Teej: to fast or not to fast

September 9, 2012
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Teej is upon us once again. A Hindu festival, its origin dates back to union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.  The story goes that Goddess Parvati fasted and prayed for many births and rebirths to have Lord Shiva as her spouse, and seeing her devotion to him, Lord Shiva eventually accepted her as his wife.  Thus, today Teej is celebrated by Hindu women to commemorate their union and to pray for similar marital bliss in their lives. The festival in recent years has gotten much wrath from...

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Guffshuff with Miss Nepal US(A) Contestants

August 2, 2012
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A new Miss Nepal US(A) 2012 will be crowned on 11 August at the Johnson Center, George Mason University at Fairfax, Virginia.They come from all over Nepal and currently reside all across the US. With different backgrounds, career aspirations, interests, etc, each of these young women represents what it is to be a youth in US(A) of Nepali decent. Read our conversations with them to learn more about them, and see if you can spot a winner. New York Aashma Dhakal New York Amrita Tuladhar California Arti Maharjan...

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Natural treat for your face

July 22, 2012
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Summer brings it’s own set of skin concerns – excess oil, sunburn, dullness and that feeling of stickiness. Ingredients in your kitchen may be your solution. Cool down your skin with this besan based mask while also reaping its many other benefits. Everyone knows a thing or two about besan mask, if nothing else most of us grew up seeing them in movies… remember before the big day, the bride and groom gets besan haldi treatment? There are many mixture of besan mask recipe out there. The one...

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Never forget your shopping list at home again

July 22, 2012
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Do you find yourself forgetting to buy an item or two every time you go grocery shopping? Looking to reduce the numbers of trips to stores? Tired of going through aisles after aisles trying to recall what needs to be bought or buying the same item multiple times? Shopping List App may be your solution. These apps provide an easy way to manage shopping lists, and the best part is they are with you wherever you go! Our pick There are many Shopping List Apps in the market...

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Stats show Nepali women still have long way to go

June 17, 2012
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Nepali women have made a lot of progress in many areas in the last two decades but these statistics show we still have a long way to go. While menstruating some women still live in animal shed* Considered too dirty and impure to stay in the house, during menstruation 11.9% of women live in animal shed 19% of women live in a different house during menstruation 46.2% of women live in a different room of the same house  This practice is more prevalent in Mid-western mountainous region of...

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“I love writing stories the most because they set me free”

June 11, 2012
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A new talent in the burgeoning group of Nepali writers writing in English, (she writes equally prolifically in Nepali as well), Richa Bhattarai talked to us about her book Fifteen and Thr3e Quarters and inspiration behind writing it. Her writings can also be read in many publications from Nepal, including The Himalayan Times, where she is currently a sub-editor. You can follow her in her blog,  Yug zee Tah. Tell us about your book, Fifteen and Thr3e Quarters. What is it about and how did the idea for...

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Studies say 80 percent or more of Southeast Asians are Lactose Intolerant

June 11, 2012
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Have you ever noticed feeling gassy, bloated or even had a diarrhea after drinking milky chiya or eating a bowl of cereal with milk? Consider this, you maybe lactose intolerant i.e. your body doesn’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, sugar found in milk. Without lactase, lactose passes through the stomach undigested and reaches the large intestine, where bacteria try to metabolize it, causing fermentation and gas by-products that leave people feeling gassy. It also prevents colon from reabsorbing water, causing laxative effect, thus the...

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Chatpate Fries

June 11, 2012
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Do you at times crave for something crunchy and spicy? Try this simple yet zesty chatpate recipe next time you have such craving. What you need: 3 large potatoes 2 medium tomatoes 1 cup all purpose flour ½ medium red onion ½ teaspoon of black pepper ½ lemon 1 egg Some cilantro strands Few green chillies Oil for deep frying Salt to taste   Method: 1. Get all the ingredients ready. 2. Prepare batter by mixing flour, egg, salt, pepper and water. Don’t make it too thin or...

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Women think it’s okay for their mother-in law or husband to beat them

June 3, 2012
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According to Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 in mid and far western region, Nepal… 62% of women believe her mother-in-law is justified in verbally abusing or beating her… if she goes out of the house without telling her, neglects the children, argues with her, doesn’t obey her orders, doesn’t bring dowry, doesn’t finish house work on time. 48% of women believe her husband has the right to beat her… if she spoils food while cooking, refuses sex, neglects children or argues. The survey was based on interviews with...

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8 interesting facts about rice

8 interesting facts about rice