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No sugar, no spice

For Tsewang Dhoenkyi Sadutshang, a self-professed health nut, homemade fruit smoothies had long been an essential part of her diet. As a student in the US, she had realised early the dangers of processed foods and drinks.

Abha Dhital, Mar 18 2019

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Amrit Man Tuladhar: When it comes to innovative ideas, Muncha has always been ahead

For Nepalis studying abroad who want to send a gift to their mothers on Mother’s Day, there are numerous current options. You can select from any number of e-commerce sites, and even many websites of individual shops now offer e-payment and delivery. But back in the 2000s, there were few options. And Muncha.com was one of them.  

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Mar 18 2019

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Biraj Khadka: ‘We want to revolutionise the horticulture industry’

For decades, plants nurseries in Nepal have operated in a very traditional manner. The industry lacked innovation, and it wasn’t considered a respectable business in itself.

Tsering Ngodup Lama, Mar 11 2019

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From trash to treasure

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so goes the old adage, but two women—Ojaswi Baidya and Loonibha Manandhar—seem to have taken this saying to heart. They are co-founders of Tyre Treasure, a company that turns old, used tyres from cars, trucks and buses into recycled furniture.

Rose Singh, Mar 04 2019

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Nepali clients now value design, creativity

When Kreeti Shakya and Manish Shrestha returned to Kathmandu in 2010, after completing their education in the US, they both wanted to join an advertising industry.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Mar 04 2019

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Dochaa seeks to bridge art and culture

At just 19 years of age, Watsal Rajbhandari started his business venture—Dexter Paintball Entertainment—in 2011. Although the business was successful, various external issues led to Rajbhandari concluding that he was a little too young to properly run a business.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Feb 25 2019

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By introducing industrial design to a traditional industry, Kala Kathmandu’s seeks to modernise crafts in Nepal

“Craft adds colour to our homes, but more than that, it serves functionality,” says Astha Rajbhandari, founder and creative director of Kala Kathmandu. “Most people do not see craft in that light. Functional things are not seen as something that can be aesthetically pleasing.”

Marissa Taylor, Feb 24 2019

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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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