Spending a Month in “Goth” – Chhaupadi Pratha

In my recent visit to Nepal, my ol’ childhood good friends invited me to their office for a meeting. They have been working in the field of child rights and education. In their debriefing on how they are impacting the Nepali society in the far west Nepal, my friend told me that their vigorous effort to eliminate the malpractice of spending a month in “goth” or … Continue reading Spending a Month in “Goth” – Chhaupadi Pratha

Khokana Festival 2011

Nepal Tourism Year 2011 officially kicked off from New Year. As we were informed this morning, Khokana is also hosting a special festival that commences from 15th – 17th this month. We are expecting quick updates, pictures, and videos from our friends, family, and relatives in Khokana to cover the highlights of the festival. Keep tuning!   Sneak peeks from Jyapu Tah: Mujya (Jyapu Convention … Continue reading Khokana Festival 2011

Where the Green Rice Field Have Gone?

Recently, I talked to my folks to keep myself updated about the ongoing development in Khokana. I grew up in a small community of 100 % Newāh or Newār indigenous people group in the outskirt of Kathmandu valley, Nepal. They informed me that real estate business is thriving. Locals are selling their lands like never before. It was not utterly unexpected, yet shocking that Nepalese, especially … Continue reading Where the Green Rice Field Have Gone?

Chhaupadi Pratha: An Actus Reus

I found out a case study and a report on Chhaupadi Pratha in Mid and Far-Western regions of Nepal as of late. I had never heard about this kind of malpractice called “Chhaupadi Pratha” before. But when I read about it, my jaws were wide-opened in an utter shock that this practice bars women from their daily activities like work, school, and deprive them of … Continue reading Chhaupadi Pratha: An Actus Reus

Bahra: Marking the Coming-of-Age

BAHRA: Marking the Coming-of-Age “Bahra or Bahra Tayegu” in Newar language literally means “to mark the age of puberty.” Sometimes it is referred to as “to make menstruation come out.” This custom is carried out after Ihi – a ritual follow through when a girl turns the odd age of 5, 7, 9, or 11. In Ihi, the girl is being married to a Bel … Continue reading Bahra: Marking the Coming-of-Age