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The importance of indulging in
Spa By Dolkar Lhamo
"... what is the true calling of the spa that has created such a frenzy amongst the people and curious investors?"
Mud baths. Massage. Candles. Idyllic ambiance with soul touching music. Singing bowls. Meditation classes. Fragrant eucalyptus groves. The spa is definitely the au courant indulgence of the urbanites living in the capital today turning from a medicinal retreat to a luxury to a necessity. Today, you see them in shopping malls, corporate buildings, hotels, beauty parlours and even nail art outlets call themselves ‘spa’ pedicures. The spas have become omnipresent like never before and this business is booming providing various accesses to the spa treatment. But what is the true calling of the spa that has created such a frenzy amongst the people and curious investors? As economics has wisely taught us – supply reciprocates to demand. It is economically understood that the rising demand in the people optioning for spa therapy is what has led to the rise of the
spa culture. Dawa Sherpa, who makes it a point to indulge in spa treatment once a month, reasons her extravagance in spa. "I usually go for body massage, facials and hair oil to treat myself after exhausting workouts and tiresome weekdays. The massage is therapeutic to the body and also an excuse to pamper myself.” Dawa further articulates the society’s escalating crave for spa as a reciprocation of modernization and awareness of taking care of oneself. “The people have started to prioritize their wellbeing and their appearance above many things. Getting a massage has a lot of healing benefits and it is also another way to maintain your body.” Busy schedules, cut-throat competition and better lifestyle have unquestionably increased the search to rejuvenate oneself. Many businessmen have resorted to this industry as the wisest option for
investment. Some salons specialize especially in spa alone like Wild Earth with naturally produced products manufactured by the brand itself, while some have intelligently grabbed the trend by including the spa facilities in parlours like Marsyangdi beauty and hair care spa. Previously a beauty parlour, Marsyangdi has introduced the spa treatments a year and a half ago where they now offer body steam, scrub, massage and entire body pack and milk bath. When asked, ‘what is it that entices the people to visit a spa and pamper themselves?’ Priyanka Gurung, co-proprietor of the spa answers, ‘people in the capital are modernizing. Many take it as a luxurious retreat for refreshing the mind and relaxing the body while mostly come to maintain themselves with facials,
manicure and pedicure.’ Modernization has undoubtedly switched the interest of people from chocolates to shopping to now ‘spa’. With foot massage, body massage, baths, water therapy and parlour facilities, spas have proved themselves as the eventual resort to nourishing the mind, body and the soul. The scope of the spa business seems promising with the ascending numbers of spas opening every day. However, to sustain the business is a whole different load of work. Lisa Mukhia, the managing director of Foot Fetish states, ‘increasing number of spas or treatment areas are being inaugurated every day, offering wider choices for the people. This definitely brings bigger challenges to uphold the businesses.’ “With affordable prices for the locals as well, we desire to accommodate wide range of people from high-class to middle-class. And by standing up to the people’s expectations is how we maintain the continuous visits of customers from different places and different backgrounds.” And among the other spas in town, Wild Earth and Spa Prana are gaining much adulation from the consumers recently. ‘I heard a lot about the products of Wild Earth and I’d definitely love to try it one day’, states Dawa. The spa centres have successfully quenched the search for a getaway for the society, channelling the people to a whole new experience, f or a whole new you. photo credit: Foot Fetish
She is studying to become a life style and wellness counselor and skin care expert. She combines her knowledge of art, fashion, Ayurveda and yoga philosophy to help people attain
Shweta Upadhaya has a life-long enthusiasm with self-exploration. She completed her Bachelors degree in Engineering from San Jose State University, a leading provider of engineering talent to Silicon Valley's high-tech industry. However, her fascination with arts had her spurning many job offers to pursue a fashionmerchandising course in the Paris Fashion Institute in Paris, France. She then worked as a merchandiser for Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, two of the most prestigious and high end luxury department stores in the US. The jump from Fashion merchandising to Ayurveda was a result of her lifelong interest in Eastern Philosophy and traditional methods of healing and lifestyle. Shweta is studying classical Ayurvedic principles and clinical practicum at Vedika Global in Berkeley, California. She specializes in creating personalized wellness plans using the powerful Ayurvedic tools of nutrition, lifestyle, herbs, each body type, season and imbalance. She is studying to become a lifestyle and wellness counselor and skin care expert. She combines her knowledge of art, fashion, Ayurveda and yoga philosophy to help people attain optimum health and a beautiful lifestyle. Shweta is what one would define a typical Aquarius woman. She is high in energy, interested in many things at once and non-conformist but also very loyal and in tune with friends and social circle. She loves humanity above all and is very devoted to friends and family. Her outlook is shaped by her belief that "Wisdom is not a question of learning facts with the mind; it can only be acquired through perfection of living." NAVYAATA 61
leanse, tone, exfoliate, steam and maskâ€? are the five mantras to clean and glowing skin. Instead of using chemically processed lotion and creams, you can have healthy looking skin with natural herbal ingredients that are holistic without any side effects. Ayurveda is a healing system that dates 5000 years back â€“ following a natural skin care regime. To gain the best results from the ayurvedic products, knowing your skin type is the most important factor as each skin reacts differently to products. There are basically three skin types in ayurveda.
Vata: Dry, thin, cool, sensitive to touch, prone to early wrinkle and easily dehydrated. Products that hydrate and nourish the skin should be used for such skin.
Pitta: Oily, warm, prone to pimples, freckles, moles and rashes. Cooling and gentle products are recommended for this skin type.
Kapha: Sticky, thick, cool, wrinkles late, prone to pimples, dullness of skin. Products with scraping and deep cleansing action are recommended for this skin type.
Cleansing removes the impurities of makeup and the damage from exposures like pollution and humidity. Especially during summer, skin gets irritable due to heat and sticky due to humidity. Soap-based cleansers irritate the skin even more. Cleansing your skin religiously nourishes the skin and is the first preparation for mask, steam, moisturising, etc. Vata: Almond powder, turmeric and milk works best as a cleanser for vata skin. It not only cleanses and nourishes but also wonâ€™t strip the skin of its natural oil. Rinse with warm water only. Pitta: Aloe Vera gel, turmeric, sandalwood and milk have cooling and protecting components. Make a paste from all these ingredients and apply on your face and massage. Gently rinse with cool water. Kapha: Cleanser with scraping action is good for kapha skin. Besan with lemon, honey and neem powder helps to scrape out all the impurities from skin. Rinse with warm water.
Once a week facemask helps tighten and nourish the skin. The mask should be applied on the face for 15 minutes or until dry. Using a cotton cloth, the mask should be removed gently with warm water after which face should be rinsed. Vata: Clay masks should be avoided as it might dry the skin. Masks with egg white, milk and red lentil (rahar daal) is advisable for vata skin. Pitta: Mask with clay, sandalwood and rosewater is suitable for pitta skin. Kapha: Fruit like pineapple, papaya and clay is fine for kapha skin.
Facial with herbal essential oil steam is relaxing, nourishing and hydrating. It opens up the pores and cleanses all the layers of the skin. Place a pot with steaming water, add two drops of essential oils, cover your head with a towel and bend towards the pot. Donâ€™t bend too near to the pot. Steam for about 15 minutes and rinse face with cool water.
Vata: Steam with lavender oil Pitta: Steam with rose or sandalwood oil Kapha: Steam with tulsi or eucalyptus oil. Steam for no
more than 5 minutes
Make a powder of 1 tablespoon of besan and red lentil. Add sandalwood for pitta skin as it has a cooling effect perfect for warm pitta skin, honey for kapha skin for its scraping action and cream for vata skin. Make a paste with warm milk or water. Scrub our face, massage gently and rinse with water. The astringency component on red lentil tightens the skin while besan cleanses the skin.
Toner: Toner gently removes the dead skin which balances and conditions the skin. You can find a lot of toner in the market most of which have alcohol contents that dries the skin. Such toners might be too harsh for sensitive skin. Homemade herbal toner is very refreshing and works equally well or even better for some. Guidelines: Soak one cup of water (boiled and then cooled to room temperature) with Â˝ tablespoon of triphala overnight. Strain the mixture in the morning. Add two drops of rose water and one drop of lavender oil. Use the concoction in the morning and in the evening after cleansing. Apart from daily skin care, combating stress, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet, daily exercise is also essential for healthy and glowing skin.
Shweta is a student of classical Ayurveda at Vedika Global in San Francisco, California. She is currently working on her ayurvedic skin care line and ayurvedic cookbook...
You can contact Shweta with your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org NAVYAATA 63
The effervescent Malvika Subba We went shopping, we went lunching and we went working. We spent a day with ‘the’ Malvika Subba. When I rang her for a day’s interview with Navyaata, she was on the sets of her next movie venture, Goodbye Kathmandu, which will be releasing at the end of this year. ‘A day with me? My days are actually really boring. It’s just the basic to and fro my office and sometimes lunch or dinner with friends’, she pronounced. But the day was a far cry from boring.
Malvika starts her day at her office at 10. Checking mails, assigning tasks to her team, conducting meetings is normal day at the office.
As we entered her office, Justin Bieber’s Baby was ring-toning from her I-phone and Malvika was freshening up in the restroom. Donning a black button-down shirt with black harem pants, black belt to go with it (which made the ensemble look like a jumpsuit) and red peep-toes, she entered her office, with a fresh, ‘hi’. Mostly seen wearing either black or red (which she says is the brightest colour in her closet), her style is rather tomboy-meetsfeminine. Sitting on her leather seat behind her desk, Malvika continues her day with phone calls, checking her schedule and some paper works. Very precisely, she instructs her team but does not hassle; she is quick at her work but not clumsy. Malvika, the celebrity, was nowhere to be seen. ‘I lead two different’, pauses and corrects herself, ‘many different lives. I am a complete different person in my office than how I am outside’, she enlightens. Malvika shared more about her future, her past and her present..
When we asked..... she said... "I might marry someone who's younger to me. So you never know, I could be the next Demi Moore"
Do you feel pressurised to say the right words, wear the right clothes, look the perfect way? Basically, how does it feel being a youth icon? It feels good to be taken as a youth icon but it’s scary at the same time. At the end of the day, I’m just a normal person. I have my bad habits and my awful tastes. Sometimes I think I don’t want to be that person, I don’t want all that attention. It freaks me out. I prefer to be under the shadows of somebody else. Earlier, I was conscious in terms of speaking politically correct, doing the right thing but now I no longer do that. I just want to be myself, go where I want to and do what I want to.
So how is the real Malvika Subba? I’m down-to-earth, easy going and tend to give more than expected to an extent that people often take me for granted. In the office, I’m not that typical kind of a boss. Sometimes I forget that I am somebody. When 64 NAVYAATA
Crossing the heavily trafficked road for a lunch with her niece and her sister-in-law at KFC. “I don’t get much time to meet my niece. When I reach home, she’s already asleep and in the morning I am always in a rush.”
"If men don’t take me the way I am, it’s their sheer loss"
Deciding on what to eat at KFC’s always a dilemma. Malvika, her niece and her sister-in-law, looking at the menu. Malvika settles on a Pepsi and a burger. “I don’t binge. I participate in minimal quantity eating I always eat in small amounts and drink water the whole day. I don’t exercise at all. I’m too lazy for that but now I think I need to lose some weight. I’m thinking I should start jogging.” So you’re saying that you cannot be a good girlfriend? I am the bestest girlfriend anyone can ever have! If they can’t get it, it’s their sheer loss.
people stare at me or whisper during my presence, I find it very unusual. And then, it strikes me, ‘Oh yes, I am somebody.’
What were your hopes from life when you were younger? It’s funny but I always knew I’d be the person that I am today. I didn’t know who, what, how but I always knew I’d be a household name. Television had always been my interest so no matter what I would end up in television. I was an ordinary girl who had just graduated, riding on vickram tempo trying to figure out what I wanted to do and be in life who became a celebrity overnight which was intimidating in beginning.
And what are your hopes for the future? Any good news coming soon? I have no hopes for a better half. Men cannot take in the fact that I’m so out there and constantly talked about. I can compromise in a relationship but I will never lose myself in the midst of pleasing the other person because that’d be really sad. Most of the astrologers have told me that I’ll marry in my mid-thirties. One Indian astrologer even said that I’d marry someone who’s younger to me. So you never know, I could be the next Demi Moore.
After the light lunch, Malvika bids her family good-bye and we go shopping!
Going on a shopping spree at her usual shopping stop, DS Collections. She fixes her gaze on a black V-neck maxi dress and quickly tries them on and the next thing you know… she buys them!
Malvika directs one of her team members for a quick print and making calls too. “I love multitasking and through the years, I’ve mastered the art quite efficiently.” So doesn’t this bother you? 6: 00
Malvika calls it a day.
It sort of did but now I don’t really care. I’d love to be with someone who’d take me as I am.
It feels great to hear praises. But how do you absorb the negative proclamation that often surrounds your life? I used to cry over earlier. I used to ask myself, ‘why me?’ Slowly but wisely, I’ve learnt to handle all of it.
So how does your normal day go? Wake up. Freshen up. Office at 10. Conduct meetings conduct. Sometimes friends come over for lunch. Sometimes I meet up with friends for dinner or just go home and watch a movie and go to sleep. That’s the basic routine but if I have a movie shooting or ad shooting it’ll be more hectic.
How do you see your life when 50?
Helmet, keys and her shopping for the day. Malvika heads out of the office. 66 NAVYAATA
Growing old. Travelling a lot. Exploring things. Learning a lot. Always involved in exciting engagements. Probably have written a book, sitting in my multi-million mansion. Drinking nonalcoholic mohito by the beach with wrinkles. (Laughs) It’s a very picturesque imagination but reality is very different from what we imagine. I’d want to stick to what I want in life anyways.
YOUTH TALK ON PRIVACY Privacy is all about having a personal space where you feel most comfortable. Everyone has a secret or two. Few things are shared with close circle of kith and kin; few things are kept locked within. It’s a matter of preference. Some seek more privacy and space by nature while some are apparently transparent and candid about everything, with everyone. Nevertheless, privacy is precious for every individual. Undeniably, privacy is a must for every individual but it is the youth who are more sensitive to such matters than any other age group. Navyaata had a small chit-chat with six inquisitive high school students who share their opinions and experiences regarding privacy. Read on to know what they had to say, you will be surprised by their mature state of mind.
Excerpts: Participants: Nivida Lamichhane(18) and Sudeshana Karki(17) are both 12th grade students of St. Mary’s College, Shresti Shrestha (18) and Anjam Singh (16) from Advance Academy, Karma Tashi Topgyal (16) and Pema Ngodup (16) from Srongsten Bhrikuti Boarding High School.
Navyaata: What does privacy mean to you? Nivida: Privacy means having something that you won’t share with anyone, keeping it to oneself. It’s natural to interfere on other people’s privacy out of curiosity, and resent when others interfere on your privacy. Sudeshana: Privacy is all about having personal space, individuality and respect for other’s privacy as well. Everyone needs some personal space and non-interference. Shresti: Privacy for me means having a secret that I don’t have to share with anyone. If something you reveal has negative implications, it’s better to keep it to yourself – that’s a sign of privacy. Anjam: Privacy is a personal issue. Something limited to oneself, not revealed to public. Karma Tashi Topgyal: It means freedom and my own world where nobody would interfere on whatever I do. Pema Ngodup: Privacy for me is independence.
being read and later interrogated by my parents about the names of boys mentioned in it. I blast like a bomb whenever that happens. Sudeshana: Privacy is very important for me. I also keep a diary, but my mom and younger sister never peek into it. Thankfully, my family members are so close to me that privacy is never a problem. Shresti: I am satisfied with the level of privacy that I get. In my opinion, keeping your feelings and thoughts to yourself worsens any situation creating more problems. Sharing personal problems with a close friend or your family relieves anyone of more stress. But, the choice is yours. Anjam: I am satisfied too. I believe we shouldn’t be hiding too many things inside us-there is a risk of being too lonely. Karma Tashi Topgyal: It depends. It is up to my expectation Navyaata: How much of privacy do you get in your daily life? Do you wish for more because there’s a certain level of understanding with parents at home privacy? and teachers at school. Obviously Nivida: I share everything with my family I want more privacy in my love life especially with my elder sister. Sometimes (chuckles). But overall I am quite my mom and my sister get nosey about content of what I’m getting. my phone calls and inspect my facebook Pema Ngodup: I get my fair share account, and even worse- they read my diary! Of course, I do mind when my diary is because I think as a student I can’t
always demand for complete privacy. Yes sometimes I feel like I need more. But on the flipside, when I think about the consequences that might arise of too much privacy, it makes me nervous. Navyaata: With whom do you share your private matters? Nivida: Friends obviously. Since we think and talk on the same frequency, there is more mutual understanding. Sudeshana: But, no matter how good the understanding is, everything cannot be shared with everyone. Shresti: Friends are likely to give immature NAVYAATA 67
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Sudeshana: Sometimes when I am watching a movie and suddenly a kissing scene appears, my parents feel uncomfortable and force me to switch the channel. Besides that I have never experienced any case of generation gap in my family.
suggestions. Although I speak frankly with my friends, I do not prefer sharing private matters with them. I feel comfortable sharing personal matters with family members. Unlike my friends, my mom gives me mature and practical suggestions because she has been through the stages that I am in now. My family has always been there for me. Anjam: I share with a person who is close to me irrespective of who the person is. Mostly, I share my private matters to friends because parents are not always understanding and supportive. Karma Tashi Topgyal: I am always more at ease sharing thoughts on my private matters with my family members, especially with my brother. I am most close
with them rather than my friends. Pema Ngodup: I share my private matters only and only with my friends. I am mostly with them so there is the comfort level between us. Navyaata: Do you ever encounter generation gap between you and your parents? Nivida: In the past my grandparents were really strict, so there was pressure on my mom to be strict as well. Now, the situation is more favorable. My mom understands when it comes to my friendâ€™s circle. If I have to arrive late at night, she permits me easily. My mom is really cool (except when she reads my diary). So, there is hardly any generation gap.
Navyaata: Should parents scrutinize their kids? Nivida: Some level of scrutiny is necessary. Sudeshana: Itâ€™s obvious that parents scrutinize their kids. Otherwise they could be doing drugs and other anti-social acts and parents would never know. Navyaata: A person staring at you or following you -have you ever encountered such situations? Nivida: Yes, when I was in grade 8, there was a drug addict who used to approach me, tease me on the streets. He was black complexioned with a face like Mike Tyson. Later, I heard that he was dead. Then later, he was seen again roaming around my neighborhood. It was really scary. Sudeshana: The best thing we can do in such situation is to ignore. Trying to confront will only encourage such guys.
On the other side of the Iron Gate For all of you who have just made it through the ‘Iron Gate’, you might be constantly thinking – now, what next? Which subject to take? What to do during the break? How to find the best college for me? Relax. Thinking too much does not help but only stresses your already stressed minds. It can be a mind-boggling decision to make for you, but if you think with a clear head and put your priorities straight, it’s no rocket science. Read on to know about what should be the best option to utilise this period and how to decide upon your further education.
Expose yourself Unravel your minds by visiting an art gallery, cultural exhibition or watch a documentary or do anything interesting. The whole idea is to set your mind free and explore new horizon. Who knows this might introduce you to your undiscovered self that could inspire you and change your life.
Voluntary services If civic sense is what defines your attitude, joining community development projects could guarantee satisfaction. Volunteering for social service can also be helpful in the future while looking for universities or searching for a job. Many NGOs and local government authorities allow short term volunteering for youths. So why wait for tomorrow when the best time is today.
Choosing the right course
will make or break who you will be. While doing so, keep three things in mind: Before deciding on the course, ask 1. The education and the reputation yourself – does the subjects included in of the college is what matters more this stream interest me? Do I see myself than the popularity of the college. Get making a living out of the profession that information on the history of the college this stream channels for me? And the most - the records of the past students and important question, what do I really want the teachers in the college, how long to do? Rajesh Adhikari, adviser of Chelsea has the college been running, has the International College advises students to go college been able to provide the best for A-levels if one has good command over facilities to the students. English and strong financial background. “A-levels is not an easy course and also does 2. Infrastructure should be developed and compatible to its standards. not come cheap since it is affiliated to the Without a proper library, wellCambridge University. The quality of the equipped laboratory and other education is higher and broader.” recreational activities, a student’s space to grow can be questionable. Don’t Choosing the right college hesitate to take a tour of the college. After deciding on your stream, deciding on You have the full right to scan through the college is another important factor as the territory. where you spend the two years of your life
All of us have our share of experience with the microbus - overcrowded passengers, smelly feet, wrathful commuters, snappy conductors, gazing eyes. Everybody has a story or two to tell relating the microbus â€“ whether they have rode on it or not. Without a doubt, most stories are either about a quarrel or theft or jammed passengers or boisterous drivers. The ubiquitous white microbus of Kathmandu is a blessing and a curse. On one hand it provides cheap and swift transportation for millions of middle class commuters. On the other hand travelling in a microbus is anything but pleasant. The following are real testimonies of real people who reveal their unusual experiences in micro bus to which any of us can relate to.
Sleepy in Microbus
Long streaks of Microbuses were queued for passengers. It was almost a week ago that I arrived at Kathmandu to continue my higher education so everything seemed new to me – the people, the place and the big buildings. It was my first day at school, so I didn’t want to run late. I asked one of the conductors if the Microbus was departing for Boudha. He nodded. I comforted myself as the Micro accelerated. Everything was running smoothly. The trip was starting to get a little boring with my eyelids feeling heavier and heavier. Before I knew it, I was fast asleep amidst all the noise of the vehicles and murmur of the fellow commuters. I woke up after a few minutes. I asked the conductor how far we were from Boudha. With a confused look he informed, ‘we are in Chakrapath and this microbus does not go Boudha.’ My droopy eyes were suddenly alarmed. I yelled out my frustration at him but he was ignorant towards my untamed behaviour which frustrated me even more. That day was my true encounter with the Microbus system and the people. No doubt, I was late for my first day at school. I can still remember that sarcastic grin on the conductor’s face.
Sssshhhh... Mina Gurung, 28
A private person that I am, Microbus commute has always been a challenge. Overcrowded space, butts right in front of your face, unsolicited probing and rude conductors – one cannot help avoid any of these situations. But a spectacle that was created by two ladies during my usual commute left me completely perplexed. Probably in their forties, two middle-aged women barged into the Microbus like enraged bulls. They were blurting out curses and yelling, ‘I’ll kick his face!’ Loud enough to invite scornful looks from all the passengers who pretended to ignore them. They must’ve had a serious problem with a man. Their uncouth conversation was at odds with their attire. Contrastingly, three school girls sitting in front, excitedly looking at other school boys on the road, made the better of the situation giggling, amused by the ladies’ lack of refinement. The privilege to observe such contrasting, amusing and startling drama can only be witnessed in a Microbus.
lost and found
Rushma Dhahal, 34
It was during my vacation days. My younger brother and I got in the Micro and after a few minutes the conductor started asking for the fare. I took out my purse and to my surprise it was empty. I checked everywhere but I found nothing. Just then, the conductor came towards me. I told him I’d pay him in a while. Seeing no way out of this dilemma, I started getting nervous and restless. My brother was penniless himself. I noticed a man looking at me conspicuously. Possibly in his early thirties, he looked more like a spy to me. When the conductor was finished collecting fare from the rest of the passengers he asked me, ‘where’s your fare?’ I was speechless. Furious with my unbothered reaction, he fumed, ‘pay me my fare fast!’ I was completely blank. I had never been through such embarrassing situation before. Before I could say anything, the guy who looked like a spy reacted to the situation and said, ‘things like this happen’ and offered to pay my fare. I turned speechless ‘again’. I thanked him with all my heart. I had never been so thankful to a stranger before. He just smiled. My face was all sweaty so I pulled out my hanky from my bag. Just then I felt something drop. My cousin picked what had dropped from my bag – some cash. All the passengers were staring at me now. My face turned red, green, and purple.
Maya Gurung, 40
Unusual as it may seem, I love commuting via Microbus. I take it as an opportunity to know people. Nothing is as amiable as chatting with fellow passengers. Young or old, male or female â€“ people from all walks of life fascinate me and I get to know people who are doctors or lawyers or students. And my personal experiences tell me that people generally respond positively to strangers for small chitchats. I make the most of my good sense of humour and ask trivial questions about the weather or their destination and then the conversation progresses. A narrow- minded person might think of these trivialities as a waste of time. Although not all of my Microbus days have been delightful. I recall one incident when I lost my house keys in the Microbus. I always find it amusing when Isee a middle aged passenger haggling with the conductor by showing a fake student identity card. I would rather give an extra ten rupee note than spoil my day arguing with a dreadful conductor.
The sleazy stare Raju Shrestha, 24 People say eyes are the windows to a man’s soul. A man with an enlightened soul, his eyes reflect love which charms whoever he gazes upon. A man with a sinful soul, his eyes reflect lewdness which offends whoever he stares at. Let me share an anecdote that exemplifies this notion. I was commuting in a Microbus during the morning rush hour. A pretty girl sitting at the front row facing the rest of the passengers was dressed in red t-shirt wearing thick-rimmed spectacles. She seemed a bit agitated and fidgety. Her facial expression said something was annoying her. Sure enough, I found out the reason. Turns out, a man sitting just in front of her was continuously staring right into her eyes. ‘Why are you staring into my eyes’, snapped the annoyed girl after having tolerated his gaze for a long time. ‘I wasn’t’ staring at you, I was only looking in front’, the man lied. ‘I’m warning you! Never try to harass a girl like that’, warned the girl as she got off the Microbus. The man was obviously taken aback by her reaction. Probably he had not anticipated that she would speak out so courageously. By now, all the passengers were staring at the man, as if demanding for an explanation. ‘She was sitting right in front of me’, said the man with a sly grin. ‘Where else could I look?’ Nobody bought his story. It was a rather lousy explanation coming from a lousy man.
“Feeling Music Skin Deep”
When they’re in the house, playing their instruments, not a single soul can afford to ignore them. Anyone will humbly listen and sway to the tunes of their music without any obligation, without any discomfort. Their music can groove you, send chills down your spine, inspire you and stir a sense of pride of Nepali culture within you. Such is the influence of Rudra band– the name taken as a synonym for god Shiva.
With Shyam Nepali (sarangi and vocals), Raman Maharjan (bamboo flute), Babu Raja Maharjan (tabla, percussion), Kiran Nepali (guitar, tungna) and Bishwa Nepali (vocals), the five member band has been playing folk fusion and blues since 2006 and they believe there is no end to their music. A brainchild of Shyam and Raman, the band aims in meeting the improvisational depth of Nepali folk music and fusing them with conventional instruments like guitar.
Coincidental and interesting as it may seem, most of the band members have inherited musical talents from their family. Take for instance, Shyam who is the fourth generation of Nepali classical musician and sarangi player of his family. His father was the renowned sarangi maestro, Ram Sharan Nepali. It is even more interesting to know that Shyam has been playing sarangi since the age of 8. ‘My father and my grandfather are my only inspiration and my sarangi and my knowledge of playing this precious instrument is very dear to me’, articulates Shyam. Further adding, ‘this is what keeps the band Rudra alive. We all have great passion for folk music and also share a great chemistry with each other on and off the stage which is the most important element in forming a band and sustaining it.’ And chemistry is exactly what makes the band stand out besides their music. When you see them play it is as if they could live, eat and breathe music. All of them engrossed in their instrument but fascinatingly what the eyes can’t see is how they entwine with each other and create profound phenomenal music. This is what keeps the audience hooked – their music. Not expensive instruments, not stylish clothes, not elaborate stage but pure and simple music. Over the years they have toured extensively in different places inside and outside Nepal promoting Nepali folk music. They have also been playing for many social causes at different orphanages. With more than a dozen of recorded songs in their repertoire, Rudra is currently working on its studio album which is due to release by the mid of 2010 and also a Switzerland tour during the summer.
You can listen to them play at….. Comfort Zone, Thamel Gokarna Forest Resort, Gokarna The Factory Restaurant and Bar, Thamel
Sundays and Tuesdays, 7 pm Fridays, 7 pm Saturdays, 7 pm NAVYAATA 77
fter the musical rendezvous with the band, we asked the
band about their favourite food. ‘I love Italian food. Trying different Italian cuisines in different restaurants is what I like to do when I go out for meals’, shares Shyam. Navyaata went out for a lunch with Rudra band at Vesper Cafe at Jawalakhel where they have one of the best pasta to serve.
Chicken bolognaise pasta Cooking time 20-25 minutes Ingredients Bolognaise chicken - 100g Butter - 10g Salt - 2.5g (to taste) Black Pepper - 2g Pasta (spaghetti) - 100g Tomato plump - 80g Tomato puree - 20 tbsp Parmesan cheese - 30g Garlic chop - 5g Onion chop - 10g Chicken stock - 250ml
Method For Bolognaise In a low flame, take a heavy sauce pan. Add butter, some garlic and onion chop and fry. Cook till the mixture is brown. Add bolognaise chicken and cook and fry for 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, cook for 10 minutes in a medium flame. Add salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes in a medium flame. Add tomato plum and tomato puree and cook for a minute.
Take spaghetti in a plate and put the gravy as a topping. Add another parmesan cheese topping. Serve with Garlic bread or French bread.
Chef: Chhatra Bahadur Thapa, Vesper Café, Jawalakhel, Tel: 5548179
Basking By Biswas Khadka
under the Bandipur sun.
Nestled in the lap of steep limestone mountains, Bandipur is an ancient Newari hill town located about 140km west of Kathmandu. Erstwhile a Magar village, it was only in the early 1800s that the Newars from Bhaktapur came and settled here and established it as a major trade point between India and Tibet. Up until 1968 A.D. Bandipur was the headquarter of Tanahun . The district headquarter was shifted to Damauli in 1968 and many people migrated to nearby cities Narayangarh and Damauli in search of better economic opportunities. Others moved to Pokhara and Kathmandu. But despite the mass exodus, Bandipur has managed to retain its culture and tradition which blends beautifully with its exhilarating natural beauty.
With two hiking routes to Bandipur - one through the Siddha Gufa and another through the old trail (the ancient trade route between Tibet and India), the way to Bandipur never falls short on the excitement and surprises nature has in store for the travellers. While the old trail or â€˜Bandipure Ukaloâ€™ is more of a conventional route leading you directly to Bandipur, the route through Siddha Gufa is a tougher one that not only leads you to Siddha Gufa but Raniban as well. The photographer and I chose the Siddha Gufa route. After having lunch in Bimalnagar which is a small town at the Prithivi Highway, we marched on our journey hiking up the cliff towards Siddha Gufa. Perched on a hill at an angle of almost 90 degree, Siddha Gufa seems an impossible location to hike to. After half an hour of hiking uphill, we finally reached Siddha Gufa. Our clothes were partially drenched in perspiration. However, we were greeted immediately by soothing cool air breeze coming from the cave. The humble opening of the cave surprises you with its massive interiors. The inside of the cave looks nothing like it is from the outside. The cave is said to be the largest in the country and one of the largest in Asia. The walls and the ceilings have the impression of different images like Rudraksha, Sripech (crown), Sankha, cauliflower, etc. The most interesting aspect about this cavernous cave is that its actual length still remains to be a mystery as the terminal point of Siddha Gufa is yet to be discovered.