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A champion rolls out On August 30, United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. oďŹƒcially launched its new car, the Toyota Etios. A sedan with several unique features, the car is priced at Rs. 34,45,000. The car has a distinct look that will surely interest the owners of Toyota four-wheelers who are keen to upgrade their previous versions. Letâ€™s take a look at its notable features.
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Hyper-performance meets style While Monster got its place in the Ducati family, Hypermotard took a step further with an introduction of a stylish and accessible mid range tourer with everyday practicality. The bike delivers a thrilling and fun filled experience whether it is for a daily commute or for ripping up the tracks.
It was a contribution of months of hard work, research, and passion. The brand which comes to mind as fun, exciting, race, and style, Yamaha also defines safety as one of their taglines with the launch of Yamaha Ray five months ago.
Growing up, no other topic perhaps galvanized the young kids around like gaming did. Fortunate as it was to have perhaps one of the first consoles that people had heard of, what really started then was a love affair that has lasted for two decades now. The first machine available locally really was the 8-Bit Atari.
No more tippy toes
Games for games
BazaarPlus Issue 103, September 2013
The Mall for all Seasons
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Kid This incredibly innovative tablet is fully powered by smart features that make it easier and safer for kids to use it. Just the right gadget to get for your tiny loved ones!
The largest luxury mall in the country, Civil Mall, situated in the heart of Kathmandu, Sundhara, is the ultimate destination for your shopping and entertainment needs. Ever since Civil Mall opened its doors for shopaholics and those looking for entertainment and recreational activities, there has been no looking back.
A Clean Move
While we sat on our backs complaining that we can do nothing for the pollution going on in the city, Mahindra teamed up with Reva, took one for the team, and came up with Mahindra Reva E20.
Rising of the Beast A pint of throttle and swooshâ€ŚWith the name Ducati to carry on its legacy, Monster 796 has wheeled into our town making sure heads turn as they ride by.
Cool, Smart and Convenient The way of keeping your veggies, fruits and whatnots cold have taken another turn with digital displays, no-frost scheme and LED lights.
Play Stationâ€™s Next Play
The differences between the current PS3 and the PS4 seem vast, on paper at least; considering that few people have actually gotten to play with a prototype PS4 to actually report the differences hands-on.
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As months roll by and we gear up for the grandest festivity of the Nepali calendar, shopping is primary on our minds. A time for emotional blackmails and initial rejections and finally that happy surprise! This issue is packed to the brim with goodies that will have you drooling and queuing at store fronts. Behold the magnificent Ducati Hypermotard (p 30) which, guys will agree, can rev-up the male heart in ways no woman can. So, if you can cough up the dough, get one. The Etios, on which Toyota is betting big, rolls out in Nepal. Can it turn fortunes for the maker? The Reva E2o (p 24) is all grown up, vis-à-vis its first iteration. It’s a serious car now, packed with frills, yet ticks all the boxes in your eco-friendly heart. We explore the new Storme (p 28) to see how the newest iteration of the Safari from the TATA stable fares in Nepal. The 2013 Rio (p 26) looks all grown-up and aggressive, whilst holding onto its cute appeal. Don’t miss out on the Monster 796 (p 32), some cool accessories, and cooler routes to unleash that gun on. Game freaks navigate your way to p 64 and beyond for that immersive experience that beats hunger, thirst, sleep, aches, and other physiological temptations that trouble lesser mortals. The wannabe connoisseurs on wines have to read our story on p 72. Discover the perfect travel jacket for your upcoming vacations and shorter hikes and treks on p 76. Enough money spent. Not yet? Don’t blame us for emptying your cash and cards at the 15 exclusive pages where we feature must-visit shops and must-buy products at Civil Mall. Got a headache already? Stare fixedly at our superchilled pages starting p 60 and you’ll feel better. We loved working on this issue. We are sure you will leave no page unturned and unread. Enjoy! BazaarPlus Team
latest arrivals Selection - Now Open RG International inaugurated its third showroom “Selection – Your Dream Merchants” at Tripureshwor on 29 August. The showroom was inaugurated by Kunio Takahashi, Ambassadar of Japan to Nepal, during the event which was attended by other personalities. RG International formally known as Rukmani International Pvt. Ltd is the one of the leading importers, distributor, retail outlet chain and project suppliers of high quality and branded decorative construction material, sanitary ware, bath faucets, shower systems,
kitchen equipments, tiles, window decorative, furniture, etc… in Nepal. With an incredible extensive range of sanitary ware, bathroom accessories, kitchen appliances, tiles, window decorative, etc… from prestigious international brands such as American Standard, Hacker, Herman Miller, Cotto, and others, RG International looks forward in earning goodwill and assurance from its patrons, professionals and prestigious organizations, hotels and individuals who have trust in the products available in its new showroom “Selection.”
Flex Studio and Café Opened Flex Fitness Centre, Nakhu has added up a Beauty Studio and Café recently and it oﬀers a complete beauty makeover, hair wash, manicure, pedicure and more. Flex has also added up a café so that their beloved customers can ease up from their exercise and grab a cup of coﬀee and snacks after the workout. “We are glad to add up the new beauty studio and café for our beloved customers and partners
at the clinic,” says Roshan KC, Managing Director.
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Inaugurated on August 1, 2013, Pasa: is a clothing store that sells shoes, bags, and purses. It is on the ground floor of the Mayalu Centre which has various other shops dedicated to ladies, but this one will surely tempt you to drop by. The collections range in diﬀerent colors, materials and brands. Types of bags available include casual, party, and fancy. Quality leather bags are also available. Similarly, shoes have been categorized under flat, party, high heels, block heels, and boots. For men, there are some purses available from brands like Spykar, Levi’s, and Dinoo’s. Ram Krishna Khadgi and Suman Khadgi own the shop.
Mega Bank and Xpress Money Join Hands to Provide Remittance Service
New yet vintage On August 2, 2013, Jharana Bajracharya and Tenzin Tseten Bhutia inaugurated a new store at Mayalu Centre (1st floor) that is named as ‘House of ktm Vintage (HKV)’. Kelsang Dolkar Lama and Yeshi Dolma are the owners. “We import all the clothing from North America and they are both vintage as well as retro collections. Moreover, they are carefully handpicked and are not usually available in other stores
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here,” says one of the proprietors. Strictly for ladies, the shop has formal, casual, evening dresses, and gowns in various unique designs. Accessories include chains, necklaces, stylish safety pins, earrings, and elegant pouch bags. Footwear includes sandals, slippers, and high heels in diﬀerent colors. Previously located near the Annapurna Hotel, the owners believe that their shop has a fashion statement of its own.
Mega Bank Nepal Limited and Xpress Money Services Limited have recently joined hands to provide remittance services. On behalf of their respective companies, Ms. Raveena Desraj Shrestha, Chief Business Oﬃcer of Mega Bank Nepal Limited, and Mr. Sudesh Giriyan, Vice President of Xpress Money Services, signed a “Money Transfer Services Agreement”. From now onwards, Mega Bank Nepal Limited will process remittance payments sent from Xpress Money Services. The bank will now provide Xpress Money transfer services through its 28 branches as well as more than 900 Mega Remit agents spread throughout the country. With this alliance, overseas Nepali nationals can now send their money back home safely and reliably.
Toshiba P2300 in the Nepali Market
On August 22, CG|Moto Corp, the authorized distributor of TVS 2-wheelers in Nepal, launched TVS Phoenix, a motorcycle with a 125 cc engine. During the launch program, Auro Asish Choudhuri, General Manager-International Business, TVS Motor Company, gave a presentation on the new motorbike. Here is an excerpt: “I would like to talk about some important aspects of the new TVS Phoenix, which are as follows: Market scenario We have developed an all-new engine for this motorcycle and it complements several unique features to ensure ‘premium ride quality’. This launch will increase our market share in the segment. We are now present in the economy, executive, and premium segments of the motorcycle market. Motorcycle portfolio This motorbike has acted as a bridge that has helped to fill the gap that existed in the recent market. This was regarding the time interval that our company took to produce a new twowheeler that is equally competent as its predecessors. Target Projected customers are those who are young, salaried, and self-employed men. Probable age group would be from 25 to 35-year-olds. It is especially suitable for those who are married. Others include individuals who are living in semi urban areas and are
upwardly mobile. Let’s say it’s for those people who want a fully loaded life! Customer needs When it comes to customer needs, the bike has some elegant features that include attractive styling, good pick-up, notable riding comfort, and added mileage amongst many other features. Brand objective By introducing this bike, our aim is to redefine the current 125 cc category of bikes by creating a premium 125 cc category. Furthermore, it is mostly to delight our customers with the best buy. What makes it a winner? There are certain features in this bike that are unlike others in its category. These include premium dual tone decals, front LEDs, rotopedal disc brakes, pedal tail lamps, and a powerful 125 cc engine. Additional features include Eco thrust technology with a dependable mileage of 67 km/L. Others include series spring suspension, air cavity foot pegs, LED pilot lamps, alloy wheels, and some features that are otherwise in a car. These include: fully digital speedometer, hazard lamps, switchgears, and an indicator that tells you when your bike need to be taken for servicing.” Price: NRs. 1, 69,900 Color variants: Moroccan Red, Alaskan Green, Helsinki Black Silver, Belgian Black, Red, and Oxford Grey Contact: +977-1-5545891-5, +977-9801200795
EOL Pvt. Ltd., the authorized distributor of Toshiba brand for Nepal and a sister concern of CG Electronics Pvt. Ltd., under the umbrella of Chaudhary Grou, has recently announced the release of its latest Toshiba LED POWER TV. It has been built on a concept of “Be Connected”, which means a 360⁰ focus on picture, thrilling sound quality, and amazing connectivity that delivers high quality entertainment in a head-turning unified design to its customers. With its refined and smooth curves, it delivers the best viewing experience possible and sharpens and brightens sports and action scenes by balancing and optimizing the combined performance of the TV panel, video processing, and backlight technology. The new POWER TVs enhance the viewing experience and add to the quality of entertainment.
End of Season Sale at John Players John Players, a premium men’s wear from Surya Nepal Pvt. Ltd., has announced the end of season sale with discounts up to 50 percent. Customers can visit exclusive John Players outlets at Bluebird Mall, Tripureshwar, Teendhara, Durbar Marg, City Center (1st floor), Kamalpokhari, Maitidevi Complex, Civil Mall (Sundhara), and other leading garment stores across the country to take advantage of this exciting oﬀer.
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Carlsberg Enters New Three Year Partnership with Premier League Carlsberg and the Premier League have agreed on a new three-yeardeal for Carlsberg to be Oﬃcial Beer Partner of the Barclays Premier League. According to the companies, the deal will run for three seasons from 2013/14 until the end of the 2015/16 season. This partnership oﬀers a unique range of rights and opportunities for Carlsberg to engage with the consumers with the use of oﬃcial designations; marks and imagery; match-day access and hospitality; and content for online and social media channels. Commenting on the agreement, Tom Moradpour, Vice President of Carlsberg, said, “It is fantastic for brand Carlsberg to be associated with Barclay’s Premier League. It will provide the brand another platform to get connected with consumers and football fans all around the world.” Likewise, Richard Scudamor, Chief Executive of Premier League said,
Index Furniture Introduces Office Range Furniture
“We are extremely pleased that Carlsberg has chosen to invest in the Premier League and has become the League’s oﬃcial beer partner for three years.”
Index Furniture Nepal will soon be introducing its new oﬃce range furniture called the “Ventura Series”. With the help of Ventura Series, you customize every item as per your needs; hence all of your requirements can be fulfilled. The new oﬃce range is suitable for people who spend a lot of time in their oﬃce and should help to make your work space more comfortable. Ventura Oﬃce series is made out of wood with a melamine finish. At the moment, it is available in three colors, black-brown, natural wood color, and white. The range includes computer tables, working tables, executive tables, corner tables, drawers, mobile pedestals, working chairs, cabinets, and sideboards. All these items are very easy to install and can be done very quickly.
Hyundai I10 Crosses 5000 plus Mark in Nepal Hyundai i10 has created history by crossing the 5000+ mark in Nepal in a span of just four and a half years. So, in order to celebrate this milestone, Laxmi InterContinental P. Ltd., the sole distributor of Hyundai Vehicles for Nepal, has launched an Exclusive Benefits scheme to both existing i10 owners and also new prospective buyers. As a part of the Exclusive Benefits scheme, existing i10ers will get Bangkok –Pattaya trips (five couples) and free service vouchers worth Rs. 5000 (100 i10ers). And, for new i10 buyers, special savings packages of Rs. 126,600 are oﬀered.
Canvas 4 Hits Nepal Canvas 4, the latest addition to the range of Micromax Mobile, is now officially available in the Nepali market. The Canvas 4 is the latest upgraded version in the Canvas series with trendy looks and innovated features. The light and colorful Canvas 4 runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean making it ideal for multi-tasking, gaming, and seamless streaming. It comes with a high definition 5 MP front camera, 13 MP back professional camera, and 5.0” IPS LCD multi-touchscreen. Some of the other interesting features are: ‘blow or shake to unlock’, video pinning, smart gestures, software updates over the air, upside silent, L&T BazaarPlus 18
smart pause, etc. to name a few. It comes with scratchresistant full aluminum body, with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and 32 GB expandable memory, and is fully equipped with EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. According to the company, it’s the ultimate choice for people always on the go.
DTC Mobile Launches GB3 Ace and G7 Mobiles DTC Mobiles have introduced two new phones, namely, DTC GB3 Ace and DTC G7, in the Nepali market. According to its authorized distributor, the two new phones have been introduced keeping in mind the needs of the Nepali customers for mobiles at aﬀordable prices. Both the phone sets are dual SIM dual stand by phones with a 1.8” color display. They are powered by wireless FM, 1.3 MP digital camera, music and video player and recorder, and GPRS, and are expandable up to 16 GB. However, the special thing about DTC GB3 Ace is that it can resist falls and is unbreakable.
Pashupati Paints Launches Mobile App in South Asia Pashupati Paints Pvt. Ltd. has recently launched a user friendly Smartphone app in the Nepali market and it is the 1st paint company to launch mobile app in South Asia. This app will enable the customers to select the color of their choice from the comfort of their homes for both interior and exterior painting. This application also has detailed location and information of Pashupati Paints’ dealers all over Nepal which will help customers to locate them easily in their locality through this mobile app. With the tagline, “Get Smart with Paints”, the company
believes that this will make selecting and buying Pashupati Paints more fun for the customers. The paint application can be used by both iOS and Android supporting devices.
Figo Tops J.D. Power Asia Pacific Vehicle Dependability Study 2013 India’s most awarded car ever, the Ford Figo, has won yet another accolade and has notched the top ranking in the latest results of the prestigious J.D. Power Asia Pacific India Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) 2013. Ford Figo has been rated as India’s most dependable premium compact vehicle leaving behind vehicles like Maruti Suzuki Ritz and Hyundai i20, and surpassing the industry average score of 270. The study ranks vehicles from across segments for dependability based on an extensive research encompassing 169 factors. Widely acclaimed as one of the best oﬀerings in its segment and known for its best-in-class quality features and value for money, Ford Figo has found a place in the prestigious Limca Book of Records 2012 as the most awarded car in India in its debut year.
Springwood’s Season Sale Springwood, a leading Nepali youth apparel brand, is commencing end of season sale through its various outlets throughout Kathmandu and outside the valley in which you can get up to 50% discount. According to
the company, they are oﬀering an attractive discount rate of 50%, 35%, and 25% on its various collections of shirts, t-shirts, trousers, jeans, sweaters and sweat shirts. The sale is valid from August 15 to September 15, 2013).
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United Colors of Benetton Upto 50% discount on all items Contact: 4221454
Abhinandan Flat 50% discount on bags and shoes Contact: 4011555
Citywalk 20% - 50% discount on all items Contact: 4221621
Converse/denizen/Peter England Ladies: flat 50% discount on all items Gents: flat 40% discount on selected items Contact: 4011750
Gadget Shop Upto 50% discount on accessories Contact: 4226669 Bentley 10% - 50% discount on all items Contact: 4228338 LEVI’S Upto 50% discount on glasses Upto 50% discount on shoes Upto 10% discount on clothes Contact: 4226432 The Eighteen Shop 7% discount on all items Contact: 4240761 Tweety Upto 50% discount on all items Contact: 4241927 Giordano Upto 60% discount on all items Contact: 4243988 About you Upto 50% discount on all items Contact: 4226992 Grace Upto 50% on all items Contact: 4269966
Kingkow Upto 60% discount on selected items Contact: 4011708 Mesuca Upto 80% discount on selected items Contact: 4011533 Bata Upto 25% discount on kids items Upto 15% on other items Contact: 4011510 Style Everyday Upto 30% on all items except belts and clutches Contact: 4011814 Galleria 50% flat discount on all items Contact: 4011566 John Players Upto 50% discount on selected items Contact: 4011817 Trendz Leather Gallery Upto 50% discount on selected items Contact: 4011505
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On the Globe With many new products to hit the markets around the world, BazaarPlus gives you some of them that might be worth taking a second look.
Google Moto X We already have lots of creations when it comes to smartphones. Improvisation, however, takes time and brilliant minds. And, Google Moto X is a proud example. Obviously most of the tech specs are the same, 2GB ram, 4.2.2 Android, long battery blah blah. But what sets it apart is the design-which you make yourself. The phone has what the team calls Moto Maker where through an online studio, you choose the colors and details like front, back, accents, memory, wallpapers, even add a name or a short message. Once you’re done, they assemble your Moto X and ship it free in four days or less. You can choose from more than 2,000 combinations. The phone also has voice commands which means you don’t actually need to touch your phone. Now, I’m not sure about you, but boy am I psyched to know when this baby hits town. L&T BazaarPlus 20
Sony NEX-5T Meet new Sony NEX-5T, a solid mirrorless camera that possesses NFC to let you pair your smartphone with just a tap! This new camera has 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor packed into its tiny body. In addition, it has a rotating three-inch touchscreen, NFC that lets you to pair up your smartphone or tablet easily with the camera, interchangeable lens camera to boast the feature and it’ll permit you to share images and video among two devices swiftly over Wi-Fi, giving the possibility for some amazing Instagram clicks.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Worried about handling your tablets to kids to play with but afraid they’ll break it? Worry no more; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is now out to assist you. This incredibly innovative tablet is fully powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with smart features that make it easier and safer for kids to use it. In addition, it has a bright design, security features and separate safety accessories that can survive knocks and falls. Just the right gadget to get for your tiny loved ones!
Boosted with a 6.3-inch screen, Samsung’s gigantic Galaxy Mega smartphone margins the bizarre competition of smartphones in the market and it seems like Samsung won’t relax till it has a mobile gadget of every possible size and shape. Along with its giant screen, it is powered by 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear sensor and 1.9-megapixel front-facing sensor cameras, long lasting battery and is compact with many apps and extra features. We’ll call this one “Gulliver” for now!
launches HTC One Mini It seems HTC believes in the famous saying “Good things come in small packages.” Referring to the recently launched HTC One Mini, this new smartphone may be slim and may have a display of 4.3 inch but HTC wants to prove that size doesn’t matter once in for all. Compact with camera of just 4 megapixels, it has a bizarre feature that allows one to click good photos even is low light situation. Other features includes Qualcomm Snapdrago 400 1.4GHz dual-core processor, Android with HTC Sense, 1GB RAM, Beats Audio.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Phablet
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
Google Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) Now slimmer, lighter, and swifter, the new Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) takes you the ideal blend of power and portability. With 323 pixels crammed into every inch, now one can read clearly sharper than the printed page, observe images more bright than the top quality photo magazine, and view videos come to life in lively 1080p HD. Putting all together, it’s a great smartphone in terms of display. One can also direct access to apps and content to generate an experience that’s suitable for all member of the family.
Instax is a brand of instant cameras marketed by Fujifilm since the late 1990s, while the Fujifilm X-Series is a range of digital, high-end cameras aimed at professional photographers. Fujifilm has just mixed its X-Series with the Instax brand to create a new vintage-looking instant camera called the Instax Mini 90 Neoclassic. This Mini 90 Neoclassic is a more expensive and rich of features model compared to their predecessors which sometimes were known to also have hello kitty designs.
With smartphones enduring to rise to larger heights, collaboration of a smartphone and tablet seems not to be left behind. This is particularly for Sony launching a mash-up of these gadgets to a wonderful phablet. With the large vibrant display of 6.44-inch device, the Xperia Z Ultra Phablet also includes Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 processor which is incredible fast, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with a feature of letting the user to use a pen or a metal pen to write on the screen through the Sketch app.
Nike Kobe 8 Graffiti Now enhance your street game with all new Nike Kobe 8 Graﬃti! Kobe Bryant aka Black Mamba could possibly still be sidelined due to injury, but that hasn’t stopped Nike from releasing out more new colorways of the Kobe 8 System. Talking about the brand new shoe, it possesses a unique graﬃti graphic in grey and black diagonally to the woven upper mesh. Matching the graﬃti graphics are lime green inflections and a lime green Nike swoosh logo.
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A Champion Rolls Out On August 30, United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. officially launched its new car, the Toyota Etios. A sedan with several unique features, the car is priced at Rs. 34,45,000. The car has a distinct look that will surely interest the owners of Toyota four-wheelers who are keen to upgrade their previous versions. Also suitable for those who would want to buy the latest four-wheeler in the market, it has some attributes that were never before seen in its previous versions. Letâ€™s take a look at its notable features. -Girish Subedi
DIMENSION Overall L x W x H
4265 mm x 1695 mm x 1510 mm
Fuel tank capacity
Turning circle radius
0.595 m3 (595 liters)
185/60 R15 (tubeless)
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2 din audio with bluetooth, USB, aux-in, and remote Operated by a remote control, it has comfortable sound system settings. Cooled 0.013 m3 (13 L) glove box Allows ample space for storing things. Comfortable new seats Toyota has designed the Etiosâ€™ driver seat to be height adjustable. Alongside, the headrests at the front are also adjustable. The rear headrests are integrated as well. To give ample cabin space, the rear floor is flat with enough room.
Ergonomic steering wheel with EPS & tilt The steering wheel is integrated with audio controls and is sporty and well designed at the same time. Its capabilities include electric power steering with tilt function. 0.595 cm3 (595 L) boot space The rear of the car has a low loading height. It can accommodate enough luggage or your belongings in hours of need. Superb suspension The optimized front and rear suspensions are designed for comfort and stability that are indeed exceptional.
AC with clean-air filter An air purifying filter, powerful blowers, and multi-directional vents complements a silent cabin. ABS with EBD To assure a complete control and smooth halt on sudden usage of the brakes, the car is complemented with an anti-lock braking system with EBD. 1.5L DOHC petrol engine Although a torque of 3000 rpm is produced, the engine is fuel-efficient at the same time. The engine has a lean engine construction design and it is lightweight. It is based on anti-knocking technology with electronic throttle control. For the first time, Toyota has integrated the exhaust manifold with the cylinder head for low emissions for this engine. New side mirrors with indicators Turning signals are also fitted in frontal display of the side mirrors. This is indeed a safety attribute that gives the rider confidence in certain circumstances.
Dual front SRS airbags During a sudden mishap, the two SRS airbags will automatically open themselves up at the front and reduce the impact of the blow on the steering wheel or the dash panel on the ridersâ€™ head and upper torso. Impact absorbing body structure In order to ensure the safety of all the individuals in the car, the cabin is kept intact by a strong and technically designed body frame. Trendy new rear combi lamps Rear lamps have a unique new design. Indeed, the new aero fins are set to catch peopleâ€™s attention. 12 spoke alloys Spoke alloys reach a count of 12 and are elegantly stylish at the same time. Bold new front grille A chrome finish is what that makes the new Toyota Etios a car that looks different than others on the streets Nepal at present.
4-Cylinder 16V, DOHC
1496 cc (cm3)
66 KW (90 PS) @ 5600 rpm
132Nm (13.46 kg-m) @ 3000 rpm
Fuel supply system
Electronic fuel injection (EFI)
5 speed manual
Colors available: Grey Silver Black White Red Beige
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A Clean Move
While we sat on our backs complaining about the city’s pollution and petrol blues that has been going on for quite some time now, Mahindra teamed up with Reva and took one for the team coming up with the brand new Mahindra Reva E20. -Swechhya Dangol
There are hardly any places around the city that gives you the smell of fresh breeze now. Everywhere you go, you’ll see people wearing masks, the black smoke from trucks and other vehicles blowing right up in your face, the dirt from all the “road constructions” which the government promised to get done soon enough. It is appalling how pollution has travelled this far in so less time. And living in the capital has become quite a hassle. So while we continued living the way we do by adapting ourselves to the all-mighty pollution, Mahindra thought otherwise, and created Reva E2O, for those who care for the environment. The presentation of Mahindra Reva E2O, in the Regal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency, Boudha on August 14th was brilliant. The event included a lot of auto-enthusiasts who couldn’t wait to see what Mahindra had in store for them. The name of the car derives from ‘e’Energy, ‘2’-Connected Technologies and ‘o’-Oxygen. Mahindra’s vision of the “future of mobility” which encompasses the 5Cs frameworkClean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost effective has been incorporated perfectly in this compact car. From its modern electronic technology to its spacious interiors, Reva has definitely taken a step forward toward its zero-emission goal. I’m not an auto aficionado like my boss puts it, but when the new Reva E20 hit town, L&T BazaarPlus 24
I had to see what all the fuss was about. And there it was, the little green car – the brand new E2O. I looked around the car and all I could think was “that’s cute!” The perfect grills and headlights which at first reminded me of a hatchback; the plastic mirrors rising alongside a “powered by Reva” tag on its leftone of two doors; the back of the vehicle with taillights sized just right; the side lines running all the way to the back giving it a nice arc; it felt like Mahindra had made everything it wanted happen. No doubt my colleagues who were planning on riding along felt that me walking in circles around the E20 seemed a bit, how do I put it, a little –cuckoo-.
Getting inside was a bit of hassle considering how I had to slouch down and push myself into the back. But the space inside did come as a shock. It’s quite roomy for a car this tiny. I guess it also had something to do with my tiny size too. Let’s not give all the credits to the vehicle now shall we? Whether you’re large or tall, you’ll still fit in easily but it’s tricky getting in. Once you are inside, you’ll see a lot of circular consoles with power consumption, speed, temperature outside and inside, turn signal and head light beam indicators. The rear view mirrors on the outside are remote controlled. The central flat console has a GPS, reverse camera, audio system, radio, blue tooth… you name it, Reva has it-all
electronic. A touch screen monitor on the left of the steering shows the battery life of the vehicle. I got myself to the back, and although spacious, the seats as well as the headrest seemed quite hard. It could have been a softer material. The driving position is easy as there is enough leg space and comfortable seating which is great compared to its predecessor. The back could use a window though, instead of fixed plain transparent glass. All electronic. There’s nothing manual in the car. Even the gears are automatic. Which was a hassle in itself but we’ll get to that later. The car starts with a button and everything that follows starts with the push of a button. And E2O is smart too. Very smart. I’ve heard of smartphones that are smarter than people. And if I take a look at the range of tech products availabe and how they’re growing, I must admit, I’ve started believing that Armageddon is near-Humans vs Robots. With the rise of the E20, that illusion has been partially confirmed. The car has what they call a rescue mode which provides required charge to get the car going and the condition of the battery calculates the nearest charging point with the help of a satellite map and navigation giving you approximately 7% more life. The cool thing about the E2O is certainly the fact that it’s in sync with a device that’s so dear to you - your smartphone. If you’re hanging out somewhere and you’re in a rush, you don’t need to point your ‘key’ toward your E2O and wait to hear the beep. With the E20, use the app to unlock your car. Ofcourse you have to make sure of your wi-fi issues. Dreading getting into your E2O after you’ve left it in the sun for too long? Don’t sweat it – turn on the AC right from your car and step into a chilled out E2O. Your smartphone can be connected to almost car’s entire feature. Another
feature, Telematica, is for the lazy or the super-busy auto-enthusiast. It lets your mechanic or the guys at Mahindra Reva monitor the car (remotely) and remind you for maintenance and condition of the battery via a text message. What’s more, it even makes remote adjustments! If needed, they can also send someone over to your place, so if you’re that lazy or that busy, Mahindra Reva E20 might just be the car for you – for a whole new set of reasons. As we drove on the E2O, heads turned to get a glimpse of the vehicle. The car needed some getting used to though. I’m used to manual gears, so I needed some time to warm up. Once I got the hang of it, it was pretty much smooth sailing all the way. You push the start button on the right of the steering, touch the electronic key, the light goes green and you are ready to go. Pull the gear lever down one notch to F, press the throttle and off you go. Seriously simple! The electric technology that is used in the E2O makes sure it runs on clean energy which in turn makes zero emissions. As far as reducing emission gradually goes, E2Ois geared toward zero-emission. And that’s not all. No matter what car you drive in Nepal, the roads are the same, one might complain. The E2O is the perfect car for this reason too. It contains a regenerative braking feature which pumps energy back into the car’s batteries and charges them every time you slow down or brake. So the next time you’re stuck in slow moving traffic, cool it; think about the amount of moolah you’re saving on fuel as your car charges itself every time you break. Reva’s hard work to create a sustainable technology ecosystem of EVs might actually pay off. The gears are automatic, so it really takes time to get your mind off the gear system. There’s only an accelerator and brakes - that’s it. The engine braking as well as the discs on the front
Chetan Mani, Founder and CEO, Mahindra REVA “It’s full of connectivity features and now you can be connected to your car all the time, even from a range. You can even learn to drive.” Mahendra Tyagu, Vice President “It’s not the launch of product but of a concept. Mahindra’s objective is to sustain mobility factor. This could be the turning point for Nepalese auto history.”
make the brake pedal ultra sensitive. If your shotgun riding friend has no seat belts on, he might very well find himself plastered against the windshield. Once you’re used to the car, especially the silence of an EV, driving it is a pleasure. The steering is a bit stiff for such a small car but once you build up momentum, it gets easier. The reverse camera that turns on when shifted to R is of excellent quality, and a great help while parking. The authorities in Nepal claim to have brought in only ten E20s, and eight of them have already been sold. Although a good start, a handful of EVs running around town won’t make any difference on the environment. A thousand would start to make a dent. But hopefully with the launch of the E2O, we might just be on the right path. The technology of the future needs to be given a chance by societies, a mindset to introduce their change and a suitable environment to experiment their ideas. Mahindra Reva E20 has done a phenomenal job and their innovation can only get better. The E20 should be subsidized so that many more Nepalese can afford it. For the asking price of around 23 lakhs rupees, this vehicle might just help us hit the road toward cleaner and greener Nepali cities. If only everything in life were as easy as clicking. Check out www.youtube.com/ ecsmediatv for more information 25 L&T BazaarPlus
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Fun with New Kia Rio
Kia has always been one of our favorites in the city. Especially in red, this car has rolled up to the hearts of many auto-lovers. For sure, Kia is here to stay. The new Kia Rio is what presents to the audience now. And this car has intrigued more people as days go by. Now, Rio is packed with a sporty personality, high level of safety and impressive fuel economy. Definitely a solid pick. -Sadiksha Upadhyay
At the international level, the 2013 Kia Rio ranks 12 out of 40 in the segment. It has a sporty personality, impressive fuel economy, and high level of safety, and is a solid pick for cars in the subcompact segment. Continental Associates Pvt. Ltd., the authorized distributor of Kia Motors for Nepal, has unveiled the all new Rio in Kathmandu. It is offered in a stylish sedan or 5-door hatchback configuration with a seating arrangement for five people. They come in 6-gear manual transmission as well as 4-speed automatic transmission. Kia has given it a very European look with minute attention to design details. The L&T BazaarPlus 26
Rio's exterior looks sturdy and aggressive while its interior is filled with features normally reserved for larger, more expensive cars. Externally, it has four-bulb MFR type projection lamps, Kia’s signature twin tab grille, big and wide front bumper, projection type fog lamps, prominent rear combination lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, and sunroof (only available in automatic transmission), while the aerodynamic body design complements the luxurious, roomy, and comfortable interiors. Likewise, Rio’s cabin offers lots of leg space in the front and back seats, ensuring plenty of comfort for day-long trips. The cabin’s
material quality is also good, and like most Kia vehicles, the Rio comes with an abundance of standard equipment, including Bluetooth and a USB port for hooking up your iPod or smartphone to the car’s stereo. There is plenty of trunk space in sedan models, and those who are looking for even more cargo carrying flexibility can opt for the hatchback model. Nepali customers should be happy with all the design and safety features of the new Rio. Talking about the Rio’s engine, it is a mid-sized car equipped with 1.4 L Gamma engine delivering 107 PS of power @ 6,300 rpm and 13.8 Kgm torque @ 4,200
rpm. The new revolutionary Gamma engine has multi-point fuel injection (MPI) technology and is built using light weight diecast aluminum which maximizes fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emission. It is one of the greenest cars produced from the Kia stable. Further, the motor-driven power steering (MDPS) makes the handling very light and a pleasure for driving. The high suspension allows Rio drivers to navigate all types of Nepali street conditions without worrying about ground clearance. Customers can feel safe with the all new Rio as it has been rated 5-star safety by Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The EXII and above variants are equipped with driver and passenger airbags and anti-lock braking (ABS) system. The deeper crash pad with thicker foaming and strengthened front and side sills give added sense of luxury
and, at the same time, provide better safety. The 2013 Kia Rio is one of the best subcompact cars for anyone looking for a competent daily driver with a comfortable ride and a healthy amount of cargo space. Kia's Rio for 2013 delivers a lot of goods for very little money. If value and fuel economy are as important as style and substance, the 2013 Kia Rio is sure to please. And, it doesn't hurt that the Rio has the most horsepower and best warranty in its class. The car is priced starting from Rs. 32, 49,000 up to Rs. 39, 99,000, and is available for booking in 10 different color choices. Some of the currently available colors in the Nepali market are beige, red, bright silver, Wendy brown, and platinum graphite. Continental provides 100,000 km (or three-year) warranty in these cars.
Mr. Ugendra Shrestha, Assistant General Manager, Continental Associates Pvt. Ltd. What do Nepalis look for in a car? Car is all about a statement, and not just mere commuting, and thatâ€™s very much understood in the Nepal market. Nepali customers look for brand and design in the car besides comfort and freedom. What are some of the clever features of Kia Rio 2013 and how relevant is it in the Nepali context? Feature wise, the all new Rio has all the required handy features like Bluetooth, hand control music system, factory fitted music and virtual surround sound system, back warning system, 15-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and upholstery, driver hand rest, and so on. Most importantly, the European design and looks to match the style of Nepali youth and the young-at-heart, the fuel eďŹƒciency and greenest car engine, and 5-star safety rating of Euro NCAP are some of its clever features. More than the cosmetic features, I think the safety and high emission standards of the car are more relevant for the Nepali market.
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Ride the Storme! Tata Safari has been a great pick for people who love SUVs. And no complaints have been left behind. But because there is always room for improvement, Tata Safari now has now taken the competition on step further with Tata Safari Storme. Get really for one hell of a ride. -Dibesh Dangol
Also known as beast at heart, the all new Tata Safari Storme is something that is meant to be feared and respected. Carrying forward the legacy of first generation Safari, the second generation installment of Safari named Safari Storme also runs deep in terms of power, refinement, and safety, with a whole new look and features. With the symbolic masculinity Safari appearance and whole new technical features, the world of SUV seems to have evolved with time. Safari SUVs have always been known for their off-road skill, which has got even better with Tata Safari Storme. Powered by a monstrous 2.2 L VariCOR engine and a new and improved chassis, the SUV executes much better than the past version and delivers L&T BazaarPlus 28
a soft drive whether it’s off road or on road. Storme, with its new engine, now has got extra power whereas the vehicle has become lighter and the rigid frame has helped lessen the roll. The power conveyed by the vehicle is 138.08 bhp at 4000 rpm and highest torque formed is 320 Nm between 1700 – 2700 rpm. Taking a flashback at the beasty character of the Safari Storme, the lively engine with great controllable features is just perfect to keep the beast in control. This SUV can attains 100 km/h from 0 in just about 15 seconds and the top speed for Storme is 165 km/h, a numeral that’s fairly remarkable for a vehicle of this size and fine enough to maintain this wild beast a little tamed. The variants
in Nepal are Lx and Vx. These models deliver a mileage of about 10.8 km/l in the city, and on highways, the mileage returned by Storme is 13.2 km/l. Such top notch numbers add to the enthusiasm of off-roading. The Tata Safari Storme is composed with a whole new look. It has a new front face thanks to the fresh trendy front frame, side cladding, fresh projector headlamps, and a new rear look. It now possesses a ‘power lump,’ which gives it a sportier appearance. The tailgate trim comes in an all new appearance of ergonomically designed grab handles. The new chrome-tipped twin exhausts add to the sporty demeanor of the vehicle, and the newly designed roof-rails add to the muscular look. Overall, these
features have given Safari Storme quite a stance. Besides these, what makes this vehicle perfect for off-roading is the tremendous ground clearance, which is about 200 mm. In addition to changes from past Safari, the standby wheel is done away with. The deluxe, roomy, and fawn interior contributes to the luxury side of Safari Storme. With ample leg space, headroom to accommodate the family, and plenty of luggage space, Safari Storme ensures fatigue-free long drives. The air conditioning is by manual electric control. There is a separate blower for the passengers in the back. The climate control seems to have been enhanced as well, and adding to the smoothness of the drive is the power steering wheel. The steering is light yet powerful, something that is unexpected looking at the size of this vehicle. The top-end variants include full power windows and airbags for safety. In a single line, one can safely say that Tata has managed to upgrade the interiors of Storme to measure up to the standard.
Braking and handling for a vehicle that of off-roads to a certain extent is of extreme importance. Keeping this in mind, Tata Safari Storme is loaded with safety features like vacuum assisted independent hydraulic, ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels, and a 4-channel ABS with EBD, which assists in keeping the vehicle under control during urgent braking circumstances. For additional safety of passengers in an emergency, there is an inertia switch which automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine, unlocks all the doors, and also switches on the hazard warning light to warn other road users. The Safari Storme is also fitted with PES headlamps for better illumination and unwanted glare from dust or fog. With a starting price of Rs. 37.85 lakhs, the range is available in two variants, LX and VX 4x4 and comes with a warranty of 2 years or 75,000 km, whichever is sooner. Color variants: Urban Bronze, Sardinia Red, Pearl White, Pearl Champagne, and Arctic Silver.
Mr. Gurinder Singh, Country Manager, Nepal and Bhutan Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors “The all new Safari Storme has a new engine that has added power to this vehicle for an easy drive and swifter response. It also has an opulent look with lots of space inside. We are sure that customers will be delighted with the look and oﬀ-road capability features that we have installed in Safari Storme.”
Astute abilities: Designed to rule in off-road situations, the Tata Safari Storme has a new and improved masculine exterior with a ‘power lump,’ which gives it a sportier appearance. Also, the interior of this vehicle has been much improved compared to the earlier version, with new leather seats. Packed with the latest multimedia, the A/C feature keeps you cool and calm even in difficult terrains.
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on the cover HYPER-PERFORMANCE MEETS STYLE Ducati introduces the next generation of bikes with all new Ducati Hypermotard with its supermoto goodness. Text: ECS Media
ideal access to this exciting family, the Hypermotard integrates the Ducati Riding Modes of Sport (110hp - High), Touring (110hp – Medium) and Urban (75hp – Low) with the Ducati Safety Pack of ABS and DTC to become a thrilling motorcycle for everyday use and the ideal choice for the urban commute. Weighing in with an impressive dry weight of 175kg (385.8lb), this bike’s attention to the “ergonomic triangle” of handlebars, seat and footrests, provides an even more commanding riding position, with bars moving further forward and higher up, and the footpegs a comfort-enhancing move further forward. Front suspension is taken care of with 43mm Kayaba usd forks, providing a stroke of 170mm (6.7in) and gripped by clamps in cast aluminium fitted with rubber-mounted bar-risers for the chromed steel handlebars. Rear suspension duties are managed by a
single Sachs rear shock absorber with rebound damping and spring preload adjustment. It operates with a brand new and beautifully engineered aluminium, singlesided swingarm, offering 150mm (5.9in) of rear wheel travel.The Hypermotard is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres in 120/70 x 17 for the front and 180/55 x 17 for the rear, mounted on latest generation 10-spoke 1199 Panigale-style cast aluminium wheels with 3.5in front and 5.5 rear rim widths. The Hypermotard is finished in Ducati red or dark stealth with a red Trellis frame and black wheels. The price is 24 lakhs and it can be found in red and black color at Ducati Showroom, Naxal. Check out online: http://www. youtube.com/ecsmediatv
While Monster got its place in the Ducati family, Hypermotard took a step further with an introduction of a stylish and accessible mid range tourer with everyday practicality. The bike delivers a thrilling and fun filled experience whether it is for a daily commute or for ripping up the tracks. Hypermotard used sharp and sleek styling to maintain that essential Supermotard look and it has certainly worked its charms amongst bikers. The new range takes the Hypermotard concept into the future with refined design and user-friendly technologies that will enhance its enjoyment to a wider range of riders. Brand-new in every conceivable way, Hypermotard has been redesigned to be more refined and user-friendly, while also being less maintenance-intensive. It’s powered exclusively by a liquid-cooled 821cc V-Twin, which replaces the air-cooled 1078 and 803cc motors. Comfort is not an issue when it comes to Hypermotard. The riding position is far more relaxed because of a taller handlebar and three or more extra inches of space between the bar and seat. Addition to that is the footpegs that have been moved forward by almost three inches helping in a more upright riding position. The Hypermotard moves into the next generation with a brilliantly designed and engineered motorcycle that introduces a new 110hp liquid-cooled engine and improved ergonomics, while maintaining its incredibly compact and minimalist character. Providing
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sports bike Rising of the Beast A pint of throttle and swoosh…With the name Ducati to carry on its legacy, Monster 796 has wheeled into our town making sure heads turn as they ride by. The concept being lessis-more, Monster sure has showed us more than the eye meets.
Disc brake Monster is wedged in with front dual hydraulic disk brake which, apart from giving it excellent performance, also gives way to its unique design and art.
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Trellis Bar This immensely strong looking structure is the backbone of Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the trellis bar design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity.
Single-sided swingarm Ducati has a beautifully shaped single-sided swingarm that gives it a tough look while ensuring reduced weight and enhance road holding.
Tank The powerful style of the tank holds around 15L fuel. With a Ducati logo on the side, this bad boy is all fueled up for the ultimate ride.
Ducati Monster 796
cooler is fitted to protect power
This “Monster” might notofscare youdelivery but it will take your breath by maintaining optimumaway. Shop smart combines the comfort 696 and the sporty personality of 1100. The name in itself sends a chill down your spine and that chill is not just for name-sake. Monster, with its 803 cc L-Twin powered cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled engine which cranks out 87hp @ 8520 rpm and 58 lb.ft of torque at 6250 rpm. Yes, that is a lot of information to get in a sentence. To sum it up, the engine needs to deal with a total weight of only 167kg, so you can expect a breathtaking acceleration. The posture is optimized and comfort enhanced with an appropriate seat height of 31.5inches and the combination of seat shape and raised handlebars. The low weight and optional ABS makes life much simpler in the city for mid-range Monster. Monster 706 also offers the added option of ABS to further underline the model’s focus on ease of use and everyday security. To differentiate 796 from the rest, the wheels sport a stylish pin-stripe for 60 degrees of circumference of the rim which creates a full circle when in motion. So, if you are out on day and spot a Ducati, check the wheels to know if it is Monster 796. The wheels give you a hint. The engine of the bike helps to maximize power and an oil
efficiency. An APTC “wet” clutch gives you a slipper type action that prevents destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive downshifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, an advantage in stop-start city traffic. The Monster 796 has enhanced comfort and control with bar-risers gripping sturdy tapered section aluminum handlebars. Special cylinders are used for both the clutch and brake system and maintain a clean handlebar arrangement for the rider. They are fitted with userfriendly, 4-point adjustable levers that provide easy to reach control for all hand sizes and the clutch offers a superlight lever action ideal for city use. Additional features in the bike include footrest hangers finished in matte black to match the rear sub-frame and single-sided swing arm. The Ducati logo on the front mudguard and the Tricolore displayed proudly on the singleseat cover and fuel tank; Monster 796 can be further personalized from a choice of additional color schemes available within the innovative Monster Art program. The price of this beauty is 1. 98 lakhs and can be found in red, black and white at Ducati Showroom, Naxal.
Maintainance Tips Take care of your sports bike with thes few tips from expert • While pumping petrol or any engine oil into your bikes, do it from the same station every time. The use of diﬀerent oils can hamper your bikes functionality. • Lubricate your chain every 300 miles or so (or anytime after riding in the rain).
• Checking tire pressures regularly is a good idea. • Do not give your bike just anywhere for handling. Go to qualified personnel. • Maintain tire pressure. Recommended: Silicon and Shell-full synthetic mobil.
Things to remember before buying a sports bike Maximum research The more CC a bike has, the more power. So if you’re a beginner with an interest on sports bikes, keep your interest in your pocket because it might not be worth buying. Sports bikes are heavy, and you need to make sure you can deal with that before making any kind of decision. Think before you spend Are you willing to spend thousands of rupees every month for the maintenance of your bike? Are you willing to lose them greens for the right kind of petrol, spare parts and accessories for your bike? Consider not just the price of the bike when you buy it but also the price you’ll have to pay for the maintenance and other costs of the bike. Try it before you buy it Consider your previous bike. If the CC of the bikes comes to be very different, then make sure you take it out for a ride first. Everything needs getting used to, and if you’re willing to spend so much money on your sports bike, then you might as well be ready to ride it appropriately. Start with less Don’t just buy a sports bike because you like the speed. Start with bikes that have less power and continue your way to heavy ones from there. If you’re riding a 150CC and you change it for that of 1000CC, you may fly on the road like you wanted to, but at the same time, there is a very big chance of you landing flat on your face as well.
Articles were written with reference from Dorje, Managing Director Bikers’ Nepal. Rajesh Kawan, Founder Team, Riders’ Nepal Samar Manandhar, Winner of Racemandu 2013 Bijay Ratna Bajracharya, Riders Nepal
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AlpineStar SMXR Boots
AlpineStar GP Pro Glove Black A Price: Rs. 15000 - Above Pr
Fox Racing Platinum Steel Faith Gloves Price: Rs. 8000 - Above
AlpineStar Jacket Price: Rs. Rs 25,000 25 000 - Above
Joe Rocket Gloves Price: Rs. 10,000 - Above
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All product are available at Ducati Showroom, Naxal; Bikers Nepal , Naxal; The Wheels Pvt. Ltd, Sallaghari; Riders Nepal,Lazimpat
Price: Rs. 23000 - Above
Riding with your sports bike If you own a bike, I’m more than sure you’ve traveled a lot. The occasional hangouts with your friends; the impromptu tours to God knows where; and the planned bike rides where everything goes wrong and you swear to never return but still do because riding in itself is awesome. Well, here are some routes that you can go to with your sports bike.
Kathmandu - Bhaktapur Highway - Banepa Bazaar - Dhulikhel - Dolalghat
Kathmandu - Thankot - Malekhu - Muglin Narayanghat - Chitwan
Bhaktapur Highway: In movies, there’s this part where youngsters over-speed through a highway, and there’s a cop on the sidelines waiting in his car recording your speed with a device, and almost always, they chase you with flashy sirens on. That is exactly what happens in this highway. So be a sport and maintain your speed unless you’re looking to get a ticket. Of course, if you’re going for a ride, make sure that your fuel tank is full. But fuel in sports bikes tends to finish faster. So you might as well get some more. Right after you cross Bhaktapur Highway, there’s a petrol pump.
Thankot: The road here is a bit bumpy, so don’t expect to get your groove on in this lane. Make sure you carry your license and bill book.
Banepa Bazaar: This is a market place. So be careful while riding. There are kids on the streets and no traffic lights. Insider’s tip: Make sure you park your ride out of sight. There are chances of your bike getting scratches if you park it where everybody can see it.
Insider’s tip: Traffic police are not bike experts and they tend to mistake your sports bike for a modified version of another bike. In cases like these, make sure you remain polite and rationalize the situation and explain things thoroughly. Talking aggressively will only agitate you both and make things worse.
Average time: KTM–Dhulikhel and back: 60-70 minutes.
Average time: KTM–Chitwan: 3-4 hours at normal speed; this for a sports bike is 50-60 above.
Muglin: You have choices here. You can either return back or you can choose a lane. The right lane will lead you to Pokhara and the left will lead you to Chitwan. Of course, if you are planning to go further, spend a night or two there and have fun. Naubise: You can get yourself a little breakfast in Naubise. But, if you’re planning a laid-back ride, then try Malekhu. Here you can have your lunch along the Trishuli riverside.
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Apart from Ducati, here are a few sports bike available in the city for your sporting needs.
Yamaha R15 Price: Rs. 3,24,900 Morang Auto Works (4269690), Teku
Suzuki B-king 1340 Price: Rs. 26,00,000 Suzuki Showroom, Kamalpokhari, (4422818)
Yamaha XJ6 Price: Rs. 15,70,000 Morang Auto Works (4269690), Teku
Kawasaki Ninja 650R Price: Rs. 13,50,000 Teku (Hansraj Hulaschand) 4220094, 4230001,
Honda CBR 600 Price: Rs. 20,50,000 Honda Showroom Syakar Trading, Kathmandu (4225490)
Kawasaki Ninja 250 Price: Rs. 7,49,900 Teku (Hansraj Hulaschand) 4220094, 4230001,
Yamaha R6 Price: Rs. 18,00,000 (above) Morang Auto Works (4269690), Teku
Honda CBR 1000 Price: Rs. 26,00,000 Honda Showroom Syakar Trading, Kathmandu (4225490)
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Hyosung GT 650R Price: Rs. 11,10,900 Naxal, Sama Marga, 4415318
Hyosung GT 250R Price: Rs. 7,05,900 Naxal, Sama Marga, 4415318
No More Tippy-Toes Yamaha Ray, apart from style and comfort, has left no doubts in terms of safety as well. -Swechhya Dangol
It was a contribution of months of hard work, research, and passion. The brand which comes to mind as fun, exciting, race, and style, Yamaha also defines safety as one of their taglines with the launch of Yamaha Ray five months ago. “If we were to talk in the context of Nepal, the scooter market has grown a lot in the past four years. And, during the time of launch of Yamaha Ray, scooters L&T BazaarPlus 38
were the “in-thing”. They still are. Yamaha Ray is the first scooter of Yamaha. The best part was that we achieved our goal of getting 20% market share within four months of launching, which is a great success,” shares Suraj Manandhar, Business Head, Yamaha, M.A.W. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. “We chose Namrata Shrestha, as our brand ambassador,” he adds, “The event launch was a
big success and Namrata carried it out wonderfully. We didn’t limit ourselves to just one event. We did lots more. We started “Caravan”, an event in which the ladies rode Yamaha Ray out on the streets of the valley. It was unexpected how Namrata Shrestha took it to a whole new level by talking to people and answering their questions. It was an amazing event. Now, we have other celebrities calling us up for Yamaha Ray, which is brilliant.
For the first time in Nepal, scooter has so many colors to choose from. One of the most eye-catching factors of Yamaha Ray is its style We’ve already sold around 1600+ scooters and the responses have been great.” For the first time in Nepal, scooter has so many colors to choose from. One of the most eye-catching factors of Yamaha Ray is its style. From its uniquely designed headlights in “V” shape followed by an in-built indicator which replicates a design of flashy diamonds, much attention has been paid to the details of the scooter. Another thing Yamaha Ray has taken into consideration is the height of the scooter. As we know, Nepali women
are not that blessed when it comes to heights, and you can see almost every other girl tippy-toeing on their scooter. Yamaha Ray is made in such a way that any average-height girl can reach the ground with their feet on ground.
“Customer satisfaction is our main goal. We make sure that we give our customers all that we can give. After 15 days of purchasing the scooter, we call up our customers and ask them questions and give updates about service them upd We get their and maintenance. main feedbacks on their rides and feedback deal with them personally. At Yamaha, we try to provide only the best for our customers. We also offer exchanges, finance, and festival discounts,” Manandhar shares. Manandh “We’re planning a lot more future. One of them for the fu includes YFRT-Yamaha Female It is a program Riding Technique. Te some girls visit India and where so about riding scooters learn all a These girls come back and safely. Th the same training to girls provide th here,” he adds. You ca can find Yamaha Ray in colors, blue, purple, pink, and four color grey. The price is Rs. 1, 59, 900. “We also provide six free services and warra warranty,” says Manandhar. 39 L&T BazaarPlus
Surrender to the Sound
Have you been planning to bring home an audio surround system that will make you want to stay in your room for hours and not feel bored? Or maybe you might have plans to own speakers that can go with you wherever you want to travel to. If it is so, then it is time for you to arrange for a stroll in the market and take a look around. Here are the stores that you will have to visit for the sake of your listening pleasure. -Girish Subedi
Logitech speaker Z506 Rs. 9,800
NEO Store Located at Metro Park, the biggest of the chain stores (NEO Store) amongst Neoteric Nepalâ€™s outlets, is one of the biggest and most elegant outlets for tech savvy individuals inside Kathmandu valley so far. The interiors and the sound system available would want you to linger here for some time. Check out these sound producers as per your wish, as the individuals working here will treat you with pleasure! L&T BazaarPlus 40
Logitech Mini Boombastic F-00003 Rs. 8,000
Logitech speaker 313 Rs. 3,500
PURI FI Express Plus (3-00067) Rs. 11,000
Logitech speaker Z323 Rs. 5,800
Portable speaker S125i Rs. 8,500 (Logitech)
Logitech speaker Z906 Rs. 37,800
Logitech speaker system Z103 Rs. 1,900
UMAX UPS 4200 Rs. 4,500
Logitech speaker system Z103 Rs. 1,900
Logitech Z110 Rs. 800 Logitech Z130 Rs. 1,800
Logitech speaker LS21 Rs. 1,990 FYI: 2 years replacement warranty on all speakers (conditions apply)
Rojina Bajracharya, Showroom In-Charge “Generally, people are opting for speakers within a price range of Rs.1, 800-1,900. Amongst them is the Logitech Z103. It has 2.1 speakers and is a very good companion in a personal space (i.e. room). It offers good bass control. Similarly, the Logitech Z130 is a device without woofer but suits its user just fine with its portability. Many enthusiastic customers like to opt for the 5.1 speaker systems. It is because they have high decibel capacities and their surround sound capabilities are quite impressive. There is a good option of volume and bass control in these speaker sets. Likewise, the Z323 is a speaker that fits quite well during official presentations.” Nadaram Jaisi, Sales Officer "Amongst the speakers that we have, Logitech Z506 with 5.1-speaker system is the most suitable for home theatre entertainment. It has 75-watt speakers (each) and is quite suitable for home theatre. It is even more viable for showrooms and cafés. It is also an appropriate more suitable for party palaces and cinema halls I guess."
Human Click Enterprises
If you are dropping by New Road, then enter this shop for a wide variety of speakers from Creative. Branded under the name ‘Inspire’ the company’s speakers are probably the most reasonably priced surround sound systems so far. So do check them out.
Prabhat Thapa, Sales Officer “Creative Inspire T61610 and A300 are the most selling surround speakers so far. All the speakers are reasonably priced and meet the requirements of the users. Of course, this depends entirely upon their needs too!” Contact: 01-4252489, New Road (opposite lane of Peanuts)
Inspire T3200 Rs. 3,750
Creative Inspire T3130 Rs. 3,370
Inspire 4500 Rs. 4,175
Creative SBS A500 Rs. 4,950
Creative Inspire T6160 Rs. 5,175
Creative D100 Rs. 5,100
FYI: 1-year warranty
Creative SBS A500 Rs. 4,950
Contact: 01-4417614, Metro Park, Ground Floor
Creative Inspire T6160 Rs. 5,175
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SONY Showroom If you are nearby Jawalakhel, then be sure to drop by this outlet. You will find surround sound speakers mostly suitable for your home theatre systems along with the coolest ghetto blasters in town. Highly compatible with SONY gadgets, the speakers might be worth a buy if you are an SONY savvy individual.
SONY BDV-E2100 Rs. 41,999 SONY BDV-E3100 Rs. 53,999
SONY BDV-E5100 Rs. 89,999
SONY BDV-E4100 Rs. 69,999 SONY BDV-E5100 Rs. 89,999 FYI: 1 years replacement warranty on all speakers (conditions apply)
SONY BDV-E2100 Rs. 41,999
Navin K.C., Showroom Manager “So far, I believe SONY’s home theatre sound systems are one of the best in the market for a realistic audio experience. They are based on the latest technology developed by SONY’s R&D team. For example, one of them operates on a technology where one just needs to keep a SONY smartphone next to the speaker to wirelessly control the audio features. We are hosting a discount oﬀer via which customers will get to buy the ghetto blasters and other speakers at a very reasonable discount rate.” Contact: 01-5526300, Jawalakhel (opposite Bakery Café)
SONY BDV-E3100 Rs. 53,999
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Located at the heart of Durbarmarg, get to witness and experience all kinds of JBL, BOSE, and Harman Kardon home speakers at this store. From portable ones, docking speakers, and surround sound gizmos, the store has choices for all kinds of customers. If you are an Apple enthusiast, then this is the place where you might want to be as the speaker systems available have a high compatibility with the brand.
Harman Kardon MS150 Rs. 61,000
Bose Soundlink (wireless speaker) Rs. 39,000 Bose Soundtrack Portable Rs. 51,000 Bose Sound Wave Rs. 68,000 Bose Companion 20 Rs. 33,000 JBL on beat Extreme Rs. 42,000 JBL Charge Rs. 16,500 JBL Flip Rs. 13,000 JBL Onbeat Micro Rs. 11,000 JBL On Beat Awake Rs. 16,000 Harman Kardon GLA-55 Rs. 55,000 Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Rs. 19,000
Bose Sound Wave Rs. 68,000
Harman Kardon MS150 Rs. 61,000 FYI: 1-year warranty (if any manufacturing defects)
JBL Flip Rs. 13,000
Uddhav Pokhrel, Sales Executive “Amongst the speakers that we host, JBL Flip and JBL Charge are two of the buyers’ favorites as they are portable and give a battery backup for up to 5 hours and 12 hours respectively. Their Bluetooth and auxiliary extension capabilities are their notable features. If customers are brand conscious, then they opt for BOSE speakers. Otherwise, JBL speakers are economic as well as preferable at the same time.“ Contact: 01-4212100, Durbarmarg (near Sherpa Mall entrance)
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Pick Your Pick at Zohra -Sadiksha Upadhyay During our major festivals Dashain and Tihar, many organizations give gifts to their premium, as well as, regular clients in order to show their gratitude towards them. Gifting has already become like a culture at the corporate level. Since the festive season is just around the corner, many of the organizations might have even already started planning on what gifts to give to their clients. So, this time, why not choose the gift items from Zohra? At Zohra, you can get gift items made up of diďŹ€erent materials such as leather,
ceramics, silicon, cotton, wood, mica, and so on. This allows customers to choose gifts from a large variety of novelties. It is better to gift these items rather than alcohol because alcohol cannot be customized or branded, and they are consumed within the festive period itself. Gifts from Zohra, on the other hand, can be customized and branded according to your clients, and will last for much longer than just one festive season. Also, in Nepal, many organizations give alcohol as gifts. So, after some time, the
client wonâ€™t even remember which organization gave what brand of alcohol. But clients will remember if you gift them gifts from
Zohra because they will be customized. Zohra wishes everyday a Prosperous and Happy Dashain and Tihar.
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The largest luxury mall in the country, Civil Mall, situated in the heart of Kathmandu, Sundhara, is the ultimate destination for your shopping and entertainment needs. Ever since Civil Mall opened its doors for shopaholics and those looking for entertainment and recreational activities, there has been no looking back.Civil Mall is a perfect blend of modern architecture, one-stop shopping experience, and irresistible charm. The chic, sharp, and cutting edge feel of the interiors is well balanced by the laid back and free ambience of the outdoor plaza, with kiosks, green plants, and beautiful lighting. This nine-floor tall building is an enigma in itself. The ground L&T BazaarPlus 46
floor boasts of an indoor mini golf course, The next five floors accommodate 175 stores, with the amazing 12D Cinemas located on the 2nd floor, supplying a diverse selection of various brands covering fashion, home appliances, electronics, accessories, shoes, bags, and more. The fifth and sixth floors are all about food and fun time for kids while the seventh and eighth floors are for movie buffs. With anything you could possibly wish for under one roof, Civil Mall stands true to its tagline, “There is something for everyone.” One stop for everything and anything, Civil Mall cares about your comfort. Your needs come first, and catering to that are 14
escalators ( two on each floor), two capsule lifts, two elevators, and three stairways to make each floor easily accessible. And, if you’re worried about parking in this every busy part of the city, don’t fret. Civil Mall has turned two floors of its underground basement into a parking area to accommodate 150 four-wheelers and 200 two-wheelers. Civil Mall is not just about shopping but also about spending some quality time with your loved ones. A premier 1000-seat multiplex cinema, a mall-managed children recreational centre, a miniature golf course, and a multi-cuisine food court add more attraction to it. Make the best of your day at Civil Mall.
CENTRAL BAL SANSAR
One of the most prominent features of this mall is the allocation of large chunks of space for a play area just for kids. Central Bal Sansar ends your search for a place that allows your children to play and have some fun in the safe area. Central Bal Sansar comes as an answer to prayers of all the parents who had been waiting for a safe and secure space for their children to have some
entertainment and fun along with some educative games. Perfect for overall development for children, the play ground of Bal Sansar is equipped with both entertaining and educative games and physical exercise equipment. The space has been divided in to three broad categories-visual gaming, mental development and physical exercise, keeping in mind the interest of children between ages 3 to 14.
CENTRAL FOOD COURT
Some always go for Chinese, some just want a bite of a burger, sushi seems to be the hot favorite for some and some just love Nepali set. Situated on the 6th floor of the Mall is Foodies destination, Central Food Court. With capacity of 500 people, this food court has 12 different kitchen serving delicious dishes form diverse cuisines. The food court has both indoor and outdoor sitting with bird eye view of the whole valley.
The major attraction of Civil Mall has to be the QFX central multiplex that takes your love for cinema to a different level. The exclusive and luxurious multiplex has become the ultimate destination for movie buffs. Designed by Vastukriti India, one of the best designers in India and around the world, the 1000 seated one-of-a-kind and start of art cinema screens the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood releases every week. Screening of 3D movies is yet another attraction that makes QFX your favorite pick for movie watching. 47 L&T BazaarPlus
The perfect place to enjoy locally grown and best brewed coffee, outlet of Himalayan java is situated on the first floor lobby. Hot cup of Cappucino for cold winter days or a tall glass of Caramel Macchiato to cool a scorching hot summer day, coffee serves as the solution for any season. Himalayan Java has been serving locally produced coffee for all the coffee lovers since 1999. The delicious and intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee will engulf you on the first floor lobby. Choose from their long list of offering from Iced Latte, Iced Mocha, Americano to blended delights of Seasonal fruits, Himalayan java has it all. You can also have scrumptious quick bites to go with your coffee here.
PUTT PUTT MINI GOLF
The ground floor of Civil Mall has been able to capture attention and hearts of golf enthusiasts and non golfers alike with introduction of Putt Putt-the miniature golfing course, for the very first time in Nepal.
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Forget the right postures, forget super expensive gears and everything else revolving around real golfing and just enjoy some time filled with laughter and fun with your friends at Putt Putt in Civil Mall. This miniature golf course has 18 holes that let your
have an experience of golfing bt in much casual form. And thatâ€™s not all, professional and recreational golfer can indulge in stimulator, a program developed by BO, a US company, which has super speed camera which gives the player a real experience of playing golf.
Civil Mall ADIDAS
All our products are branded products. Here, you can get sports wear as well as casual wear for both ladies and gents.
Category Sports as well as casual wear
Time 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Brands Available Adidas
Price Range Rs. 490 â€“ Rs 14, 990
Fashion Pvt. Ltd. LG CONCEPT STORE
Refund or Exchange within 30 days
Shop no. 101, 102 / Contact: 4253974, 4254025
Our store is all about electronic goods. You can visit our store for LG mobile phones, Televisions, Home Theaters, Microwave ovens, DVD players and so on.
Category Electronic goods Brands Available LG, LAVA, ONIDA, CG Time 10:00 am - 7:30 pm Price Range Rs. 1,500 - 480,000
Shop no. 103 / Contact: 4269204
JeansWest is the biggest casual clothing brand of Australia. It is also the most premium casual clothing brand till date in Nepal because the goods of JeansWest are made of up best quality material. Category Casual Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available JeansWest
Price Range Rs. 1,000 - 11,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
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Shop no. 104 / Contact: 9841205008
Our goods are of Chinese brand and we mainly focus on sports wear. For ladies, we only have sports wear, whereas for men, we have both sports and casual wear.
Category Menâ€™s Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:15 pm
Brands Available ERKE
Price Range Rs. 1,000 - 8,000
Refund or Exchange within 2 days
Shop no. 105 / Contact: 4224220
Converse is an American brand and we import all our goods from Singapore. Come visit our store because here you can get the items such as clothing, shoes and bags, for you to look complete.
Category Ladies and Gents, shoes, clothing and accessories Brands Available Products from Thailand
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm Price Range Rs. 3,290 - 11,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
Shop no. 106 / Contact: 4257297
Canon Link @ Civil Mall is authorized exclusive Canon showroom. We deal in Canon Digital Imaging Division only (Canon Compact Camera, DSLR Camera, Movie Camera, Compact Photo Printer & related accessories) Category Camera and Accessories Brands Available Canon Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Price Range Rs. 10, 990 - 722,990 (for cameras) OďŹ€er Memory card and camera bag with every camera purchased.
Civil Mall BUBBLE TEA
Shop no. 108 / Contact: 9841734249
Bubble tea is a sweetened beverage made with black or green tea, natural flavors, a dairy component, and, tapioca balls. These “bubbles” are dark brown, slippery on the outside and chewy on the inside. The bubbles itself have very little flavor; their main purpose is to provide texture. Because they’re so large, you need an oversized straw to drink with. Bubble tea Nepal comes in 21 individual flavors, including some popular ones like passion fruit, mango, chocolate, and my personal favorite, taro.
Refund or Exchange within 15 days
Shop no. 109 / Contact: 4252281
About the Store: Samsung Plaza is the authorized showroom of Samsung products and works under HIM Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
Category Samsung home appliances and mobile phones Brands Available Samsung
Time 10:30 am - 7:00 pm Price Range Rs. 6000 - 155,000
Refund or Exchange Condition Apply
Shop no. 112 ‘A’ / Contact: 2012566
It is a one shop destination for branded footwear because we have collection of many branded footwear.
Category Ladies and gents Footwear
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available Base London, IMAC, Underground, Steel, New Rock, Solovair and so on
Price Range Rs. 6,000 - 39,000
HIMALAYAN JAVA BARISTA COFFEE SCHOOL
Shop no. 112 ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’ / Contact: 4256201, 9841490368
Himalayan Java Barista Coﬀee School workshops are designed to give the information and training needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive retail specialty coﬀee market. This is the first professional coﬀee school in south Asian region. Category A coﬀee making training school, coﬀee, equipments and accessories
Price Range Rs. 25,000 for course completion (100 hours comprehensive course)
Brands Available Himalayan Java
Oﬀer Job Placement after the completion of course. You get valid certificates along with recommendation.
Time 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
ZARA MASSIMO DUTTI
Shop no. 113 / Contact: 4254097
Here, you can get the products of ZARA and Massimo Dutti for both men and women. Some of the items are t-shirts, shirts, pants, shoes, dress, accessories, jackets, coats and so on. Category Ladies and gents clothing Brands Available ZARA and Massimo Dutti Time 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sale Up to 50% sale on winter stock Price Range Rs. 1990 - 21,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
ASTRAL COMPUTERS NEPAL PVT. LTD.
Shop no. 118,119 / Contact: 4266809, 4264604
We are authorized reseller of apple products. We also the distributer of Skull candy and accessories from diﬀerent brands like Scott, Logic 3, Wicked, Cygnett and Switch easy. We also provide free training for new apple product user on basic level and for our customers on advance level.
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Category Technological equipments
Time 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Brands Available Apple, Skull Candy, Scott, Logic 3, Wicked, Cygnett, Switch Easy
Price Range Rs.999 - 244,000
Civil Mall HIM PLAZA
Shop no. 121, 122, 123 / Contact: 4254708
In our store, you can easily get every home appliance along with Timex wrist watches and electrical products under one roof.
Category Electrical products and home appliances
Price Range Rs. 750 - 90,000
Brands Available Himstar, Timex & Bajaj Time 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
12 ‘D’ Cinema
Shop no. 212 'D' / Contact: 4251465
We have three shows; Rapid Roller Coaster, Sea Pursuit and The Horrible ghost. It is known as 12 ‘D’ Cinema because the viewers can experience 12 eﬀects such as snow, smoke, bubble, wind, rain, fog, smell, seat vibration at bottom and back, shaking of seat in 6 Direction, lightening, leg sweep and fire. Category Movie
Price Range Rs. 450
Time 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
Shop no. 212'G'/ Contact: 9851002997
We are a complete ladies clothing store and oﬀer a wide range of products, from exclusive party wear to casual daily wears. We also oﬀer gorgeous bags, clutches along with on-trend footwear. Category Ladies wear
Time 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Brands Available ZARA, H&M and some Mixed Collection
Price Range Rs. 1,000 - 7,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
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Shop no. 219 / Tseten Gurung / 9846229930
Strawberry is a paradise where customers can shop for the latest in fashion apparels with wide range of accessories. Strawberry follows its motto “Come as a guest, go as a friend.” Category Womens Wear Brands Available Products from Bangkok, India, Hongkong and Thailand
Sale Festival Sale @ 40% (on selected items) Price Range Rs. 750 - 7,000
Time 10:30 am - 9:00 pm Refund or Exchange within 3 days
Shop no. 224 / Gaurav Shrestha / 4216331
Younkers is the right destination to shop at. Packed with branded products from Diesel, Reply, Armani and others, the store oﬀers varieties of apparels at a reasonable price and high quality. The neatly kept clothes on display help shoppers to choose at ease. Category Mens Wear
Time 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Brands Available Diesel, Reply, Armani, French Collection and many more
Price Range Rs. 550 - 16,990
Refund or Exchange within 3 days
Shop no. 225 / Lanzine Gurung / 9813496732
Dress Code oﬀers fun, colorful and attractive collection of clothes and accessories for women. Handpicked by the owners themselves, the store oﬀers wide range of clothes, bags and accessories imported from Bangkok and Hongkong. Category Womens Wear
Time 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Brands Available Products from Bangkok and Hongkong
Price Range Rs. 500 - 5,000
Refund or Exchange within 3 days
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Civil Mall CRESCENT COLLECTION
Shop no. 308/ Bijay Shrestha / 4251639, 9851006071
Crescent Collection is a great store to find great apparels for both men and women along with accessories. The main highlight of this store is clothing but it also oﬀers wide range of accessories to go with your dress. You will find shopping at Crescent Collection very pleasant and worthwhile. Category Men/Womens Wear
Time 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Brands Available Products from Thailand
Price Range Rs. 200 - 8,500
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
Shop no. 325 / Sinew Malla / 9841940973, 9818273672
Makeover is an exclusive fashionable clothing store for women along with a beauty salon and training centre. Makeover itself defines “once a person steps in the store she is set to get a complete makeover.” Category Women’s Wear and Beauty Salon Time 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Price Range Rs. 550 and above Oﬀer Free beauty service with goods purchase worth Rs. 5000
Refund or Exchange within 3 days
Shop no. 413 / Mira Gurung / 9851083671
Amongst the muddle of stores, both big and small, in Civil Mall sits a vibrant shop called Comfort Zone. Inside the store, you can find varieties of ladies clothing imported from China and Bangkok and also multiple numbers of bags that could indeed add zest up your wardrobe. Category Womens Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available Products from Thailand
Price Range Rs. 1,790 – 7,900
Refund or Exchange within 5 days
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VICTORIAN FASHION WEAR
Shop no. 414 / Sonam Ghale / 9849723127
If there’s one place in Civil Mall that’s attracting women shoppers by dozens, it’s Victorian Fashion Wear – an exclusive store for women’s clothing and accessories. Here you can find wide range of imported products at a very aﬀordable price. Category Womens Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available Products from Bangkok and Hongkong
Price Range Rs. 3,000 - 10,000
Refund or Exchange within 3 days
Shop no. 417/418 / Karma Gurung / 9851041564
A must visit store at Civil Mall. Packed with clothing products for men and women, it also oﬀers maternity wear. It is a good store to shop for branded products imported from various countries at a very reasonable price. Category Men/Women’s Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:45 pm
Brands Available Products from Bangkok, China, India and USA
Price Range Rs. 1,300 - 15,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
Shop no. 419 / Raju Ghale / 014890497
The First oﬀers varieties of women’s wear and accessories at a sensible price. The goods of store are generally imported from Bangkok and China. The clothes present in this store can be defined in one word – fashionable. Whether it’s for formal, casual or club wear, The First is where it’s all accessible. Category Womens Wear
Time 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Brands Available Products from China and Bangkok
Price Range Rs. 100 - 4,000
Refund or Exchange within 2 days
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Civil Mall EVOLVE
Shop no. 420 / Subhash Tamang / 9849082631
Evolve oﬀers a wide range of trendy and stylish outfits for men. The sales attendants are not overly attentive and allow you to find your own style. Men will love shopping here as the prices are reasonable and the store oﬀers variety of casual wears. Category Men’s Wear
Time 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Brands Available Products from Bangladesh, China and Bangkok
Price Range Rs. 650 - 10,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
RAHAR & INCEPTION
Shop no. 425 / Contact: 4251945, 4251780
Rahar & Inception is a complete family store with wide range of best fashionable clothing at reasonable price. The store is specialized in both gents and ladies clothing along with accessories to go with clothes that you would love to get your hand on. Category Men’s/Women’s Wear Brands Available Products from China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea and Hongkong Time 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Oﬀers Festival Oﬀer (on selected items) Price Range Rs. 1,000 - 14,000 Sale Stock Clearance Sale (on selected items) Refund or Exchange within 7 days
SEANAIL KIDS COLLECTION
Shop no. 505 / Contact: 4268219, 9841289275
Seanail oﬀers children’s clothes and shoes along with few accessories. You can find a variety of trendy children’s wears of brands like Zara and Demin, imported from China and Thailand. Also, you can get diapers and powers for infants. Category Kid’s Wear Brands Available Products from China and Thailand
Sale Dashain Sale @ 30% (on selected items) Price Range Rs. 500 - 5000
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm Refund or Exchange within 7 days
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THE PURPLE KIDS
Shop no. 506-507 / Gyamcho Ghale / 4257624, 9851011025
Purple Kids provides all kinds of goods for newborn kids up to 12 years of age. The products are mainly imported from China and Thailand. Also, the staﬀ members are very helpful and attend the customers with ease and eﬃciency. Category Kid’s Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available Products from China and Thailand
Price Range Rs. 150 - 2,300
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
GINI & JONY
Shop no. 508, 509 / Suresh Shahi / 4257353, 9851062817
It you are looking forward for your kids to make a fashion statement then Gini & Jony is just a place for you. At Gini & Jony, clothes are trendy with perfect blend of colors and are comfortably priced.
Category Kid’s Wear
Time 10:30 am - 7:45 pm
Brands Available Gini & Jony
Price Range Rs. 400 - 4,000
Refund or Exchange within 7 days
THE TOY STORE
Shop no. 510 / Santoshi Shrestha / 4216259, 9841717963
The Toy Store is an international brand for toys with more than 100 outlets throughout the world. The store believes in international quality products with a motto “Not only for kids but also for all.” Kids and adults can find wide varieties of toys that can keep you entertained. Category Toy Store
Time 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Brands Available The Toy Store, USA
Price Range Rs. 75 - 17,900
Refund or Exchange within 3 days
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CIVIL MALL shops directory Chuskee hot and juicy enterprises Shop no: Near ATM Lounge
Faith and Fair Shop no: 205 Category: Men’s Wear
Damn Glam Shop no: 222 Category: Women’s Wear
Shanghai Shop no: 314 Category: Women’s Wear
Backstage Shop no: 406 Category: Women’s Wear
Tirupati Popular Choice Centre Shop no: 206 Category: Men’s Wear
Four Seasons Shop no: 208 Category: Women’s Wear
Jeans Mode Shop no: 223 Category: Men’s Wear
Pop Corn Shop no: 315 Category: Women’s Wear
Gorgeous Shop no: 209 Category: Women’s Wear
Wave Shop no: 220 Category: Men’s Wear
The Royal House Shop no: 316 Category: Accessories Men and Women
Zoom Shop no: 407 Category: Women’s Wear Jasco Shop no: 408 Category: Women’s Wear
Beads Fashion Wear Shop no: 201/504 Category: Women’s Wear
Best Remit Shop no: 201 Category: Remittance Company
Jumbo Kreation Shop no: 111, 112 Category: Men’s & Women’s wear Peter England Shop no: 107 Category: Men’s Wear Jambo Creation Shop no: 111, 112 Category: Men’s & Women’s wear Dm Collorzine Shop no: 221/503 Category: Women’s Wear Celebration Shop no: 116 Category: Accessories for Men and Women Lee- Cooper Shop no: 117 Category: Men’s clothing and shoes John Player Shop no: 124 Category: Men’s Wear Klass Room Shop no: 112 ‘B’ Category: Men’s Wear Reflexon Shop no: 202 Category: Men’s clothing and shoes Nova Collection Shop no: 203 Category: Men’s clothing and shoes Pay You Shop no: 204 Category: Men’s wear & shoes
ISIS Shop no: 212 Category: Women’s Wear Glamourous Shop no: 212 ‘A’ Category: Women’s Wear Fashion World Shop no: 212 ‘B’ Category: Women’s Wear New Joy Shop no: 212 ‘D’ Category: Women’s Wear The Class Shop no: 212 ‘E’ Category: Women’s Wear Masculion Shop no: 212 ‘F’ Category: Men’s Wear Preety & Witty Shop no: 212 ‘I’ Category: Women’s Wear Closet Traders Shop no: 214/401 Category: Women’s Wear Duded Bettys Pvt. Ltd. Shop no: 215 Category: Men’s/ Women’s Wear Vans Shop no: 216 Category: Shoes and accessories
Mero Choice Shop no: 317 Category: Men’s clothing and shoes
Destiny Fashion Shop no: 301/302 Category: Men’s/ Women’s/Kids’
Horses Shop no: 318 Category: Men’s Wear
Fashionistha Shop no: 303 Category: Women’s Wear
Mouse fashion Guide Shop no: 319 Category: Men’s Wear
Eye Catch Shop no: 304 Category: Women’s Wear
Hook Shop no: 320 Category: Men’s Wear
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Did you know before the invention of refrigerators, buildings were used to store ice throughout the year? They were called icehouses. Now that those days are gone and cooling foods have become much easier with the use of refrigerators, otherwise known as fridges; the way of keeping your veggies, fruits and whatnots cold have taken another turn with digital displays, no-frost scheme and LED lights.
Samsung RS-21HZLMR • Conveniently sized dispenser • Optimise fridge storage space with Big Box • Twin Cooling • No ice trays • Chic appearance and user-friendly • Built-in easy-open handles • Light-rich LED interior lightings Price: Rs. 1,91,900 Available at: Him Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Sundhara, Kathmandu, 01-4267760 For more information about the fridges, check out the video http://www.youtube.com/ecsmediatv
Samsung RT33FAJFARX Lower electric bills • Most energy eﬃcient refrigerator range • Frost free • Humidity control • LED light and glass shelf • Easy slide out tray • lower electric bills and most energy eﬃcient refrigerator range • Frost free Price: Rs. 42,990 Available at: Him Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Sundhara, Kathmandu, 01-4267760
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No frost Movable Fresh Box Twin Cooling Automatic Ice Maker Consistent Temperature LED Interior Lighting Big Box Drawer
Price: Rs. 1,67,990 Available at: Him Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Sundhara, Kathmandu, 01-4267760
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tips to keep your fridge intact
• Check the door seals: A loose seal allows cool air to seep out, wasting energy and causing your fridge to work harder than it needs to. First make sure the seals are free of food residue (clean them about twice a year, using a toothbrush and a solution of baking soda and water). Then, try the 10-rupee note test: Close a 10-rupee note in the door so that half is in and half is out. If it slips out easily, you may need to have the door seals checked by a professional. • Keep the coils clean: When the condenser coils are covered with dust, the refrigerator can’t run efficiently. Twice a year, pull the machine from the wall to reveal the coils in the back (or snap off the grille, if the coils are on the bottom front), unplug the refrigerator,
and vacuum with the brush attachment. • Set the right temperature: Keep the fridge between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at 0 degrees. • Fill it up (even if you never cook and only have takeout): Refrigerators need “thermal mass” (a.k.a. lots of stuff) to maintain low temperatures. Cool foods and drinks help absorb warm air that streams in when you open the door. If you’re the eat-out type or your fridge is too big for your needs, store a few jugs of water in there. • Be prepared: If the power goes out, keep the doors closed and use foods from the pantry. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safe for four hours; a freezer will maintain its temperature for 48 hours if full, and 24 hours if half-full.
Did You Know? • A refrigerator typically accounts for around 10% of a home’s power bill. About 1/3 of a refrigerator’s cold air can escape when the door is open, which is why a closed door keeps energy costs down. So does using energy-eﬃcient appliances: an Energy Star refrigerator uses less power than a 75-watt light bulb. • November 14 is “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. • Fresh foods should be kept only one to two days in a refrigerator. Cooked meats can be stored for three to four days. To keep L&T BazaarPlus 62
food longer, wrap it in airtight foil or plastic wrap after use and store at a temperature below 40 degrees F. • Did you know that Albert Einstein co-invented a refrigerator? He and his former student Leo Szilard received a patent for it in 1930. Coolants used at the time could have been toxic, and Einstein got the idea for a simple, singlepressure absorption refrigerator when he read about a sleeping family killed by leaking refrigerator coolant.
things to remember before buying a refrigerator
The size The first thing to look for in a refrigerator is the size. Buying an overly large fridge which may remain partially empty will only use more kitchen space and increase purchase and energy costs, because we don’t use it for commercial reasons but rather domestic; buying a large size fridge is unreasonable unless you have a huge family. The price Set a price range before you venture out to buy a fridge. Most of us want extraordinary items; however, they also come with extraordinary prices. Setting a price range will make it easier for you to determine the fridge you wish to buy. The performance Performance should never be taken for granted. This is another major thing to check before buying a refrigerator. You need to know how well it performs, especially in hot summer weather. Your refrigerator is supposed to provide an even temperature in all areas/compartments. How easy is it to use? Refrigerators can pack a lot of food into a small space, but you need to make sure that all members of the family can get what they want. At the store, test how much strength it takes to open the doors to make sure elderly relatives, for example, would be able to handle them. Is there a convenient space that kids can reach to hold snacks? Try the drawers when they are full and empty; the drawers on some lessexpensive models can stick when fully loaded.
• Digital Inverter Compressor • quietly and eﬃciently cools the inside • MoistFresh Zone • Quick Cooling Mode • Air ducts for each shelf. • Multi Storage Box • Digital Display
• LED light • One door refrigerator and two freezer • Adjustable bottom feet • Door alarm upto two minutes • Fast cool • Incredible design
Price: Rs. 44,990 Available at: Him Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Sundhara, Kathmandu, 01-4267760
Price: Rs. 70,190 Available at: Nabin Distributors Pvt. Ltd, A.T. Complex, Putalisadak, 4428196
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Freezer fresh zone LED light Side-by-side door Temperature regulator (on freezer zone) • Adjustable feet • GreatWind channel Price: Rs. 1,20,090 Available at: Nabin Distributors Pvt. Ltd, A.T. Complex, Putalisadak, 4428196
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Side by side Two Freezer drawer below Flexible shelf Flipper clapboard Adequate space Sleek design
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From the 8-bit Atari to the soon-to-be-released PlayStation 4, the evolution of gaming is a tale of triumph and has now become an industry, which makes more than Hollywood. -Abhishek Mishra
Growing up, no other topic perhaps galvanized the young kids around like gaming did. Fortunate as it was to have perhaps one of the first consoles that people had heard of, what really started then was a love affair that has lasted for two decades now. The first machine available locally really was the 8-Bit Atari. Compared to today’s insatiable standards, one can’t even imagine the simple pleasure of holding that joystick all the while you played games like Superman and Formula 1, games that would be considered ‘boring’ today. It was a novel experience and the young mind is just built to be entertained that way. The joysticks, however, were as flimsy as you could find. A little tug and pull, and it rested broken in your hand. But that’s how it started. What came next were the 16-bit gaming consoles that we used for years on end. The Sega models gave you two versions: the most popular ones were the consoles L&T BazaarPlus 64
that played the 9999 in 1. If you remember this cartridge, you will be smiling right now. It was quite brilliant really; the yellow cartridge with probably the best games money could buy at that time. A few games did stand out and keep you busy for hours. The legendary Mario was introduced to us in that way. Only a chosen few ever finished this game, but we all bragged we did. Another favourite from back then was Contra. It will be hard to describe how enjoyable and toughas-nail this game was, but it is a lot of fun still. The mid 90s to the early 2000s were spent in front of the TV enjoying the joys of gaming pleasure and then, it got better. Somehow, the turn of the millennium brought this culture of smaller game number cartridges, i.e. the 4 in 1s or 6 in 1s and these were infinitely more fun. To this day, people who played these games as kids do a double take when they see them on display in a shop, just to check what games are on. These
smaller cartridges, quite frankl, raised the graphics and gameplay quality level like never before. Games like Double Dragon I and Double Dragon II were some of the finest beat’em-ups and can still hold their own if we talk about sheer enjoyment. But, soon news was spreading of a brand new gaming device that would incorporate CDs to play games. While we were tantalized by the prospect, few of us could muster the courage to ask our parents to buy that for us. Besides, we chose to nag our parents into buying us a PC, so a PlayStation One was out of the question. But it seems that if the gamer doesn’t find the game, the game finds the gamer. Soon the PS One was in your truly’s hands and while the graphics weren’t cutting edge, there were still some games on hand that would keep you hooked. One game that really did stand out was Tony Hawk’s Proskater 3. If you ever got the hang of this game, it would keep you busy easily
for days till you unlocked all the locations and gained the highest points. Sadly though, since the PS One CDs were so expensive for the time, we chose PC Games CDs over them. And, quite frankly, the PC Game love affair deserves a story of its own. God knows how many weeks were spent trying to finish Need for Speed 3 Hot Pursuit. Or how many times we gathered at a friend’s to go head-to-head Playing Mortal Kombat 3 and Need for Speed 2. CD trading culture became the norm in our schools and CDs became popular birthday gift items as well. For years, we trusted our home computer for the most fun, and most fun was absolutely had. Soon though, gaming parlours started installing the newly available PlayStation 2 and we were all enthralled. If anyone remembers the old Skate-In skating rink in Dillibaazar, they will know of what I speak. Games like WWF SmackDown and Street Fighter 4 were a staple and the summers of the early 2000s were very much invested in scavenging whatever money we had for a little gameplay. As the years rolled on, and your pockets got a little heavier, soon you invested in getting a PS 2 for yourself, with another friend chipping in as well. The deal was he would keep it one week and then you would another, so it didn’t “hamper our studies and work”. That worked against us as then we had a small time frame to finish as many games as we could. It became like a gaming frenzy till three in the morning. Some games though were absolutely worth it. Resident Evil 4 was horror done right and anyone familiar with this franchise will duly agree. The God of War series was an unbelievable experience, and it still ranks as one of the best games out there. As a fan of the movie, Godfather, I was tempted to try the game as well. Added reason being it had Marlon Brando doing voiceover for his iconic character of Vito Carleone, and it didn’t disappoint.
After a couple of years of some serious gameplay, we amassed some 30 games under our belt and then sold them. It all but seemed that gaming was a phase now gone for us. And then the PlayStation 3 came roaring in. What also egged the dormant enthusiasm were the new game parlours like Gamestation in People’s Plaza where Fifa became the game of delight and a sport of competition. So, not too long ago, the PS 3 decided to find its way to this gamer’s hands, and in all honesty, it is a machine worth investing in. The exclusive games on Sony PlayStation 3 alone make it a solid buy and due to the technology available locally, game DVDs have become obsolete. The finale of the God of War series played a huge role in the acquiring of this machine; so did the next instalment, God of War: Ascension. Also, new games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Assassin’s Creed series are something that are eagerly awaited and have you making time for it to be purchased and brought home. All in all, the PlayStation 3 is a magnificent console to have with gaming options, and sound quality to die for. Some of the graphics, to be honest, just make you wonder how far we’ve come. And we have come so far. From playing brick games on your handheld console to the splendour of the next generation consoles, it’s a marvel how technology has kept evolving and pushing virtual reality to this amazing crescendo where we are at the moment. Gaming is now a multi-billion dollar industry and spans across the world holding conventions and competitions that have brought e people from the furthest corners in contact with each another. True, most of the time they are playing against each other and looking to beat the other at Fifa, but the kids in us, it seems, can never really grow up.
Recommendations While people today may not be updated with the latest consoles, it is really no sin to enjoy the older machines. Rather, they can be the most fun, and here is how:
On the 16-bit Sega • Homerun: This baseball game is so much fun, it will absolutely never lose its charm. Having personally played it a few months back, I can vouch for its amusement value even today. • Double Dragon 2: I can’t stress enough how enjoyable this gameplay is, and it is still one of the toughest games you’ll come across. Along with Street Fighter 2, this game deserves to be given another round from time to time.
On the PC • Prince of Persia- Warrior Within: A reboot of the classic Prince of Persia series, this trilogy wowed gamers with its graphics and the time reversal option. • Max Payne 1: Till date, the most favourite game played. Max Payne just stands out as a game with amazing narration, a great storyline, and of course, the bullet time option.
On the PlayStation 2 • Shadow of the Colossus: While the gameplay can take some patience to get into, once you do, it is quite the journey, and meeting and slaying the monsters is a feat to behold. • Smackdown Vs Raw 2006: The roster is huge here, and so the wrestlers that you can play as, make it a top recommendation.
On the PlayStation 3 • Uncharted 3: You just have to play this to realize how lifelike the graphics here are. Words just won’t do it justice. • Heavy Rain: When a game boasts of 23 alternate endings, it has to be something special. But what is even more interesting is the unconventional controller use.
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GO GAMING! Exploring the benefits of gaming -Pratik Vaidya
For as long as I can remember being able to use a computer or attach a gaming console to the TV, I’ve been an avid gamer. During my early years, those were the times of the Atari, Terminator, and Nintendo64 consoles, and computers that could run games such as Minesweeper and Dangerous Dave, and later, Doom, Duke Nukem, and Road Rash. There was always something unique and fascinating in every game: an entire different world to explore, horrible villains to defeat, a damsel in distress to rescue, or a championship trophy to win. Yet they composed a common element in that they required the players to be swift, decisive, and intricate in the face of challenging scenarios. Gaming has contributed to developing some very important life skills in me. Some denounce gaming culture as one that causes isolation, time wasting, hand/eye strain, and physical inactivity, added to the fact that it becomes an expensive indulgence over time. On the other hand, there are others who refute those claims, stating that playing games and discussing strategy brings people together, helps you to develop excellent hand-eye coordination (also, the new full-body motion-sensing games take this to another level), and enable people to develop mental skills such as strategy formulation, puzzle solving, creative thinking, logical reasoning, and decision making. Scientific studies back up these pro-gaming claims, as research has proven that games help increase problem solving and creativity and gamers are known to have greater activity in the dorsal cingulated L&T BazaarPlus 66
cortex, the part of the brain which controls cognition and planning. Games that require decision making and critical thinking exercise the orbito-frontal cortex to a good extent. The chemical dopamine, which is responsible for rewarddriven learning, is produced in significant amounts as gamers accomplish objectives, enabling them to learn new skills faster. The hippocampus, responsible for processing sensory information and exercising memory, is also found to be enhanced in gamers. In all, video game players have been found to perform 10% to 20% better in terms of perceptual and cognitive ability than non-gamers. Studies have shown that kids who played games scored 23% higher in creative tests that involved tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories. On a higher-level note, surgeons who enjoy gaming were 27% faster at advanced surgical procedures and made 37% fewer errors. Games can indeed make a difference. In 2011, gamers came together to solve an AIDS protein problem in 15 days that had puzzled scientists for over a decade. It is also highly suggested that parents be involved in gaming with their children as it not only helps the adult learn new things, it reverses the normal parent-child relationship; children become the experts while the parents are the awkward novices. So, let’s all game, allow our children to game, and let’s all game together: it’s one of the ways we can make the world a better place. And, as for the claims that games can induce violent and aggressive behavior, it is as flimsy a link as saying watching a war movie would make you more likely to wage war.
Gamers’ Spot The legendary Super Mario is everyone’s favorite. And we also can’t get enough of NFS. Let’s find out what games are taking over the world right now. Shreejana Upadhyay, student Games for me are a way of escaping the reality. I’ve been playing them ever since I can remember. My first game experience was obviously Super Mario. Now, I’m more into Guitar Hero, Project IGI, and other numerous games. I broke my Playstation a while ago, so I’m using my PC as a game station instead. Playstation 4 is what I’m waiting for. I need to get it once it comes to our city. Right now, I’m hung up on the Slender Man. It is a first person horror game and it’s awesome. Ashish Neupane, student Gaming is my life. I always hang out at gaming parlors, and I love arcade games. Civil Mall is one of the places that I love going to just because they have a gaming parlor there. I am a Pacman fan. I never get tired of it. At home, I play a lot of FIFA and NFS-Underground (one of my favs). Right now, I’m playing Call of Duty. I’m really looking forward to Playstation 4. Saroj Ghimire, student Gaming is what keeps me sane I think. No matter where I go, all I do is play games. Be it on my laptop, my PC, my phone. FIFA is a game I’m really addicted to. When I was little, I used to play a game called Theme Hospital. It was a really great game, but it only runs on XP. I’m into first person games. I’m into adventure and action games as well. Currently, I’m playing Tomb Raider III. Playstation 4 sounds great but I doubt it’ll be here soon. So, for now, I’m making my peace with what I have.
PlayStation’s Next Play.. A few months back, Sony’s long-awaited update to the PS3 was unveiled at the world’s largest gamer’s expo, E3 2013. What was exposed on the convention floor that week was the fact that Sony and Microsoft are still battling it out to be the leader in game consoles, with both tech giants renting out about the same amount of space in the West Hall of LA Convention Center. Equal in numbers were vendors supporting PlayStation consoles and Xboxes, and equal was the hype over the new console offerings from both competitors, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, both due to hit the streets this holiday season, with the PS4 already sold out as far as pre-orders go. That means that if you were planning to play on a PS4 during the American holiday season of Nov-Dec, and you have not already pre-ordered yours, you won’t be playing until sometime later in 2014.
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But for those of you like me, sitting pretty with a PS3 now for years, perhaps you are not all that disappointed, or are you? The differences between the current PS3 and the PS4 seem vast, on paper at least; considering that few people have actually gotten to play with a prototype PS4 to actually report the differences hands-on. First, the price is higher, by at least 100 USD for a basic setup (console + one DualShock controller). So expect to pay at least 399 USD for a basic PS4 come 2014. Then, all the hardware for the PlayStation line has received significant updates:
The new AMD Jaguar 8-core GPU is specked to be faster and more capable than the old PS3 cell processor, and on par with the processor used in the new Xbox One. The “instant on” PS4 has updated memory (DDR5) and the quantity is generous: 8GB (also the same as in the Xbox One). The big shock between hardware specs comes with the newly designed DualShock 4 controller. The joysticks are reported to be easier to grip, and the trigger buttons improved for performance. The new controllers also now have a touchpad and a “share” button, which is purported to instantly post a video of your gameplay on Facebook and other social media sites. Also on the new controller is a Cylonlooking light bar that is actually an improved way of communicating with the controller–if you have also purchased the new motion eye. The motion eye will track the movement of the controller so, for example, if you change
seats with your fellow gamer, the controller will sense that and adjust your split-screen game accordingly. Other minor updates to the hardware include the expected USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 update, and now you get one more USB port (three in total). Bluetooth got bumped up to v2.1 vs. 2.0, and WiFi was improved to IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (with the “n” being the optimal improvement). Rounding out the hardware improvements is a new 500 GB hard drive and the new camera, now operating at HD 1280 x 800 vs. the old antique 640 x 480 resolution. Game-wise there have been improvements and devolutions both, as old games are not backward compatible. You won’t be able to play your PS3 or PS2 games on the new device, but the new PS4 games that you do buy will be easily shareable with your pals (no piracy protection included). And, an army of new titles is coming our way, beginning with “Beginning with the Order,” a new-quad shooter. Killzone4, Diablo3, MadMax, and Watchdog will all be available in likewise mind-blowing fashion. Sports freaks will also be greeted with new NBA 2K14 and DriveClub. Kids are not left out from new
But for those of you like me, sitting pretty with a PS3 now for years, perhaps you are not all that disappointed, or are you? offerings if allowed to play the new “Knack,” a goblin-hunter puzzle action thriller. PS Vita owners will be pleased to see that Vita support has been made integral to the PS4, meaning that you will be able to control and stream all PS4 games using your smaller device. (Game producers are now required to support this functionality). In addition, there are rumors that Sony may even bundle the PS Vita with the PS4 in limited-edition packages for something like 500 USD. As for the interface (or UI as us geeks say), that’s also been spiffed up over the tired old PS2-3 style. In-game chatting has been improved, with Like
clicks, the Share feature, and messaging. Now even someone on a smartphone will be able to follow along with your game as it’s played out, putting UI connectivity on par with the Xbox One or 360, as well as providing a more modern-looking dashboard. S, all things considered, I was not all that excited about replacing my perfectly capable PS3 with a new console just a few years after purchasing, but after doing the research for this review, I’m actually psyched at the thought of getting one. The deal-makers for me are: speakers and headphone jack on the controllers, swiping on the new touchpad, instant-on and wakeup from sleep, video recording up to 15 minutes, and game play while the game is actually downloading from the internet, in addition to being able to quickly hijack my pal’s controller to help him through a tough patch in the game. Now, the hard part, waiting until someday in 2014 before I can try out any of this new goodness. Jiggy Gaton is a local gamer from way back (pre-console days), and can be tweeted here @herojig or read here www.jiggygaton.info
Paint my World Tools used by tattoo artists to lock inventive stains permanently skin deep in order to make tattoo fanatics brag of their inked spots. - Kshitiz Singh
Tattoo enthusiasts, pursuing their passion and the economic high tattooing holds, have mushroomed to practice the body art, breaching the traditional barriers. Despite having a body modification history surrounded by strong Newari and Tharu culture, trained tattooing practice is considered to be fresh in Nepal. The newly introduced profession, now nurtured in many corners, has its highs and lows. Nevertheless, the proud circle of tattoo artists have been prancing, dodging the possible negative facet. And, contrary to the contemporary customs that still portray dreadful messages in societies chained within cultural and traditional perimeters, body art fanatics too have sprouted in remarkable numbers. The revolutionary leap of coming together of skin modifiers has made the use of modern gears, international style, innovative ideas, and hygiene more considerable. Traditionally practiced in dot format with insanitary ink and metal rods, the style and tools have now been replaced by organic and contamination-free vegetable ink, sanitized needles, and safer machines. A line of equipments comprising motors, petroleum gel, sanitized gloves, and aftercare ointments too have been L&T BazaarPlus 70
added to modern tattooing kits. However, most artists or apprentices admit to having used cheaper inks for convenience. This results in many poorly done tattoos, skin allergies, and several unsatisfied clients. With gradual rise in standards, the colors artists use too are being upgraded. Sudeep Khadka, regarded as one of the most influential Nepali tattoo artists, explains, “Like many, I too started with drawing ink. The results were not as I expected them to be.” Cruising through such times, Khadka is now known for using world-class inks and equipments. “Intenze, Fusion, and Dynamic
are some brands I use. They are internationally famed for their smoothness and texture. In the Nepali market, the price of these brands can range from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,500 per bottle.” He further states, “The novices need not have fear considering the overly priced rates of colors. There are good quality products that work just fine. Primary set is used by beginners. This set is made of 12 basic colors. And there is also an option of choosing a more advanced 52-color set.” These colors, dropped on small tubs, are transfused to body parts via metal needles attached on a pen-like machine
with a heavy-duty motor. Though a machine has most characteristics similar to that of a normal ball pen, these heavier versions of pens require constant electricity supply. Foot pedal relays current from a volt guard which is tagged onto the motor on the tattoo machine. These pedals mostly come in a tattooing kits but many have been using sustainers used by guitar and piano players. Like the music sustainer, the foot pedal lets current flow when pressed, and the flow is disrupted once the weight comes off it. Stating the reason behind the change in gears, Khadka explained, “John Maharjan came up with this idea in our studio. Musicians too use sustainer pedals for similar purpose, but unlike tattoo pedals, their brands have gained unbeatable fame.”
He added, “I use Marshall Pedal. Seeing something like that in a tattoo studio has amazed many of our musically inclined clients.” Like the color and pedal, tattoo needles too have an equally key role to play. The size, design, and other aspects decide the type of needle that is to be used. Lining needles, shading needles, and flat needles are used to perform their respective tasks. Also, the number of needles depends on the size of the tattoo. There have been cases where artists have used over 25 needles on a single tattoo. The number of needles is directly proportional to the size of the tattoo. A session with inks and needles in Kathmandu can range between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3,500 per hour. The cost sometimes may vary according to the complication of the design,
The revolutionary leap of coming together of skin modifiers has made the use of modern gears, international style, innovative ideas, and hygiene more considerable.
size, and artist. As is usual, novices charge comparatively lower than experienced artists. Acchyang Lama, a fairly new artist in the Nepali tattooing scenario, explains, “It’s hard to get human skin as practice skin for starters. Crooked lines, huge blobs of unnecessary patches, swelling of tissues, and uneven distribution of color are amongst the many mishaps that can occur. So, people tend to stay away from beginners. We learn from these mistakes. Hence, while starting, it is normal to see tattoo artists tattooing at cheaper prices, and even for free, during their starting days. In modern times, tattooing and body modification have taken a turn where innovative ideas make their way adding zing to fashion. From colored ink stains, people also leave with their wound scars designed with unique patterns. Piercings all over the body and over-sized ear rings speak of the macho character people possess. 71 L&T BazaarPlus
wine Straight from the Vineyard -Girish Subedi
Arjun Bhandari has a diploma in wine appreciation from TAFE, Australia, and is an associate of Mark Davidson Wines. Currently, he is the managing director of Ray Global Pvt. Ltd. and Bluebird Mart. He is also a teacher of hotel management students in numerous colleges such as Natham and Golden Gate. During an interesting conversation with him, we learned some facts about wines that definitely changed our perception about the liquor. Read on to know what the expert know.
DE Bortoli (White wine)
Primo Amore Juliet (Sweet Wine)
750ml, Made in Australia Price: Rs. 1,055 Available at: Green Line Center 4257277 (Kantipath); 4239956 (Dubarmarg)
750 ml, Made in Italy Price: Rs. 885 Available at: Green Line Center 4257277 (Kantipath); 4239956 (Dubarmarg)
Hinwa Price: Rs. 380 (750ml) Available at: Bluebird Departmental Store, Thapathali, 4228833, 4245686
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Grapple Cidar Price: Rs. 370 (750ml) Available at: Bluebird Departmental Store, Thapathali, 4228833, 4245686
Wine and food There is a saying that goes ‘wine should marry with food’. This means that different wines need different sets of food items to bring out their optimum taste. Suppose we are having Italian pasta or a typical Nepali food item, then red wine made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes is a good choice. Likewise, Pinot Noir wines are more appropriate to drink along with food items such as
Glassware spaghetti, pizza, and those that have cheese as an ingredient. Wines made from merlot grapes have a soft and wooden taste. There are about 45–50 of its varieties available in Nepal’s market. They go with any kind of food. Also, wines made from carmenere grapes from Chile are also very popular as far as we have noticed from our sales. It is another red wine that goes with a lot of variety of food items.
Protection for wines ‘Wine is a living liquid. If it is not taken care of properly, it will simmer and die,’ It has a natural growth. Due to sunlight, the growth of anti-oxidant bacteria in wines takes place, and hence, enhances the maturity of the wine. It has a peak point as well when kept in darkness. Hence, we should
keep in mind the level of the wine’s authenticity while storing it. It should be kept at a temperature of 14 to 18 0Celsius. It should also be kept away from extreme sunlight, excessive humidity, intense vibrations, and smelly places.
Things to know before you buy wine There are various ways to know whether a wine is damaged. If a wine bottle has a leak, it evaporates, and its content level is below the tag label in the neck. This is a good way to check its quality. Some opportunists bring damaged wine and sell it at a cheaper price to the distributors. There have been some cases where retailers had to suﬀer a loss some time ago. If the wine is fake or the bottle is damaged, or if it expires, white wine will turn yellow after storing it for some time. Similarly, red wine turns brownish in the long run. A major thing that customers need to keep in mind is whether they are paying the right price or not
for a particular wine. Table and vintage wines have cheap price levels, as they are not matured for a long period of time. But reserved wines are matured for at least 12 months. They fall under a price range that is a bit more expensive than the table and vintage wines. Then come the premium wines, which are carefully matured to give a unique taste and quality. They are actually award winning wines with logos kept in the bottles along with their titles. Some have stickers to indicate the certificate that is approved by world-renowned wine experts. Hence these wines are carefully selected and their prices are higher than those of other categories.
Riedel is an excellent glassware brand when it comes to wines. Also, wine glasses from the brand Ocean are also well known for their quality. Basically, they are categorized and made according to the types of wines. White wine glass White wines are not as concentrated as the red wines. Hence, to prevent the aroma from escaping, its glass has a small mouth and is narrowed gradually in its design from the bottom to the top. Champagne glass As champagne has more carbon dioxide content than any other wine, it produces a lot of bubbles. So, to ensure that the fizziness stays in an elegant way, it requires a slender and long glass. Ultimately, the glass ensures the crispness of the drink. Red wine glass Red wines are more aged and matured than the white ones. Hence they need to be more oxidized before drinking. Therefore, the glass for the drink has a wider mouth than other wine glasses. Dessert wine glass As a dessert wine is a highly concentrated one, its glass is quite small when compared with other glasses.
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Organic wines Organic wines have a special aroma. Grapes used during their production are not mixed with any pesticides when grown. So far, I think we are the only importer for this category of wine in Nepal. All wines contain sulphide oxide though. This is to enhance their taste as well as to preserve them. But, some companies use more of its content, which is harmful for health. In organic wines, the content of sulphide oxide is also low. So they are very tasty and give a natural fragrance. We usually import those from the brand Tamburlaine, which is one of the largest organic wineries in the world. Even the Australian government provides grants for this company for its R&D as well as production.
Divine and Sweet “It has been over three years now since our company introduced Divine Wine in the consumers market. Surprisingly, we have become the No.1 best seller in the market today. It is basically a red sweet wine at an affordable price. The quality of Divine wine has been widely appreciated by our customers in all regions of Nepal where it is supplied (mostly the major cities). It’s packaging has also attracted our customers along with its taste. We are planning to introduce four new variants of the brand at present. An upcoming version will be the Divine white wine which will hit the market very soon.” -as told by Santosh Khadka, Marketing Manager (Shree Mahakali Wine Pvt. Ltd.)
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Made in Portugal Price: Rs. 2,450 Available at: Green Line Center, 4257277(Kantipath); 4239956, (Dubarmarg)
Petite Fleur RO’SE Tamburlaine Made in Australian Price: Rs. 1,225 (750ml) Available at: Bluebird Departmental Store, 4228833, 4245686
Divine wine (red)
Price: Rs. 360 (750ml) Available at: All major retail stores Contact: 01-4313036, Naubise-3: Dhading (head office)
Facts • Doctors have proven that 1-2 glasses in the evening on a daily basis, depending upon the individual’s body’s structure and metabolism, is very beneficial for health. • White wine is consumed during summer, especially after chilling. • Red wine is consumed in winter and should be stored at room temperature. • Red and white wines are made from red and green grapes respectively. • White wines are made by peeling away grape skin, whereas red wines are made from whole grapes including the skin, and are kept under fermentation for 21 days. • Wines are judged by four tastes: bitterness, sweetness, astringent, and sourness.
Sandeman Ruby Porto (Port wine)
Things you need to know about wines Usually, a wine should be kept in the dark. Its temperature must also be maintained all the time. Country wines are often referred to as ‘Vine De Pays’ in French. They are typically for easy drinking. There are many different kinds of wines that are categorized according to the way they are brewed. Basically, wines are categorized as table wine, champagne, fortified wine, and dry wine. They are even further categorized as premium and reserved wines as well. Sweetness of the wine is categorized as sweet, medium sweet, and dry.
Cremant De Bourgogone (Sparkling wine) Made in France, 750ml Price: Rs. 2,400 Available at: Green Line Center, 4257277 (Kantipath); 4239956 (Dubarmarg)
Dom Perignon (Champagne wine) vintage 2003, 750ml Made in France Price: Rs. 18,800 Available at: Green Line Center, 4257277 (Kantipath); 4239956 (Dubarmarg)
travel Breathable, Waterproof, Strong -Dibesh Dangol
Travel jackets specially made for hiking and trekking king come in various fabrics suitable for different kinds of climates and environment. We have listed some of the popularr fabrics that are used to make high-end sustainable jackets ets by many popular companies like North Face, Black Yak, Mountain Hard Wear, etc. Check out the list and see which one suits you the best. Windcheater Gore-Tex Soggy fabrics steal your body of warmth. Gore-Tex fabrics are durably waterproof, highly breathable, and truly windproof, allowing you to stay dry and enjoy activity in comfort. This fabric is considered as the “brainiest” thing to happen to waterproof/ breathable technology!
Price: 12,400 Available at: Black Yak, Thamel, 4416483
Breeze Dry-Tec Breeze Dry-Tec, an innovative waterproof/breathable fabric, is considered to be one of the best air-permeable waterproof fabrics available today. Consisting of a micro-porous laminate with a nonporous polyurethane coating, its pores ventilate the body well. Ventia Dry Ventia Dry fabric makes sure humidity from the exterior won’t break through fabric. With seam-taping mainly for thorough defense, this remarkable technology provides storm-worthy protection for active use in rough and challenging environments. DriClime DriClime fabrics are simply lightweight, compactable, warm, wicking, and quick-drying. Usable for any looms, it adds comfort even if the weather worsens. Like a “cast iron skillet”, they go extremely broad, work every time, and survive on incredible abuse of nature.
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Windcheater Price: Rs. 12,900 Available at: Black Yak, Thamel, 4416483
Men’s Resolve Jacket Price range: Rs.7,000- Rs. 9,000 Available at: North Face, Thamel, 4445101
Shop Smart Things to remember before buying windcheaters • Buy a jacket that weighs according to your needs. Since jackets come in different weights according to need, the lighter weight ones with high features would be preferable to others. • Examine the material to make sure that no feathers or down are nudging out of it. Squeeze the jacket and check again.
• Don’t just pay attention to the stitching of the jacket. Is the jacket made for use by a woman or a man? The manufacturing differs according to gender. • Buy jackets having features like hoods, zips, pockets, adjustable hems, and so on. However, think carefully if you really want them; such jackets might cost more.
PreCip PreCip, the “next step” fabric enables the lightest, most compressible, technical, waterproof, and breathable wears in the world. With addition of ceramic particles in the coating, it adds durability, waterproof reliability and dry touch comfort all around. Dry.Q Distinct from the usual waterproofbreathable fabrics, Dry.Q doesn’t necessitate moisture to activate its breathability. No waiting. No stickiness. Just the waterproof, windproof piece you’ve always wanted. MemBrain MemBrain fabrics keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. With its breathability changes with the temperature changes in your clothing system, MemBrain adjusts overall breathability, while remaining waterproof at all times.
Price range: Rs.7,000- Rs. 9,000 Available: The North Face, Thamel, 4445101
Price: 19,450 Available: Black Yak, Thamel, 4416483
Tips on maintaining your windcheaters Take care of your jackets by using these tips shared by Tendi Sherpa, Managing Director of Mountain Hard Wear. • Always clean mud off, no matter which product you are using. Do not store your jacket with mud encrusted on them. Mud may degrade the quality of your hiking jacket. • Never store hiking jacket, soggy. Soggy jackets should be carefully dried out prior to storage. Non-synthetic jackets can also degrade from being stored next to damp items.
• You can use a sweater panel to dry wet synthetic jacket following washing, particularly down; this assists in keeping the form. • Do not clean down jackets in hot water or the hydrophobic goods will wear away. • Always favor cold water over lukewarm and lukewarm water over hot. Avoid using hot water. Usually, cold water is the safest choice to help preserve the synthetic jacket’s durability, breathability, and hydrophobic traits.
H2No Utilizing an interior interlock or a wicking, hanging-fabric lining for increasing toughness and nextto-skin relief, H2No fabrics are utterly waterproof and breathable due to an advanced combination of diﬀerent factors: a waterrevolting shield fabric, a waterproof barricade, and an inner scrim fabric. HyVent Employing two-layer structure to ensure concurrent breathability and waterproofing even in severe situations, this fabric shines in any journey. The end product is a special waterproof, breathable fabric that keeps you dry inside and out.
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Men’s Venture Jacket
Pertex Shield Representing a mash-up of precisely sophisticated face fabrics with a breathable micro-porous waterproof covering, Pertex Shield, with its focus on durability, combines wind and water protection with excellent comfort which reduces compression buildup inside the garment.
Unveiling Shades -Pooja Pradhan
BLACKTIE 154S (Dior)
AL13.4FS (Dior) AL1 Rs. 48,000 4
DIOR0177S Rs. 36,000
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All products are available at Gift House, Bishal Bazaar, New Road; Options, Durbarmarg
GG2206S (Gucci) Rs. 28,000
YSL 2331/S YvesSaintLaurent Rs. 26,000
Brand Watch • Daniel Craig, in his Tom Ford Marko 18V, perfectly personifies the suave James Bond he portrays on screen. • Tobey Maguire, Spiderman extraordinaire, takes a break from swinging around Manhattan with his web and walk like everyone else wearing his Persol 2953 Wayfarer shades. • Brad Pitt, actor, humanitarian, and overall Hollywood hunk, dons on Ray Ban 3025 Aviator as an act of charity for those who would have made themselves a blubbering mess by staring at his baby blue eyes. • Jessica Alba shows that just because you play a geek superhero does not mean you forgo style in the real world by wearing Vogue 2795 shades. • Kate Moss knows how to look good in her everyday life like she does in photo shoots and the runway with her Stella McCartney 4038 shades. • Jenifer Garner looks far removed from her Alias persona with this chic Bulgari 8098B shades.
Maintaining Shades A bit goes a long way Shades can be maintained the same way you would maintain your glasses; you just have to take a bit of extra care since you take them oﬀ more frequently. • Buy a microfiber pouch or a hard case if you want to put your shades in your bags; it’ll prevent the lens from getting scratched. • Always place the shades lens-side up to prevent scratching the lens. • To clean shades, rinse them with warm water and wash with mild detergent. Use microfiber or cleansing cloth to dry them. • To fix small problems with your shades, visit the optician, they have the equipment and knowledge to do a better job than you.
Pay for what you buy Birendra Shakya, owner of Gift House, Bishal Bazaar and City Center shares with us a few tips. It is getting more and more difficult to distinguish between fake and original shades, but there are a few things that you can do to ensure that the shades you are buying is an original one. Compare the shades you are planning to buy with the one in the catalogue, go through the details provided. Look at the model number, the size number, and the color of the lens and the frame. Original ones match the description of the product in the catalogue.
“Why should you spend so much money to buy an original shade when forged ones can look the same, if not really similar?” The answer is simple; you pay for what you buy. The shades that are the genuine pieces have a better finishing and a better fit making them more comfortable. These shades are also long lasting and more scratch resistant. Unlike the cheaper counterfeit shades, they also have UV protection and polarization to protect your eyes from the harsh sun and its reflection. 79 L&T BazaarPlus
Next time you go shopping for some precious bling blings, make sure you do your homework. After all, you worked hard to earn them greens. -Sadiksha Upadhyay
A diamond certificate is also known as a diamond report and is issued by an accredited independent gemological laboratory. A complete diamond certificate includes multiple parameters to judge a diamond, and that includes an analysis of the diamond’s dimensions, clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics which are essential in determining or testifying a diamond's value. Many round diamonds will also include a cut grade on the report. It will also report its proportions and the quality of its cut as well as its degree of fluorescence, and of course, all the detailed measurements. These grades are the opinion of the individual at the lab who graded the diamond, based on the lab’s own subjective grading standards. Certification does not assign a monetary value to a stone; it assigns grades on the diamond’s key qualities. International gemological labs All these gemological labs certify diamond jewelery as per their quality. Before purchasing a diamond, the customer should review a copy of its certificate to ensure that it has undergone an unbiased, professional examination. All of L&T BazaarPlus 80
the below-mentioned certificates are internationally recognized. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) American Gemological Society (AGS) European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) Diamond High Council (HRD, which is an abbreviation of the Dutch “Hoge Raad voor Diamant”) International Gemological Institute (IGI)
GIA, based in the United States, is considered to be the industry standard and is the most widely used and trusted name in the diamond trade. AGS is well-known for its in-depth scientific research into diamond color grades. AGS’s color grading is considered to be superior to GIA’s by some jewelers. HRD, EGL, and IGI are not as well known in the United States as their American brethren, but a certificate from any of these agencies is solid proof (but not a guarantee) that you are not going to end up with a diamond “lemon.” In India, and also at the international level, most of the premium jewelers give international lab quality certificates. This trend is increasing. In Nepal too, Gitanjali Jewels provide international lab certificates for all their diamond jewelry. Also, what every customer should know is that no extra price can be charged for the certificate. All customers should ask for external certificate for the diamond jewelry being purchased because they are buying a diamond, not a piece of paper.
Types of diamond certificates
Internal: Internal certificates have no value outside the store of jewelers because they are the certificates that are self declared by the jeweler. External: External certificates are the certificates that are lab certified and the lab name is also mentioned.
Prasun Jalan, proprietor of Gitanjali Jewels Always buy a certificated diamond because if the diamond is not certified, there is a good chance you may be buying a stone that is below its stated values. Practice reading several diamond grading certificates before visiting a store so that you know what you are looking at and what you want. If your diamond is not graded by one of the five internationally recognized certificates listed above, chances are the grading stated is misleading and that you are purchasing something of lesser quality than indicated. It is not advisable to buy diamonds with certificates that are more than three years old since diamonds, like everything else, are prone to wear and tear, and over time, can chip, scratch, or crack, and a certificate more than three years old is not going to reflect the accumulated everyday damage.
Men’s Brace-friend -Sadiksha Upadhyay
Products available at Gold and Silver House, Pyukha, New Road
These days, men are not just stocking up on suits and dress shirts, but are also doing something that women have been doing for years: buying jewelry for themselves. And the bracelet is perhaps the most striking example of the increasing accessory craze. We believe it is because they are taking their appearance more seriously and are feeling more confident to experiment with their looks. Supporting latest trends, the jewelry designers are also keeping the accessories as far away from the feminine as possible. A usual connotation with regard to bracelets is that only women are expected to wear them because if we are to notice, men do not normally wear bracelets. They just wear a stud on one ear, a neck chain, or perhaps a ring (if they are married). If a man started sporting a bracelet, he may be mistaken to be a transgender or an individual who has lost his fashion sense. But, now that societies are becoming more open-minded, men sporting bracelets are not a problem. Therefore, men’s bracelets are excellent addition to men’s styling.
Tips for men
In men’s jewelry, like in women’s, one size does not fit all. Your bracelet should not look like you borrowed it from your girlfriend. Your bracelet ought to compliment your character and fashion. Else, no matter how glamorous or costly the bracelet may be, it will not work for you.
Torquoise Bracelet Price: Rs. 8,500
You can buy bracelets in pairs and engrave each other’s name along with the date of your anniversary as a sign of your love and loyalty towards each other.
Price: Rs. 6,100
Cutting Gents Bands Price: Rs. 4,500
Cutting Gents Gold Bangles Price: Rs. 1,60,000
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MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR GOLD BRACELETS Avoid applying and spraying lotions and perfumes on your bracelet because that can cause your bracelet to lose its original color. Keep your gold bracelets away from mercury. Use plain hot water and soft bristle toothbrush for cleaning your gold bracelet.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE SHOPPING FOR GOLD BRACELETS Always look at the quality when purchasing jewelry. Most preferred gold bracelets are of either 24 k or 22 k. 24 k is soft and it should have 99% quality accuracy. Whereas, 22 k is hard and it should have 91.6% quality accuracy. Choose a bracelet according to your wrist size. A small bracelet looks good in a small hand while a big bracelet looks good only in a big hand. Hollow gold bracelets are soft. So, when you working on a table or if you are wearing it on a daily basis, handle it with care.
Salman khan and his blue turquoise bracelet: His blue turquoise bracelet is his lucky charm and that is why he wears it almost always. It is a gift from his father, Salim Khan, and so it is very dear to him. That stone is believed to bring good fortune and keep away bad luck for the wearer.
GOLD AND SILVER HOUSE Silver House, is the oldest silver showroom in Nepal. It has maximum variety of products and Gold & Silver House is its unit. All the products of these companies are individually certified in machines, giving guarantee of accuracy. Price of the ornament depends upon its weight. Both these companies provide free cleaning services to its customers for both metals. They are wholesaler as well as retailer of gold ornaments. In order to provide best services to the customers, all the staff working in the outlet are trained and have studied precious metals. Gold and Silver House is located behind Global Bank, Pyukha, New Road.
A TIMELY JEWEL History of bracelet through the ages
9000 B.C. to 3300 B.C. Protobracelets The bracelets were made from bone links, stones, and seashells. 1940s: The I.D. bracelet as actual I.D. bracelet It was issued to American soldiers during World War II. 1950s: The I.D. bracelet as a trend Postwar, the soldiers were cool because they were wearing their I.D. bracelets. Late 1980s: Punk throwback Bracelets of leather and metal came into fashion. They looked subtle but still signaled allegiance. The Present: Today, men prefer bracelets made up of breads, strings, braids, ropes, metals, precious metals, and may be of stone too.
MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR SILVER BRACELETS Silver gets oxidized in air, resulting in black color. So, silver ornaments should be cleaned once in 15 days. Like gold bracelets, protect silver bracelets also from lotion and perfume. Avoid wearing silver bracelets near fire because fire discolors the silver ornaments. In order to clean your silver bracelets, use warm water and white Colgate tooth powder. That will leave your silver ornaments clean and shiny.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE SHOPPING FOR SILVER BRACELETS Choose a bracelet according to your wrist size. Small bracelets for small hands and big bracelets for big hands. Any silver jewelry should have at least 92.5% quality. Even if you are wearing a Bracelet like that of Salman Khan, avoid wearing largerthan-your-hand size in order to avoid it slipping from your hand. Always check for allergies before buying sliver bracelets.
In case of allergic reaction Wash your hand with cold water and apply Neosporin powder. You should know which metal you are allergic to so that you can avoid that metal in future. Also, avoid imitation jewelry in order to avoid skin allergies and other skin problems.
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ALL ABOUT CHANDELIERS Chandeliers endow rooms not only with a rich glow of light, they also conjure up an ambience that is romantic and regal. -Nidhi Adhikari
What a difference a chandelier can make to any room! Here’s the low down on some really high-end stuff in case you are giving serious consideration to having a couple of these beauties in your home.
Maintenance Magic To keep intact the splendor of your chandelier, proper care and cleaning is required. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your chandeliers looking their best.
• Be cautious while cleaning your chandelier. Ensure that the power switch is turned oﬀ before you start. • Remove dust from the outer surface of your chandelier on a regular basis. Wipe the light bulbs as well. For this purpose, use a dry linen or microfiber cloth. This reduces having to do intense cleaning in the long run. • For thorough cleaning, the chandelier parts need to be removed from the frame and then washed in soapy water. Rinse clean and dry using a cloth. Brass chandeliers may require a polish to its shine. • Most eﬀective results can be obtained by using chandelier cleaner solution. You can also make your own mixture by combining three parts distilled water and one part isopropyl alcohol. This mixture is known to be the best cleaning solution for crystal chandeliers. • You can also call a professional to take proper care of your chandelier. Many manufacturers deliver services for their buyers.
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Placing Your Chandelier Correct placement is the key to getting the most out of chandeliers. • Choosing a fixture that has a diameter half that of your tabletop is a classic formula. The height of a chandelier depends on the height of the ceiling but should hang at least 30 inches above the table. The contour of the chandelier should flow cohesively with the surrounding elements. For example, a circular shaped chandelier will look attractive when used over a similar circular shaped table. For ceilings nine feet or higher, you may also consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the top of the fixture to the ceiling. • Vaulted ceilings are exemplary for elaborate Victorian or Empire chandeliers, which is why another popular setting for a chandelier is the foyer. Not only does the foyer complement and show oﬀ the chandelier, it also creates a welcoming atmosphere to greet guests. For two-story foyers, if windows are present above the front door, center the fixture in the window so it can be seen from outside. • Any type of chandelier can be placed in bedrooms and guestrooms. The overall style of the room helps decide what kind of chandelier is best suited. Keep the visual eﬀect of the chandelier in mind; you don’t want your room looking overcrowded. Installing dimmer switches is a good idea for creating ambience and a more flattering light. A chandelier with dim lighting creates a romantic eﬀect. Standard rules for choosing a chandelier size are not always appropriate. It is your preference in the end, so make sure you go for what feels right for you. Once you are certain of where you want to place your chandelier, head out to stores to find an option you are comfortable with.
From Average to Impressive An extravagant piece in decoration, chandeliers provide lighting of all kinds. Considered the most expensive kind of light fixture, they are made of diﬀerent materials and come in varying styles. • Crystal chandeliers Made from real or faux sparkling optic crystals, these chandeliers are easy to maintain and clean. Elaborate crystal fixtures make these the most emblematic type of chandelier. With lights on the arm surrounding the central light, the crystal chandelier looks very elegant when used in the master bedroom and is appropriate for brightening areas. • Glass chandeliers The glass chandelier is referred to as the normal chandelier as it is cheaper than other types of chandeliers. Made from clear or colored glass pieces, these chandeliers are customarily available in a dome shaped covering. • Crystal glass mix chandeliers • Ceramic chandeliers • Metal chandeliers Wrought iron, brushed nickel, or brass are popularly used to make the chandelier. The metal chandelier features simple curved lines and shaded lighting. They give an antique demeanor to the room in which they are placed. • Mini chandeliers Also known as “chandelettes”, the mini chandelier, made from almost any material, is generally used as a decorative
piece because it does not provide eﬃcient lighting. They are ideally placed in bathrooms or well-lit spaces that are small for standard chandeliers. • Beaded chandeliers Pit beads of glass are present all over the lamp. A significant feature is that the beaded chandelier is less formal. Installation is unchallenging as the beaded chandelier is comparatively lighter than other chandeliers. After exploring the numerous options, buyers can purchase a chandelier that best suits their requirements and illuminates with a sophisticated aura.
Bringing Style Home Contemporary Contemporary chandelier lighting pushes design trends to new innovative levels. Available in varying structures and frames, they are made of sharp lines and bold features. With modern light fixtures, these chandeliers may sport dangling blown glass bulbs or round globes. Less furnished or modernly decorated areas look exceptional with this ornate chandelier.
Ranging in style from traditional to rustic, take advantage of fine chandeliers to give your home a stunning eﬀect. However, the many options may be confusing to homeowners, making them wonder about the best choice. But buying a chandelier need not be stressful. We bring to you distinct chandelier styles to make the purchase uncomplicated. Victorian Inspired from the architecture and art in the latter half of the 19th century, Victorian chandeliers have an antique appearance. They create a soft light, which adds a glow to the room in which they are placed. They usually feature stacked arms made from glass, beading, or metal, as well as tiered lighting. This is a chandelier befitting dining rooms, foyers, or other rooms with high ceilings. Both delicate and detailed, this chandelier oﬀers a look of true beauty. Its graceful ensemble and hand polished glass crystals are admirable.
Tiﬀany A popular choice, the Tiﬀany chandelier features a colorful chandelier covering made from iridescent stain glass shades in amber, cobalt, and jade. Usually handmade and detailed with floral patterns, and with lighting designs having geometric patterns, these chandeliers tend to be pricey. Empire This exclusive style with opulent crystal beading is a great alternative to traditional styles. Made from beading such as shell, wood, plastic, or crystal, they give oﬀ an old-world theatrical appearance. The top part of the chandelier is called the tent and the bottom is called the bag. These parts work together to give a swooping netted look. Mission Mission chandeliers have a unique box shape. With several squared oﬀ branches that feature downward-facing lampshades at the end, they are generally made of metal. They cast a low natural lighting. Upgrade your homes and brighten up your rooms beautifully with your chosen chandelier. 85 L&T BazaarPlus
zumba FOR HER
Fun with fitness The height of zumba has certainly grown with more people getting engaged in this art of fitness. And that is not all -Dibesh Dangol
It’s not just dance. And it’s definitely not tedious. You need to be ready to give all you got and let go of every inch of your body to the music and the rhythm. This fitness regime takes the tiniest energy in you and transforms it into something that you never thought existed in you-the power to work out with a smile. Zumba, even the name itself is energetic. From salsa, mambo and flamingo to belly-dancing, hip top and tango, zumba covers a numerous grounds of dance giving you a fitter body while helping you learn bust a move or two. The session also covers some crunches, lunges and stretches. And because it offers different options, Zumba is considered safe to all ages.
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Things to Remember Before Doing Zumba • Have a nutritious meal 1-2 hours before doing Zumba. • Remember to bring a bottle of water and a towel because you are going to sweat a lot while doing Zumba. • Wear proper fitness attire: sweat pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts. Anything comfortable, cool, and stretchable can also be put on. As for shoes, wear cross-trainers or dance shoes that give you support and comfort. • Remember that Zumba is not only to lose weight, but most importantly, to have fun and enjoy the music. • Always carry deodorant, water, tissues and any other gears to help you deal with sweating and all that workout. • Be prepared to sweat!
• Always be on time for class and especially do not miss warm-up and cool down exercises. • Zumba welcomes all ages, sizes, shapes, and abilities, so don't hesitate to join a class. • Yes, you have to endure throughout the one-hour class and give your best, but never overdo it as it might cause injuries. • Avoid doing Zumba if you have any injuries or illness (seek permission from a doctor first). • If you are not able to do a step, do not panic. Just make up your own steps and move to the music because there's no right and wrong in Zumba. The main point is to have fun. • Never do Zumba bare-footed. Always have your shoes on for support. • Be ready to let yourself loose and give it all you have. Because zumba takes up a lot of energy, you in turn need to be prepared and give it your best. • Don’t forget to bring your towels, spare clothes and water.
Is Zumba a good way to lose weight?
Yes 85% No 15%
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Do and Don'ts
Zumba at Home Shital Gurung, Zumba Instructor, Nirvana Wellness Centre
“You can search for Zumba videos on You-tube or on the internet and practice it at home. Always remember that you should start with a warm- up, followed by cardio, and ending off with a cool-down and stretch. It is best to do it in an open space where there's fresh air. Also to keep in mind, one needs to be self motivated to do Zumba at home as there won't be any instructor to help.”
Celebrity Review Jennifer Lopez, Singer/Actress “As women, we tend to give away a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can't forget to take care of ourselves. Even if that means once a week you're going to go oﬀ without the kids or without anybody and just go shoe shopping or join a Zumba class. It's a great way to feel the music and stay fit.”
Neha Dhupia, Actress “Going to the gym is one of my favorite pastimes whenever I’m not working, and I love doing Zumba too. It is the perfect mix of dance and fitness. Plus, it results in a well toned figure.”
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Delicate Decoratives -Pooja Pradhan
Glass carving, etching, or stained glass all look great in our homes. If used well, they give a sense of elegance, but that does not mean you can just go and buy such items. Here are a few things you need to think about before buying them. • Make sure that wherever you keep such items, it is not in a heavy traffic area because children, or even adults, could accidently break them. • Etchings or glass carvings (in fact anything to do with glass) are expensive, so make sure that such an item actually fits with your décor before you buy them. • Since glass etchings leave behind a rough surface, you have to remember to clean them more frequently since they pick up dust easily. • You can also get etching and stained glass made to order. If you do that, take their function into consideration. If you are going to use stained glass or etched glass in a glass show cabinet, make sure that there is a large amount of clear glass so that people can actually see what is behind; use heavily etched and stained glass to hide things behind. Simple etching can cost from Rs. 50 to Rs. 150 per square feet, so decide how much you want to spend before you order glass panels to be etched. L&T BazaarPlus 88
CONSUMERS’ SPOT Soni Shrestha, Preschool teacher, Florence Kindergarten “I have not bought anything that has glass etching yet, but if I get a chance, I am planning to buy a etched glass Ganesh for my Puja room.”
Rashim Shrestha Nemkul, owner of Newman Edu-Consult (P) Ltd. “I believe that using glass etching in decoration helps to relax you and change your mood for the better. So, I try and buy one or two pieces regularly to add to my collection.”
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Virtual Banking in Nepal -Sadiksha Upadhyay
Virtual banking, also known as an electronic banking, is the automated delivery of banking services and products directly to customers through electronic, interactive communication and, channels in a fast, convenient, and, easy way to access your bank account round the clock. Mandeep Bhattarai is an incharge of the cards department at Sunrise Bank, and gives us his views on e-banking. “We have been providing e-banking facility since 2009. After an agreement with VISA International, Sunrise Bank has been offering VISA debit card since 2010,” shares Bhattarai. How secure is it? E-banking is still in a developing phase in Nepal. Most of the attacks on online banking used today are based on deceiving the user and stealing login data and passwords. This is because most people are not familiar with the process and they lack knowledge for using e-banking services. So, in order to avoid such problems including cyber attack, the banks must invest in creating awareness about fraud. At Sunrise Bank, we have implemented one of the secure ways of authentication by using SSL secured connections for internet banking and One Time Password (OTP) is used for fund transfer related activities. OTP is sent to the customer’s mobile number which needs to be entered while performing any financial transaction through internet banking. L&T BazaarPlus 100
How much has e-banking developed in Nepal? In Nepal, e-banking sector is developing every other day. Starting from ease of use to advancement in security features to implementation of various tools and features, e-banking is moving ahead to betterment and advancement. What are the different types of instruments that facilitate e-banking? There are various instruments that facilitate e-banking such as e-cheques, e-payments, etc. At present, e-payment is most common whereas e-cheque is still to be introduced. Likewise, e-banking channels which are widely in use are ATM, POS, internet banking, mobile banking, etc. Where has e-banking been helpful in your opinion? E-banking is one of the technological inventions that give conveniences to customers to manage financial transactions without having their physical presence in the bank. E-banking, helps people get all the details with ease and convenience, no matter where they are. Besides fund transfer and payment related activities, it also helps save time and money. So, e-banking, in my view is a boom. It will progress further with advancement in technology. How is the customer preference for e-banking in the market? The market has a wide area of audience with difference needs
and requirements. However, as e-banking offers various benefits and ease of access, the customer preference is growing day by day. How has e-banking helped your bank? By adopting new technology, our bank has been able to improve customer service and bring customers closer to the bank. It has helped our bank cut costs, increase revenue, and become more convenient for our customers. And, has helped us by creating new markets, reducing operational, administrative costs, and, also helped increase our competitiveness. This has spared us time to focus on other facilities. Any extra features of e-banking facility which only your bank provides? The following features are not so common in other banks: • Two level authentication for internet banking transactions • OTP for fund transfer-related transactions: OTP-single use temporary password is sent to the customers’ mobile phone for fund-related authentication • e-Sewa transactions • We are in the final stages of joining Fonepay network. With this service, interbank financial transactions and payment to various merchants can be performed via mobile phones. And which is that one feature that is highly used in e-banking? Among the different e-banking services provided, Sunrise Bank’s VISA debit card is highly used. So far, 65,000 customers are using VISA debit card issued by the bank.
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