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  BEST &
2010                                                                               THE YEAR
                                                                                   THAT WAS
Hall of
                                                                         BEST OF

Fr!day’s best clicks                                                            LIGHT
Where does



                                                     MISS UK NEPAL NABINA GURUNG TELLS US WHY
                                                     HOLDING THE CROWN MEANS SO MUCH TO HER.

                                                                  THE MAVERICK TELLS US ABOUT
                                                                  WHAT HER RESOLUTIONS ARE.
                                                  34 Entertainment
                                                    Bend it Like (Dr.) Banu
                                                  If you missed the EPL matches and are look-
                                                  ing for a time machine, then Dr. Banu Sharma
                                                  is here to help you out. Here she gives the un-
                                                  biased performance reviews of all the teams
                                                  and the players that stood out, with of course

                                                  hopes in her heart for her team to win!

                                                   The Maverick Says…
                                                  The Maverick thinks out loud and you can
                                                  read her thoughts about what she resolves
10 People                                         this year on our entertainment pages.
Figures of Admiration
We re-introduce you to the 15 people that

                                                    Block Busters?
deserve the spotlight to be on them. Be it for    The man who has been picking out the movies
the helping hands they have extended towards      for you all these past weeks recommends you
the society or for their love for what they do,   movies that you should look out for in 2011.
we admire their determination.                    Make sure you have enough popcorn in stock.

16 Feature                                          If you are a Bookworm…

Nepal in 2010                                     You will probably not regret going to bed
Binod Bhattarai wraps up the year for us in       with these books. Page turners or trappers, an                Kathmandu Cruising
term of politics and other social happenings      avid reader tells you which books should make
                                                                                                             Walk through the different
that stirred the whole nation.                    it to your personal libraries in 2011.
                                                                                                            places in Kathmandu and feel
                                                                                                              the city come alive in our
18 Events
                                                    My 2011
                                                  People expect different things from this new
                                                  decade. Read through and see if what you
                                                  want this year parallels to what one of our
                                                  writers wants. Don’t worry, we give you room
                                                  to disagree.

                                                  44 Gourmet
                                                  Friday Nights and In-betweens

                                                  After a survey with over 100 celebri-
                                                  ties and personas, we have come up
                                                  with the four best places to be in
                                                  Kathmandu. Read to find out why
  What’s On                                       and for what purpose the tables are
  Mark Your Calendar                              always reserved at these places.
  The Year that Was
                                                  46 Gadgets

Where did Kathmandu go this year? What did
it see? What did it hear? Here are the top 50     Sold Out or Stocked In?
events of the past year.                          We will salute you if you have all
                                                  these gadgets that launched in
                                                  2010. Here’s a word on what was
                                                  worth owning and what was not.
                                                  And also, a peek into the gizmo
                                                  world for 2011.


                                                                                       Bazaar                                                                   Cover
    27                                                                        Most Loved Launches
                                                                              What was the buzz in the
                                                                                                                                                     The Suave Siren
                                                                                                                                             Miss UK Nepal, Nabina
    Hall of Frame                                                             bazaar all about this year?
                                                                                                                                           Gurung will bedazzle you
    We caught you!                                                                                                                           with her killer looks and
                                                                             We sum up the most notable                                      wise words. Fashionable,
    Four pages full of                                                        launches of the past year.
    faces – we guarantee                                                                                                                     enthusiastic and respon-
    you will love the best                                                                                                                 sible, she is our cover girl!
    of our Hall of Frame.
       The Big
make your statement

                                         The various festivals, musical
                                         and expos around the 2010
                                                                        We have been
                                         added colors to our clicks.
                                                                          we saw the
                                         able to capture shots where
                                                                        with the people
                                         people our cameras loved,            to see
                                          they love. It is indeed a pleasure faces.
                                                                         of the
                                          happiness reflected in each
                                          As we wrap up our      reels from the past
                                                                         an eventful year.
                                           year, here’s us wishing you                the
                                           We hope our      cameras catch you in all
                                                                           out for our
                                           happening places. Do watch
                                           Hall of Frame.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 steal the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   When Fr!day started a year ago, a lot of us were apprehensive, and a whole lot more were skeptical. A
                                                                                               singing                                                                                                                                                                                We love to capture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lifestyle weekly was a brand new idea for the Nepali market but we went ahead and published the first
                                                                                Be it dancing, other                                                                                                                                                                                   strut and in our
                                                                                 or posing love to                                                                                                                                                                                     the glamour
                                                                                 cameras, we around                                                                                                                                                                                       page 3 pages!
                                                                                  see people
                                                                                      us in action!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   issue of Fr!day on 28 January 2010. We held our breaths and crossed our fingers. A year later, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     have over 25, 000 copies distributed in the market every week. We began with focusing on ‘the finer
                                            cover                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fr!day   Issue 48 | 30 December, 2010 - 5 January, 2011   33
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      things in life’ and now we have evolved and have become an ‘events and entertainment weekly’,
                                                                                                                                                                                             poses have almost
                                                                                                                                                                            Some people and
                                                                                                                                                                                           on fire.
                                                                                                                                                                   set our camera screens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      perhaps the only one in the country. Our effort to provide as much information to our readers about
                                        we hope you know                                                                                                                                      burning already?

                       Don’t ask where,                                                                                                                                     Aren’t your pages

                                    pages of papparazi-in
               who - enjoy our four                     not stop.
                                      our clicking will                                                                     he came without a crown, but with or with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AT THE END
                     But, don’t worry
                                                                                                                            out it, there was no doubt that she was Miss                                                                                                                                                                                 OF THE DAY,
                                                                                                                            UK Nepal. Proud to have won this historic                                                                                                                                                                                    I MAKE SURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I FULFILL ALL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      events and entertainment news has hopefully been fruitful.
                                                                                                                            title of the first Miss UK Nepal but with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MY ROLES.
                                                                                                                            out an air, Nabina Gurung walked into ECS
                                                                                                                            Media for our scheduled rendezvous. The
                                                                                                         winner of Miss UK Nepal beauty pageant held in the UK
                                                                                                         in October has an outgoing personality and an unfailing

                                                                                                         charm. From winning the title to organizing a huge charity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         When we decided to come out with a special 50th issue edition, it was both exciting and nerve-
                                                                                                         show in the UK to aiding an old-age center, Divine Service
                                                                                                         Home, here in Nepal, Nabina Gurung has proved herself
                                                                                                         worthy. However, this 23 year old beauty queen believes
                                                                                                         that she has a lot to give to her country. “I love my country,”
                                                                                                         she says “but due to circumstances I had to opt to go to UK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     wracking. The increased number of pages and the desire to give the best of the bests to our readers
                                                                                                         to continue my further studies. After living in UK for quite
                                                                                                         some time now, I can totally relate to why people want to
                                                                                                         run away from Nepal. But, I plan to come back home in the
                                                                                                         long-run when I am able to offer more to my country”, she
                                                                                                         elaborates. A nurse by profession, she is a glamorous figure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was a challenge that all of us readily embraced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Text: Yukta Bajracharya, Photo: ECS Media
                                                                                                         and a head-turner. More in her own words, below:

                                                                                                         You are a glamorous person but        UK Nepal felt like the best plat-      society with a greater degree of                           tion about it. People in the UK do
                                                                                                         your profession is that of a nurse.   form to do so. I knew that I had       ease. Promoting Nepal as much                              not know about it much. And the
                                                                                                         Why opt for nursing as a career       to win, not be the second best         as I can, especially for Nepal                             little promotion that is there is
                                                                                                         when you could have opted for a                                                                                                                                                        IT’S IMPORTANT TO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this special edition we start with the Best of Spotlight where we bring you 15 of the best in-
                                                                                                                                               but win the title as the first Miss    Tourism Year 2011, is also an-                             through word- of-mouth. People
                                                                                                         more glamorous one?
                                                                                                         Being glamorous and being a
                                                                                                                                               UK Nepal. I had participated           other responsibility of mine.                              in London somehow know about                   BE FASHIONABLE.
                                                                                                                                               earlier in a beauty pageant here                                                                  Nepal, but our country is not
                                                                                                         nurse, I think can go hand in
                                                                                                                                               in Nepal itself and I knew that        What did you find the status                               very well known outside of Lon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FIRST IMPRESSIONS
                                                                                                         hand. Initially, nursing was not                                             of Nepalis in UK to be like?                                                                              COUNT.
                                                                                                                                               the overall experience would be                                                                   don. Hence, the Nepali Ambas-
                                                                                                         on my agenda. In fact, I was                                                 When I was participating in the
                                                                                                                                               a lovely one and that I would                                                                     sador to the UK and myself, are
                                                                                                         forced to study nursing by my                                                pageant, it had only been a year
                                                                                                                                               learn a lot from it.                                                                              planning for a tour around the
                                                                                                         sister and brother-in-law. How-                                              or so that I had lived in the UK.                          UK in March. We will be visit-
                                                                                                         ever, through the years that I        So how was the actual                  I found out that Nepalis were

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     terviews we have had so far; their inspiring stories and what keeps them going. We also have the top
                                                                                                         practiced nursing, I fell in love     experience?
                                                                                                         with the profession. This is a
                                                                                                         very fulfilling career and there is
                                                                                                                                               As expected, it helped me a lot        I KNEW THAT I HAD TO WIN, NOT
                                                                                                                                               in my personal development and
                                                                                                         a different happiness in helping      I also enjoyed the whole process       BE THE SECOND BEST BUT WIN THE
                                                                                                         people and serving them. I have       of the pageant. I worked hard          TITLE AS THE FIRST MISS UK NEPAL.
                                                                                                         worked in a few hospitals here in     during the training sessions but
                                                                                                         Nepal and I love being a nurse.       I had fun too – from the contes-       always associated to the Gur-                              ing universities and other places
                                                                                                                                               tants to the trainers, everyone        khas and were respected by the                             and talking about Nepal as well
                                                                                                         What was the main motive
                                                                                                                                               was very friendly.                     people there for the same. There                           as the Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    50 events and product launches of the year gone by and four full pages of the best photos featured
                                                                                                         behind you participating in the
                                                                                                         Miss UK Nepal Contest?                                                       is a full-fledged Nepali commu-                            There aren’t other plans as of
                                                                                                                                               What do you think are your             nity in the UK and the Nepalis,
                                                                                                         I was there to win. I wanted to       responsibilities now that you                                                                     yet. I plan to go with the flow.
                                                                                                         prove myself to the people who                                               one can see, have adapted to the
                                                                                                                                               have won the crown?
                                                                                                         underestimated me and Miss                                                   British way of life. If you com-                           What brought you back to Ne-
                                                                                                                                               I am currently an ambassador
                                                                                                                                                                                      pare the Nepali youth there and                            pal this time of the year?
                                                                                                                                               for Childreach International
                                                                                                                                                                                      here in Nepal, for instance, you                           On 4 December, I, along with
                                                                                                                                               Nepal and will be fulfilling my
                                                                                                                                                                                      can see that the Nepali youth                              the first and the second runner
                                                                                                                                               duties as one. Apart from that, I
                                                                                                                                                                                      living in the UK are more ac-                              ups of Miss UK Nepal and an
                                                                                                                                               have always felt that one should

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in the Hall of Frame section till date.
                                                                                                                                                                                      tive and outspoken. However,                               organization called Nepalese
                                                                                                                                               give to the society. Had I not
                                                                                                                                                                                      despite the adaptation, they are                           Community UK, had organized
                                                                                                                                               won this beauty pageant, it
                                                                                                                                                                                      very grounded and rooted to the                            a charity show in Wembley to
                                                                                                                                               would have been very hard for
                                                                                                                                                                                      Nepali culture as well.                                    raise funds for Childreach In-
                                                                                                                                               me to do so as there were high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ternational Nepal. I am here to
                                                                                                                                               chances that I would be doubted        To what extent is Nepal known                              handover the money to the or-
                                                                                                                                               for my credibility. But now that       in the UK and how are you                                  ganization that we have planned
                                                                                                                                               people know me as Miss UK
                                                                                                                                               Nepal, I will be able to organize
                                                                                                                                                                                      planning to promote it further?
                                                                                                                                                                                      Taking into consideration the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to donate the money to. Plus, I                                                                  I WILL COME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 am very attached to Nepal and                                                                    BACK TO NEPAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nabina Gurung, the first ever Miss UK Nepal, makes it to our special edition cover. This glamorous diva
                                                                                                                                               programs, reach out to the high-       Nepal Tourism Year 2011, there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would love to come back any
                                                                                                                                               er levels of people and help the       has sadly been very little promo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 time of the year. !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WHEN I HAVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MORE TO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OFFER TO MY
                                                                                                                                                                                                           When you look into the mirror, what do you see?                                                                                        COUNTRY.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ON A LIGHTER NOTE

                                                                                                                                                                                                           The first Miss UK Nepal
                                                                                                                                                                                                           One adjective you would use to describe yourself?
                                                                                                                                                I DON’T                                                    Responsible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    talks to us about her experience so far and how her love for Nepal keeps pulling her back to the country.
                                                                                                                                                WANT TO BE                                                 How important is glamour to you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I eat, sleep and live glamour
                                                                                                                                                A PART OF                                                  2010?
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The best year of my life, yet.
                                                                                                                                                THE CROWD, I                                               What would be a complete Nepali woman for you?
                                                                                                                                                WANT TO BE A                                               Someone who is responsible in all the given roles yet someone
                                                                                                                                                                                                           who can adjust to the 21st century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Want to know where Kathmandu eats out? In our Gourmet section, we do exactly that. We con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ducted a survey where the who’s who of the Kathmandu social scene told us about their preferences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Do read on to find out which restaurants made it to the top 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       With these and so much more, we have reviews of the socio-politico scenario of the country by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Binod Bhattarai, reviews of the best and worst gadgets of the year by Paul Reitman, movies and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   books to look out for in 2011 and interesting insights on New Year resolutions and expectations of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the New Year in Maverick’s Musings and Different Strokes respectively.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The daunting task of sorting through tons of material and to choose the best was very graciously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   undertaken by the in-house writers Shreeya Joshi, Yukta Bajracharya, and Mannat Shrestha along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with our reporters Anshu Khadka and Sheetal Singh Thakuri. Our contributing writers, Prasanna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   K.C., Sumit Poudyal, Sunita Gurung and Sumina Subba’s articles make it to our 50th issue as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Meeting deadlines, running from one event to another to continuous brainstorming sessions to bring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   something new and fresh to the readers is always a challenge. It takes a fantastic editorial team which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   comprises of enthusiastic in-house writers and talented contributing writers, photographers and design-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ers to make it all happen, ably supported by an energetic marketing department. From the ones who were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   there in the beginning to the ones who are there right now as a part of the growing Fr!day team, all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   efforts are highly appreciated. I take this opportunity to thank our tremendously talented team, and our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   faithful readers who have time and again given us feedbacks on how we could make our product better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A toast to the 50th Issue of

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people                                                                                   Best of
                                                                            Spot                                                                 Seema Gurung and Arabinda Subedi
                                                                                                                                                 in a place like nepal we hesitate to even
                                                                                                                                                                                               utter the wor

                                                                                                                                                 vagina in front of peop  le. Two individuals dared to go be-
                                                                                                                                                                                          d what it means to be
                                                                                                                                                 yond the word to make us understan
                                                                                                                                                 a woman by staging eve     ensler’s play “ The Vagina mono-
                                                                                                                                                                                           prison” in kathmandu.
                                                                                                                                                  logues - any one of us: words from
                                                                                                                                                  Though their work was      not easily supported, seema gu-
                                                                                                                                                                                              inda sudebi, Capac-
                                                                                                                                                  rung, program executive at psi and arab
                                                                                                                                                   ity building manager, Chaudhary group, took the initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                              ine issue.
                                                                                                                                                   to campaign the importance of the uter

                                                                                                           — Mannat Shrestha

                                                                                We mark our 50th edition by
                                                                                retelling the inspiring stories
                                                                                 of some of the personalities
                                                                                  that were featured in the
                                                                                       Spotlight section.

Rabi Karmacharya                                                      ak                                          Dr Sandy Scott
                                 the slightest opportunity to sne
when everybody looked for                           a warm mannerism,
                                rya, a man with                                        sandy scott visited the pheriche hospital (est. 1975)
into the us, rabi karmarcha                    ing up a great paying job
decided    to stay back with a mission. giv                          run-
                                                                                      during his unsuccessful attempt to zenith mt. everest.
                                    Valley, he volunteered in the                       The hospital run by himalayan rescue association
as an iT engineer in the silicon                                       ed
                                 st of villages, helping less privileg                 (hra) was renovated with the help of the Climbing
 down schools of the remote                        s that the objective of
                                  nepal explain                                    doctor. he has greatly assisted to raise funds in england
 children. The founder of ole               lity education. This nonprofit
 the org  anization is to deliver high qua                          language
                                                                                   to equip the sanatorium which provides medical servic-
                                   lum based content in nepali                      es and rescue aid to the locals, trekkers, mountaineers
 organization develops curricu
                                 the  one laptop per Child (olpC)                     and porters. “i have visited nepal 25 times in the last
 to run Xo laptops made by                                              every
                                       these small green laptops to                  22 years. i usually come to nepal to visit the pheriche
 consortium. he aims to provide
                                  s  by 2015.                                                   hospital”, says the climber who is in his 60s.
  child in nepal’s public school
Fr!day   Issue 50   | 13 - 19 January, 2011   11
people                                                                                                                Nakim Uddin
                                                                                                                      definitely not an early bird, but his love for
                                                                                                                      cinema is his motivation to look forward to a
                                                                                                                      new day. nakim uddin is the man who has in-
                                                                                                                      troduced of international standards movie halls
                                                                                                                      in nepal. back in the days when kathmandu
                                                                                                                      lacked good movie complexes, this pioneer

       Mathura Shrestha
                                                                                                                      took over Jai nepal and turned it into a movie
                                                                                                                      paradise.Though the chairman of Quest en-
       mathura shrestha is no                                                                                         tertainment still faces many challenges due to
       ordinary man. born and                                                                                         political constraints, he continues to offer the
       in dhanding, he rem   inisces                                                                                  nepali consumers the most modern cinematic
       that his musical journey                                                                                       experience.
        started from the tender
        of three. The man has even
        been entered in the lim
         book of  records in 2009 for
         composing the shortest
         bar com  position. he does not
                                    by any
         believe in being inspired
         bollyw  ood or western music,
          but rather creating recogn
          of his own.                                         Eu Hazur                               hazur Thapa
                                                              who says only men can play golf? eu
                                                              proves that women are     not to be underesti-
                                                                                                    the game of
                                                              mated when it comes to mastering
                                                              discipline, patience and  commitment. she may
                                                                                                         she is
                                                              not look like the stereotype golfer, but
                                                              good at it. This lady golfe r was encouraged by her
                                                                                                      a, a retired
                                                              husband, krishna narayan singh Thap
                                                              army officer. This dedi cated player started her ca-
                                                                                                      for 14 years.
                                                               reer in early 1996 and has continued

                                                           Tashi Sherpa
                                                                                              , along with late
                                                           on may 29, 1953 Tenzin norgay
                                                           sir edmund hilary, was the    first person to plant
                                                                                             cessfully climbed
                                                           foot on mt everest. having suc
                                                           the highest peak thrice, the   legend’s grandson,
                                                                                            d runs thick.
                                                           Tashi sherpa, proves the bloo
                                                            even though he failed to rea   ch the peak on his
                                                                                               second time.
                                                            first attempt, he succeeded the
                                                            This passionate climber has    also travelled to
                                                                                            ing of the famous
                                                            antarctica to help in the film
                                                             hollywood animated movie      “happy feet.”

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                                                                         Rabi Raj Thapa
                                                                         his was a name much in the news during
                                                                         may/June 2006, but unfortunately for the
                                                                         wrong reasons. rabi raj Thapa was in line,
                                                                         to be the next inspector general of police.
                                                                         if not for the tumultuous days following Jana
                                                                         andolan 2006, he would have. even so, the
                                                                         57 year old is still as sprightly as he was in
                                                                         his heyday and with a smile he talks about
                                                                         his new profession as the president of the
                                                                         nepal amateur boxing association.

Jan Salter                                   to humans as important,
people may consider only issues related
                                             her animal issues are
but Jan salter is of a different breed. for
as significant.“if you don’t  know how to love animals, then you
                                                 is no reason why we
don’t know how to love people. plus, there                         u
should not care about      animals”, says the founder of kathmand
                                                al lover has been
animal Treatment Centre (kaT).This anim
                                             ed for the homeless and
 involved with maiti nepal and has work
                                             raise a number of mar-
 the mentally challenged. she has helped
 ginalized children. invol ved for long in implementing animal birth
                                               been honoured with
  control and anti-rabies programs, she has
  the “extraordinary Com     mitment and achievement award.”

                           Subash Rai
                                                      training but
                          a man with no formal
                          one who wields his inn
                                                      ate talent to                                                       Viplov Pratik
                                           usands, subash rai, is a                                                                                                   harauney, mero
                          captivate tho
                                                        know him                                                          “Aparichit sahar, anjan safar bhayera pani                   d
                          master illustrator. most                                                                        antim rahar” are the   words of the poet who has no gree
                          for bringing    to life a simple frog’s tale                                                                                          ik had no plans to
                                                       uto’ through                                                       for fame or recognition.Viplov prat
                          in ‘bhaktaprasad bhagy                                                                                                                 more into filmmaking
                                                                                                                          become a poet; the storyteller was
                           his superb   illustrations, adding a                                                           and journalism. The positive feedback
                                                                                                                                                                   s from his friends
                                                        amphibian.                                                                                 so he turned to manjushree Thapa
                           hint of nepalipan to the                                                                       did not convince him,
                                            in his originality and                                                                                                role in the writer’s
                           his forte lies
                                                       ma to evoke                                                         for honest opinion. she played a big
                           his effervescent charis                   -                                                     journey in poetry,  by convincing the nepali Times to
                            laughter in   the most serious of situ                                                         publish his work. “This encouraged me.
                                                                                                                                                                       so thanks to her,
                            ations. This freelance    cartoonist cur-                                                                             poetry from then on”, says the artis
                                                         , but never                                                       i continued with my
                             rently resides in the us                                                                       The man who romances with wor       ds desires to represent
                                                         by the charm
                             fails to be mesmerized                                                                         nepal through his writing.
                             of kathmandu.
   Meret M21 yer mber
   from 12 to d an exclusive op-
   kathmandu itness the works
    po rtunity to w one of the
    of marc Cha t artists of the
    mo   st prominen granddaugh-
                    . The
     20th Century who painted
        r of the man and fantastic as
     te                as
     compositions et meyer, brings          Finn Thilsted                           finn Thilsted cap-
      a fairytale, mer al: The magic        Just like any other foreigner in nepal,                         Haushala Thapa
                                                                                         his camera. but
      “Chagall in n co-curator of           ture d the beauty of the country through
         f Colors.” T also the vice         he is not just ‘an-other’ foreigner. he was in the country      youthful yet immensely inspira-
       o                                                                               al for five years.   tional are the traits that define
       the ex  hibition is       tee         as the ambassador of denmark to nep
                       the Commit                                   re, he held a solo exhibition that      haushala Thapa. in her early 20s,
        president of in paris. Though        at the end of his tenu
                                                                                     ured on film. The      she is considered as the first lady
        marc Chang le to spend a lot         saw a series of photo that he had capt
        sh  e was not ab great artist she    man whose passion    was to capture everyday happenings        prime minister-to-be of nepal, by
                                                                                        ent as ambassa-     her friends. her ambitious goals
         of time with te his work.           on cameras assures his biggest achievem
          plans to prom
                          o                  dor in nepal was prop   er usage of the danish govern-         and achievements leave no doubt
                                                                                                            for their assumption. The Vice
                                              ment’s money, for nepal’s betterment.
                                                                                                            president of Children and youth
                                                                                                            first is looked upon as a mother
                                                                                                            by the children at the shelter. This
                                                                                                            young mother Teresa sponsors
                                                                                                            two kids. “i want to bring these
                                                                                                            kids up without discrimination.
                                                                                                            i’m trying to treat them the same
                                                                                                            way my family treats me”, says
                                                                                                            the woman, who is on her way to
                                                                                                            build a brighter new nepal.
                                                 Kunda Dixit &
                                                 Gemunu Amarasinghe is
                                                                  it             da Dix
                                                 Eminent Nepali publisher Kun
                                                                                    peace into the
                                                 determined to bring sustainable                 His
                                                 forefront of public consciousness in Nepal.
                                                 newest effort towards this   is building a peace
                                                                                  ‘Frames of War’
                                                 museum – with the innovative
                                                  photo exhibit as its foundati on. For this initial
                                                                                 ether a selec-
                                                  project, Dixit has brought tog
                                                  tion of powerful photos  from his trilogy of
                                                                                     its aftermath,
                                                  books on the ‘People’s War’ and
                                                  alongside the work of acco   mplished Sri Lankan
                                                  photojournalist Gemunu Amaras

                                             WORLD FAMOUS Award FURNITURE
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issues that matter                                                        BINOD BHATTARAI
                                                                           is a journalist who runs

                                                                            The writing workshop

                                                                                  party that seems sure of what
                                                                                  it wants, a communist republic
                                                                                  – additional time to strategize.
                                                                                  The other parties also had little
                                                                                  to lose as they could continue
                                                                                  staying in power, without being
                                                                                  answerable for not producing
                                                                                  the constitution.

                                                                                  Search for a prime minister
                                                                                  After June, the political parties
                                                                                  spent much of the year making
                                                                                  claims for government leader-
                                                                                  ship. The Maoists want them to
                                                                                  be allowed to lead an all-party
                                                                                  government – perhaps rightly,
                                                                                  given their strength in parlia-
                                                                                  ment is larger than the two
                                                                                  other large parties combined.
                                                                                  The other parties have refused,

The Worst is Over… Is it?
                                                                                  arguing that the Maoists should
                                                                                  first do away with their combat-
                                                                                  ants and militant wings before
                                                                                  they would support the Maoists
                                                                                  to lead an all-party government.
                                                                                  Both are right in their own ways
                                                                                  but want things to be at their

                                                                                  terms, therefore the stalemate.
        010 had begun with the       the training the Maoists were                It was, and is still, common
        hope that Nepal would        providing to their cadre.                    knowledge that there will be no
        get a new constitution          The Maoists eventually with-              constitution and peace until the
        that would be followed       drew the strike but the damage               Maoists sign on the agreements.
by fresh elections, and stability    had already been done. Apart                 But no party was or seems will-
and prosperity. That was not to      from the economic losses, it fur-            ing to try to bring them back to
be. Instead, in terms of all of      ther eroded the confidence the               Singhadurbar.
the aforesaid, the country prac-     political parties and their lead-                Next came a series of failed
tically remained where it was in     ers had among themselves and                 attempts to elect a prime min-
end-2009.                            their peers.                                 ister to replace Madhav Kumar
   Those were the days of               There was also an underlying              Nepal, who as a caretaker has
political instability triggered      message in the Maoists’ move;                already spent a record number
by the resignation of Pushpa         they were not interested in hur-             of months in office. This was
Kamal Dahal as prime minister.       rying up to try to get a consti-             a result of the Constituent
It affected constitution writ-       tution and were more concerned               Assembly rule requiring the
ing because the Maoists did          about coming back to power.                  party to lead government to
not want to let it happen, and       The uncertainty continued until              obtain 301 votes (of 600 and
the parties in government were       the 28th when the political par-             not just the highest number)
content with sharing the spoils.     ties reached an agreement to                 and the UML’s decision not to
Still politicians from both sides    extend the constitution-writing              vote either way, among others.
continued to promise that there      deadline. (The public was also               And with the basic issues men-
would be a new constitution by       told there had been an agree-                tioned above still unresolved
28 May 2010.                         ment that the prime minister                 (except that the MPs cannot
   The general anticipation for      would resign, which the parties              remain neutral any more, that
a new statute and scepticism re-     spent another month to confirm               is if they abide by the Supreme
sulting from the state of affairs    or deny, until Madhav Kumar                  Court decision) it is unlikely –
was also reflected in the media.     Nepal stepped down in June-                  unless the leaders realise the
Many had even begun publish-         end).                                        urgency of making peace and
ing countdowns to remind one            The extension of the dead-                institutionalising democracy
and all – especially politicians –   line served all the parties well.            – that Madhav Nepal may be
about the approaching constitu-      It gave the Maoists – the only               heading back to Koteshwor
tion making deadline.                                                             any time soon.
   By late March the optimism                                                         Meantime, Ram Chandra
of getting a new constitution                                                     Poudel of the Nepali Congress
had begun to fade and the same                                                    managed to make another record
politicians and spin-doctors that                                                 of sorts – of failing to win an
promised to deliver a statute a                                                   election despite being the only
month ago were shifting posi-                                                     candidate. He has been claiming
tions. They had begun planting                                                    that he should be elected for he’s
debates on the possibilities and                                                  the only candidate in the race.
ways of extending the consti-                                                     This, however, is unacceptable
tutional deadline in the media.                                                   to the other biggies, the UML
By the time May arrived there                                                     and the Maoists, who want
was almost universal certainty                                                    the parliamentary procedures
that there would be no consti-                                                    changed for having a fresh elec-
tution.                                                                           tion (This argument came to the
   This was confirmed in early                                                    fore after the government pro-
May when the Maoists, rather                                                      rogued the budget session fol-
than worry about the consti-                                                      lowing the manhandling of the
tution, decided to try to wrest                                                   finance minister while he was
control by enforcing – what                                                       about to announce the budget).
was originally supposed to be                                                     Every other party in parliament
– an indefinite strike until the                                                  has been waiting to see which
prime minister resigned. The                                                      way the wind will blow before
days preceding the May 2-8                                                        making any commitment.
strike involved massive show-
of-strength on May Day and a                                                      The way ahead
carefully planned build up, in-                                                   Less than five more months re-
cluding media “sightings” of                                                      main before the next constitu-
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tion-writing deadline expires.           In a way the special task                                           not be possible now given the           Constitution. Getting them
But little has changed in the         force was successful to a large      There were                        internal fissions and also be-          to at least start discussing
political landscape to suggest        extent even though some have         abouT 210                         cause the Maoists have now ar-          the options still plausible
that there will be a constitution     also questioned the rationale        issues ThaT The                   ticulated what they want in the         could give one and all a rea-
on 28 May 2011. Instead, there        of having such an arrangement                                          new constitution – which they           son to hope that 2011 could
already are eerily familiar signs     when there’s an entire CA paid       ConsTiTuenT                       had not earlier – to which the          be different.
of events that could lead to the      just to make sure that it writes     assembly (Ca)                     other parties do not agree.                 What to do with the Con-
next deadline – and another           a constitution. But in end-2010      had noT been                          The intra-party disputes            stituent Assembly itself is an-
possible extension or something       even the task force had become                                         do not make efforts to manage           other question that the country
else that one cannot even ration-     practically useless because the      able To agree                     the mess easier. The unsettled          may need to debate. Given the
ally think about at this stage.       parties could not agree on gov-      upon when                         leadership issues within the            cost of the assembly and its
    A section of the Maoist par-      ernment formation.                   The parTies                       Congress and UML, and tussle            failure to do what it was sup-
ty has already said it will pur-         As if these distractions were                                       over the party line in the Mao-         posed to, it is now clear that just
sue what it calls a jana bidhroha     not enough, all the political        had puT in                        ist ranks are all too well known.       extending its term may not re-
(popular revolt) – seemingly          parties that are supposed to be      Their drafTs                      But as Gupta told Kantipur ra-          sult in a constitution. Further,
aimed at all the parties and peo-     leading the constitution making      someTime in The                   dio, the hope that the Madhesi          also given that the larger body
ple that do not confirm to their      process are distracted by their                                        parties could emerge as a strong        was largely unable to come to
ideology. This is likely to unset-    own internal conflicts. There-       middle of 2010.                   democratic bloc is also fading          agreement – and it was the
tle any attempts by other parties     fore just not enough attention       by deCember,                      owing to their inability to in-         smaller body that did agree on
to move the constitutional proc-      has gone into – or is likely to be   The speCial                       stitutionalise internal party de-       127 issues – whether we need a
ess forward.                          given to – the statute at least in                                     mocracy.                                601 body or a smaller one is an-
    There were about 210 issues       the short run. It is not just the    Task forCe of                         Therefore, even if there is an      other question to discuss.
that the Constituent Assembly         big three parties that are show-     Ca members                        agreement on a prime minister –             There still are 83 contest-
(CA) had not been able to agree       ing signs of fission: it has now     formed To seek                    distantly likely, as that can bring     ed articles in the constitu-
upon when the parties had put         also shifted to the other larger                                       short-term gains for individuals        tion that need to be resolved.
in their drafts sometime in the       parties, especially those in the     agreemenT on                      and their parties – it is difficult     Therefore even if the coun-
middle of 2010. By December,          Madhesi bloc. One more Mad-          These issues                      to say the same for the constitu-       try agrees to another ex-
the special task force of CA          hesi party split into two in end-    announCed                         tional differences.                     tension of the CA it would
members formed to seek agree-         December and from what Jaya                                                That was 2010 but 2011              perhaps make more sense to
ment on these issues announced        Prakash Gupta had to tell a radio    resoluTion of                     does not also exude much                have an extension for a small-
resolution of 127 points. The 83      interview some weeks ago, even       127 poinTs.                       promise. Unless the political           er group tasked with mak-
unresolved issues that remain         his Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum                                          parties agree to have a consti-         ing another attempt to seek
are also the most contentious         may be headed the same way.          Congress, UML and the Mad-        tution with provisions that they        agreement, while the rest
ones. The Maoists want to bring          The possibility of finding        hesi parties on a new leader is   all agree upon – and postpone           of the CA members could
in the ideological ‘purity’ of the    a new prime minister without         as unlikely as that of the Mad-   contentious issues for future           be sent home. Failing this,
early 20th century that perhaps       a broad political understand-        hesi Parties joining hands with   amendments – it is unlikely             the country may – perhaps
worked for China and USSR,            ing is slim and the task could       the Maoists.                      there will be a new constitu-           – have to start thinking of a
rather than what could work in        become more complex as more             The Maoists, UML and the       tion. Even this option would            constitution with provisions
21st century Nepal, and its geo-      power brokers come up on             Madhesi Parties had come to-      first need their agreement on           on which there is agreement
political realities. The other par-   stage. As Gupta explained, an        gether to form the government     the process, as that would need         and put the rest of the issues
ties disagree.                        agreement between the Nepali         in 2008. A similar alliance may   amendments in the Interim               to a national vote. !
get more out of your weekends
                                                                                                        TOP 3
                                                                                                                  with events to the left and right, Friday makes it a little bit easier for you to choose events to
                                                                                                                  check out this week and the next. here are our top 3 picks:

                                                                                                                  1. HYPNOTIC FLICKERING

                                                                         what’s on
                                                                                                                  be hypnotized by the intriguing photographs taken by oliver Culmann, at the 'TV Viewers' art
                                                                                                                  2. 'sPlat
                                                                                                                  Take all your children and get ready for a fun time as you watch 'splat, a children's musical
                                                                            things to do                          production, in which the story revolves around the adventures of plat - a platypus.
                                                                                                                  3.TASTE THE SAKE
                                                                                                                  The smooth taste of the sake (Japanese rice wine) is, surely, all you'll want to have after tasting it at the
    sun      .   mon        .    tue       .   wed       .    thu       .   fri      .    sat                     sake Campaign at shogun restaurant.

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                                                                                                                5011571, 5011639, 5011730, 5011731. Listings are free, but inclusion is not guaranteed due to limited space.

Adventure Camp for Youths!                                                                      ART                                             Winter Art                                     Venue: siddartha art gallery, baber
                                                                                                                                                opening date: 19 december                      mahal revisited
                                                                                                Assorted Motifs                                 (sunday)                                       4218048
date: 15 January (saturday),Time: 6:30 am to 5 pm,Venue: kakani, (report at 6:30 am at          opening date: 3 december (friday)               Closing date: 24 January (monday)
                                                                                                                                                                                               here’s sujan Chitrakar, a celebrated
The art of living, new baneshwor), 9803039750,                                                  Closing date: 15 January (saturday)             Time: 11 am to 5 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                               artist’s, collaborative solo from the
                                                                                                Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm                          Venue: kathmandu Contemporary

                                                                                                                                                                                               series of arTivities. enjoy these
                                                                                                Venue: Chai Chai Café and gallery,              arts Centre (kCaC), Jhamsikhel
      he YES! Club World-Nepal along with Art of Living, is orga-                                                                                                                              works of art from the artists who
                                                                                                Jhamsikhel                                      5521120
                                                                                                                                                                                               thinks that art is ‘a part of the
      nizing a self development and innovative leadership training                                                                                                                             collective human psyche and integral
      programs that offers life skills and a creative approach to ser-                                                                                                                         to our development as human
      vice. The program challenges you to achieve the impossible,                                                                                                                              beings.’
impact change both locally and abroad, and remain stress-free.                                                                                                                                 Free Entry
   Students and young professionals are encouraged to join YES!
Club World, Nepal, to experience the most exciting and fascinating
programs that are life changing.
   YES! Club World- Nepal, has collaborated with ANUVUTI to                                                                                     warm up your winter by gazing at
organize this Adventure Camp.                                                                                                                   the wondrous art works on display by
                                                                                                                                                talented artists like Japanese artists:
   ANUVUTI facilitates the entire experience in an attempt to cre-                                                                              yuki shirai and makoto kageyama and
ate the best of circumstances for one to transform the experience                                                                               nepali artists: ragini upadhyay-grela,
into knowledge, and to a new self. The programs are based on a                                                                                  erina Tamrakar, pramila bajracharya,
                                                                                                                                                sunita rana, sangee shrestha, bidhata
combination of outdoor and indoor activities that are best suited for                                                                           kC and Chandra shrestha.
students as well as professionals. (Sheetal Singh Thakuri)
                                                                                                                                                Free Entry
                                                                                                enjoy paintings of various sorts, made          Let’s Talk About Art Baby!
                                                                                                by creative artists yuki shirai, Chirag         opening date: 18 december

‘sPlat: The Children’s Musical
                                                                                                bangdel, shailesh bhatt and anurag              (saturday)
                                                                                                bangdel.                                        Closing date: 27 January (Thursday)
                                                                                                Free Entry                                      Time: 11 am to 6 pm
opening date: 14 January (friday), Closing date: 16 January (sunday), Time: 6 pm
(friday and saturday), 1 pm (sunday),Venue: shree mangal dvip boarding school,
boudha, free entry

      his year australia and nepal celebrate the

      50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

                                                                                                                                                                      Value education
      australian company The style group will
      bring its children’s musical production ‘splat
to shree mangal dvip boarding school in boudha
for a three-day tour beginning 14 January.                                                                            Qs Jodi
                                                                                                                                                                      The Director of The Style Group, Jodi Tweed,
The musical is the brainchild of australian                                                                                                                           explains the necessity of value education in
husband and wife duo phil and Jodi Tweed, and                                                                          Tweed                                          everyday life and the importance of parents
was designed to communicate the importance of                                                                       director, The style group                         communicating the same to their children.
good values in everyday life. it is an educational
resource aimed at school children between the ages of 6 and 12.
‘splat’s storyline revolves around the adventurous of a platypus named plat, an animal
native to australia.                                                                                How do you think this event is going to                             want to be known as? what sort of nation do
                                                                                                    help Nepali parents change the way of                               we want our children, grandchildren and future
discouraged by the actions of his colony plat embarks on a journey to right the wrongs              teaching moral values to their children?                            generations to live in?what leadership values
committed by his friends and family. his journey seems to put nine important values –               Value education is an important part of life and                    are vital to our future? These questions can
care and compassion, doing your best, fair go, freedom, honesty and trustworthiness,                make up the foundation of a great character. The                    bring direction and focus to the development
integrity, respect, responsibility and understanding, tolerance and inclusion – into action.        event, songs and storyline very much strengthen                     of a robust, comprehensive and future-focused
The songs in the musical captures these values and reinforces these messages.                       and encourage the idea of equality amongst all                      curriculum. This is why we have brought this
The event will be officially launched by the australian ambassador to nepal ms.                     people, groups and the importance of embracing                      musical to nepal; it focuses on the heart of
susan grace, on friday, 14 January at 6 pm.                                                         diversity.we would hope that the message and                        our relationships with one another and points
                                                                                                    songs of the show will provide parents a fun                        towards a positive future for each individual.
ms. grace said: “This year australia is celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic              and interactive way of continuing to teach their
relations with nepal. education is one to the principal themes of our cooperation                   children on a day to day environment.                               Are you planning to further extend this
with nepal. ‘splat is a terrific initiative and i look forward to officially launching the                                                                              program so that children who couldn’t
event in January.”                                                                                  What steps do you think the Nepali                                  join the program this time could be a
                                                                                                    education system can take to bring a                                part of it the next time around?
Cast and crew are made up of volunteers from australia and nepal.                                   positive difference to their programs?                              yes, we are planning to extend the program.
                                                                                                    Value education has become a significant part                       we are not planning to repeat the musical
subsequent performances will be held at smd school from 6 pm on the 15th, as                        of the education curricula in many nations                          in nepal ourselves but rather provide the
well as a midday matinee at 1 pm on 16 January. each performance will run for                       as it supports the basic human rights of                            value songs as a resource to be distributed
approximately 90 minutes.                                                                           individuals, and becomes a great foundation for                     to schools across the nation. we are also
while aimed at school children between the ages of 6 to 12, young and old alike                     life. identifying the core values of family life in                 engaged in having the lyrics translated into
will delight in the musical’s energetic singing and dancing. admission is free of charge            nepal can bring guidance to the curriculum.                         nepali, and re-recording the songs with
with an aim to impart the values contained in the production, as well as promote                    asking the questions – what do we want                              nepali musicians. it is our desire to see values
awareness of australian culture in nepal. it is hoped that this event will also assist in           nepal to look like in 20, 50, 100 years time?                       education as a vital part of the education of
promoting tourism in nepal ahead of Nepal Tourism Year 2011, as well as reinforce                   internationally, what sort of people would we                       nepali children. (sheetal singh Thakuri)
the enduring friendship between the australia and nepal. (sheetal singh Thakuri)
                                                                                                        events                                               Fr!day          Issue 50   | 13 - 19 January, 2011      19

                                                                                    offside is an international award-
                                                                                    winning film, which casually and
MISCELLANEOUS                                                                       caustically uncovers what binds us
Celebrating Talent
opening date: 23 december
                                                                                    and what blind us to the differences
                                                                                    between our ways of life in the west
                                                                                    with modern day iran. it is a smart
                                                                                                                                                  worth a watch
Closing date: 16 January (sunday)                                                   comedy illustrating the fight for
Time: 11 am to 4 pm                                                                 woman’s rights in iran. The film was
                                                                                    shot in iran but its screening was             National Geographic                         have something else in store. The
Venue: art of living, new                                                                                                          Channel
baneshwor Centre                                                                    banned there. Come get yourself                                                            series is narrated through flashbacks
9803039750                                                                          inspired as you come to know about             True Stories: A Life with Bears             from the future.
                                                                                    the struggle in iran.                          from toothy crocodiles to                   17 January, monday, 8:15pm
bal utsav – Celebrating Talent, is an                                                                                              gravity defying geckoes, these
initiation of the youth club “yes!                                                  Free Entry                                     are real life. almost all cultures          Star Movies
Club world – nepal” and nepal                                                       Silver Bells Night                             have stories about dragons, and
Children’s organization, along with                                                                                                herpetologist rom, now through              City of Ember
                                                                                    date: 15 January (saturday)
the cooperation of direction nepal                                                  Time: 7 pm to 12:30 am                         this close relationship, discovers
(deCC).The camp has been organized                                                  Venue: insomnia lounge and bar,                the true smartness of bears.
to celebrate the talents of children and                                            durbar marg                                    20 January, Thursday, 7:15pm
youth aged 8 years to 18 years.The
categories for the performances are:                                                want some good music to rock and               Travel and Living
singing (solo performance), dancing                                                 roll? insomnia lounge and bar has it
(solo performance), instrumental                                                    all for you this saturday. from music          Ultimate Cake Off: Legoland
music (solo performance) and arts &                                                 ranging from commercial house to               Three master cake decorators
                                           olivier Culmann photographs people                                                      compete for the chance to
Crafts (painting/ drawing). parents also   watching TV and their TV sets.The        upbeat rnb to electro house to
have the privilege of performing along                                              hip hop, which would you choose?               showcase their five-foot tall cake          some 200 years ago, life on earth was
                                           way, the viewers’ eyes are glued to                                                     at legoland California’s 10th               dying, and in its waning moments great
with their children, except for the arts   the screen, hypnotized by the images     groove and move in silver bells!
category.                                                                                                                          anniversary and win $10,000.                physicists, inventors, and architects
                                           that flicker by. Come visit this photo                                                  19 January,wednesday,8:15pm                 designed and built a huge underground
Cricket Camp                               exhibition organized by alliance                                                                                                    city powered by a gigantic generator.
                                           francaise in kathmandu in association                                                                                               The builders, though, possess some
                                           with photo circle as he captures
                                                                                                                                   Discovery Channel
                                                                                                                                                                               forethought and, assuming that
                                           that instant during which attention                                                     Haunting, A- Season 2                       someday the surface will again be
                                           subsides and consciousness slumbers.                                                    Jan and dale’s six-year-old son Cody        inhabitable, they enclosed specific
                                                                                                                                   starts talking to an imaginary friend,      instructions for the citizens of ember
                                           Free Entry                                                                              and suddenly his behavior becomes           to eventually escape to the sunlight.
                                           Taste the Sake                                                                          strange. Can a native american              This information was placed inside a
                                           opening date: 12 January                                                                shaman help?                                metal box and alarmed with a 200-year
                                           (wednesday)                                                                             18 January, Tuesday, 11:15pm                timer; by the end of that time, the
                                           Closing date: 14 January (friday)                                                                                                   builders reasoned, the surface would
                                           Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm                                                                                                            be habitable.This box was then handed
                                           Venue: shogun restaurant, baber                                                         Star World                                  off from mayor to mayor for nearly 200
                                           mahal revisited                                                                         How I Met Your Mother                       years. but, as might be expected, the
                                                                                                                                   ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is a                chain broke somewhere along the way
                                           warm up your winter with smooth                                                                                                     and at present the box sits in a closet,
                                                                                                                                   comedy about Ted (Josh radnor)
                                           Sake (Japanese rice wine) imported                                                                                                  its owner not knowing of its raison
                                                                                                                                   and his friends as he embarks
                                           from Japan by moonrock international                                                                                                d’être. so here we are, 200 years down
                                                                                                                                   on his quest for true love. it all
                                           and exotic cuisine from shogun. avail                                                                                               the road in the city of ember.The city
                                                                                                                                   started when Ted’s best friend,
                                           of the discounted price, lucky draws                                                                                                which once flourished underground
                                           and special menu.                                                                                                                   is now facing power cuts due to the
opening date: 6 January (Thursday)         Free Entry.                                                                                                                         generators failure; two teenagers must
Closing date: 16 January (sunday)                                                   Free Entry for Ladies.                                                                     try to save the city before the lights go
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm                         Offside – A Movie Show                                                                                                              out forever.
Venue: shuvatara school, lamatar           date: 13 January (Thursday)              Tickets: rs. 300 (if booked in advance,
5522422                                    Time: 3 pm                               inclusive of vodka)                                                                        16 January, sunday, 8:25pm
                                           Venue: martin Chautari, Thapathali       rs. 400 (at the door, exclusive of
if your cricket-enthusiast child has       4238050, 4102027, 4240243                vodka)                                                                                     ESPN
nothing to do during his/her winter
holidays, then enroll them in this                                                  rs. 600 (at the door, inclusive of                                                         live: barclays premier league
winter cricket camp organized by                                                    vodka)                                                                                     2010/11
                                                                                                                                   marshall (Jason segel), dropped             match: birmingham City vs. aston
the shangri-la Cricket academy.your                                                 Flagship Course                                the bombshell that he was going             Villa
child is sure to have a wonderful                                                   opening date: 16 January (sunday)              to propose to his long-time                 15 January, saturday, 5:25pm
time, training under coaches such                                                   Closing date: 22 January (saturday)            girlfriend and now wife, lily (alyson
as deependra Chaudhary, paras                                                       Time: 6 pm onwards                             hannigan), a kindergarten teacher.          Animal Planet
khadka, manoj baishya and Jack dent                                                 Venue: The art of living-nepal, new            at that moment, Ted realized that
(australia).                                                                        baneshwor                                                                                  Confessions: animal hording, Jackie
                                                                                                                                   he had better a move along if, he,
admission fee: rs.1,500                                                             9841703140, 2030229                            too, hopes to find true love. helping       and shelly
                                                                                                                                   him in his quest is barney (neil            when a young married couple turns
Hypnotic Flickering                                                                 Join this one of a kind, life skill workshop                                               over their new house to 80 pet cats
                                                                                    which provides tools to the youth long         patrick harris), a friend with endless,
opening date: 9 January (sunday)                                                                                                   sometimes outrageous opinions, a            (and growing), her family worries
Closing date: 16 January (sunday)                                                   for. Through this fantastically engaging                                                   that a hobby has become hoarding.
                                                                                    workshop, you can skillfully break             penchant for suits and a foolproof
Time: 10 am to 5 pm                                                                                                                way to meet women. when Ted met             a bird lover clings to her houseful of
Venue: nepal art Council, baber                                                     through personal barriers, unhealthy                                                       exotics, despite an outbreak of rats
                                                                                    habits, whether from family, friends,          robin (Cobie smulders), it was love
mahal                                                                                                                              at first sight but when things didn’t       and a diagnosis of bird lung disease.
                                                                                    education or your job! and all this, you                                                   14 January, friday, 8:15pm
                                                                                    can gain in just 7 evenings.                   work out, Ted realized destiny must
get more out of your weekends

                                                                                         In Heaven
    mark your calendar
        events during the next few weeks

Shanti Utsav
date: 28 January (friday), Time: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm,Venue: akshewor mahavihar,
pulchowk, 9841885972, 9851013960
                                                                                         date: 19 february (saturday), Time: 7 pm to 9 pm,Venue: dasharath rangashala, Tripureshwor, 4265777

                                                                                         he has produced some
                                                                                         of the most loved and hit
                                                                                         songs like “summer of ‘69”,
                                                                                                                               go back and listen to these songs
                                                                                                                               which are surely on your ipod.
                                                                                                                                                                            be “a world class event” with
                                                                                                                                                                            sound systems and stage set up
                                                                                                                                                                            imported from india, along with
                                                                                         “heaven”, “everything i do i                                                       four 20x20 led screens, to en-

                                                                                                                               we are obviously, talking about the
“          usic has no color, no cast, no religion, no race, no bound-                   do it for you”. he is known           one and only, bryan adams, and               sure that audiences have the best
           aries.” Shanti Utsav is a musical event that promises an                      for his husky voice and               he’ll be coming to our small city            experience.
                                                                                         his ability to make women             to give a great performance. The
           experience of peace with music. At the Utsav music lov-                       swoon all over him. if you            event is being organized by Jpr              so if you are a fan, you surely do
           ers will be treated to music from Shesh Narayan Shrestha,                     still don’t know who we’re            events along with simant gurung              not want to miss this opportunity
Milan Tandukar, Milesh Tandukar, Tengussa Trio (Japan) + Bobin                           talking about, you better             from odC network, and will                   to hear his songs live! be there!
(Nepal), Kehgo Machine (Japan) along with Naraywan Gopal Lu-
manti. The beautiful music does not end the evening. Candle Deco
by Candle June (Japan) and Spring Deco by Masala Beads will fill the
evening followed by an exclusive art exhibition by Sath Sath. Shanti
Utsav therefore brings you a musical evening with a touch of art.
The fun does not end here - the closing stages of the musical peace
art ceremony will have a VJ session as well.
   “Shanti Utsav’, comes with a simple package of music and art but has
the promise of an evening full of fun and entertainment. (Anshu Khadka)

    3           s
               Qth bobin
                 Committee member, sha

    musiC and arT for peaCe
                                       nti utsav

    Shanti Utsav, an evening dedicated to peace via music and
    arts. Bobin Bajracharya, one of the organizers of the event
    shares his experience and views on the affair with Fr!day!
    Since you’ve been doing this event for years now, what kind of
    changes do you find compared to then and now?
    shanti utsav started in november 2007. This will be the fifth year. earlier,
    pasa puCha ob kai (an alumni of students returned from Japan) used
    to be the organizers but now the shanti utsav Committee organizes the
    event. although the organizing committee has changed, the spirit remains             FAIR/EXPO
    the same. and one thing changing this year is that we will have the Japanese         Info Tech
    band Tengusa Trio performing at the utsav. we only had local bands                   opening date: 1 february
    performing till now. so that’s a big change.                                         (Tuesday)
    What changes do you think an event like “Shanti Utsav’’ brings to                    Closing date: 6 february
    a society like ours. What do you intend to bring with this event?                    (sunday)
    shanti utsav’s main theme is “peace of mind”. a mind at peace can create             Venue: bhrikuti mandap
    very beautiful things and make our lives happy. happy minds creates happy            exhibition hall
    families and happy families create happy societies. art and music have               18th Can info Tech is starting
    divine powers to put the mind at peace and that’s what we are trying to do.          with 300 stalls of national
    happiness, that’s what we really want to share with everyone who attends             and international companies.
    shanti utsav, regardless of race, religion, political or social statues. Just pure   The stalls will have different
    music and “peace of mind”.                                                           hardware and maintenance
    What gave you the idea of bringing music, peace and art                              products including mobiles
    together?                                                                            and power solutions. a great
    my father died in the autumn of 2007 and my candle artist friend from                exhibition to buy and look at
    Japan, June, decided to visit me in kathmandu and pray for my father. we             the amazing products and the
    had worked on many festivals, events and concerts together in Japan. he              technology on display. The major      the beats of audio wizards from the
                                                                                         component, the iCT Conference                                                      once your feet are tired from all that
    also does candle installations in big rock festivals and concerts for big                                                  world over. Come take part in a quest        dancing and you want to get a slice of
    names like ben harper, neil young, etc. he also travels around the world             will be held on the second and        that promotes love and understanding
                                                                                         third day of the exhibition.                                                       nepal you have plenty of options to
    with the title “Candle odyssey”, lighting candle and praying at places where                                               for each individual, come and preach –       choose from. whether you’re looking
    sad things have happened.                                                                                                  universal religion.                          for an adrenalin rush and wish to plunge
    he once told me that he wanted to teach children how to make candles                                                       digital om productions, through              from sky-high peaks and dive into
                                                                                         MISCELLANEOUS                                                                      fierce rivers or you’re looking to enjoy
    so that they can earn their own living through it. so we decided to join                                                   this festival, aims to bring together a
    hand with sath sath, an ngo which helps kathmandu’s street children                  Mountain Madness                      community of music and art enthusiasts       mother nature’s natural beauty at the
    in vocational training for generating jobs for them. June taught kids how            opening date: april 12                to share a mind blowing journey with         lush national parks, you can find it all.
    to make candles and the kids assisted him in his art, which we decorated             (Tuesday)                             supersonic sound geniuses, visually          packed in together with mountain
    shanti utsav with.                                                                   Closing date: april 24 (sunday)       delightful décor, spiritual camps and        madness is a 3 day international
                                                                                                                               other activities in a divine location. The   tattoo convention bringing together
    That’s why we have candle installation as one of our main attractions in             nepal has always been a constant
                                                                                                                               event calls everyone
    shanti utsav every year.                                                             on the backpacker’s list of places                                                 international tattoo artists and ink
                                                                                                                               to come and                                            lovers. The vision is to create
                                                                                         to visit since the early sixties.
    and i am talking about really big artistic candles.                                                                        dance and                                                 a platform wherein artists
                                                                                         boasting a rich heritage and a
                                                                                                                               share what’s                                              can share their common
    That’s how we started shanti utsav, to enjoy and share creation of our               colorful and lively culture, snow
                                                                                                                               going to be                                               zeal for body art under the
    minds for “peace of mind”.                                                           capped peaks, spiritual history and
                                                                                                                               one of the                                                 same roof.
                                                                                         vibrant people, nepal is all set to
                                                                                                                               best surreal
                                                                                         host the 2011 edition of mountain
                                                                                         madness. be a part of the pleasant
                                                                                         mayhem in april where you
                                                                                         can enjoy the vast himalayan
                                                                                         experience while dancing to
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get more out of your weekends

              the year that was
event reviews of
  the past year

The Vagina monologues                                                                                                                                                                       propagation
When: 7 march                                                                                                                                                                               When: 10-18 august
Where: nepal academy hall, kamaladi                                                                                                                                                         Where: siddartha art gallery, baber
                                                                                                                                                                                            mahal revisited
To support the globally renowned                                                                                                                                                            a multi-cultural event, art as we
movement,V-day, eve ensler’s award winning                                                                                                                                                  know it got a different definition after
play ‘The Vagina monologues’ was staged at                                                                                                                                                  ‘propagation’. The exhibition featured
the nepal academy hall.with the slogan:                                                                                                                                                     the works of nepali artists such ashmina
‘Change the story of women’, a monologue                                                                                                                                                    ranjit and Jupiter pradhan and korean
by ensler titled ‘any one of us:words from                                                                                                                                                  artists such as hyun-seung kim and
prison’ was performed by five nepali actors.                                                                                                                                                keun-yong park. installations such as
directed by eelum dixit, the staging went                                                                                                                                                   a dress made out of sanitary napkins

                                                        from the Past
through a re-run on the demand of the                                                                                                                                                       and an artwork made from pins were
audience and the proceeds from the sales                                                                                                                                                    exhibited in the gallery leaving the
of the tickets were handed over to biswas                                                                                                                                                   viewers in awe.
nepal, a strong group working to stop
women trafficking and abuse.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The hidden Treasure miss
music by the museum 2                                                                                                                                                                       nepal 2010
When: 12 march                                           Yukta Bajracharya refreshes your memories and                                                                                      When: 1 september
                                                                                                                                                                                            Where: nepal army Club, sundhara
Where: patan museum, patan durbar
                                                        rewinds the top 50 events of the year which made
a magical evening, the second edition of                                  news in 2010.
pepsi music by the museum organized
by hits fm 91.2 and musicology featured
artists such as manose singh, shreya
                                                                                                 light on the plight of, and the right         The life of food in nepal
sotang, mukti shakya, navaraj gurung
                                                                                                 of education, especially of girls.
and 1974 a.d. The unique fusion music                                                                                                          When: 20 July
                                                                                                 The photographs engaged the
and the ethnically rich vicinity made this                                                                                                     Where: The nepal art Council, baber
                                                                                                 public and spoke the stories of the
event a spectacular one.                                                                                                                       mahal
                                                                                                 underprivileged nepali girls who
                                                                                                 lack the basic right of education in          This six-day photo exhibition celebrated
                                                                                                 their lives.
feminine force –                                                                                                                               nepal’s vibrant food culture while
                                                                                                                                               venturing to raise awareness on issues
Celebration of womanhood                                                                                                                       around food insecurity in the country.
When: 12 march                                 factory nepali new year                           women in Concert 7                            it showcased 46 works of 18 talented
Where: alliance française, Tripureshwor        2067 eve                                          When: 21 may                                  photographers from across the country
                                                                                                 Where: garden of dreams, Thamel               and was able to bring out the importance
                                               When: 13 april                                                                                  of food in the lives of the nepali people.
                                               Where: The factory, Thamel                   a grandiose annual event that featured                                                          The night overflowed with beauty and
                                               one of the biggest events in town during the talented women singers, the women                                                               intelligence as 18 participants vying for
                                               nepali new year ’s eve,The factory featured in Concert series have always been                  1st national Tattoo                          the coveted crown of miss nepal 2010
                                                                                            a favorite amongst the people of                                                                tried their best to impress the judges
                                               promising upcoming indian artist aditi and                                                      Convention
                                               her band groove adda that night. dJ nawed, kathmandu. This year, the concert                                                                 and win the hearts of the audience. at
                                               dj kranti and dJ ankit brought the house     started on an emotional note by                    When: 7 august                               the end of the event we had sadiccha
                                               down with their hip hop and bollywood        remembering the initiator behind the               Where: deCC hall, united world Trade         shrestha as our miss nepal 2010,
                                               numbers. great music, great food and great   wiC series,Vidhea shrestha, who                    Center,Tripureshwor                          sahana bajracharya as the 1st runner-up
                                               drinks – this event was a great way to       passed away due to cancer in 2009.                                                              followed by sanyukta Timisina as the 2nd
                                                                                                                                               32 tattoo artists, one convention. The       runner up.
                                               celebrate the eve of a new nepali year.                                                         1st ever tattoo convention to be held
                                                                                                                                               in nepal, this one-day convention was
                                                                                                                                               a precursor to the international Tattoo
                                               sun dance festival                                                                              convention slated to be held in april        1st national mountain dew
                                               When: 17 april                                                                                  2011, here in nepal itself. bringing         downhill Championship
                                               Where: The last resort, bhotekoshi                                                              talented tattoo artists from across the      When: 1 september
                                                                                                                                               country and even from india, as well as      Where: hattiban
                                               a musical ritual since the past five years,                                                     juxtaposing the musical genre of metal
                                               sun dance festival organized by The last                                                        along with the convention, the tattoo        slippery narrow roads, hurdles and the
                                               resort and moksh brought international                                                          convention was popular amongst many.         blinding mist – nothing stopped the
done in conjunction with the ‘week             musicians on a common ground to celebrate                                                       on the spot tattooing and piercing,          1st national mountain dew downhill
of the women’ organized by alliance            their passion for music. bands like soul Train,   4th international                             free-hand drawings by artists and            Championship from taking place on the
française and Voice of women, this artistic    electro foundation and Triveni entertained        indigenous film festival                      performances by bands such as 72 hours       slated day. 16 enthusiastic riders cycled
                                                                                                                                                                                            downhill, competing with one another.
performance by ashmina ranjit was              the audience who were delighted by the                                                          and alt f4 were some attractions of this
                                               joyful sounds and the beautiful landscape.        When: 25-27 June                                                                           suraj bunty pandey won the competition
one of a kind. aimed at dispelling all the                                                                                                     event.
                                                                                                 Where: City hall and nepal Tourism                                                         followed by kumar pun and nirakar
wrongful notions about menstruation – a                                                          board, exhibiton road
natural body process thought of as a                                                                                                                                                        yakthumba.
stigma – the performance saw the artist        bahini – life of my sisters                       The 4th international indigenous film
dressed in a gown made completely out of       When: 17-30 april and 22-28 may                   festival successfully screened 14 nepali
sanitary napkins. with a coil of blood-red     Where: nepal art Council, baber mahal             films and 19 international films which                                                     hasya kabi sammelan
tubing around the waist, the artist walked     and bhugol park, new road                         emphasized on traditional indigenous                                                       2010
silently around the alliance française                                                           ways of life that lead to awakening of
compound. she slowly let flow what             This photo-exhibition by debby ng                 cultural identities in an increasingly                                                     When: 8 september
appeared to be blood onto the sanitary         and edwin koo provoked and shed                   materialistic world. indigenous                                                            Where: The nepal academy hall,
napkins one at a time, thus, presenting                                                          handicraft exhibition, cultural floats, and                                                kamaladi
publicly what was once deemed private.                                                           interaction programs on indigenous                                                         Jointly organized by the indian embassy,
it was definitely an art event that marked                                                       issues were other highlights of this                                                       The b.p. koirala india-nepal foundation,
the history of the nepali arts scene.                                                            three-day film festival.
                                                                                                         events                                       Fr!day       Issue 48   | 30 December, 2010 - 5 January, 2011         23

and The nepal academy this                 rivers of pilgrimage                         The Colors of silence –                          them. organized by students of fine           it was more than the sounds of the sax
gathering of poets was a laughter-                                                                                                       arts from kathmandu university,               and the beating of the drums. it was
filled evening. with renowned indian       When: 17 septmber-1 october                  glimpses of mustang                              the event made art accessible to the          much more than just a jazz festival. The
poets like surendra sharma and a           Where: nepal art Council, baber              When: 26 september-24 october                    common in the truest sense.                   eighth edition of Jazzmandu organized
couple of poets from nepal, this           mahal                                        Where: siddartha art gallery, baber                                                            by surya nepal brought the best
event never saw a dull moment. The         rivers of pilgrimage showcased the           mahal revisited                                                                                musicians from around the globe to give
auditorium was filled with witty           works of six talented photojournalists       italian restorer luigi feini exhibited his set
                                                                                                                                         mandala street festival                       the audience the best of the jazz genre.
humor followed by laughter, cheers                                                                                                                                                     some of the artists featured were ari
and applauses.
                                           from india and nepal. The exhibition gave    of mesmerizing photographs from mustang          2010                                          hoieng from usa, simakdialog from
                                           the audience a chance to witness the         – a place of scenic beauty and cultural          When: 22-24 october                           indonesia and bands from nepal such as
                                           various pilgrimages and activities carried   richness where feini spent twelve years          Where: mandala street, Thamel                 Cadenza Collective and kutumba.
                                           out by people around rivers through the      of his life as a foreigner. his photographs
Tavern Tales: kanak mani                   lenses of these photojournalists.            paired with his own couplets lent a poetic       The mandala street community strutted
dixit in communication                                                                  touch and were a pleasurable watch for           their best during the mandala street
                                                                                                                                                                                       mega model 2 grand
with kai bird                                                                           both the eyes and the soul.                      festival 2010. offering plenty of freebees,
When: 13-16 september
                                           oktoberfest                                                                                   various types of entertaining acts such as    finale
                                           When: 24 september-october 4                                                                  dances, musical performances and games        When: 11 november
Where: yala maya kendra, patan
dhoka                                      Where: hotel yak & yeti, durbar marg         nepathya in Concert                              the festival was an encompassing affair
                                                                                                                                         amusing the young and the old alike.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Where: army Club, sundhara
                                           one of the most famous events in             When: 28 september                                                                             The grand finale of the reality show
an intellectual and humor-filled                                                        Where: nepal academy hall, kamaladi
evening, the audience thoroughly           germany and the world’s largest fair,                                                                                                       ‘image Channel’s mega model season 2’
enjoyed the conservation between           oktoberfest was celebrated with              with friendly banter, anecdotes,                                                               was a fashionable one. The designers put
kanak mani dixit and kai bird.The          grandeur here in nepal as well. not          animated dance moves and popular folk-                                                         fashion in every stitch and the models
discussion was basically about pulitizer   only did kathmanduites enjoy beer            rock numbers, nepathya wowed their                                                             were able to walk the ramp in them
prize winning author bird’s latest book    during the evenings and events the           fans in a live concert after four years.                                                       with oomph and attitude. The night saw
- Crossing mandelbaum gate: Coming         afternoons, the guests also indulged         along with favorites such as ‘sa karnali’                                                      rashmita maharjan taking away the title
of age between the arabs and israelis,     in lavish buffets consisting mainly of       and ‘resham’, nepathya also engaged the                                                        of nepal’s next mega model.
1956-1978.                                 various meat delicacies.                     crowd with musical offerings from their
                                                                                        recent album ‘aaina Jhyal’.
                                                                                                                                                                                       music by the museum 3
                                                                                                                                                                                       When: 12 november
                                                                                        8th annual anbug -                                                                             Where: patan museum, patan durbar
                                                                                        himalayan Vw beetle                              africa night
                                                                                        rally 2010                                       When: 29 october
                                                                                        When: 2 october                                  Where: The la soon restaurant,
                                                                                        Where: starting at bakery Café,                  pulchowk
                                                                                        durbarg marg and ending at patle khet
                                                                                        in namo buddha                                   The who’s who of kathmandu filled
                                                                                                                                         The la’soon restaurant with the kind
                                                                                                                                         of energy expected on any night which
                                                                                                                                         celebrates the spirit of africa. after a
                                                                                                                                         lavish african feast, the guests were
                                                                                                                                         treated with feasts for their eyes – a
                                                                                                                                         fashion walk showcasing designs from
                                                                                                                                         the african couture. africa night             pepsi music by the museum iii
                                                                                                                                         brought together nepalis as well as           organized by hits fm 91.2 and
                                                                                                                                         africans living in nepal to celebrate the     musicology left its audience in a trance.
                                                                                                                                         african culture in a very lively way.         The evening was definitely mesmerizing
                                                                                                                                                                                       with the best artists of the nepali
                                                                                                                                                                                       music industry singing soul-warming
                                                                                        26 Volkswagen beetles and their proud            Jazzmandu 2010                                songs inside the romantic courtyards
                                                                                        owners participated in the 8th annual                                                          of the patan museum. This edition of
                                                                                                                                         When: 29 october - 2 november
                                                                                        anbug - himalayan Vw beetle rally                                                              pepsi music by the museum featured
                                                                                                                                         Where: moksh (Jhamsikhel), Jazz
                                                                                        2010 organized by the association of                                                           composer and musician nhyoo
                                                                                                                                         upsatirs (lazimpat), gokarna Village
                                                                                        nepal beetle users group (anbug).                                                              bajracharya along with yogeshwor
                                                                                                                                         resort (gokarna) and various other
                                                                                        not only were they showing their love                                                          amatya, Ciney gurung, ani Choyeing
                                                                                                                                         places around the valley.
                                                                                        for their ride, but they were also ‘riding                                                     dolma and ram krishna dhakal.
                                                                                        for reconstruction’. The funds that
                                                                                        were collected from the rally aided an
                                                                                        impoverished school, ‘shree mahankal                                                           ‘marc Chagall: The magic
                                                                                        prastabit nimna madhyamik Vidhyala’, in
                                                                                        namo buddha.
                                                                                                                                                                                       of Colour’
 Tgif fashion week 2010                                                                                                                                                                When: 12-21 november
                                                                                                                                                                                       Where: yala maya kendra, patan dhoka
 When: 13-16 september
 Where: soaltee Crowne plaza                                                            re-fuzed art event                                                                             kathmanduites got the rare
                                                                                        When: 8-10 october                                                                             opportunity to witness the works of
 The four days that was the Tgif                                                        Where: bhaktapur durbar square                                                                 one of the most prominent artists of
 fashion week 2010 was high on                                                                                                                                                         the 20th Centutry, marc Chagall. The
 fashion with celebrity models                                                          This art exhibition held in the open                                                           exhibition was put together by the
 walking down the ramp donning                                                          air of the bhaktapur durbar square                                                             spinal injury rehabilitation Centre
 stylish designs crafted by talented                                                    was an attempt to bring art out from                                                           (sirC) in saanga, kavre district, with
 designers from the valley. The                                                         the galleries breaking the limitations                                                         the help of Chagall’s granddaughter,
 fashion week mainly focused on                                                         and restrictions posed by the closed                                                           meret meyer,one of the curators,
 prêta-porter and haute couture                                                         walls of a gallery. Creative installations                                                     along with Jürg kunz, both from bern,
 and was the top-notch fashion                                                          decorated the vicinity of the durbar                                                           switzerland. This exhibition was a treat
 extravaganza of the year.                                                              square and the local people got to                                                             for art lovers and students.
                                                                                        interact with the art pieces and enjoy
get more out of your weekends

             the year that was
event reviews of
  the past year
kathmandu international                    international dance                          which helped nepalis become more
                                                                                        familiar with Japanese culture. with
Theater festival                           festival                                     origami classes, traditional Japanese
When: 17 november - 7 december             When: 19 november                            music, kimono wearing ceremonies
Where: gurukul, old baneshwor              Where: international Club, sanepa            and much more, the festival was a
                                                                                        fun affair.
                                           dance lovers came together to learn
                                           and enjoy various forms of dance during
                                           nepal’s 1st international dance festival
                                           organized by the salsa dance academy.
                                           from latin dances to hip-hopping,            When: 27 november
                                           participants enjoyed dancing and learning    Where: garden of dreams, Thamel
                                           from top-notch dance instructors from
                                           around the globe.The workshops were
                                           followed by parties where participants got
                                           to show off the moves that they learnt
                                           during the day.
bringing various theatre groups from the
world over in one common stage, the
kathmandu international Theater festival   Japanese festival
was a popular event amongst the people
                                           When: 27 november
of kathmandu. The festival staged plays
                                           Where: hotel shanker
of theatre groups from countries like
spain, pakistan and germany and was        The Japanese festival organized by the
also a wonderful opportunity for the       Japanese embassy in association with
                                                                                                                                   Celebrating womanhood                      kathmandu international
                                                                                        a campaign initiated by restless
theatre enthusiasts here in kathmandu      the Japan international cooperation          development to push back the spread        navadevi awards 2010                       mountain film festival
to interact with international theatre
directors and actors.
                                           agency (JiCa) was an efficacious affair      of hiV/aids by reaching out to the         When: 4 december                           2010
                                                                                        youth, the closure of dance4life was a     Where: The radisson hotel, lazimpat        When: 9 - 13 december
                                                                                        grand exclusive event.                                                                Where: nepal Tourism board and City
                                                                                                                                   Celebrating womanhood navadevi
                                                                                                                                   awards 2010 honored nine exceptional       hall
                                                                                                                                   women with extraordinary stories
                                                                                        planet nepal                               which celebrated the joys and struggles
                                                                                                                                                                              aiming to foster a better understanding
                                                                                                                                                                              of human experiences as well as of
                                                                                        When: 29-31 november                       of being born a woman in a country         the social and cultural realities in the
                                                                                        Where: patan durbar square                 like nepal. organised by Creative          highlands of the world, the kimff 2010
                                                                                                                                   statements, Celebrating womanhood has      saw film entries from 62 countries.The
                                                                                        This three-day festival of arts and        been able to successfully recognize the
                                                                                        environment was celebrated with much                                                  films were screened throughout the
                                                                                                                                   contributions and hardships of women of    three days.workshops on filmmaking and
                                                                                        enthusiasm and vigor in the patan          nepal for nine years, now.
                                                                                        durbar square.with art installations                                                  writing were held as a part of the festival.
                                                                                        and performances, photography
                                                                                        exhibitions, scientific roundtables and
                                                                                        musical concerts featuring local as well   dub fX                                     expression of repression
                                                                                        as international bands, planet nepal       When: 5 december                           When: 10 december
                                                                                        transformed the patan durbar square        Where: 1905, kantipath                     Where: hotel yak & yeti and nepal art
                                                                                        vicinity during the three days.The                                                    Council
                                                                                                                          brought home the
                                                                                        festival celebrated the environment and
                                                                                                                                   internationally acclaimed australian
                                                                                        was an effective way to make people
                                                                                                                                   beat-boxer dub fX to k-town.
                                                                                        think about the same.
                                                                                                                                   k-towners had perhaps never seen
                                                                                                                                   anything like dub fX and the crowd
                                                                                                                                   enjoyed itself to the hilt. performances
                                                                                                                                   by bobin pradhan a.k.a himalayan bob
                                                                                                                                   and the exclusive world premiere of the
                                                                                                                                   video ‘Chaina’ by albatross made the
                                                                                                                                   night more special.

                                                           kantipur fm’s
                                                        12th anniversary                filipiniana night
                                                        When: 26 november               When: 3 december
                                                    Where: rastriya nach ghar,          Where: hotel yak & yeti, durbar
                                                                         Jamal          marg

                                                      The awarding ceremony for         The filipino community in kathmandu
                                                       the different talented stars     came together and held a wonderful
                                                     of the nepali music industry       event to celebrate the culture of the
                                                      in conjuction with kantipur       philippines as well as to raise funds to                                              This art exhibition which included
                                                   fm’s 12th anniversary saw the        transform wards 4 & 7 of nilkantha.                                                   video installations as well as a brief
                                                    attendance of the who’s who                                                                                               play, ventured to remove the stigma
                                                                                        VdC, dhading district into self-                                                      attached to hiV/aids – to bring out
                                                       of town. The audience was
                                                                                        sustaining ecological communities.                                                    the true expressions, emotions and the
                                                    engaged with the music from
                                                                                        amongst a hall packed of people,                                                      needs of rights of the victims of this
                                                     Jindabad, aastha b and many
                                                                                        spectacular traditional dances and                                                    fatal pandemic. The event exhibited
                                                                 other performers.
                                                                                        songs were performed by the fillipino                                                 paintings of kapil mani dixit and
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sohan babu khatri which dealt with the      major corporate houses of nepal came         and hype that it got. let’s Talk about           the sound minds, poetry from Viplob pratik
issues surrounding hiV/aids victims         together to challenge each other in a        arT, baby! was a part of the series of           and art installations from karl knapp and
juxtaposed against the theme of ‘nudity’.   game of beach volleyball in the second       arTivities by sujan Chitrakar. his works         krishna Thing, the event was a memorable
                                            week of december. in the fun-filled          portrayed the need to talk about art             one.The fact that the proceeds from the
                                            weekend which included an extravagant        and to make it more familiar to the              event went in aid of children suffering from
republica Corporate                         Caribbean poolside party, eighteen           common crowd.                                    cancer, made music,art and healing must-
                                            teams showed their team-spirit and                                                            attend evening.
snooker Tournament                          athletic skills on the white sands of the
When: 10 december                           Trisuli river. The tournament and the        music, art and healing:                          sinners in heaven inferno
Where: hotel radisson, lazimpat             blackberry-prize was won by the team
                                            from kumari bank limited.                    a benefit Concert                                When: 31 december
This Corporate snooker tournament
was organized by the nepal republic
                                                                                         in memory of Vidhea                              Where: The regal ballroom, hotel yak
                                                                                                                                          & yeti, durbar marg
media in association with hotel                                                          shrestha
radisson for the first time in an           under one sun                                When: 18 december
effort to improve and strengthen            When: 14 december                            Where: moksh, Jhamsikhel
business relations between different        Where: basantapur durbar square
corporate groups in the country.
                                            on the occasion of the 60th anniversary
                                            of the refugee day, artists united under
                                            one sun creating a lively atmosphere
stringstruck                                which was dedicated to the hardships and
When: 10 december                           struggles of refugees worldwide. apart
Where: soaltee Crowne plaza                 from musical performances by kutumba
                                            and albatross, the event also incorporated                                                                                                    celebrate the coming of a brand new
                                            2 photo exhibits on unhCr’s role                                                              The ballroom came alive with the beats          year was a memorable one.
                                            and works in nepal and worldwide, art                                                         from dJ Varun of mTV roadies 2.0
                                            installations by 13 nepali artists and                                                        fame. unlimited imported drinks flowed
                                            performances and street dramas by                                                             accompanied by lavish food. sinners in          san miguel new year eve
                                            refugees and local artistes.                                                                  heaven was a night of sinful fun which          with mega models
                                                                                                                                          was able to amuse the mind, the body
                                                                                                                                                                                          When: 31 december
                                                                                                                                          and the hearts of all the people present.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Where: 1905, kantipath
                                            let’s Talk about arT, baby!                                                                   The perfect way to celebrate the end of
                                                                                                                                          2010, indeed.                                   a mega bash – omg Theme events and
                                            When: 17 december - 27 January
                                            Where: siddartha art gallery, baber                                                                                                           partynepal untied to make the end of
                                            mahal revisited                                                                                                                               2010 and the beginning of 2011 a huge
                                                                                                                                          Calling 2011                                    one for all. with glittering guest lists that
                                                                                         The musical and artistic evening which                                                           included image Channel mega model 2
                                                                                         celebrated the vibrant life led by ‘Jazz didi’   When: 31 december
                                                                                                                                          Where: hotel malla, lainchaur                   winners, heart-throbbing sounds from dJ
                                                                                         or Vidhea shrestha saw the presence of                                                           sudan, the crowd partied 2010 away. The
                                                                                         many well-known faces of kathmandu               from the model parades to the                   100 lanterns wished upon and blown in
                                                                                         coming together in memory of this                jaw-dropping displays of fireworks              the air as a good luck sign for the new
                                                                                         phenomenal woman.with music from                 and fire-jugglers to the dancing that           year was definitely a unique and hopeful
                                                                                         bands including kutumba, dinesh rai and          never stopped –’s way to            start to 2011.

soul-inspiring music from the revered
indian fusion band ‘stringstruck’ blended
with the beautifully decorated soaltee
Crowne plaza pool-side; antiquity had
packaged a magical evening. powerpacked
performances and fusion tunes from
purbayan Chatterjee, indrajit dey and
anubrata Chaterjee left the audience in
a trance through their fusion tunes.

riverside resort beach
Volleyball Tournament
When: 10-12 december                        it was perhaps one of the most popular
Where: riverside spring resort,             art exhibition inaugurations, and it
kurintar                                    most aptly deserved all the recognition

                                                                                                                                                                                             kutumba Collaborates
                                                                                                                                                                                                   with albatross
                                                                                                                                                                                                        When: 25 december
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Where: 1905, kantipath
                                                                                                                                                                              The audience would simply not let the musicians
                                                                                                                                                                                      leave the stage. encore after encore, the
                                                                                                                                                                                collaboration between kutumba and albatross
                                                                                                                                                                              was a milestone in the history of music concerts
                                                                                                                                                                                in nepal. The fusion of albatross and kutumba
                                                                                                                                                                                                  felt nothing short of heavenly.
                             Hall of Frame
                             Text: Yukta Bajracharya and Shreeya Joshi
                             our cameras have captured the essence of all the
                             happening places in kathmandu. dance parties, concerts,
                             seasonal celebrations, festive celebrations, beauty pagaents,
                             conferences, launches - you name it!
                             our photographer’s have spotted the who’s who of
                             k-town in various modes - some readily posing for their
                             cameras, some shying away while some in their candid
                             here we lay out the best of our captures for you - can you
                             spot yourself and the ones that your eyes want to spot?

                                                                                    Our hall of frame is filled with glamorous
                                                                          faces. We are proud to have you grace our
                                                                                pages and definitely glad that throughout
                                                                           the year, our cameras have been one of
                                                                                  the reasons that made you smile.

   million dollar sm
      sexy pout  s and
    rockstar attitud
     have always been
        our favorites!

                                  The various festivals, musical concerts
                                  and expos around the 2010 calendar
                                  added colors to our clicks. we have been
                                  able to capture shots where we saw the
                                  people our cameras loved, with the people
                                  they love. it is indeed a pleasure to see
                                  happiness reflected in each of the faces.
                                  as we wrap up our reels from the past
                                  year, here’s us wishing you an eventful year.
                                  we hope our cameras catch you in all the
                                  happening places. do watch out for our
                                  hall of frame.

                                                                  be it dancing, sin r
                                                                   or posing for othe
                                                                   cameras, we love
                                                                    see people around
                                                                        us in action!

        Don’t ask where, we hope you know
who - enjoy our four pages of papparazi-ing!
      But, don’t worry our clicking will not stop.
                                                             l the
                                             we love to stea
                                               strut and captur
                                              the gla mour in our
                                                  page 3 pages!

        Some people and poses have almost
set our camera screens on fire.
        Aren’t your pages burning already?
                                    be it weddings
                                   or pageants ou
                                  cameras caught
                                  happiest of faces
                                   thier lenses in th
                                        past year.

        We like glamour but we like it even
better when its with men. Here we have
        men in suits captured in our pixels.
                           he came without a crown, but with or with-
                           out it, there was no doubt that she was Miss
                           UK Nepal. Proud to have won this historic
                           title of the first Miss UK Nepal but with-
                           out an air, Nabina Gurung walked into ECS
                           Media for our scheduled rendezvous. The
        winner of Miss UK Nepal beauty pageant held in the UK
        in October has an outgoing personality and an unfailing
        charm. From winning the title to organizing a huge charity
        show in the UK to aiding an old-age center, Divine Service
        Home, here in Nepal, Nabina Gurung has proved herself
        worthy. However, this 23 year old beauty queen believes
        that she has a lot to give to her country. “I love my country”,
        she says “but due to circumstances I had to opt to go to UK
        to continue my further studies. After living in the UK for
        quite some time now, I can totally relate to why people want
        to run away from Nepal. But, I plan to come back home in
        the long-run when I am able to offer more to my country”,
        she elaborates. A nurse by profession, she is a glamorous
        figure and a head-turner. More in her own words, below:

        You are a glamorous person but        UK Nepal felt like the best plat-
        your profession is that of a nurse.   form to do so. I knew that I had
        Why opt for nursing as a career       to win, not be the second best
        when you could have opted for a
                                              but win the title as the first Miss
        more glamorous one?
                                              UK Nepal. I had participated
        Being glamorous and being a
                                              earlier in a beauty pageant here
        nurse, I think can go hand in
                                              in Nepal itself and I knew that
        hand. Initially, nursing was not
                                              the overall experience would be
        on my agenda. In fact, I was
                                              a lovely one and that I would
        forced to study nursing by my
                                              learn a lot from it.
        sister and brother-in-law. How-
        ever, through the years that I        So how was the actual
        practiced nursing, I fell in love     experience?
        with the profession. This is a        As expected, it helped me a lot
        very fulfilling career and there is   in my personal development and
        a different happiness in helping      I also enjoyed the whole process
        people and serving them. I have       of the pageant. I worked hard
        worked in a few hospitals here in     during the training sessions but
        Nepal and I love being a nurse.       I had fun too – from the contes-
                                              tants to the trainers, everyone
        What was the main motive
                                              was very friendly.
        behind you participating in the
        Miss UK Nepal Contest?
                                              What do you think are your
        I was there to win. I wanted to       responsibilities now that you
        prove myself to the people who        have won the crown?
        underestimated me and Miss            I am currently an ambassador
                                              for Childreach International
                                              Nepal and will be fulfilling my
                                              duties as one. Apart from that, I
                                              have always felt that one should
                                              give to the society. Had I not
                                              won this beauty pageant, it
                                              would have been very hard for
                                              me to do so as there were high
                                              chances that I would be doubted
                                              for my credibility. But now that
                                              people know me as Miss UK
                                              Nepal, I will be able to organize
                                              programs, reach out to the high-
                                              er levels of people and help the

                                               i don’T
                                               wanT To be
                                               a parT of
                                               The Crowd, i
                                               wanT To be a
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                                                                                                                                               aT The end
                                                                                                                                               of The day,
                                                                                                                                               i make sure
                                                                                                                                               i fulfill all
                                                                                                                                               my roles.

society with a greater degree of
ease. Promoting Nepal as much
                                                      Text: Yukta Bajracharya, Photo: ECS Media

                                                           has sadly been very little promotion
                                                           about it. People in the UK do not
as I can, especially for Nepal                             know about it much. And the little
Tourism Year 2011, is also an-                             promotion that is there is through     iT’s imporTanT To
other responsibility of mine.                              word- of-mouth. People in London          be fashionable.
                                                           somehow know about Nepal, but
What did you find the status                               our country is not very well known
                                                                                                   firsT impressions
of Nepalis in UK to be like?                               outside of London. Hence, the Ne-                 CounT.
When I was participating in the                            pali Ambassador to the UK and my-
pageant, it had only been a year                           self, are planning for a tour around
or so that I had lived in the UK.                          the UK in March. We will be vis-

i knew ThaT i had To win, noT
be The seCond besT buT win The
TiTle as The firsT miss uk nepal.
I found out that Nepalis were                              iting universities and other places
always associated to the Gur-                              and talking about Nepal as well
khas and were respected by the                             as the Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
people there for the same. There                           There aren’t other plans as of yet.
is a full-fledged Nepali commu-                            I plan to go with the flow.
nity in the UK and the Nepalis,
one can see, have adapted to the
British way of life. If you com-                           What brought you back to Nepal
                                                           this time of the year?
pare the Nepali youth there and
                                                           On 4 December, I, along with the
here in Nepal, for instance, you
                                                           first and the second runner ups of
can see that the Nepali youth
                                                           Miss UK Nepal and an organiza-
living in the UK are more ac-
                                                           tion called Nepalese Community
tive and outspoken. However,
                                                           UK, had organized a charity show
despite the adaptation, they are
                                                           in Wembley to raise funds for
very grounded and rooted to the
                                                           Childreach International Nepal.
Nepali culture as well.
                                                           I am here to handover the money
To what extent is Nepal known                              to the organization that we have
in the UK and how are you
planning to promote it further?
                                                           planned to donate the money to.
                                                           Plus, I am very attached to Nepal
                                                                                                                                      i will Come
Taking into consideration the                              and would love to come back any                                            baCk To nepal
Nepal Tourism Year 2011, there                             time of the year. !                                                        when i haVe
                                                                                                                                      more To
                                                                                                                                      offer To my
                     When you look into the mirror, what do you see?

                     The first miss uk nepal
                     One adjective you would use to describe yourself?
                     How important is glamour to you?
                     i eat, sleep and live glamour
                     The best year of my life, yet.
                     What would be a complete Nepali woman for you?
                     someone who is responsible in all the given roles yet someone
                     who can adjust to the 21st century.
let the good times begin

and Ressurections
      We are halfway there in the English Premier League, thanks to the freeze there are few games yet to
      be played, but the table is as confusing now as it was last month.Today, I am trying to recap the half
            season just passed.The hits and the misses, and the bargain sales and the big cash bust.
                                                                                – Dr. Banu Sharma

Manchester                                                                      Last season’s champions Chel-
                                                                                sea - what a way they started
                                                                                their campaign- 21 goals with
                                                                                no reply in 6 games by Octo-
                                                                                                                 senal at the Emirates summed
                                                                                                                 up a nightmarish November
                                                                                                                 and December for manager
                                                                                                                 Ancelotti. New Year, new
                                                                                                                                                    reasons for the goal drought.
                                                                                                                                                    Anelka is misfiring from all
                                                                                                                                                    sides. Lampard who was out
                                                                                                                                                    since September, is back now.

                                                                                ber. The players were saying     beginnings. Well there was         Terry had an unknown injury
                                                                                that they will have the title    a spark of resurgence when         which was supposed to lay
                                                                                wrapped up by the end of De-     they won over Bolton, just for     him out for a long time, he is
                                                                                cember. Well, they were lead-    it to nipped at the bud with the   back thankfully. Should the
They are the only team un-                                                      ing by 8 points at that time,    dramatic 3-3 draw with Villa.      team suffer any more injuries,
beaten this season, but do not                                                  and a goal difference of 20 or   So, not many hits here. Their      they can kiss the trophy good-
have much to show in terms of                                                   so. Come November, things        new boy, Brazilian midfielder      bye. Will Drogba’s missed
                                       better with time. The problem
points. They lead the table due                                                 started falling apart. Liver-    Ramires from Benfica for 22        penalty in the draw against
                                       the team has faced has been their
to a superior goal difference,                                                  pool beat them 2-0, then a 3-0   million Euros, unfortunately       the Spurs make all the dif-
                                       inability to find replacements for
their away form has been dis-                                                   humbling at home by Sun-         was not as good as expected.       ference for them this season?
                                       the likes of Scholes and Giggs.
mal, 2 wins and 7 draws. The                                                    derland, followed by a defeat    Yossi Benayoun is still injured.   Not a predictable season for
                                       Nani has been a revelation and
 draws were dramatic, the game                                                  by Birmingham City and the       Drogba being struck down           the champions - they lie 5th in
                                        has matured a lot since last sea-
 with Everton for example. They                                                 thrashing they got from Ar-      with malaria is one of their       the league table.
                                        son. Berbatov started the season
 were cruising at 1-3 and at the
                                        as a new signing, then was quiet
 88th minute they were level.
                                        in front of goal for 10 games
 United blew a 2 goal margin to                                      Black-
                                    , just to resurge against

 salvage a draw! Same at Fulham
                                        bur n where he got in 5 goals, a
  Nani missed a penalty that was
                                         feat he shares with just 3 other
  a heartbreak. But his audacious
                                         premier league layers. The next
  goal against Spurs should make
                                         half of the season, the team

  it to all the recap TV shows at
                                          needs someone else to score the
  the end of the season. The team                                           l
                                          goals, along with temperamenta
  missed the defensive partner-                                       rmi ng
                                     . Berbatov and under-perfo
   ship of Vidic and Ferdinand
                                          Roo  ney. An attacking mid field-
   Now that they are back, will                            team really needs.
   their away form    improve? Not er is what the                                    The revelation this first      season was playing for the       senal, their rivals, of Wil-
                                          Hargreaves played after 2 years
   so much, they drew at Birming-                                                    half ? Tottenham Hotspurs,     reserves. The same person        liam Gallas. The Spurs to-
                                           out, just to pull out with a ham-
   ham last week. Summer transfer                                                    wow!! What a way to storm      of whom SAF is said to           tally controlled the game
                                           string. Is his career at OT over?
    for the club was not as dramatic                                                 into the knockout stage of     have told Harry Redknapp         and won when they played
                                           Everyone loves a success story
    as the yesteryears! The Ameri-                                                   the Champions League!          is a “bad omen”. Spurs are       Arsenal earlier on. Who
                                           and such is the story of United’s
    can owners are a bit tight fisted,                                   eard        And Gareth Bale, the           4th at the tables. Their         would have thought after
                                      . summer signing, an unh
     but business was conducted                                                      prince of European foot-       shrewd buys have proven          17 years they would finally
                                           of player, Bebe from Portugal.
     SAF had already bought Her-                                                     ball, who does not want        to be a super success. Van       beat the Gunners! They are
                                            He was definitely an impulsive
     nandez from Chivas before the                                                   him right now! He is in        De Vaart, a bargain buy          the dark horses, who may
                                            buy, bought before any big club
     World Cup knowing his talent.                                                   almost everybody’s fan-        has proven his worth many        also lay claim to the league
                                            would take him. Is he a diamond
     This buy has been a success. He                                                 tasy football team. This is    times over. Then there was       title this season, highly un-
                                            in the rough, or just a dud buy?
     bought defender Chris Smalling                                                  the same person who last       the free transfer from Ar-       likely though.
                                            Time will tell.
      from Fulham, who should be
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let the good times begin

 Liverpool started the season as dismally as
 they ended it. New manager, but old faces,
 Hodgson had to deal with the flops of the
 Rafa era, and managed a few himself too.
                                                                                                 Rest of the teams
                                                                                                 had their own transfers, some good, some well.....
 His greatest feat is keeping the likes of Pepe
 Reina, Torres and Gerrard. His buy was Joe Cole on
 a free transfer, everyone expected him to lift the team off the                                 The season so far has seen very      tabloids up in a tizzy printing       PFA player of the year? Or will
 rut. Uh!oh! He was red carded in his first game, and then in-                                   few sackings in comparison to        something or other everyday for       Rooney rise up from the ashes,
 jured and when on the field he was mediocre. He only proved                                     last year. Many are walking a        weeks.                                a veritable Phoenix and deliver
 his worth on the New Year by snatching a victory right at the                                   tightrope. Heading the list, An-        The games that truly make          SAF the title? Cannot discount
 death when they played Bolton.                                                                  celotti, and Hodgson. Fulham         the league the best in the world      Drogba, should he be fully cured
                                                                                                 has had a horrid season. They        were not so many this time.           off his malaria and 100% fit, may
                                                                                                 are currently languishing at         Arsenal beating Chelsea was           prove to be the scourge of every

 Manchester City
 Manchester City, who did they not want to buy
                                                                                                 the relegation zone along with
                                                                                                 the Wolves and Birmingham.
                                                                                                 In my opinion the team to go
                                                                                                                                      the turning point for Arsenal’s
                                                                                                                                      season, the time when the boys
                                                                                                                                      became men. Liverpool’s bright
                                                                                                                                                                            team Chelsea plays. Who will
                                                                                                                                                                            be the final top four teams? It
                                                                                                                                                                            should be exciting, the league is
                                                                                                 down would be, Wolves, West          spark was the injury time win-        very competitive. Lose perspec-
 at the beginning of this season? Terry, Torres,
                                                                                                 Brom and Wigan. It is not cast       ner against Bolton. Man City          tive, you are out. This season
 Ibrahimovich, Edin Dzeko to name a few. With
                                                                                                 in stone, as we have teams like      has yet to play cohesively. Ba-       unlike the previous is not a two
 unlimited resources and owners desperate for a
                                                                                                 Fulham, Everton and Villa per-       lotelli is a talent, but his sullen   horse race. 5 teams are in in the
 champions league spot, they did land up with
                                                                                                 ilously skirting the drop zone.      face and antics on field does not     fray. It just takes one or two bad
 some good buys, Ballotelli, Silva, Yaya Toure to
                                                                                                 I had thought Blackpool would        endear him to many. Man City’s        games to change the table, Chel-
 name a few. Now with the winter window open,
                                                                                                 struggle, but their performance      belief came in with the thrash-       sea being an example.
 expect Dzeko to come through the doors. All
                                                                                                 shows grit and determination         ing of Fulham 4-1. Sunderland            My prediction for this sea-
 have come in with inflated weekly wages but are
                                                                                                 and are up until now and safe.       with their talismanic signing,        son1. United 2. Arsenal 3. Chel-
 yet to play cohesively - too many misses in front of a goal.
                                                                                                 Newcastle has been doing good,       Asamoah Gyan, hammered                sea 4.City / Tottenham. Who
                                                                                                 their strength is in their striker   Chelsea 3-0 and now are 6th in        knows, I could be way off. But

 Have Wenger’s young players, not so
 young anymore, finally grown up? Their
 season started inconsistently, with unbeliev-
 able draws and loss at home, but now after
 beating Chelsea they have put in consistent ef-
 forts to win a game. Their transfers in the summer
 had more defense players, and striker Chamakh on a free transfer.
 Koscielny got sent off on his debut! With Vermalen out injured,
 they are still a bit suspect at the back and it has shown in their
 past 19 games. The Cecs transfer saga refuses to die down, the
 young captain is back from injury along with Van Persie. Their
 combination is potent in the field. Should they remain injury free,
 Arsenal may be able to nick the trophy come May end.

                              NOW SHOWING
                                                                                                 Andy Carroll, who got his first      the table. Chelsea unfortunately
                              No One Killed
                                                                                                 call up to the England team. Bad     is still seeking their season re-
                              a political thriller, set in
                                                                                                 boy Barton is keeping us enter-      vival game, as for Man United
                              new delhi where two                                                tained, has got red carded just      this is their season to lose.
                              women Jessica's sister,                                            once. That is a change!              They are top with two games
                              sabrina and the feisty TV
                              reporter, meera drum
                                                                                                    The first half of the season      in hand. They need to shore up
                              up every resource at                                               was not without drama. Trans-        their courage and play well on
                              their disposal to outwit                                           fer requests from Tevez and          the road, that should give them
                              manish at his own game,
                              if the truth is to have any
                                                                                                 Rooney not negotiating his con-      the elusive 19th title.
                              chance of prevailing over                                          tract was the highlight. Rooney          Half the season is over, the
                              money and political clout.                                         has set a precedence. Threaten to    second half has started, lots of
 Piranha 3D                   Cast: rani mukherji, bidhya balan
                                                                                                 leave the club and the wage de-      games to look forward to. Will
                              Director: raj kumar gupta
 after a sudden                                                                                  mands are met. In other words,       your team go higher or slip
                                                                  Ek Din Ek Raat
 underwater tremor
 sets free scores of                                              24 hours is all utsav          do the Rooney! That seems to         down? Will Berbatov receive the
 the prehistoric man-                                             and his friends get to         be what Tevez tried, homesick-       golden boot for highest number
 eating fish, an unlikely                                         prove their side of the
                                                                  story, in this thrilling
                                                                                                 ness was the excuse given by         of goals scored? He is on 14 at
 group of strangers
 must band together                                               and suspenseful movie.         the club. Well both are still at     present, with Tevez 12 and Andy       glancing at the table this pres-
 to stop themselves                                               Cast: diya maskey,Vinay        the club with a hefty pay raise.     Caroll 11. What other superla-        ent moment, this is what I feel
 from becoming fish                                               shrestha, pooja lama, karma,
                                                                  anup baral, prabesh giri,      Cannot rule out both leaving         tives will be added behind Gareth     the table will look like come end
 food for the area’s
 new razor-toothed
                                                                  menuka pradhan and Jasper
                                                                                                 come next season, Tevez most         Bale’s name? Will his scintillat-     of the season. To answer all the
 residents.                                                       Director: dev kumar            certain. Rooney had baggage to       ing form continue or will he be       above questions, tune in every
 Cast: elisabeth shue,                                                                           carry prior to that bombshell,       a flash in a pan? The Welsh wiz-      week and watch your favorite
 richard dreyfuss and Jerry
 o’Connell                                                                                       his ‘extra-curricular’ activities    ard can carry the game entirely       teams play. Enjoy the games and
 Director: alexandre aja, 4442220
                                                                                                 outside his marital home had the     by himself. Will he be named the      let my team win !
let the good times begin

                                                                                              friday picks

                                                                 Movies in

                                                                                                                                                        The Hangover 2
                                                                                                                                                        in the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy The
                                                                                                                                                        hangover, phil (bradley Cooper), stu (ed helms), alan (Zach
                                                                                                                                                        galifianakis) and doug (Justin bartha) travel to exotic Thai-
                                                                                                                                                        land for stu’s wedding. after the unforgettable bachelor party
                                                                                                                                                        in las Vegas, stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe,
                                                                                                                                                        subdued pre-wedding brunch. however, things don’t always go
                                                                                                                                                        as planned. what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what
                                                                                                                                                        happens in bangkok can’t even be imagined.

                                                                                    — Prasanna K.C.

                                                                    Judging from what’s currently in
                                                                    the works, 2011 will be a big year
                                                                    for action-adventure superhero
                                                                    movies as well as sequels to
                                                                    previous successful franchises. We
                                                                    take a look at the top ten movies
                                                                    to look forward to in 2011.
                                                                                                                                                        Hancock 2
                                                                    Pirates of the Caribbean:                                                           The summer of 2011 will see the return of will smith
                                                                                                                                                        to the role of the superhero hancock. This movie will
                                                                    On Stranger Tides                                                                   be based on relationship between smith’s character and
                                                                                                                                                        his soul mate mary embry originally played by Charlize
                                                                    Johnny depp will be back to reprise the role of Jack sparrow                        Theron. The only hitch is that there’s word on the street
                                                                    in the fourth installment of the pirates of the Caribbean                           that Theron is not on board with the project as of yet.
                                                                    franchise. however, the movie will be without actress kierra
                                                                    knightly and actor orlando bloom, both of who expressed a
                                                                    desire to take their career in a different direction. The film, di-
                                                                    rected by rob marshall will be based on the pirate novel, “on
                                                                    stranger Tides” by award-winning writer Tim powers.

                                                                                                                                                        Transformers 3
                                                                                                                                                        The planned release date is June 29th, 2011. expect the
                                                                                                                                                        original cast to return and more robots to be introduced.
                                                                                                                                                        if you’re looking for one more reason to collect more
                                                                                                                                                        plastic toys, this may be it.

X-men: First Class       The Adventures of          Hotel                     Twilight Saga:
                         Tintin: Secret of the     Transylvania               The Breaking Dawn
not to be left out of    Unicorn
the superhero genre,                               This should be a           if you haven’t
X-men: first Class is    This 3d motion capture    treat for animated         already read the
due to be released in    film is being directed    comedy lovers. The         book, this is how
the summer of 2011.      by steven spielberg and   plot of the film has       the story unfolds-              Harry Potter
The movie which fo-      will star daniel Craig,   dracula, the mummy,
                                                   the werewolf and
                                                                              bella and edward
                                                                              get married. edward
                                                                                                              and the Deathly
cuses on the relation-
ship between a young
                         Toby Jones, Jamie bell,
                         nick frost and mack-      frankenstein hanging       and bella think she             Hallows Part II
Charles Xaiver and       enzie Cook.The movie      around an eastern          might be pregnant.              The final book of the harry potter        Thor
young magneto will       depicts the adventures    european hotel             however, Carlisle               series is being split up into two         with the box office success of such marvel superheroes as
be directed by bryan     of a young reporter-      after being made           doesn’t think it’s              movies. on July 15th, the final film of   spiderman, iron man and wolverine, it was only a matter of
                                                   irrelevant by modern                                       this blockbuster franchise will debut     time until the norse god Thor made his way onto the silver
singer (director of      Tintin, and is based on                              possible for Vamps
                                                   technology and ideas.                                      in theatres. david yates is directing     screen. with australian actor Chris hemsworth in the lead
X-men 2), and should     the character created                                to reproduce, but               the motion picture which will see
                                                   The movie is sched-                                                                                  role, and a supporting cast that includes veteran actress
re-invigorate, if not    by author georges                                    he is wrong. and yes,           daniel radcliffe, emma watson and         natalie portman and samuel l. Jackson, The mighty Thor is
re-invent, the winning   remi, known by his pen    uled for a september       edward still keeps              rupert grint all return for one last      schedule to hit movie theaters in may 2011.
X-men franchise.         name ‘herge’.             2011 release.              his makeup on!                  adventure at hogwarts.
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                               You Know When The                                                                                                   Son of Heaven
                                                                                                             The Warlock The                      (Chung Kuo #1)
                               Men Are Gone
                               — siobhan fallon                                                              Secrets of the                               — david wingrove
                                                                                                                                                               Science Fiction
                                                                                                             Immortal Nicholas
                                                                                                                                            one of the few to escape the
                               in these interconnected                                                       Flameler Palace                    fall, Jake was a rich broker
                               short stories set in fort                                                     — michael scott                 with a bright future ahead of
                                                                                                             Fantasy/ Thriller                him. forewarned, his world
                               hood, Texas, fallon pro-
                               vides a rare insight into the                                                                                 crashes down when he finds
                                                                                                             in this fifth book of the           himself in the middle of a
                               emotions of military wives.                                                   series, “The secrets of the          struggle for future when
                               They tell about how each                                                      immortal nicholas flamel”,      Chinese airships and strange
                               character has to face the                                                     the main character; sophie       glacial structures surface in
                               long absence of their hus-                                                    has to find an immortal to     the skies forcing him to enter
                               bands mingled with the fear                                                   teach her the earth magic.                 the ‘world of levels’.
                               of being another war widow.                                                   she cannot be helped by
                               each of the eight stories                                                     nicholas flamel as he has
                               shares the complexities of
                               the characters when they
                                                                                                             fallen into unconsciousness.
                                                                                                             hence, sophie has to race       The Kid
                                                                                                                                             — sapphire
                               cope with such a prolonged                                                    against time to meet the        Fiction
                               absence.                                                                      challenge and find her twin     “The kid” is the sequel to the writer’s
                                                                                                             who is in the hands of the      1996 novel, “push”. The novel follows
                                                                                                             notorious dr. dee.              the son of Claireece “precious” Jones,
                                                                                                                                             the sexually abused main character of
                                                                                                                                             the prequel. This is his coming of age

              off the shelf
                                                                                                                                             story as he nears manhood, surviving
                                                                                                                                             through the gritty turns of life alone
                                                                                                                                             with the heart of an artist.

                                                                                                                                             — gail Carriger
                                                                                                                                             paranormal romance
                                                                 Late for Tea at the                                                         set in the alternate history version of
                                                                        Deer Palace                                                          Victorian england, where vampires and
                                                                              — Tamara Chalabi                                               werewolves were welcomed in the society,
                                                                                                                                             “heartless”, is the story of alexia Tarabotti.

     to look out for in
                                                                                                                                             however, she cannot be affected by super-
                                                                    during the 20th century,                                                 natural powers as she is ‘soulless’.

                                                                 the Chalabis were the most
                                                                    influential people in iraq.
                                                                  They were the initiators of
                                                                  modernity but were forced                                                  Midnight and the
                                                                   to leave the nation during                                                Meaning of Love
                                                                the 1950s. The book records                                                  — sister soulijah
                                                                   the writer’s return to her                                                urban fiction/ street literature
                                                                homeland reconnecting with
                                                                                                                                             in this charismatic love story, the pro-
                                                                 her family’s glorious history
                                                               with a stimulating perspective                                                tagonist is searching for his wife in the
                                                                                 at a lost land.                                             foreign land of Japan. The book is the
                                                                                                                                             sequel to her previous best-selling novel.

                      — Sumina Subba

                                                                                              23 Things They Don’t
                     44 Charles Street                                                        Tell You About                                                       Walk the Wild Road
                     — danielle steel
                     romance                                                                  Captalism                                                            — nigel hinton
                                                                                                                                                                   Children’s fiction
                                                                                              — ha-Joon Chang
                     when the main character tries                                            Contemporary economics
                     to cope up with a bad break                                                                                                                   when the 13 year old,
                     while trying to save her job and                                         The professor of economics                                           leo, is coerced to flee
                     house on 44 Charles street, she                                          dissects the ruling economy                                          away from home, he
                     decides to take in 3 roommates.                                          of the world – capitalism. he                                        meets exciting characters
                     each character comes with                                                presents a compelling picture                                        through his journey, from
                     their different histories and has                                        of the shift in economic energy                                      greedy soldiers to a fel-
                     challenges to face ahead under                                           around the world. each of his 23                                     low runaway to becoming
                     one roof. steel returns with a                                           propositions is witty and logical                                    a thief himself. his only
                     heart warming story based on                                             but the book is far from being                                       mission is to find a place
                     human relations.                                                         anti-capitalist.                                                     to call home.
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                            maverick’s musings                                                                                 different strokes

I Resolve…. Breaking                                                                                               Myths and Redefining Roles

                                                                                                                                             — Sunita Gurung
         t this time of year, we all                                          ways wanted to sound like the
         begin to scramble to put
                                       i am one                               Mahotella Queens, the South
         our lives in order, as if     who shies                              Africans who brought Paul Si-        Year 2011 entered the scene shrouded
         there is something mag-       away from                              mon to fame!), dance the lam-        in showers, a wet inception for a
ical or apocalyptic about a year       new year’s                             bada (now this is no idle threat
ending and a New Year begin-                                                  because I love to dance but salsa
                                                                                                                   country still reeling under a cloud
ning. We race to dust off the          resoluTions.                           and merengue are tiresome), do       of ambiguity. We refuse to let that
diet books, the exercise books,        Come on – iT’s                         martial arts (fuelled by Crouch-     dampen our spirits and our hopes are
the career switch books, the self-     daunTing                               ing Tiger Hidden Dragon), travel
                                                                                                                   high even when we are still ruled by a
help books, the looking-deep-in-                                              to Tierra del Fuego (except this
to-yourself books, the lifestyle
                                       enough To seT                          was inspired by Che’s travels and    shadowy group of people who never fail
change books. The list goes on.        goals ThaT i                           he’s long gone). OK, so this is      to capitalize on their vested interest.
    Predictably, most New Year’s       know i will                            the goofy list.
resolutions range from the stan-       probably noT                              On a more serious note (and       The much awaited toasting is over and the clinking of glasses
dard fare of I must go on a diet,                                             no sniggers now):
I must become a vegetarian, I          aCComplish,                               I will look back at 2010 and
                                                                                                                   has left behind memories of the year gone by. while the high
                                                                                                                   energy levels have almost whimpered away and the hangovers
must exercise more, I must save        so why share                           learn from my accomplishments        have faded we have a whole year to look forward to. To…more
                                                                                                                   of power cuts, uncertainties, scandals, and no government to
more money, I must start look-         ThaT laCk                              and mistakes.
                                                                                                                   deal with all of that. and, we have just turned 50 issues old and
ing for a new job, I must find                                                   I will be patient and generous
the right girl/boy friend, I must
                                       of resolVe                             with the people who need my
                                                                                                                   have a strong team worthy of mention who made that feasible.
                                                                                                                   Clearly a team works and a government doesn’t! every new year
cut back on work hours, I must         publiCly?                              support (but don’t line up yet!)     it has become more of a custom to religiously make resolutions
spend more time with my fam-                                                                                       which eventually finds its way in our cerebral trash bins just as
ily. Of course, if they are close                                                                                  quickly as it was formulated. while we wait for a year to do the
                                                                                                                   ephemeral honor, this country can rightfully boast of promises
to the heart, they are rarely re-                                                                                  being made and broken just as quickly. while we lose count of
vealed.                                                                                                            the number of times that we have been taken for the ride, we
    In an informal (entirely un-                                                                                   still wait in anticipation for that somebody to take the role of a
scientific) poll I did, this was                                                                                   redeemer. seriously roles have to be redefined!
the repertoire that came up. “I
want to be a better person, be                                                                                     from the controversial elections for the most coveted post to a
                                                                                                                   football match where the three likely candidates showed off their
more patient, tolerant and give                                                                                    evident midriff more than their skills,year 2010 gave nepal a
love and kindness to everybody.”                                                                                   plethora of reasons to smirk more and smile less. if only govern-
What are you after – the Dalai                                                                                     ing a country would be as easy as kicking a football and progress
Lama’s job? Out of the mouth                                                                                       could be measured in terms of an advancing paunch. albeit,
of a young one came the words,                                                                                     persistence is definitely a virtue that has proved its existence
                                                                                                                   to a high decree; even the lone man standing for the race could
“I want to spend more time with                                                                                    have possibly forgotten the number of times he had to trot in
my family.” Well, she’s trying                                                                                     hot pursuit but hasn’t given up. The quest has been a long one
to be a world-class gymnast so                                                                                     at the expense of receding hairlines and shiny black pate giving
I guess she probably means less                                                                                    way to silver streaks. but hiding behind the veil of intellectual
time on the beam and the vault.                                                                                    argument is the undeniable secret desire of attaining power just
                                                                                                                   to misuse it.
“I need to manage my life better,
so I’m not always running from
pillar to post,” said another who                                                                                  while we lose CounT of The
used to be a yoga fitness queen.                                                              mahotella Queens     number of Times ThaT we haVe
“I don’t know, maybe I will actu-
ally get married and get a job”,       ity for my actions; I should stop         I will not tolerate phoney and    been Taken for The ride, we
said the eternal student now           being a jerk.                          disrespectful people (whoever        sTill waiT in anTiCipaTion for
                                           I am one who shies away            you are, I can hear you breath-
moving on to her fifth degree!
                                       from New Year’s resolutions.           ing).
                                                                                                                   ThaT somebody To Take The
“I want to make sure I piss off
my boss so I get transferred,”         Come on – it’s daunting enough            I will continue to help all       role of a redeemer. seriously
was offered up by one candid           to set goals that I know I will        those who are in my life, and        roles haVe To be redefined!
soul. Another lofty creature re-       probably not accomplish, so why        come into it, and do so unstint-
marked, “I want to do something        share that lack of resolve pub-        ingly (no, I’m no Mother The-        while the debacle continued we were saved face before we could
for humanity.” “It’s not New           licly? But in the spirit of this       resa wannabe, I leave that to        be mortified any further when anuradha koirala was declared the
Year’s, enjoy Christmas first”,        discourse, I began the tedious         others).                             Cnn hero of the year. so what if it took an international recogni-
snarled another curmudgeon.            job of soul-searching and my              I will make my health a           tion to salute the hero in her, every nepali has admired her for
                                       scattershot mind came up with          priority (but not about to           decades. and that every nepali played a significant role informing the
    The fun ones are those who                                                                                     sea of humanity which championed for a cause and a course was
don’t make resolutions but try         a multitude of idiocies.               take to vipasana or vegan-           fashioned. in the month of may, the hero in us was given the much
to get something done and then             I want to learn Italian, it’s      ism).                                needed wakeup call and confirmed that a show of teamwork does
call it a resolution. Like the         one language that is almost a             I will try to follow up on a      have a resounding impact.
food expert who saved up for a         caricature of itself in the way        pipedream to start a trust fund
month-long cooking course at           it’s spoken; but sadly, I don’t have   for victims of abuse.                but somewhere the magic proved futile when the biggest sport-
                                       that handsome Italian would-be            I will continue efforts to ex-    ing event ended with the finest teams battling it out leaving
the French Culinary Institute,                                                                                     the final assumption as - individual talent dominates but only in
indulging a long-held dream            opera singer teaching me who           plore creative initiatives in the-   conjunction with perfectly executed teamwork. perhaps late paul
of eating his way through New          complimented me on my ac-              atre and film arts.                  the octopus (may god rest his soul) got better media coverage
York City. The quid pro quo            cent even though my vocabu-               A solemn promise I make to        than the players who sparkled more in commercials and less on
when he achieved this was to           lary was limited to numbers and        myself – I refuse to be cynical      the field. while the yankees put up a great show, they got sadly
                                       greetings. Then again, maybe I         and will continue to embrace life    overshadowed by their unsightly attire which had the fashion
deny himself scrumptious des-                                                                                      police hot on their heels long after the event was over.
serts, red meat, pâté and all that     should revisit Arabic so I can re-     and people with the same un-
red, red wine. Ah, the loneliness      sume my tryst with calligraphy         abashed enthusiasm, trust and        definitely we don’t need labels as fashion security blanket but
of the eternal dieter.                 – but that’s like a 10-year plan.      integrity that has always been       we’d certainly like to own a prabal gurung dress. his signature
    The tougher resolutions are        Perhaps I will attempt a chick         my way.                              style had the panache to woo even america’s first lady who wore
the ones you never hear about.         lit, tell-all tome, and that could        However silly your resolu-        one of his creations. once again a role was redefined and a myth
                                       lead to a screenplay outline (and      tions may seem, allow your-          was broken. hopefully he is contemplating on starting a chain
I mean, who ever really says                                                                                       here. while we eagerly wait, fans of bryan adams needn’t wait
– I should go into therapy; I          the Palme d’Or at Cannes??), or        self to dream the impossible,        any longer as tabloids have flashed that he will be performing in
should work harder on my rela-         maybe I should chronicle family        don’t reach just for the moon        the city soon. wouldn’t get any better to witness a show by this
tionships; I should cut back on        memoirs (and wait for that Pulit-      but that outermost galaxy and        icon and what a way that would be to have a rocking start to
smoking, drinking and woman-           zer Prize to knock at my door). I      always be passionate, daring         2011. let’s toast to that !
izing; I should take responsibil-      could learn to sing a capella (al-     and different !
gourmet      for the adventurous palate

Surprisingly (or not), Jhamsikhel             more than half of our discerning re-
toppled Thamel and other locations            spondents, the fact that it has so many
over people’s preferences for a Friday        options contributes that the fact that
night. Why? Because the vibe is home-         no particular restaurant from the area
ly, the crowd is disciplined, the service     has grabbed a spot on our Top Three.
is excellent and a variety of cuisines        While it is in love with Jhamsikhel, the
is on offer. While Jhamsikhel draws           crowd is still loyal to Thamel!

1.THE FACTORY                                   2. HOUSE OF MUSIC
kathmandu’s most prominent (and the             “it’s unpretentious, laid-back,
only) theme restaurant undoubtedly              houses great live acts and is            THE FACTORY
stands out as the most sought after             teeming with good vibes-                 going against the grain,
friday night hangout. going against the         perfect to let your hair down              res taurant has been de-
grain, the restaurant has been designed         on a friday night.” – Aditi              signed to look dark, rou
                                                                                          and rugged, and it doesn’t
to look dark, rough and rugged, and it
                                                                                          fail at any of it with ropes
doesn’t fail at any of it with ropes making                                                 making up for curtains
up for curtains and the unfinished ceiling.     3. CASABLANCA                                  and the unfinished
with four nights of live music a week,          “it’s chic and private with access                    ceiling.
you shouldn’t be surprised if you liter-        to our own little juke box.” –
ally don ’t find a spot to step on during       Shavona Shrestha
friday evenings. The music is eclectic; the
crowd is hip, loud and wild; and the food
is usually good.

   A                                                                                 WHERE DOES
            metro comes with all it has to offer – branded outlets,
            congested traffic, shiny billboards, dark alleys, garrulous
            comrades, secretive colleagues, skyscraping dreams and
            demanding deadlines. In the midst of it all, one thing that
   a metro has on offer is life – beautiful, fun, engaging and encour-

   aging – the force that sweeps you off your feet and makes you for-
   get all that’s bothersome for all that’s worth. The brain works to
   please the heart and the heart is pleased when it indeed is. Some
   find a way to their heart through their senses while others give
   away to their own abstract pervasions of bliss.
       When Mannat (true to her name) wished to analyze the rela-

                                                                                     EAT OUT?
   tionship of taste buds and heart, we set out on a quest for how
   Kathmandu seeks to please its everyday cravings, literally. A hun-
   dred Kathmanduites (at heart) were enquired about their tastes
   and preferences for occasions; the result – a medley of tastes too
   difficult to generalize yet comprehensive enough to offer a win-
   dow into what makes us all a part (or apart) of this crazy city.
       Fr!day gives you a reflection of what was quoted – your tastes,
   your preferences and most importantly your ‘self ’.                                 Research: Mannat Shrestha, Text: Sumit Poudyal

                                                                                                    WORK LUNCH
                                                                                                    Work lunches have to be uncluttered, pro-                  restros, no hotel stands out. But what we
                                                                                                    fessional, sophisticated and that is reflected             know of Kathmandu’s taste by now is that
                                                                                                    in Kathmanduites’ preference for star ho-                  work lunches are short, serious, secluded,
                                                                                                    tels over any other place. Nevertheless,                   silent and sober. Much work going on with
                                                                                                    drawing on the tragedy of Jhamsikhel                       food, eh?

                                                                                                       1. IMAGO DEI                                              2. ILLY CAFÉ
                                                                                                       sheltered cozily on the ground floor of a small-          “it is just above my clinic, the staff and
                                                                                                       from-outside wide-on-the-inside building, imago           service is wonderful. [i] am hooked to the
                                                                                                       dei is a spacious arrangement of couches and              lattes there; the kitchen staff make all my
                                                                                                       low tables. The glass windows offer a view of the         outlandish changes to their regular menu
                                                                                                          outside weather and if the car parked belongs          without any complaints!” – Dr. Banu Sharma
                                                                                                            to you, you wouldn’t mind occupying a spot
                                                                           IMAGO DEI                         on the patio surrounded by bamboo planta-
                                                                                                              tions. The neat and minimalistic look adds
                                                                                                                                                                 3. CHEZ CAROLINE
                                                                                                                                                                 “no time to keep on endlessly experi-
                                                                           sheltered cozily on the             up to its comfort quotient while the urban
                                                                           gro und floor of a small-                                                             menting - i have a couple of places i keep
                                                                                      e wide-on-the-           feel about itself makes it a choice of the        returning to: Chez Caroline…The food and
                                                                                                   i is        uber-discerning urbanites. The soups are
                                                                         inside building, imago de                                                               service is what i am looking for. i am not
                                                                          a spacious arrangement
                                                                                                    of         filling, the snacks are clutterless, the main     seduced by fancy decor.” – Sangeeta Thapa
                                                                            couches and low tables.           course is undisturbing and the desserts
                                                                                                   gourmet                                                         Fr!day        Issue 50    | 13 - 19 January, 2011         45
FAMILY DINNER                                                                                                                Shrimp Cocktail, Rs. 300++                            Rancher’s Eggs, Rs.165

Family time is not time spent, it is time invest-          the key element when Kathmanduites choose a
ed – in coming closer, bolstering bonds, pulling           spot, one with unimposing ambience, friendly
pranks and celebrating love. Family dinners                service and soft environment. And of course, cu-
are largely private affairs in quiet and assuring          linary variety and value for money come into the
spaces undisturbed by troublesome traffic, tipsy           scene because one place has to satisfy all includ-
teens and freaked out party animals. Decency is            ing the one who takes care of the check.

roadhouse has a major
comparative advantage                                                                                                                      Picasso                                           Bronco Billy
over rivals in its class                                                                                                           Jhamshikhel, lalitpur 5009076                             harihar bhawan, pulchwok, 5526212
– location. bhatbhateni
roadhouse and Jawalakhel
                                                                                                                             Roast Chicken, Rs.275                                 Business Lunch Set, Rs. 425
roadhouse allow for din-                                                                                                                                                                                              bottle
ing affairs that can stretch                                                                                                                                                                                   with beer free
longer thanks to their
proximity to residential
areas while Thamel road-
house located in the heart
of the city favors families
with working members.
you know what you’re
going to order at road-
house – the nepali snacks
for starters, the pizza for
main course and the cof-
fee to wash it down. The
ambience is comforting,                                                                                                                                                                            Moksh
the food is predictable, the                                                         ROADHOUSE                                                Jbar
                                                                                                                                         Thamel, 4411595                                 Jhamsikhel, lalitpur, 5528362
service is amiable enough                                                               CAFÉ
and the finances are within                                                          The ambience is comfor
                                                                                                                                                                                   Chef ’s Special Salad, Rs. 295
your reach.                                                                         ing, the food is predictable
                                                                                       the service is amiable
2. DECHELING                                   3. FIRE & ICE                        enough and the finances
“i have been going there with my family for    “apart from the obvious                    within your reach.
the last 12 years. it has a big garden and a   reasons like great taste and
play area for my nieces and nephew. and        perpetual maintenance of the
of course, the service and the food is good    quality of food, it’s the favorite din-
too.” - Malvika Subba                          ing place for everyone at home.”
                                               - Tushar Shroff

LAZY WEEKEND                                                                                                                                     Aalishan
                                                                                                                                                 Jawalakhel, 5550039
                                                                                                                                                                                            Third Eye Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                            Thamel, kathmandu, 4260289
Where would we find you on a lazy weekend?                 es that offer light brunch or a satiating late after-
Two-fifths of our respondents would stay home              noon lunch outdoors with fresh air (breezes are
                                                                                                                             Thai Soup (Tom Yam Kung), Rs. 415                     Almond Cake, Rs. 170
while one-fifth would hike, bike or drive to out-          acceptable for summer only) and some sun (read
skirts. And that is how resorts survive – espe-            a lot of for the cold weather). It is only natural
cially the ones with a bounty of sunlight and a            therefore that the amount of outdoor space a
big pool. The ones who go out yet not outside              place has on offer is directly proportional to the
the city on a lazy Saturday afternoon prefer plac-         people who visit that place.

                                                                                            warding time. The lazy chairs,
                                                                                            the sun-kissed outdoors and
                                                                                            the uplifting sense originat-
                                                                                            ing in open spaces and fresh
                                                                                           air make it stand no less for
                                                                                                                                     Yin Yang Restaurant                                 Third Eye Bakery
                                                                                           the word it stands by. find a             Thamel, kathmandu, 4701510                             Thamel, kathmandu, 4701510
                                                                                           better way to unwind from
                                                                                           the karmic cycle of human life
                                                                                           than the one that lets you de-     Veg. Gold Coin Rs 160                                Vintage Special Pizza, Rs.375
                                                                                           tach yourself for an afternoon
                                                                                           while all the while providing
                                                                                           yourself a medium to get
                                                                                           back to it. The surrounding
                                                                                          complex complements your
                                                                                          worldly attractions – art, mu-
                                                                                          sic and beautiful people with a
                                                                                          lot of musings below the scalp.

                                                                                         “[V]esper because i like the
          MOKSH                                                                          garden, the sun and the food
      The name speaks for the                                                            out there.” – Bhushan Thapa
       place. Time spent alone,                                                                                                          The Ghangri Café
                                                                                                                                         pulchwok lalitpur, 5528703                    Vintage Café & Pub
      time spent chatting with                                                            3. MIKE’S BREAKFAST                            Visit us for sumai open momo and many     wood land Complex, durbar marg, 4254831
        a friend or time spent
                                                                                                                                         more Chinese Cuisines
                                                                                          “on lazy weekends, i will
      discussing the nuances of           1. MOKSH                                        usually be having a [b]runch at
     everyday life – in all terms         moksh – the name speaks for
             rewarding time.                                                             mike’s breakfast. a rejuvenating
                                          the place. Time spent alone, time              breakfast is always fun after a
                                          spent chatting with a friend or                night out.” – Aarati Jyoti
                                          time spent discussing the nuances
                                          of everyday life – in all terms a re-
       his past year has seen new
       tech come in and out of
       our lives as fast as we can
       get through the revolv-
ing doors at KTM’s new shop-
ping malls...and with most of us
(being the fickle consumers that
we are) opting for new technol-
ogy that makes budgetary sense
over tech sensational.

Take for example Microsoft’s

                                                  Worst Tech
miserable attempt this year
at introducing a smartphone
geared for teens. The Kin was

                                        in 2010
a scaled down phone that had
tight integration with Facebook
and Twitter, two of the most
popular social networking tools
of 2010, yet the US release and
then cancelled European re-
lease make this the biggest fail
of 2010. Even teens today are                                             – Paul Reitman
smart enough to know that a
phone that can’t play games or
                                     sales “halved” by Apple’s iPad                                             DVD players. Logitech also has
run apps is over-priced – no
                                     sales, says Best Buy CEO Brian      in 2010, The ipad                      the Revue TV product (Google-
matter what the cost!
                                     Dunn.                               beCame king                            driven) that attempts to combine
                                        In 2010, the iPad became         of deViCes for                         web videos with TV channels, if
                                                                                                                you can ever figure it out. This
                                     king of devices for surfing and
                                     consuming media of all kinds,       surfing and                            product was clearly brought to
                                     albeit without being able to dis-   Consuming                              market ahead of its time, which
                                     play Flash from popular web-        media of all                           perhaps is just around the corner.
                                     sites. Despite this limitation
                                     and the iPad’s high price (over     kinds, albeiT                                                               or on a flat screen TV. The idea
                                     $500 USD), Apple has sold over      wiThouT                                                                     of wearing funky glasses is ap-
                                                                                                                                                     palling from a fashion sense, and
                                     7 million tablets in just twelve    being able To                                                               seems it would be an impossible
                                     months (with a 95.5% market
                                     share) and with no other manu-      display flash                                                               pre-requisite in the home, as
                                     facturer coming close despite       from popular                                                                many of us already can’t find
                                                                                                                                                     the remote when we need it.
                                     last minute attempts during         websiTes.                                                                   How about hunting down a pair
                                     2010 to catch up. For exam-
                                                                             Other failures with 2010’s en-                                          of glasses to boot! However, the
                                     ple, the ViewSonic “G” tablet
                                                                         lightened consumers include                                                  $2000+ USD 3DTVs make ex-
   The Kin is in sharp contrast      was pulled from store shelves
                                                                         Google TV which represents
                                                                                      ,                                                               cellent 2D televisions as well,
one of the biggest hits in 2010:     when it was discovered that the
                                                                         a cutting edge tech idea that                                               so if you got the bucks...
phones running on the Android        graphics display processor was
                                                                         hopes to merge the Internet with                                                And for those that had more
operating system, with that soft-    not up to the job, and customers
                                                                         normal TV viewing. Hard to clas-                                            bucks to spend on gadgets in
ware designed by search giant        were totally disgusted with this
                                                                         sify as a device, and even harder to      Like Internet TV and cheap-       2010, one hit in the Canon ball-
Google. Hundreds of thousands        tablet’s performance. Yet 2011
                                                                         use, you can find Google TV built      er tablet devices, 3D TV sets        park was the Canon G12 com-
of Asians per day are activat-       promises a boatload of other
                                                                         into many Sony TVs and Blu-ray         are starting to pop up in show-      pact point-and-shoot, as this is
ing Android-based phones, and        iPad-like devices, with most
                                                                                                                rooms around the world, and          a semi-professional camera that
over 55 million new users were                                                                                                                       includes HD video recording
                                                                                                                even here in Nepal. It’s hard
added in 2010 alone. This was a                                                                                                                      at 720p with manual focus and
                                                                                                                to say whether 3DTVs like the
big win for Google, even though                                                                                                                      RAW processing. I use the ear-
                                                                                                                Samsung UE467000 and asso-
Android’s big brother “Chrome”                                                                                                                       lier prototype, the G10 intro-
                                                                                                                ciated 3D glasses SSG 2100RB
seems doomed. Chrome is an                                                                                                                           duced in 2009, and this class of
                                                                                                                will be a hit or a’s too
operating system geared for                                                                                                                          camera is the next best thing to
                                                                                                                early to tell, as early adopters
netbooks, which were eclipsed                                                                                                                        a much more expensive, larger
                                                                                                                are a bit shy about criticizing
this year by Apple’s introduc-                                                                                                                       and heavier DSLR. The G12 fits
                                                                                                                their $2000+ USD investment,
tion of the iPad. So in other                                                                                                                        in a small purse or a very large
                                                                                                                and there just isn’t that much
words, Google Chrome is most                                                                                                                         pocket, and is built like a little
                                                                                                                3D media out to view.
likely DOA for 2011.                                                                                                                                 tank, producing superb digital
                                                                                                                   But for folks that can’t focus
                                                                                                                their left and right eye simulta-    photos and movie clips.
                                                                                                                neously on any given spot (2 to          Well, that’s this year’s round-
                                                                                                                3% of the population at large),      up of best and worst tech, with
                                                                                                                3D tech today just won’t work,       2011 sure to bring on even more
                                                                                                                and for others, headaches or         amazing products and equally
                                                                                                                other eye strains could occur;       amazing duds. In 2010 we saw
                                                                                                                consult your physician if in         one clear game-changer, the
                                                                                                                doubt, so says the manual.           iPad, and 2011 could also be
                                     having more features than the
                                                                                                                   Personally, I have not been       another year that produces a
                                     original success story and with
                                                                                                                    impressed with 2010’s 3D         revolutionary product...can you
                                     a much lower price tag.
                                                                                                                             technology, either      guess what that would be?
                                        In sharp contrast to 2010’s
                                     iPad and iPhone 4 successes –                                                                 in the theatre
                                     the iPhone 4 introduced in June
   The impending death of            sold almost 3 million in just 3
Chrome is directly related to        days – there have been a slew
the decline of netbook sales,        of tech gadget disasters, with
which dropped dramatically in        the Cisco Flip Slide HD pocket
2010. Once upon a time (just         cam being high on the list. This
18 or so months ago) netbooks        over-priced addition to the pop-
were considered a viable alter-      ular Flip HD line of camcord-
native to shoppers needing a         ers is a big fail for customer’s
laptop, or for those with light      inability to figure out how to
computing needs, such as get-        use it, coupled with an insulting
ting emails and using the web.       $250+ USD price tag for a cam-
Once the best new tech of 2009,      corder that shoots mediocre HD
netbooks are passé with netbook      video at best.
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                                            The calm in the morning, the chaos at night – Kathmandu,
                                            the capital city of Nepal, has many faces. Our lenses have
                                            captured the laziness in the morning, the commotion and
                                            confusion in the afternoon, and the rocking nights that

in Commotion
                                            Kathmanduities are so accustomed to. Living the city life
                                            can be quite a hullaballoo, but it’s amazing how we still
                                            find time to relax and revel in the simpler things. Here is
    Text: Shreeya Joshi, Photo: ECS Media   our beloved Kathmandu as we all know it.
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                                  markets & launches

Launches that made Headlines in 2010                                                              Compiled by: Shreeya Joshi and Avishek Raj Pradhan

AUTO                                         and its size and shape is considered
                                             perfect for the congested and narrow
                                             roads of Kathmandu. Price on request.            Sonata
BAJAJ                                        Ph:434921                                        Laxmi Intercontinental, one of the                                                           CG ELECTRONICS
                                                                                              authorized distributors of Hyundai
Discovering Bajaj                                                                             vehicles in Nepal rolled out the Sonata,                                                     Front Loader
Hansraj Hulaschand and Company, the                                                           in July. Sonata adopts Hyundai’s new                                                         CG Electronics, a subsidiary of the
authorized distributor of Bajaj bikes        HONDA                                                                                                                                         Chaudhary Group, launched the “CG
                                                                                              “fluid sculpture” design language
for Nepal, introduced the 150cc DTS-i        Dazzler                                          and boasts outstanding performance                                                           Front Load Washing Machine, in July.The
Discovery in Nepal, in September. The        Syakar Company launched a new                    with segment-leading safety and fuel                                                         front door feature of this novel product
new two-wheeler is a perfect blend of        version of the Unicorn, the CB                   efficiency. Price on request. Ph: 4460712                                                    helps it stand out from competitors and
power and fuel consumption and falls         Unicorn Dazzler, in October. Equipped                                                                                                         makes loading and taking out clothes from
under the economy class category. The        with a 150cc improved Honda engine,                                                              Sipradi Trading, the sole distributor of     the machine an easy task.This powerful
price of the bike is Rs.1,59,900.            the bike is rich in style, and is targeted                                                       Tata Motors for Nepal, in October. The       performer has a washing capacity of 7 kg
Ph: 4220094                                  at young executives and students. The                                                            diesel version is priced at Rs. 2,740,000,   and weighs 73 kg. Ph: 5525041
                                             Dazzler is priced at Rs. 2, 60,900.                                                              with a mileage of 21 km per liter,
                                             Ph: 4225490                                                                                      whereas the petrol version, priced at
                                                                                                                                              Rs. 2,395,000, gives a mileage of 14.5 km    BEKO
                                             Accord                                                                                           per liter. Ph: 4250610
                                             The eighth-generation Honda Accord,                                                                                                           Introducing LCD
                                             with its irresistible combination of style,                                                                                                   Orbit International introduced the
                                             looks, comfort, power and luxury was                                                                                                          LCD TV from Beko, an internationally
        God of Bikes                         introduced by the Syakar Company, in                                                                                                          renowned home appliances brand, in

      By bringing three differe
                                nt           August.The sedan boasts a 2.4 liter
                                             i-VTEC engine, intelligent 5-speed               NISSAN                                                  Indica Rolls                         November. The Beko LCD TV boasts
                                                                                                                                                                                           exceptional quality of components
                             cycles in                                                                                                                                     in terms
  models of Ducati motor                     automatic transmission with paddle shift         Nissan Teana                                      Considered to be good                      including HDMI ports, PC Input and has
                            s Trading,                                                                                                                       ance and worth the
  November, Turbo Motor                      and sports an aerodynamic design that            Durga Brothers and Sons, the authorized            of perform                                Vision Art technology for crisp display.
  the author  ized dealer of Ducati in       makes high speed cruising a breeze. Price                                                          price tag, the Indica V2 DL
                                                                                                                                                                              E, was
                              of riding                                                       distributors of Nissan vehicles for Nepal,                                      ding,
   Nepal, made the dreams                    on request. Ph: 4225490                          launched the Nissan Teana, in October.              introduced by Sipradi Tra
                               possible                                                                                                                                          for
  the wonder bike in Nepal,           t                                                       The car which includes a 2.5-liter                  the authorized distributor
    for many. The company brough                                                                                                                    Tata vehicles, in August. The
               ts of the Monster 696,                                                         engine sports features like automatic                                            ude
     eight uni                                                                                transmission, sunroof and leather seats.             car has features that incl
                                 otard                                                                                                                                        lamp,
    Monster 796 and Hyperm                                                                    Price on request. Ph: 4362992                        A/C, child lock, rear fog
        796. Price on request. Ph:                                                                                                                                               with
                                                                                                                                                 tachometer and utility tray at
                9851052708                                                                                                                        coin hol der. The car is priced
                                                                                                                                                            Rs. 1,395,000.
                                                                                              MARUTI SUZUKI                                                  Ph: 4230340
                                                                                              The attractive and affordable Maruti
                                                                                              EECO car, specially designed for Nepal,
                                                                                              was launched by the Chaudhary Group,
                                                                                              in November. Powered by a1196cc                 VOLKSWAGEN                                   EVO STORE
                                                                                              petrol engine and a five speed manual
                                                                                              transmission gearbox, the car delivers          Luxury Cars                                  Portable Projectors
                                                                                              high performance and acceleration               Pooja International of the Vishal Group      Evo Store, which houses big brands
                                                                                              with excellent fuel efficiency. The             formally introduced the Volkswagen           like Apple, Bose, Sharp, JBL, Bowers
                                                                                              Maruti EECO five-seater is priced at            range of automobiles in Nepal in             and Wilkins, launched the ‘NP series’
                                                                                              Rs.1,560,000. Ph: 5545892                       September. The Volkswagen models             of portable wireless LCD projectors
                                                                                                                                              introduced by the group were – the           (NP905G DLP, NP54 DLP and NP216
                                                                                                                                              Beetle, priced at Rs.4,125,00; Passat,       DPL), in July. The new projectors are
                                                                                                                                              priced at Rs.5,925,000; Passat CC,           characterized by their outstanding image
                                                                                              KIA                                             priced at Rs. 6,275,000; Tiguan, priced      reproduction, combined with quick and
                                             Twister                                          Smooth Sorento                                  at Rs.5,675,000; and Touareg, priced at      intuitive operation, and are very easy to
                                             Honda’s 110cc CB Twister, a sharply styled       Continental Trading Enterprises, the            Rs.6,800,00.                                 carry about. The price for these, ranges
CHEVROLET                                    commuter bike was launched by Syakar in          authorized distributor for KIA motors                                                        from Rs. 52,000 to Rs.300,000.
                                             August. CB Twister offers an unbelievably        in Nepal, launched the Sorento, in                                                           Ph: 5525041
Beat                                         good mileage (it runs 57.2 km on just one
Vijay Motors launched the Chevrolet                                                           September. With a price of Rs. 6.3
                                             liter of fuel). It is a perfect combination of   million, the Sorento perhaps ranks
Beat, in July. Beat has been described       new age style, unmatched performance
as spirited, stylish, aggressive and bold.                                                    amongst the most expensive KIA
                                             and economy.The price of the two-                vehicles in Nepal. However, its price
The 1.2 L Beat comes in three models         wheeler is Rs.1,52,000.
— 1.2, 1.2LS and 1.2LT. The sedan is                                                          is justified by the comfort, safety and
                                             Ph: 4258045                                      performance it offers. Ph: 2054000
priced at Rs 2,030,000. Ph: 4433205

                                             Hummer Roars                                                Sportage
                                             This iconic American All Terrain Vehicle
                                             (ATV) was introduced by Saakha &                   The Kia Sportage, with a
                                             Universal Automobile Pvt. Ltd, exclusive              engine , was introduced by
                                                                                                                             . Ltd.,
                                             stockist of the right-hand driver                  Continental Associates Pvt
                                                                                                                          for KIA
                                             Hummer, in September.The vehicle is                authorized distributors
                                             an exclusive production of General                    vehicles in Nepal, in Aug
                                             Motors and is known worldwide for its               The SUV    with its smooth finish
                                             extraordinary performance, looks and                 exteriors, luxurious inte
                                                                                                                            ome a
Cruze                                        power.The H3 features a two-speed,                  and easy handling has bec
                                             electronically-controlled, full-time,              pop  ular model on the city roa
                                                                                                                                  ds.         YAMAHA
The Chevrolet Cruze, which redefined
the D-segment with its coupe-like design     four-wheel drive system, electronic-                  The pric  e of the Sportage is             FZ-S
                                             stability control, anti-lock disc brakes,               Rs.4,124,000. Ph:205400
                                                                                                                                3                                                          LG
proportions, comfortable interiors,                                                                                                           Morang Auto Works, sole distributor
class-leading features, was introduced by                                                                                                     of Yamaha motorcycles for Nepal,             Side-by-Side
Vijay Motors P. Ltd, in August.The Cruze                                                                                                      introduced the FZ-S, an enhanced             The LG Side-by-Side refrigerator, launched
sports a host of features such as 6-speed                                                                                                     version of the FZ series, in October.        in December, is a perfect expression
automatic transmission, PEPS, Push Button                                                                                                     The FZ-S is packed with a 153 cc,            of futuristic technology. It impressed all
Start, Cruise Control, Smart Screen and                                                                                                       air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, two-          with its Wine Storage Rack, Optimum
Electric Sunroof to name but a few.The
                                                                                              SKODA                                           valve engine which also retains the          temperature section and other features
Cruze LTZ with manual transmission is                                                         Yeti                                            originality of the FZ-1 1000 cc model.       such as Exterior Touch Display and Green
priced at Rs. 4,870,000. Ph: 4433205                                                          By launching the Skoda Yeti SUV, Morang         The bike is priced at Rs. 208,900.           Ion Door Cooling. Ph: 5525041
                                                                                              Auto Works (MAW), the sole authorized           Ph: 4245168
                                                                                                                                                                                           Uncovering LED
GEELY                                        brake-controlled traction control, LATCH
                                                                                              dealer of Skoda automobiles in Nepal,
                                                                                                                                              Biking on YBR 110                            The world’s first full-LED 3D TV,
                                                                                              added a car to the streets of Nepal, in
The Panda                                    child-seat, anchors and tire-pressure. Price                                                     The Alba YBR 110, an ideal                   LX9500 – a product of LG – was
                                                                                              December, that offers a unique mix of
Saakha and Universal Automobile,             on request. Ph: 4434921                                                                          combination of style, mileage and            unveiled by the CG group, in September.
                                                                                              safety, functionality and comfort.The SUV is
the authorized distributors of Geely                                                                                                          performance was launched by                  The LX9500 offers outstanding clarity,
                                                                                              equipped with a 1.8 TSI/KW turbo-charged
cars, imported the Geely Panda to                                                                                                             Morang Auto Works, in September.             spectacular INFINIA design, and is
                                                                                              petrol engine and has a six-speed manual
Nepal, in December. The mini-car             HYOSUNG                                                                                          The bike is priced Rs. 135,900.              loaded with features like Netcast,
                                                                                              transmission system. Other features in the
is said to be the safest car in China,                                                                                                        Ph: 4268252                                  DLNA, Bluetooth and wireless
                                                                                              car include electrically adjustable panoramic
                                             Hyosung                                                                                                                                       connectivity. Ph: 5525041
                                             Hyosung motor bikes from South
                                                                                              sunroof, adjustable steering wheel, fourth-     R15
                                                                                              generation haldex clutch among many             Morang Auto Works launched a
                                             Korea, which is popular amongst
                                                                                              others.The price for this incredible SUV is     special limited-edition R15 2010
                                             the young for quality, style, and fuel
                                                                                              Rs.5,100,000. Ph: 4268252                       model, in April. The special edition of
                                             efficiency, was officially launched
                                             in Nepal by Batas Motors, in                                                                     the bike which is packed with state-
                                             November. The models launched                                                                    of-the-art technologies and boasts
                                             were GT650R, GT250R and                          TATA MOTORS                                     performance worthy of a super-sport
                                             RX125SM, RX125D and RT125D.                                                                      model could be seen all over the
                                                                                              Manza Moves                                     streets. It is priced at Rs. 284,900.
                                             The bikes are showcased at the                   The Indigo Manza, with its new body
                                             company outlet in Tripureshwor.                                                                  Ph: 4216835
                                                                                              and larger interiors was launched by
                                             Price on request. Ph:4224038
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                                                                     Rs. 1498

                 Sweater-(Yi-shion)                                               Coat –(Yi-shion)                                           Long Coat
                 Rs.2498                                                          Rs. 5998                                                   Rs. 3498

                                                                                                             Shoes (Camel)
                                                                                                             Rs. 2298
                         Woolen Cap                       Boots
                         Rs. 348                          Rs. 4498

                                                                                              Rs. 378

                                            window shopping

                                      The New Style
                                      Welcome this new year, with some brand
                                      new fashion. Here are some of the hottest
                                       clothes that can bring you warmth this                           Gloves
                                                season.Take your pick!
Rs. 1998                                                                                                                                   Pant (Armani)
                                                                                                                                           Rs. 1398
                                                                                                        Rs. 1798

                                                w w w. u fo n e p a l . c o m
                                  markets & launches
                                                                                           SAMSUNG                                      standard in laptops and mobile phones.
                                                                                                                                        Customers using desktops can also
SAMSUNG                                                                                    Galaxy Tab                                   enjoy the Internet by using Broadlink         Effect of Energy
                                                                                           International Marketing Services Pvt.        Wireless USB Dongle, which can be             Germany’s most loved drink, ‘Effect’,
                                                                                           Ltd, the authorized distributor of           purchased at the Broadlink corporate          was introduced by Laxmi Concern, the
                                                                                           Samsung mobiles for Nepal, launched          office or through its distributors. Ph:       sole distributor of Effect energy drink
       Twin Cooling                                                                        the much anticipated tablet PC,
                                                                                           Samsung Galaxy, in December. Powered
                                                                                                                                        5553020                                       for Nepal, in September. The drink is
                               n                                                                                                                                                      available in a slim 250-ml can and carries a
     The Samsung RF67, a twi                                                               by the Android Operating System 2.2,                                                       price tag of Rs. 75 per can. Ph: 4220739
 coo  ling French Door refriger                                                            the world’s first DivX certified tablet,     CHAIN BIKES
   was laun  ched by HIM Electron-                                                         was a hit amongst consumers because
 ics, authorized dealer of                                                                 of its multimedia contents as well as
   products in Nepal, in De
                            cember.         400i3, HASEE CG-400i5, HASEE CV-500i3          its easy PC-like web-browsing, on                                                          HOME TV
    The ‘Twin Cooling’ techno               and the HASEE CV-500i5 and are priced          the 7-inch TFT LCD display. With the                       Chain in                        Direct to Home
    patent ed by Samsung, has been          at Rs. 27,500, Rs. 35,500, Rs. 40,000, Rs.     optimized user interface, users can                         Town                           Home TV, Nepal’s first DTH service
                            ge which
 incorporated into the frid                 51,000 and Rs.57,000 respectively. Ph:         also communicate via voice and video                                          rdable       – a product of Satellite Channel
   makes this product extra
                              special.      2191030                                        call, e-mail, SMS/MMS and even social              Locally manufactured affo
                              n to any                                                                                                              stylish mountain bikes by          Pvt. Ltd. Nepal, started its service
  It makes a valuable additio                                                              networks. The Galaxy Tab is priced at               and
                                                                                                                                                                         to be          commercially all over Nepal, in
     modern kitchen. Ph.425
                              0001                                                         Rs.59,999. Ph: 5523544                              Chain Bikes, who claims
                                                                                                                                                                           do so,       October. Providing HD quality TV
                                            HP                                                                                                the first in the country to
                                                                                                                                                                         ber. By
                                                                                                                                               were launched in Novem                    viewing in terms of display and
                                            HP Pro Book                                                                                         buying a Chain Bike you
                                                                                                                                                                          sion for
                                            The HP Pro Book series was launched                                                               only be promoting the pas
                                            by the authorized distributor for HP                                                               mountain biking but con
                                                                                                                                                                         of Nepal
Defining TV                                 laptops, Neoteric Nepal Pvt. Ltd, in                                                              to develop the economy
HIM Electronics Pvt. Ltd, the official      September. The laptops include the                                                                    as well as the environmen
                                                                                                                                                           Ph: 5000547
marketer of Samsung Electronics,            HP Pro Book 4520s, HP Pro Book
launched Samsung’s Full HD 3D               4420s and HP Pro Book 4320s all of
televisions – the LED 7000 Series,          which come with a one-year warranty.
in July. Samsung’s proprietary built        Ph:4250001
in video processor along with 3D
processor, 3D optimized panel and
Frame Rate Conversion technology            MOTOROLA
provide superb picture quality in 3D.
Samsung Full HD 3D TVs eliminates           Hello Moto!
one of the barriers of 3D adoption          Call Mobility Pvt. Ltd. brought four
– lack of content – by rendering            new budget priced Motoyuva mobile
2D content into 3D with the push            handsets, in August. These handsets
of a button. The Samsung 3D LED             give users the ultimate in musical
televisions are available in 40”, 46” and   experience. The sets include the
55” screen sizes. Ph: 4250001               WX181, WX260, WX290 and WX295
                                            and are priced at Rs. 2,000, Rs. 3,675,
                                            Rs. 3,675 and Rs. 4,250 respectively. Ph:
SHARP                                       4240886                                        SONY
                                                                                           Alpha Camera                                                                               sound. With Home TV service, an
Aquos                                                                                                                                                                                 antenna of 70 cm and a Set Top Box
Evolution Trading Pvt. Ltd., the                                                           Two new SONY cameras in the Alpha            COCO COLA
                                            NOKIA                                          series, the Alpha NEX-5 and Alpha                                                          (STB) has to be installed for one TV,
authorized distributor for Sharp Audio                                                                                                  Minute Maid                                   which is comparatively expensive when
and Video in Nepal, launched Sharp’s                                                       NEX-3 were launched by Nepa Hima
                                                                                           Trade Link Pvt. Ltd., the authorized         Bottlers Nepal Ltd. introduced ‘Minute        compared to a cable line. The price of
four-color Quattron Slim LED TVs, in                                                                                                    Maid’ juice in the market with ‘Minute        a STB is Rs.5,888 and the subscription
August. The new technology brought                                                         distributor for SONY products in
TV viewers brighter colors and more                     Eco Cells                          Nepal, in November. Both cameras             Maid Mango’, in July. The mango based         fee depends upon the packages
                                                                                                                                                                                      consumers choose. Home TV has
                                                                          orized           effortlessly capture stunning, DSLR          juice drink is available in three pack
vivid picture quality. Ph: 4225486              Neoteric Nepal, the auth                                                                sizes – 300 ml, 600 ml and 1.2 litre and      floated three packages in the market
                                                                         phones            quality pictures with its 14.2 Exmor APS
                                                dealer of Nokia mobile                                                                  is priced at Rs.35, Rs.65 and Rs.120,         - Home TV C1 which broadcasts 40
                                                                            new            HD CMOS image sensor and Full HD
                                                 in Nepal, introduced two                                                               respectively. Ph:4272602                      channels and costs Rs. 250 per month,
                                                  high-end mobile phones                   1080i video in AVCHD format with the
SONY                                              are Green and eco-friendly
                                                                               -           NEX-5. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 comes                                                           Home TV C2 which broadcasts 60
                                                                              ber.                                                                                                    channels and costs Rs. 350 per month,
3D Thrills                                       the N8 and C7 - in Novem                  in two options: NEX-5 ‘D-double lens’
                                                                             such                                                                                                     and Home TV C1 which broadcasts 80
An extensive suite of 3D                         The green enhancements                    priced Rs.100,000 and ‘K- single lens        COBLENZER
                                                                           n used
entertainment solutions was presented             as bio-plant constructio                 priced Rs.90,000; NEX-3 ‘D-double                                                          channels and costs Rs. 450 per month.
                                                                               ue.                                                      Brewing Beer
                                                  in the cell makes them uniq              lens’ priced Rs.74,999 and ‘K-single lens’
by the authorized dealers of Sony                           Ph: 4250001                                                                 Sthapit and Schlau Pvt. Ltd., in
Products in Nepal, Nepa Hima Trade                                                         priced Rs. 64,999.
                                                                                           Ph: 5546076                                  collaboration with United Breweries,          JEANSWEST
Link Pvt. Ltd, in November.The new                                                                                                      introduced Coblenzer beer, which is
models of the 3D BRAVIA line-up,                                                                                                        brewed in the style of Germany’s Pilsener     Casually Denim
BRAVIA NX810 and NX710 with
                                                                                                                                        and Marzan, in August.The premium beer        Italina Enterprises, the sole agent for
the Sony Active Shutter 3D glasses                                                                                                      is distinctly natural compared to the other   Jeanswest brand in Nepal, opened the
makes viewing television in 3D format                                                                                                   beers available in the market.The beer        Australian denim brand’s first exclusive
a unique experience and is said to                                                                                                                                                    showroom in the capital, in December.
alleviate problems of headaches as well.    LG                                             AZZABKO                                      has two different tastes – the Coblenzer
                                                                                                                                        Pilsener and Coblenzer Marzen – which         From jackets to t-shirts to belts and
Price on request. Ph: 4485673               Optimus                                                                                     are priced at Rs. 145 and Rs. 155 per         scarves, the brand deals mostly in premium
                                            CG Impex, the sole authorized                                                               bottle respectively.                          casual wear. Its showroom has been
                                            distributor of LG mobiles for Nepal,                      Azzabko                                                                         opened at Civil Mall and it plans to open
                                                                                                                                                                                      outlets in other cities of Nepal as well.
                                            launched the android powered                              Ice- Cream the
                                            smartphone, in July, LG Optimus (LG                                and
                                                                                                  The Nanglo Group                      DABUR NEPAL
                                                                                                                              er to
                                            GT 540) in Nepal. The phone has a 3                 NE Group teamed togeth
                                            megapixel camera and an expandable                  set up the National Ice Cre
                                                                                                                                am      Macho Pro                                     QUEST
                                                                                                                             e the
                                            memory of up to 32 GB. Ph: 5525041                  Industries and to produc                PROstyle Dandruff Control Hair Oil,           ENTERTAINMENT
                                                                                                  Azzabko brand of ice crea             Nepal’s 1st hair oil developed for men,
                                                                                                                              m is
                                                                                                  in October. The ice crea              by Dabur Nepal Pvt. Ltd. was launched
                                                                                                 available in more than a               by Nima Rumba in December. The
                                            SPICE                                                flavo rs and isavailaible at mo
                                                                                                                                        quick-absorbing light hair oil works
                                            Talking Camera                                       than  300 retail outlets in Kat
                                                                                                                                        because it contains natural dandruff                      QFX
                                            Teletalk Pvt. Ltd., the sole authorized
                                                                                                                                        control remedies such as lemon,                          Cinemas
                                                                                                            Ph: 5544263                                                                                               mier
                                            distributor of Spice mobile phones in                                                       peppermint and rosemary. PROstyle is              Quest Entertainment, a pre
                                                                                                                                                                                         entertainment company, laun er,
                                            Nepal, launched the new S-1200 camera                                                       avalaible in packs of 75ml and 150ml at
                                            phone, in May.The 12.2-Megapixel camera                                                     respective MRPs of Rs.40 and Rs.75.             an ent ertainment brand, in Octob
                                            phone looks futuristic and is a perfect                                                                                                       called QFX Cinemas.With
HASEE COMPUTERS                             accompaniment for those who are
                                                                                           BROADLINK                                                                                        Quest brought all the cine
                                            passionate about capturing every moment                                                                                                      halls, namely Jai Nepal and
HASEE Laptops                               of their lives.The powerful 12.2 megapixel     Next Gen – WiFi                                                                                 under one umbrella ensurin
Zenith Technology Pvt. Ltd., the            camera of S-1200 helps capture stunning        Broadlink Network & Communication                                                             better mo   vie-going experience for
authorized distributor of HASEE             images with amazing clarity and helps          Pvt. Ltd. launched the next generation                                                           audiences, and unveiled its
Computers in Nepal, launched seven          create photo-quality prints up to 10” x        WiFi services and Internet based                                                                state-of-the-art movie hall
different models of notebooks/laptops       15” size at very high resolutions. S-1200 is   telephony service for home and                                                                           Central Cinema.
in the market, August. The recently         EDGE enabled and has Java, which enables       enterprise customers in Nepal, in                                                                           Ph: 4442220
launched models by the company              users to connect and share data and            October. With a Broadlink WiFi
include the HASEE ME-122, HASEE             images with friends and family. Spice S-1200   connection, Internet can be accessed
FU-400DC, HASEE FU-400C2D, HASEE CG-        is priced at Rs. 17,980. Ph: 4254546           with built in WiFi Cards, already a

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