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The tailor who makes suits for Kathmandu's elite

Kapali was sixteen years old when he started his career as a tailor at Model Tailors in New Road. While that shop is no more, back in the 60s, Model was known as one of the best and biggest tailoring places in Kathmandu, so much that even the royals got their suits tailored there.

Back to baking

Three decades later, Pakhrin, now 51, has injected approximately Rs 7 million in capital into Lemon Tree, which has two components—a complete bakery shop in Jhamsikhel, and a fast food kitchen in Kupondole.

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.

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.

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.

Slow and steady wins the race?

Monday’s episode saw the last money task of Himalaya Roadies’ second season. Apparently, the winner could have walked away with a total purse of Rs 2,000,000; but as fate would have it, the winner will only take home half that amount now. Tch.

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen

The latest episode of Himalaya Roadies was all about last chances. The season has seen its last immunity tasks and last vote out. And we’ve lost our Cutie. We all saw that coming, didn’t we? This is exactly what we feared last week.

Survival of the fittest

They were not ready and we were definitely not ready. The vote out, this time around, came a little too soon. And while I am glad that they didn’t send Meen Kumari home, I’m not sure if I was ready to let go of our underdog Rabin yet.

Celebrating type

In December 2017, Ratan Karna was descending Muldhai Hill—an off-the-beaten-path destination that’s a day’s trek from Ghandruk—when he stopped at a small village for tea. As he sipped away, he noticed a distinct flat rock right outside the hotel and decided to paint a mantra on it. He took his paint and paintbrush out and wrote “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah”—may all be happy, may all be free from diseases—in calligraphy.

The wild cards are here

Honestly, I could use drama any day, and if it were up to me, I would bring Subha back to the show as the wild card entry (or at least a contender).

Very hot episode, indeed

The last episode ended with a promise of a very hot new episode. I am not disappointed. This is by far the best and the most happening episode I have watched on Himalaya Roadies. I was hooked to it. It really did challenge our contenders. And if it brought the best out in some (Milan), it also brought out the worst in others (Aayush).

Passing on the baton

It’s fair to say that I am an art person. I go where the art is. But here’s the thing, I don’t like art that’s too complicated and comes with too many abstract and hidden messages that need to be deciphered. Just like I like stories that even a sixth-grader can understand, I like art that speaks to everybody. Art that anybody can understand, one that hits close to home.

Too much guff, not much performance

Monday’s episode ended with a promise that the next episode will be hot—place-wise, but I really hope that it’s also going to get hot in every other possible way—please? It has got to get sensational. It’s high time. Because let’s face it, last night’s episode was barely even lukewarm.

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