My Republica - My Republica - The Week Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:38:23 +0545 en-gb Cover story: In the name of compassion Cover story: In the name of compassion
Without legal protection cruelty against animals will go unabated.
The complaints on Dr Umesh Dahal’s desk at the office of Directorate of Animal Health (DAH), Tripureshwor keep piling up. The most common issue of late has been about the transportation of bulls. Various witnesses and activists have expressed outrage at the appalling conditions in which the livestock are bought to the capital from the outskirts of Thankot. Apparently, there are evidence of beatings and other mistreatments. Dr Dahal claims they even found that many trucks had tied the animals’ tails to the roof poles so as to keep them steady during the course of the road trip. It’s a snapshot of the apathy towards animal welfare that Dahal comes across almost every day.

At the central level, DAH is responsible for managing overall animal health related activities throughout the country. Along with working on diagnosis, prevention and control of animal diseases, they also implement programs for increasing production of milk, eggs and meat in the country. But inevitably issues of legislation, law and policies for animal welfare have made their presence felt. They have realized that Nepal can no longer be one of the few countries in the world without animal welfare legislation.

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Have your say: The colors of Kathmandu

There is a lot that we complain about here in Kathmandu. From water woes and load shedding problems to crumbling pavements and bad traffic jams, there’s a lot that make us angry on a daily basis but then again, on the other hand, there’s the occasional mountain sighting when the weather clears up that just brightens your day, the narrow alley that lead you from the main road to a completely unassuming place, and the durbar squares where you see a new thing in every visit.

There is a reason why people have chosen to make this city their home. What is it about Kathmandu that appeals to them? The Week spoke to some people to find out what they love about this multifaceted city.

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The Madheshi plight The Madheshi plight
Madhesh is a geographical area that covers a major stretch of Nepal from East to West. The people from Madhesh share intensive resemblance with its neighboring regions which are part of another country called India. However, people from Madhesh are not Indians but Nepali citizens.

Madhesh constitutes 51 percent of total population of Nepal. Within this framework, four cultural groups are predominant. Communities with their historical base in Hilly regions or Pahadi Madheshis, Indigenous Tharu community, communities with historical roots in Madhesh or Madheshis and Muslims.

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When wife shops, you drop When wife shops, you drop
It’s been almost two and half years since I got married and people still ask me how married life feels as if I’m a newly-wed. I don’t know how to answer that question. And the funny thing is that it’s mostly those who are married who ask me that question. Why are married folks more interested in other married folks’ lives than those who are single or not yet married but walk around as if they are already married?

Single folks never inquire about my married life. They are too busy either looking for love or are already in a relationship that demands all their attention – they have no time for such curiosities. However, they are not in a hurry to get married. Good for them, I say. But married folks have already experienced the good, the bad and the ugly side of marriage and I guess they want to know if their married life is better or worse than that of those who are being asked the question.

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Book Chat: Through the literary lens Book Chat: Through the literary lens
Cinema halls may be selling out with moviegoers super excited to finally catch Min Bham's Kalo Pothi but the man himself has quietly moved on to his next project. The director, who won the Best Film title, under the Critics’ Choice category, at the prestigious Venice International Festival, predictably has had a hectic schedule of late. In fact, just a couple of days ago, he has had to make impromptu plans for a day trip to Pokhara.

It was set to be a business trip. However, Bham claims that the one thing he was looking forward to was making the most of the bus journey and finishing a book that had been long overdue. Apparently, reading is one of his favorite activities and he even has a huge private collection of books to prove it. From it Bham picked out a few of his favorites as recommendations for The Week’s readers and also reflected on our local literary scene.  

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Review: A journey within These Fine Lines, a collection of poems by Nepali women, is a book that should have been published long ago. The stories that women tell, to and about themselves, and each other, have long deserved a wider audience – because without these stories, our understanding of the world is incomplete.

The section called For Our Mothers, for example, is a complicated one. It takes mothers down from their pedestal of motherhood, where they have been idolized for centuries, and makes humans out of them. Daughters don’t just see mothers as the fountains of love and nurture that they are portrayed as in mainstream media (read advertisements). But daughters see mothers in their fullness, the nurture they pour out, and the sacrifices they make for it. There is Saniaa Shah’s A Parallel Winter morning, where she reminisces about the solace of a mother’s love. But there is also Aryaa Rajouria’s What Nobody Says, simmering with anger and resentment that boils up in the one space that two women are forced to share.

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The resilience factor The resilience factor
For Nabin K Bhattarai fans, three decades seem to have passed away in the blink of an eye. The way the singer has continued to churn out hits and maintain a prominence in the industry, even after all these years, have been most impressive. Even at the moment, Bhattarai confirms that he is working on yet another record, his 14th, if you were keeping count. So The Week caught up with the hit maker to talk about his present state of mind as well as his playlist. He shuffled through his collection to share with us the music and albums that made up his formative years.

So after all these years in music, has your approach to music changed?
Oh yes, there is naturally more maturity in the way I perceive as well as tackle music these days. With time, we are bound to learn new skills, gain more knowledge and develop our craft so together all of this has given me a stronger desire to do something. When I look back at my work, I can see all the shortcomings. There are certain changes I would love to make even on the hit numbers. So with the desire, I can see that my creativity has grown as well.

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Happy New You : Going sleeveless Happy New You : Going sleeveless
Flaunt those toned arms
Let me give you the good news first: Most women carry extra kilos in their midsection and hips as a result of which arms are easy to tone, regardless of total body weight. Now, the bad news: Arm-toning exercises work the chest, shoulders, and arms from every angle to tighten and firm the droopiness that can start when you lose lean tissue as you get older but you have to keep at it otherwise it doesn’t take much for it to lose shape and all your hard work will go down the drain.

Flabby arm is a common problem especially in women who store more fat in their upper arms than men, mainly due to hormones. A well-balanced diet and regular exercise routine can reduce body fat including excess fat at the back of your upper arms. When the fat reduces, targeted toning exercises can ensure the muscles that are displayed are well defined.

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Work it out Work it out
If staying active and eating healthy were easy, everyone would be doing just that. The Week caught up with Doma Bajracharya, a fitness expert, to talk about the do’s and don’ts for a healthy fitness regime.

Bajracharya is a group fitness expert. She trained under master trainer Salima Banu on aerobics and exercise in 1997 and at de gaard studio in Holland. Fitness has always been her passion and she decided to make this her career in 2009.

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The new tech frontier The new tech frontier

'Why head to the store when you could simply create your outfits right at home with the touch of a button?’ asked a tech discovery website recently. The article was featuring the idea behind London-based startup Kniterate, which has developed what they are calling “the 3D printer for knitwear.” Indeed thanks to them, the idea of printing out your clothes isn’t inconceivable anymore. And this is only one example of the many fascinating projects being explored via this technology.

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