarmarg. With the beautiful Jyoti Shreshtha as the master of ceremony, the show featured 14 mega stunners who swayed the ramp with a lot energy and enigma while our very own Navyaa girls, Hannah Hodgson, Suzeeta Gurung & Sunanda Banskota were the official show stealers of the night. The show was choreographed by Sijan Bhattachan. 30 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

The event was attended by a massive crowd along with the elite V.I.P’s. The clothes on the runway were specially ordered from Hong Kong by DS Collections, Sherpa Mall. The audience saw an aray of collections such as Color Blocking, Alpine, Fur, Animal Prints, Yin & Yang, Houndstooth & Tweed & the Balmain inspired Rock Couture. It was indeed a mega celebration sponsored by United Spirits Nepal Pvt. Ltd. The DJ for the night was DJ Sudan of OMG Theme Events.


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Fall’s Womanly Rules

Photography By Shashank Pradhan & Usha Pun Styled By Sharmila, Angel Muktan & Akash Rajbhandari Model Richa Sharma Hair & Make Up By Usha Pun Post Production Shashank Pradhan & Usha Pun Things you don’t have to do this season: Act like a girl, think like a girl, play like a girl (whatever that means.) But one you might consider: Dress like a girl! These super-femme pieces are just the ticket. Hence, take notes, apply to closet, and ace every stylish occasion this exciting season.

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DRESS LIKE IT’S FALL Nothing says ‘new season’ like a nice dress and a rich plaid. Worn together, they’re perfection. Beige Dress, Plaid Cape By H&M, DS Collections, Sherpa Mall

LAYER YOUR FAVORITE PIECES This look is a fine blazer worn over a floral vest, chunky neckpiece and dark denims. Nice. Floral Vest, Beige Blazer, Black Denim, Turquoise Neckpiece, DS Collections, Sherpa Mall Poush 2 0 6 8 • Navyaata 37

LOAD UP ON THE GIRLY DETAILS You’ll feel sweet in color, frilly bows and polkas. Do all three or just one: You can’t go wrong.

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Polka Dot Top With Bow By Banana Republic, Pants By Bebe, Belts, DS Collections, Sherpa Mall

PLAY WITH YOUR SILHOUETTE A fuller, playful skirt with a clean top is a nice change from the usual pencil-skirt-‘n’-heels combo. White Top, Polka Dot Full Length Skirt, Brown Belt, DS Collections, Sherpa Mall

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Style guide

Beyond the wardrobe

Extreme couture, cutting edge craftsmanship, digitally dizzying and visually entertaining – these are some of the few superlatives inspired by their creations. Today we lavish our attention on the four designers that have won the fashion world over. Marrying fashion with art, these designers embrace the future and create some of the most avantgarde fashion aesthetics. From extraterrestrial to aquatic, they mould seemingly exotic element to give fashion a whole new dimension

Manish Arora

He is the man who dresses Bollywood. But he is so much more than that. From aliens to circus, this man has done it all. A commerce graduate who landed into a “thing called NIFT(National Institute of Fashion Technology)” as he puts it, Manish Arora’s label Fish Fry has been the most influential and internationally recognized Indian clothing company. He derives inspiration from something soordinary as the PlayStation and computer games,and the next thing you see on the runway is sheer craftsmanship. It’s not only his runway or red carpet attires that attribute to his success, but it is also his high end collaborations that have made him a global fashion icon. Nivea, Mac Cosmetics,Reebok, Lady Taylor for Travel and Living,Victoria and Albert Museum, Swatch, World of Wearable art, Inspecs, Swarovski,Café de la Paix , and recently the creative head of the prestigious French franchise, PacoRabanne - he wears a lot of feathers on his hat. It may be food or it may be an installment, but it’s the kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors and creativity that makes Manish Arora what he is. 40 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

POSAK BOUTIQUE Kathmandu, the city full of fashionable people, is full of boutiques where you can get designer and elegant wears, but if you are looking for one of a kind Muga sarees, Silk sarees, Pashmina Sarees, or unique Cashmere sarees then it is certainly hard to find. But you do not have to worry anymore because POSAK BOUTIQUE is there to satisfy all your designer needs. Either it be any kind of stylish wedding sarees, party wears or beautiful collection of accessories, all you have to look for is Posak Botique where you can never go wrong with your fashion senses.

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An alumnus of Central Saint Martins, and the two time recipient of the prestigious British Designer of the Year award (1999 &2000) he is one of the forerunners who brought science and technology into the world of fashion. His graduate collection “The Tangent Flows” which included a series of clothing that were buried in his backyard and dug back for the show was what made him a standout in the industry. A true visionary, Hussein Chalayan has given birth to fashion’s most memorable pieces: the notorious bubble dress, the Bjork jacket,the table skirt , the “portable architecture” collection. A man who recommends women to dress like boys in the day and be a fashion bitch at night, Chalayan has dressed fashion’s rebellious icons such as Bjork, Lady Gaga,Victoria Beckham and Kristen Cavallari. But fashion was not he wanted to do initially, he wanted to be a hairdresser, a pilot or an architect. These unfulfilled ambitions can be clearly seen in his astronomical installments in many exhibitions around the globe. Some of his successful shows are The Art of Fashion, The Compassion Fatigue and I am sad Leyla. Chalayan,who finds celebrity based fashion collaboration insulting,has had many successful collaborations in the past with Puma, Marks and Spencers, Nicola Formichetti, Falke,Haus of Gaga, Swarovski and his diffusional line ‘Chalayan’ .Chalayan is quintessentiallyavantgarde.

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Nicola Formichetti “With the best styling in the world, a shit image is still shit. I love being in control of the whole thing—the design, the styling, the photography, and then getting it into a magazine and the marketing and trend forecasting.”A quintessential Nicola Formichetti statement.This is what he says and it’s what he does. Born in Japan and raised in Tokyo and Rome, Formichetti came to London to become an architect but finally realized that it was fashion that he wanted to pursue and build his career in. After working as the art director for ‘The Pineal Eye’, a high end London based boutique, Formichetti then started working for the uber cool fashion segment of Dazed & Confused Magazine and later got promoted as the creative director. He has been in the industry for almost a decade now and he has a lot on his shelf. He has collaborated with the industry’s best fashion magazines like V Magazine, Vogue Homme, Harper’s Bazaar, Another Magazine. He has joined hands withfashion’s biggest rebels such as Alexander Mcqueen, Gareth Pugh, Dolce &Gabbanna, Missoni, Prada, Topman, Uniqlo, and H&M. And he has created breathtaking photographs with the likes of Mario TestinoOlivieroToscaniand Steven Klien. And that impressive list still does not do justice to this creative dragon. He is the man who took Gaga’s breath away and gave her all that artistic license of her lifetime. Not only did 42 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

he become her stylist but he also created custom fashion pieces and helped Gaga direct her phenomenal music videos like Bad Romance, Telephone and Alejandro. Currently the creative director at another groundbreaking fashion house, ThieryMugler, he is making fashion more than just a way of dressing. What makes him different is his contemporary and modern take on avantgarde schemes. From introducing a tattoo faced Rick Genest on the runways to creating music videos like Born this way, Formichetti likes to do things more than just differently.

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MakE-UP Guide

When the word ‘fall’ comes to our mind, most of us would immediately think of the chilly wind, fluffy sweaters or a wardrobe full of black. But, no matter, what everyone says, I think fall, for a fact, is the most romantic of all seasons. And for this, I love having the focus on lips. This icy season, I’m totally loving magenta as my everyday companion and then, there are those dark berry shades when I’m feeling particularly ‘vampish’! After all, it’s that perfect shade to put the spotlight on your pout. It is almost as daring as the classic red but not as conventional. But, first and foremost, let’s get down to the basics. The starting point for any make-up is a good base. In fact, it’s an absolute must, not just for fall but for every season out there.Yes, girls, the key is a good base and for it, you’ll need to HYDRATE, HYDRATE and HYDRATE your skin. I mean, even if your skin is on the oily side, you will need to moisturise. Go for a gel based formula like the L’oréal Hydrafresh for Normal/Combination Skin, (which I happen to absolutely adore); also, Nivea’s Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream is a great option. Moisturise your skin religiously and trust me, you will be blessed with an amazing canvas. And once your skin is taken care of, a satin matte finish foundation is in the order. A good formula will either make or break your look. After all, you don’t want to look uber glossy for a chilly day, it’s just not done. For this, I love Rimmel’s Stay Matte Foundation and Revlon’s Colour Stay Mineral Mousse Makeup which then, needs to be set with a powder. If you happen to be blessed with skin that doesn’t need much coverage, skip this step and get straight to the powder, which also serves the purpose of helping you control the shine.

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Make-Up 101 By Anushwiya Gurung [UK]

MakE-UP Guide

Some good options are the Body Shop’s Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation Range and Clinique’s Instant Relief Mineral Press Powder. But girls, please do get an expert to help you find the correct shade for your skin; foundations are never one shade fits all, unless you want to look like Edward Cullen that is. Choosing the right shade or one shade darker (for that healthy tanned look) is of the utmost importance. For any blemishes and marks or dark circles, choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation, but you can’t just slap it on and be done with. Blending is the key here.

From here, we move onto to the lips. If you are just starting your lipstick voyage, start with a simple stain, it’s very easy to maintain and also easy to carry off. To get that just bitten look, you need to exfoliate and moisturise your lips before hand, this way the stain will last longer. And, of course, apply some balm or gloss on top to get that perfect pout. A good two in one solution is the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain+Balm. I’d suggest vibrant pink and berry shades this season. But, for the more daring

of you out there, get a long lasting lipstick in your favourite shade of pink or wine and apply it straight from the tube or use a good lip brush, then blot and powder your lips through a tissue and reapply another coat of lipstick. Gloss, again, is an extra option which can change your entire look, but to be honest, I prefer it without this season as it can get real messy when hair gets stuck to your glossy pout and with all the fall breeze around, you never know. Poush 2 0 6 8

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MakE-UP Guide Well we’ve covered our base and lips. Now, for the eyes, I’m totally loving the colour purple. I know it’s dark but dark can be fun right? I usually use the purple eyeliner from Body Shop, you can use whatever you like, and not to forget, purple eye shadows are fun too. And, with the season of festivities almost around the corner (Hurray to X-Mas), a little hint of gold can never hurt anyone. In fact, it is the perfect answer for people who like to focus on their eyes than their lips. Gold eyes, with a winged black eye liner, serves as the perfect look to carry off a LBD. But don’t forget your lashings of lengthening and voluminising mascaras and if you happen to need that extra flutter, try a demi lash, which is basically, half lashes that you stick to the outer corners of your eyes. It’s super easy and great for beginners as well. You can cut one eye lash into half and experiment to see if you like it. (Ladies, it’s the D.I.Y.’er in me, that’s speaking.) Finally, to finish your make-up, take a blush that has the same undertones as your lipstick and sweep it across your cheeks and blend it. Bronzers and contouring is best left for summer. And girls, it is important to remember that whenever you’re doing a make-up look, you should try and focus on one part of your face like doing either an exquisite lip or an amazing smoulder. Doing both, loud lips and eyes at the same time, is quite of bit for anyone to take in and also for you. It can give that impression that you’re trying too hard. And last but not the least, smell amazing, so amazing that the person who walks by you will instantly fall in love with you. My favourite picks for this fall: 1826 by Histoires de Parfum, Candy by Prada and Essence d’Orange by Cartier. Happy Looking Beautiful, People!

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The Sinful It maybe Christianity’s most questioned episode or the most clichéd inspiration for any artist but when fashion amalgamates with art and cardinal sins, it’s something more than an old wine in a new bottle. So get the darkest of the blacks and all that mundane grey. It’s time you play the Devil’s Advocate. Photography, post production, hair & make up by Usha Pun Styled by Angel Muktan, Sharmila & Akash Rajbhandari Models Milee Chemjong & Nitesh Bimali

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Project Art By Tamding Wangmo Khangkar [US]

In recent years, art and abstract aesthetics has amassed a huge following here in the country itself. Many Nepali auteurs and artists have made their presence felt internationally and countless new talents continue to emerge every day. Art as a source of creative outlet appeals to many; it comes as a consequence of complete freedom of imagination – from an indulgence

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in the ethereal. So in honor of all the canvases, all the oil palates and brush strokes, we bring you ‘Project Art’ – a bold venture that came about as a collaboration between creative minds from all over the world. Read on as Tamding met up with some of these artists to learn more about Project Art and just some of the Nepali artists involved in the project.

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Please give us a brief bio. What exactly is ‘Project Art’? ‘Project Art’ is an organization consisting of growing artists based in New York City. Most of the project art members are from Nepal and grew up in Kathmandu but we do happen to have members from Philippines, Ecuador and India. The group came into being through various degrees of connection at school, friends and the internet. With school and work, how do you all make time for your art projects? Although, we are all busy with school and work, we make sure we meet at least once a week and discuss any ideas or concepts that’ll help create projects and see what needs to be done for them to take form. Project Art, for the most part, is a group dedicated toward individual growth as an artist, in a collective way. So, as far as the artworks are concerned, we work on them individually as it fits our schedule. But, we do work on collaborative projects too,for which we plan ahead of time, match our schedules and make the necessary time. What inspired you to get into art and to form this group? The purpose behind creating ‘Project Art’ was to build up a network that helped in the process of artistic development of every artist within the group. At the same time, a collective effort allowed us to showcase our works and gain recognition easily. Working in a group, we are able to inspire and encourage each other to keep on working. How would you describe your art/work? Our members come from various disciplines of

art. Our members are involved in photography, paintings, drawings, illustrations, graphic art, fashion designing, sculpture and so on. For the last show that we organized, we worked on a collective theme, ‘Women In Emotions’. But of course, our individual styles and the mediums we use differ from person to person. Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to being creative? It’d be a long list if every artist in the group went about citing all their inspirational figures. However, here are few names collectively. Yves Saint Laurent and Prabal Gurung (Fashion Designers); Willem de Kooning, Salvador Dali, Chuck Close, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, Jean Michelle Basquiat, Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh (Painters) and Sally Mann, Jeff Wall, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rodney Smith and Abelardo Morell (Photographers). As an artist there has to be an internal spark that keeps you going. How do you stay motivated to keep creating? New York City is considered to be one of the best cities in the Art scene. Certainly, there is enough to keep us inspired but at the same time, the life style, here, is somewhat hectic and busy. So, while soaking in all the inspiration, we enjoy doing art because of the freedom it gives us amidst the busy lifestyle, and the pure joy in being able to express ourselves and create something. Can you tell us about some of your recent projects? Our recent project would be the ‘Women In Emotion’ exhibition we organized in July 2011. Every artist had works related to the theme for the exhibition and we also showcased our other personal Poush 2 0 6 8

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Do you believe artistic creativity is innate? We believe that the actual desire to do art is innate. An artistic creativity can be inspired or it could be something that develops as you go down the road. It is the desire or the inner passion to create something that is innate which keeps us moving forward and propels us to be creative. What’s the coolest thing to happen to you as a result of your art? During our last exhibition, we were all surprised by the massive amount of people who came in and took interest, commented and asked us questions about our works. That was one of the coolest things to have happened to us because of our artwork

works. After forming the group in March this year, this was the first project we managed to organize, and it was very well received and successful beyond our expectations. Also, our exhibition was also focused in supporting the non-profit organization, ‘Adhikaar’, who work with Nepalese community here in New York, promoting human rights and social justice. What is your dream project? Any artists you would particularly like to meet? For now, our dream project would be to have a successful exhibition in Nepal. And then to travel around the world, working and promoting our artwork. Anything in the works right now? Are there any upcoming projects that we should keep an eye out for? We are working on preliminary preparation for our next exhibition that will most likely take place in early 2012. We are in contact with Heart Beat, an NGO based in Nepal, who help the street kids, and we plan on supporting them with whatever proceeds we can generate. The exhibition is going to be titled ‘The Travels of the Forgotten’ to signify the life of the street kids.Also, we have other ideas for smaller events and web-based programs in mind before we carry out the exhibition. 58 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

What do you guys think differentiates western from eastern art? Which of the two are more visible in your works? Art is an expression of individual ideas or feelings, and every individual’s ideas are shaped by the life they live in. Eastern culture is perceived to be much more distinct and exotic and moreover, it is greatly intertwined with the daily lifestyle of the people. So, in most of the eastern art, we can see the artist’s ideas and feeling mixed in with the distinct cultural element in it. While, western art has to do with more personal ideas and feelings channeled without the intermediary of a heavily embedded culture that forms the lifestyle. We think that’s the key difference. Lastly, any words of advice for young aspiring Nepali artists here in the US and back home? Keep Making Art.

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The Sins Left Behind About the shoot: The sins that she left behind are holding her captive and weighing her down and now that her body that was her vessel no longer exists, she is a wandering soul, searching for the path that leads her to whatever that is in the afterlife. Styling was minimal using just black and red colours, both of which convey the theme of the shoot very well. Red is for blood, it could either mean the loss of life, or even the birth of a new one. Black is the unknown, black is the emptiness. As it is about death and sins, I had a lot of religious and cultural inspirations. We used a ‘Lakhey’ puppet as a prop. Lakhey is a demon. I used it to represent it as the accumulation of her sins that are keeping her caged in a world that she doesn’t belong to anymore. We also used smoke as a religious symbolism of cleansing and purification (although it is open to interpretation that it could be the other way round.) The makeup is inspired by how Kumari, the living goddesses are presented as. The unusual colours that I chose during post production are to represent how the world isn’t the same to the soul that it is to the body. The seasons converge into shades of green and yellow and grey.

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December Fest at Times Square Get 20% off on everything Makeover Makeover, one of the outstanding stores in town always offers exceptional merchandise that allows its customers to make it their one-stop for signature, standout items. Their high standards of presentation in their store and the service their salon provides are what they remain synonymous with their store. With their décor covered up with their newest winter collection of jackets, party wears, evening wears, boots, bags and cosmetics; Makeover, the store, is giving 20% discount for Christmas and New Year on everything they have on their store. Moreover, if you spend more than Rs 10,000, you will get a free beauty treatment of your choice. Moreover, for all their valued customers, the store is providing every December customer with the store’s privilege card which will normally provide you with 20% discount no matter when you visit the store. So, don’t forget to visit the store this December to grab your card.


Men are more willing to shop when the shopping experience is less like shopping and more like being a man. And Garagemen is the store where guys can get that experience. Their menswear collections offer quality, value and a complete guarantee of your satisfaction. Shop their large selection of sophisticated men’s apparel throughout this December and get 20% off on everything they have to offer. Their collection varying from high-end design for men to simple and casual wears, Garagemen has a wide variety of collection to offer to their customers. So, don’t forget to take advantage of this special offer Garagemen is offering this month. Hurry and get the 20% discount.

Himalayan Java

Whenever we think about a coffee shop, Himalayan Java is the first name that comes to our mind. Himalayan Java is the first Speciality Coffee house in Nepal, which excels in quality and customer service. Himalayan Java has now been doing business in Kathmandu since 1999, and over the past eleven years the company has grown and progressed in many areas. Navyaata has good news for all the resident of Putalisadak because Star Mall has been the new branch location of Himalayan Java. With its ultimate décor, a friendly staff, peaceful environment and a good aroma of coffee, there is no doubt that it is going to be a popular hangout place for all the coffee lovers.

New Year special at Reggae Bar What is your plan for this New Year? If you do not have any plans then Navyaata suggests you to celebrate it at the Reggae Bar. You would not want to miss out the New Year special at Reggae Bar with Anuprastha, the all time favorite bar of this generation, which will be playing live music for the night. Ticket price Rs 500 per person; 1 drink free/ Rs 1000 per couple; two drinks free 72 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8


Odni With quality and understated elegance as trademarks of Odni, their main focus is simple. They want their clients to always associate Odni with style and comfort, and to see that they operate with a certain designs unique to retail in Kathmandu. Owned by Khusbu Dangol, one of the youngest designers in town, Odni has the exclusive and breath-taking designs of bridal and traditional wear. Navyaata assures you that all the items at Odni is worth the price you pay for.

Rosarini (Christmas and New Year Sale for the whole month of December) Chameleon is known for its distinct style and unique outlook. Based in Hong Kong, the brand has been designed to be of best quality and at the same time, affordable to every woman in the Nepalese market. Fashion is all about feeling comfortable in your own attire and being uplifted in spirit as you portray your image and appearance to the outside world and, we at Chameleon, are on a mission to give you that X-Factor that you have been missing! Regardless of your body shapes and sizes, Chameleon has been designed to fit you and groom you, making you perfect for any occasion. Chameleon completes you and your personal sense of well being. Try it to believe it...

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Beautiful Quotes

by beautiful people Beauty Tips

by Audrey Hepburn For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

On Successful Life “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Life “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”- Gilda Radner

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On Happiness We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness. - Dalai Lama

On Love “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we can never give enough of is love.”- Henry Miller

On Friendship “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”- Annonymus

On doing what you love “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. . . . Explore. Dream.”- Mark Twain “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”- Steve Jobs

Spirituality Ten Spiritual Tonics 1. Stop worrying. Worry kills life. 2. Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul. 3. Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind. 4. Accept your limitations . . . 5. Don?t envy. It wastes time and energy. 6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition. 7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves. 8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your views 9. Spend some time alone for the peace of solitude and silence. 10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.”- Abraham L. Feinberg

Prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.- Reinhold Niebuhr.

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Pujan dreams of someday returning back to his village and practicing the trades of a tailor. Balkumar hopes of someday owning a plot of land to grow his crops, and then he would hire his own cart vendors.

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Make a Wish

a bitter-sweet affair

Text by Ankit Thapa Photograph by Usha Pun

How many child labors do you come across every day? There are many in the streets of Kathmandu. From the boy that serves you tea to the micro-bus conductor, how many times do we bat an uninterested eye towards them? Do you condone child labour? Exploitation of children is a violent disregard of the most basic human rights, yet as a cruel case of irony, it is rampant here in the capital. This month Make a Wish lends a hand towards these brave youths. Admittedly we cannot change the situation present, but out small efforts will go on to become a fond memory for the poor soul whose wishes come true, at least for a day. PujanSahani hails from the mostdesolate of areas from the Bhojpuri regions of the country, so impoverished the place that families cannot provide for their own children; Pujan doesn’t work here to send money back home, he is here in the city only to make ends meet. When his mother bore another son, he was brought to the city as his parents couldn’t keep up with the expenses of two children.Pujan is only 9 and a half year’s old but has been selling cotton candy for the past 8 months when he was brought to the city by his Sau, the proprietor of these cotton candies vendors who has provided him with a place to stay along with the other working children. Thankfully unlike most of the archetypal child laborers and “chop shoppers” that come to mind, his Sau never beats him – at least that is what Pujan insists. We sawPujan in Basantapur – a child barely 4 feet tall was carrying a large wooden frame twice his size and hung on it were about 40-50 packets of that stickyspun sugar. When we first approached him, he was wary and cautious about us; his various trials and tribulations had obviously made him wary towards strangers. It took a bit of convincing from us and a lot of persuasion from the passerby’s and onlookers but in the end Pujan decided to go along with us. But even then, Pujan would let go off his candies; in fact Pujan never let his candy cart out of sight and insisted on carrying it himself almost all the time. We were struck by the shabby appearance Pujan gave off; a dirty emaciated body hidden behind dirty shirt and torn trouser. So we decided to give him a makeover, we planned on getting him some nice warm clothes for the winter but Pujan, ever the prudent,insisted on not leaving the New Road premises.He was understandably still unsure about us.After all, how often does an underprivileged working stiff get a free helping hand? Still the sound of new jeans must have excited him and so we headed out to Suraj Arcade over at Basantapur and

looked around a few shops. We went into a clothing store whose owner was eying us curiously, butafter we explained him how we weretreating Pujan out for the day of his life he was more than happy to help us. We bought Pujan a warm jacket and jeans for the winter – the jeans he insisted on. Everyone in the store shared a few laughs when Pujan refused to change into his new clothes as he hadn’t any underwear within.

A 9 year old boy surviving on his own in the most ungrateful of situations, yet not abandoning his ethics and traditions We left Basantapur with a cleaner and happier Pujan and headed down for some lunch. By this time a friend of Pujan had joined us: one BalkumarSundarKarki –a street-cart vendor selling maize, peas and other lintels. I asked Pujan what would delight him – some fresh steamed mo:mo: or an entire pizza to himself? But much to my surprise, Pujan proudly boasted about how he abstained from meat and eat only “chokho” food. There were few things that would meet Pujan’s demands, and no matter what palate we offered him he simply shook his head. When finally asked if he would like some cake, he stopped his antics and looked up with delight. So, we went over to Hot Breads in New Road and bought himcakes, cookies and a few loaves of bread (for him to take with him later on). Since Hot Breads doesn’t entertain cotton candy cartsinside and Pujan wasn’t ready to put it down, we went inside one of Basantapur’s many fascinating gullies and Pujan and Balkumarhad their fill. Many children his age dream of birthday presents, of ipods and motorcycles, of vacations and shopping. Pujan dreams of someday returning back to his village and practicing the trades of a tailor. Balkumar hopes of someday owning a plot of land to grow his crops, and then he would hire his own cart vendors. Both Pujan and Balkumar don’t go to school. This month’s Make a Wishendowed upon me a stark expository on the struggles ofsuch children. They refuse to give into the rules of the streets; they refuse to become glue-sniffing beggars. They fight against the odds, they fight against their fate. The day was over and we bid Pujan adieu; the day had become memorable not only to Pujan, but it struck an impression on us as well. A 9 year old boy surviving on his own in the most ungrateful of situations, yet not abandoning his ethics and traditions –Pujan is an inspiration, and he doesn’t even know it. Poush 2 0 6 8

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With Christmas and New Year coming up, everyone must be gearing up to party in this very chilly weather. So this month, Navyaata brings you 4 very unique, contemporary cocktails from 4 different Bartenders from the Nepal Flair Bartender Association; these cocktails have been specially introduced to go with the Christmas and New Year festivities.

The Flaming Lamborghini Recipe courtesy: Kul Bahadur Pun Ingredients Grenadine Syrup: 30 ml Kahlua: 30 ml Bailey’s: 15 ml Sambuca: 15 ml


The Flaming Lamborghini

X-mas Cooler

Take a Martini glass and layer all the ingredients according to the recipe. Make a tower using a Brandy balloon, a Goblet and Shooter glass; arranging them this way gives off the appearance of a flower Pour flaming Sambuca on the top of the tower, this will ingnite the whole cocktail

X-mas Cooler Recipe Courtesy: Sanjok Gurung Ingredients Tequila: 30 ml Vodka: 30 ml Cranberry Juice: 120 ml Coconut Cream: 3 lbs


Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with 6-8 ice cubes and shake vigorously.Pour the drink into a hi-ball glass.Garnish with a cherry on top

Santa Jelly

Pink Parker

Santa Jelly

Pink Parker

Recipe courtesy: Santosh Pradhan Ingredients Jelly Crystal-flavored Powder: 90 gms Boiling water: 1 cup full Vodka: 200 ml

Recipe courtesy: Surender Maharjan Ingredients White Rum: 60 ml Cream Coconut: 2 lbs Pineapple juice: 120 ml Grenadine syrup: 10 ml Malibu: 5 ml


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Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with 6-8 ice cubes; shake well.Strain the resulting cocktail into a pina-colada glass with crushed ice.Garnish with a Pineapple leaf on top

The Nepal Flair Bartender Association was established in 2006 by alcoholenthusiast Yuvraj Garbiya Pun and serves a wide range of classic and contemporary cocktails. Located in Ranibari; Samakhusi, the organization which believes in “flair bartending” is also a good place for bartenders to sharpen their trade.

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WELCOME 2012 New Year always brings to us hopes for a newer and better future. With the year 2011we have had many ups and downs yet we expect the same or even more form 2012. So, here we welcome 2012 with new energy, higher enthusiasm and lot more expectation. Text By: Surakshya Basnet

Navyaata: Tell us about your past new year’s resolution? Anish: Now, that’s hard. I have had many New Year’s resolution in the past couple of years but haven’t quite actually lived up to them. Like once I made a resolution that I would quit smoking but only a few hours from then I smoked one. But yes, even though I don’t live up to the resolutions I make I don’t stop making them. Anju: I don’t take New Year’s resolution that seriously. I remember making resolution while I was in school and that too just for fun. Back then I had made a resolution that I would be very attentive in class and keep my note books very clean. I did do it for a few weeks but soon I forgot about it and carried on with how it was before. Sangeeta: I always make New Year’s resolution. In fact I plan it almost weeks ahead. I don’t just make them I make sure that I live up to it. Last year I had made a resolution that I would spend very wisely avoiding all unnecessary expenditures and I exactly did that.

Welcoming the New Year can be an exciting time, filled with high anticipation and expectations for the months to come. Whether youslide into a New Year easily or go kicking and screaming, you’ll get some good memories to keep. The beginning of a new year can get you inspired to make changes or to do

Navyaata: How did you celebrate and welcome the year 2011?

things differently. Read our

Sangeeta: I very well remember that night. It was a lot of fun, I was out with friends and we went for a live band in Thamel. I waited until the countdown and once the year 2011 started we left for home.

New Year a happier, more

Anju: I haven’t celebrated New Year for the last couple of years. Last year I remember I had gone out with friend thinking that I would party all night long but then I couldn’t handle the crowd and the noise so I left early for home. I was home by 8pm had my dinner and went to bed.

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resolutions to make this organized, and morebeautiful year for ourselves and those around us.

Youth Vibe

Navyaata: What is your New Year resolution for 2012? Anju: I haven’t made any resolutions for a long time, but this year if I have to make one I would say I will try and lessen the time I spend with play stations. My mother keeps telling me stop and she gets irritated seeing me sit on front of the TV with a controller. So, yes I would do that but I don’t know if I can live up to it. Anish: There are many resolutions that I am thinking of for now. But if there is only one that I have to make then I would say I will try and control my expenditures. I have a habit of spending a lot and attires I myself don’t know where the money goes and everyone in my family bugs me for that. So, yes for the year 2012 I would make a resolution that I will control my expenditures and be very careful of where I spend my money.

I always make New Year’s resolution. In fact I plan it almost a week ahead. I don’t just make them I make sure that I live up to it.


Sangeeta: I have been making resolutions every year and I also make sure that I live up to it. This year to I have many in mind and one amongst them is that I will be more organized then I am. At times I have so many things to do and I get confused thinking where to start and what to do. So, from this year on I will make a note of things I have to do, plan them and then work on them.

Navyaata: How do you plan to welcome 2012? Anish: I will be going to ‘Sukutey beach’ with friendsthat are the plan for now. The parties these days are very loud and it’s always the same crowd. So, we all like going a little away from the city. Last year in Nagarkot was fun and we hope it will be equally fun this time too. Sangeeta: I will with family this time and the plan is to go to Pokhara. I have never spent New Year’s with family before, so this time we decided on taking a small weekend break. I am pretty excited about the trip and I am looking forward to it. Anju: I don’t like partying out. The music is too hard to handle and the crowd is annoying at times. So I always avoid going out drink big events. So this year too I guess I will be with myself or some very close friend, watch a movie and go off to bed.

I remember making resolution while I was in school and that too just for fun. Back then I had made a resolution that I would be very attentive in class and keep my note books very clean.

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YOUTH VIBE Navyaata: Nepali New Year or English New Year, which one do you prefer? Anju: They are both the same for me. But compared to English New Year I prefer Nepali New Year. My family celebrates a little during Nepali New Year so I prefer it more than the other one. Anish: I like the English New Year more. All of my friends celebrate English New Year and I have always celebrated the 31st of December. Sangeeta: Both. I celebrate English New Year with friends and during the Nepali New Year I am always with my family. English New Year is fun, loud and crowded while Nepali New Year is very quiet and I am with my family.

yet another Year yet anorther resolution. But this timne Ill amke sure that I live up to it.


There are many resolutions that i am thinking of for now. But if there is only one that i have to make then I would say I will try and control my expenditures. Anju Moktan: Student of Management Sangeeta Karki: Student of BSW (Bacholers in Social Work) Anish Thapa: Student of Management.


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Text and Photos By: Raghu Bisth

For those who know nothing about travelling, knows nothing about themselves. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes and seeing things with a newer and better vision. This is what Raghu Bisht, a regular contributor for Navyaata believes in. Every time he rides his Enfield he makes a journey that sails him ashore the crowd. 86 Navyaata • Poush 2 0 6 8

Riding on your motorcycle and riding with your motorcycle are two completely different feelings. We planned out a good long trip to the Wild Westland of Nepal up to the Mahakali River and back taking us and our motorcycles across some of the most wonderful stretches of Mahendra Highway that runs from Mahakali in the Far West to Mechi in the East, virtually touching every district in the plains of Terai. For those of you who love to ride carefree, pushing yourself and your motorbike to its speed limits and at the same time enjoying beautiful landscapes, this 740 kilometres stretch to the Far West away from the busy streets of Kathmandu will certainly free the rider within you. And it is blissful to be away from the maddening scene of Kathmandu with the traffic jams, the incessant political rallies and the ever increasing noise pollution. This is a trip tailor-made for your friends and for your motorbikes. Go ahead, bring out the inner traveler within you! We recommend riding to Butwal from Kathmandu, a 260 km ride, on the first day and spending the night in Butwal. For those adventure-seeking people, you can travel with a tent and camp beside highways in the Terai, provided you are ready to face what time and nature throws at you. You will be passing through a fairly hilly area while riding from Kathmandu to Narayanghat. This highway can be challenging for pretty good riders as well because you will be riding through some of the deadliest portions of Nepali highway frequented by some of the most reckless drivers. It may be a good idea to stick to the left side of the road through blind turns and watch out for others who may not be as careful. While coming back to Kathmandu, this portion of the geography always makes me think - no wonder Kathmandu was never attacked by marauding hordes of invaders (Mongols, Arabs or even the Kingdoms in India) in the many years of our history while the Indian kingdoms were being frequently attacked. If driving to Kathmandu can be so tedious, imagine what it would be like to walk or gallop. The portion of the winding road ends


after Dasdhunga at the foothills before reaching Narayanghat. From Pulchowk of Narayanghat, you will merge into Mahendra highway which is the road you will be riding on for the rest of the trip to Mahakali. The Highway passes over Narayani River which is a confluence of a few major arteries and has a major religious siginificance. Before reaching Butwal, the highway passes through Rajahar, Chormara, Daunne Danda, Basa and Sunwal. It has long stretches of straights but has reasonably dense traffic and local movement, especially during evening hours. Butwal is a burgeoning city that occupies a unique place in our history. Nepal went to war with the British Empire during the Anglo-Nepal war due to conflicting claims over Butwal. In the Sugauli treaty of 1816 that resulted after the war, we lost Butwal and a host of other territories to the British, but were given back some of the territory, including Butwal, for helping British during the Indian rebellion of 1857. That is why Butwal is sometimes still called the ‘Naya Muluk’. The city of Butwal faces the Palpali gorge to the north and that’s where it gets its cool morning breeze from. Once you leave Butwal the trip continues westwards and you will notice a much lesser traffic density which makes for a pleasant ride. The highway passes through Jitpur, Gorusinghe and Chanrauta over the next 2 hours. You will start to climb the hills of Dang valley after Chanrauta and it is amazing to see distinct hill terrain of Dang completely unlike what we are used to seeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara. These hills experience numerous landslides every year due to loose soil and sparse vegetation. As traffic is very sparse, you can speed up and get a speed thrill on a hill. Deukhuri valley starts from River Rapti and it continues up to Lamahi extending over 30 km with vast farmlands on both sides of the highway. You will notice that the rivers in this stretch flow over the road rather than under. This should make for quite an adventure ride

during the Monsoon season. The trip from Lamahi to Kohalpur spans a very scenic stretch of Mahendra Highway with very few passersby and cattle and winds its way through the vast beautiful plains of Terai dotted with wonderful forests and rivers. This part of the highway can make you feel like you are flying on your motorcycle. You may easily speed up to 100-125 kmph but remember, this is a highway and accidents are fatal most of the times, so ride fast but ride safe. The famous Karnali Cheesapani Bridge can be reached from Kohalpur in about 1 ½ hours through Bardiya National Park where you may come across wildlife and some big attractions like tigers, elephants or leopards. There have been reported cases of tiger chasing motorcycle riders on one of the longer causeways inside the park, so be alert. After crossing Karnali Bridge you will enter the far-west region of Nepal into Kailali and then Kanchanpur districts. Mahakali is just 135 km from Cheesapani and it is good if it is done in middle 3 hours of the day as cattle and people movement increases during morning and evening time. And so this long ride comes to an end at this western tip of the country taking us through many wonderful places and across many wonderful people. The 1500 kilometres ride is doable in 3 days but that would mean you will have to rocket through the journey and miss out on the pleasures of riding comfortably through so many vast wonderful landscapes. Not to mention, you may also risk yourself and other fellow travellers in your hurry. This ride is a long one and there are many wildernesses that you must pass through. So interested riders must know basic maintenance of their motorcycles such as repairing punctured tires, changing clutch wires, changing accelerator wire, and replacing spark plugs. And one should not forget to carry a small petrol gallon, for no one knows when Nepal runs out of fuel. The most important thing is to wear helmet at all times and watch out for the other guy. Happy riding!! Poush 2 0 6 8

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Movie Picks



The Dirty Picture

Happy Feet Two

Imagine a make-up girl who became the most wanted heroine of the early 80s. Chronicling the meteoric rise and steep fall of the erstwhile screen sensation - Silk Smitha, The Dirty Picture is set against the colorful and entertaining backdrop of the South film industry of the 80’s. The quintessential siren, Silk, knew her audiences, and it didn’t seem like anything would stop the fiercely ambitious starlet, till it did, in the shape of unrequited love.To the world, she was the queen of sensuality. But at heart, Silk was just another woman craving true love. An unfortunate encounter with deceit and infidelity led to dire consequences!Balaji and Milan Luthria team up again after their smash hit, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, to create a dazzling and spectacular musical entertainer that is already in the news for being the most keenly anticipated drama of the year. 

The animated sequel returns audiences to Antarctica, reuniting us with the world’s most famous tap-dancing penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood), the love of his life, Gloria (Alecia Moore {Pink}) and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace (Robin Williams). Mumble and Gloria now have a son of their own, Erik (Elizabeth Daily), who is struggling to find his own particular talents in the Emperor Penguin world. But new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working—and dancing—together to save them.

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3 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ threepicture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. This 2 hr and 40 mins movie follows a man named Blomkvist, who tries to find a girl who has been missing for 36 years and may have been murdered.

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4 Fridays

What is your idea of Friday Night? The Idea is party till wee hours but which is so not applicable in Kathmandu. What is the most fun Friday you have had? Every Friday night is fun if you know how to roll with it.


What is your favorite drink? Whisky on the rox!!! Where would you want to go for dinner on a Friday night? It depends upon the home boy’s mood. Usually I prefer to hold chopsticks.

What is your idea of Friday Night? For me there’s nothing specific about Fridays!!It’s just the same as other days but one thing is that I get to hangout with my friends.. Well, working friends who are free during weekends!! What is the most fun Friday you have had? Well every Friday turns out to be fun for me What is your favorite drink? My favorite drink would be Nepali Masala Tea and Cafe Latte (Cuppas)


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Where would you want to go for dinner on a Friday night? I usually don’t go for a proper

One celebrity you would want to party with? No celebrity. With one and only funny, straight and lazy person (Hope that person is reading). Whose design would you want to wear on a Friday? Any design that suits me. I am not a design conscious person. What are your favorite Friday hangouts? Of course, Lakhey restro n bar and anywhere my friends and the positive vibes are

dinner during Fridays ...Fridays are more of whatever thing. One celebrity you would want to party with? No such fantasies. (Honestly) Whose design would you want to wear on a Friday? I’d rather be casual than wear designer clothes because my Fridays are casual and not planned What are your favorite Friday hangouts? House of Music!

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What is your idea of Friday Night? When we were young, me and my husband would go out for long drives or romantic dinners. Over the years, we went clubbing and partying but nowadays we like to hang out with our close friends. What is the most fun Friday you have had? The one in LAP Delhi few months back, at Bed Lounge, Sirocco Sky Bar in Bangkok and in New York and London. What is your favorite drink? I am not much of a drinker.I stick to my glass of Bailey’s with crushed ice.

What is your idea of Friday Night? Forget the rest, enjoy the moment. What is the most fun Friday you have had? It has always been fun but the sad thing is it’s always difficult for me to remember anything when I wake up another day.

Where would you want to go for dinner on a Friday night? With New restaurants opening almost every week in Jhamel, it’s fun trying out different places and cuisines. One celebrity you would want to party with? There are so many celebrities I want to party with. Barack Obama, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Shaif Ali Khan and many more

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Whose design would you want to wear on a Friday? You can never go wrong with Herve Ledger dress and match it with a Jimmy Choo stilettos.

One celebrity you would want to party with? All the guys from the movie hangover and may be that would give another story line for hangover part 3. It could be fun.

What is your favorite drink? I always go for chilled beer or whiskey. It depends on the mood and the weather. Am really not into cocktails or other drinks.

Whose design would you want to wear on a Friday? Time has not yet come for Nepalese to talk about designer wear. I don’t even know any Nepalese designer and I don’t think it’s practical for us to talk about Armani or Versace here.

Where would you want to go for dinner on a Friday night? Well, I just go to random places. I never make plans to go somewhere. The most important thing is to enjoy wherever I am.

What are your favorite Friday hangouts? I don’t have such thing as favorite Friday hangouts I just hang around... if the place gets boring I move to another.

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