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Bringing leather back

Bilal Ahmed Shah loves his leather jackets. For as long as he can remember, he’s been wearing one.

Marissa Taylor, Feb 18 2019

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The word ‘handicraft’ has been exploited and misused in our country

Born and raised around Patan Durbar Square, Pravin Chitrakar was always surrounded by centuries of culture and heritage. As he grew older, his sense of wonder at the intricacy and beauty of his architectural heritage never ceased. Upon completing his civil engineering degree from Nagpur in 1992, Chitrakar returned to Kathmandu and began helping out his family, who was involved with Patan Handicrafts.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Feb 18 2019

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Something sweet?

Pawan Misthan Bhandar is a Bhairahawa landmark. This local sweet shop has established a reputation for itself as the one spot everyone should visit when in the southern city.

MADHAV DHUNGANA, Feb 11 2019

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It’s always good to be exclusive

It might seem strange that a graduate degree holder in IT operates a thriving handicrafts import-export business, but that’s exactly what Rabi Malla does.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Feb 11 2019

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Honey from home

At the mountain hilltop of Silinge, Makwanpur, Chepang farmers produce honey from the nectar of wild tree—Chuiri. The delectable honey that swiftly melts in one’s mouth, initially was extracted from over 5,000 hives.

Bibhu Luitel, Feb 04 2019

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We are basically an online ‘tarkari bazaar’

For centuries now, Nepal has been known as an agricultural country where food travels straight from farm or garden to home. However we have come to an age where most of us, especially those living in the city, no longer know where the food we eat comes from.

Abha Dhital, Feb 04 2019

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Learning by doing

More often than not, thinking of a plumber or an electrician conjures up images of a man on the job. Almost all carpentry shops and motorcycle service centres across the country have an all-male workforce.

Abha Dhital, Jan 28 2019

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Our role model should be a Nepali

A US college dropout, Aashish Adhikari returned to Kathmandu in 2011 to start anew. While on a short trip to visit his grandparents in Kavre, he discovered that his ancestral lands were perfectly suited to planting coffee.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Jan 28 2019

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An uncommon thread

In the 1990s, when the Nepali garment industry was at its peak, Hira Muktan established a factory catering to private labels in various European countries, exporting Nepal-made products to the international market.

ASMITA MANANDHAR, Jan 21 2019

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What’s considered a ‘woman’s weakness’ can work as her strength

In the last couple of years, Jhamsikhel in Lalitpur has become a hub for ethical fashion and Made-in-Nepal products. The area is popular among locals, expats and tourists alike for products that are not readily available elsewhere.

Jan 21 2019

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Walk and earn

With the New Year, resolutions are made every year to exercise more, stay healthy and walk and run more. But as with most resolutions, a few weeks into the new year, they tend to get forgotten. But if you could get paid for staying fit, would that encourage you to walk or run more?

Bibhu Luitel, Jan 14 2019

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“Locally-made products deserve more attention”

The role of social media in providing a platform for budding entrepreneurs can hardly be overstated. In the past couple of years, the use of social media to promote business, especially by aspiring youths looking to set out on their entrepreneurial world, has seen phenomenal growth.

Timothy Aryal, Jan 14 2019

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