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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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