Celebrities who came calling

Miss Universe 1994 and popular Indian actress Sushmita Sen was the showstopper for Classic Diamond Jewellers’ “Timeless Paragon Jewellery Fashion Show 2014”, which was held at the Hotel de l’ Annapurna, Durbar Marg, on November 15.
Celebrities who came calling

Sushmita Sen
Miss Universe 1994 and popular Indian actress Sushmita Sen was the showstopper for Classic Diamond Jewellers’ “Timeless Paragon Jewellery Fashion Show 2014”, which was held at the Hotel de l’ Annapurna, Durbar Marg, on November 15.

Raveena Tandon
Bollywood actress Raveena Tondon walked the ramp along with Nepali models, flaunting jewellery from eight companies in the second edition of “Nepal Gems and Jewellery Expo 2014” from November 7.

Laxmi Mittal
Steel magnate Laxmi Mittal was in Kathmandu in February to attend the wedding party of Karan Saraogi, the son of Indian businessman Vivek Saraogi; and the bride, Natisha Saraf, is the granddaughter of Radheshyam Saraf, the owner of Hotel Yak & Yeti.

Akshay Kumar
Indian actor Akshay Kumar was in Kathmandu in May to shoot the Bollywood movie “Baby”.
 
Aamir Khan
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was in Nepal for a two-day visit in October. Khan landed here on October 7 to take part in a Unicef programme. A goodwill ambassador for the Unicef, the 49-year-old actor visited a health post at Pakadi VDC in Kapilvastu, promoting nutrition for children and interacted with local health workers and volunteers.

Raul
Legendary Spanish footballer Raúl González Blanco was spotted in Kathmandu on November 14.

Kapil Sharma
Though his show was cancelled in the last hour by Kathmandu District Administration, popular Indian stand-up artist Kapil Sharma made it to Kathmandu on December 13. Sharma and singer Sonu Nigam were supposed to share the stage with popular Nepali singers and comedians in the “Ncell Purple Fest”.

Mika Hakinnen
Two-time former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen was in Nepal for a three-day visit in January as part of the “Join the Pact” campaign to urge Nepali fans to be responsible and never drink and drive. Hakkinen awed the Nepali fans with his speed and control behind the wheel of a white Mercedes at the Syakar Safety Riding Training Centre in Lalitpur on January 26.
Shashi Tharoor
Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor was the star attraction of Ncell Nepal Literature Festival in September this year. An award-winning writer, Tharoor has authored 14 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction.

Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi was in Kathmandu for a three-day visit in December. During his visit, Satyarthi addressed the parliamentary committee for Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare and also met President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

The polity

Faking democracy

The past year has simply been a continuation of political party posturing, individual political ambitions and manoeuvrings, (un)diplomatic interventions, and flawed solutions proffered by the all-important foreign aid sector

- SEIRA TAMANG

Diplomacy

Beyond the borders

Nepal successfully hosted international political leaders and a regional summit this year. But if the country is to exploit the rise of India and China, it needs to set straight its foreign policy priorities

- Anil Giri

The law

Code equality

In 2015, the new civil and criminal codes have a chance to create history by ending laws discriminatory to women and gender minorities. Sadly, the bills seem like poor amendments of the Muluki Ain that they seek to replace

- Weena Pun

Disaster

Reassessing a year of disasters

The year 2014 was plagued by disasters that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives

- Prateebha Tuladhar

Entrepreneurship

Startup nation

A whole host of entrepreneurs are finding market niches to explore

- Shibani Pandey

Infrastructure

A liveable metropolis

Pre-Saarc, the Capital received a makeover. But will these changes be preserved and will infrastructure development continue at the same, rapid pace?

- Samik Kharel

Headliners

NEWSMAKERS 2014

They were in the limelight, for reasons right or wrong

Med schools

An industry run amok

The medical education sector was plagued by politicking and scandals in 2014.

- MANISH GAUTAM

Interview

A portrait of the artist

Sushma Joshi is a writer and filmmaker. Her book of short stories, ‘The End of the World’, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award in 2009. Her second book, ‘The Prediction’, was published in 2014. A novel is forthcoming. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University, and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She runs Sansar Media, a publishing and film production company. The Post spoke to Joshi about her career as a writer and Nepali writings in English.

- Sushma Joshi