Conversations of Nepal, the annual talk event organised by King’s College London Nepalese Society took place on Tuesday evening, March 28 at the Guy’s Campus in London Bridge. The talk which focuses on speakers sharing their work related to or work on Nepal started in 2016 as a way to bring conversations of Nepal from different fields in a bid to share stories and knowledge. This years event saw the participation of BBC World Service Environment Correspondent Navin Singh Khadka, designer Sanyukta Shrestha, NAMAS Adventure founder Bisesh Gurung and Dr Suzy Solley who spoke about her research on Nepali widows.
The event had a great turnout with many attendees from different universities to young Nepali working professionals. Well, we had a good number of attendance which we are very thankful for.
Navin Singh Khadka spoke about “Political and Climatic Uncertainties in Nepal”, an engaging talk which brought many questions forward during the Q&A session. London based designer Sanyukta Shrestha spoke about her early childhood in Nepal, battling against pursuing creative arts and something more academic to following her heart – to her transition in the UK as a student once again followed by establishing herself as a designer in the UK. Shrestha’s designs have been worn by celebrities including Lauren from the girl band FIFTH HARMONY and Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel. NAMAS Adventure founder Bisesh Gurung spoke about where his passion for travel and trekking came from and through stunning visuals of Nepal, he shared about the NAMAS experience and how that is different to other competitors. NAMAS currently has two travel dates for the Summer which will be on the blog soon. Dr Suzy Solley from Queen Mary, University of London talked the audience through her PhD research on Nepali widows, what the existing literature on widowhood consisted of and the similarities and differences she came across in Nepal and shared the results from her research.
As always’ a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Conversations of Nepal talk. We, as a society would like to hail this event a success simply seeing the participation – the questions that came forward after each speaker and once the event wrapped up, it was great to see the audience come and thank the speakers and ask more questions.
We hope you will be there for the next talk too.
I was just wondering, instead of only promoting and talking about good side of Nepal and Nepalese, how proud we are, proud people we are, why not discuss about dark side you guys completely overlook? No matter how much you try to sugar coat outside look, inside is always the reality. So why not talk about reality?
You know Nepal time is ticking, right? There won’t be a Nepal in future. All that you guys know, will be destoyed from inside out, nothing will remain but a husk.
The topics discussed this year ranged from Nepali widows and how they are treated by society to how the views towards these women are linked with religion to Nepal’s inability to cope with climate change due to a fragile political system. I believe these two examples are enough to show that we do not only focus to celebrate but focus on talking about issues that need to be critically examined upon.
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