Alok Thapa

Stories by Alok Thapa

Ending the conflict
22 Nov 2017 5 min read
From the Archive (Dec, 2016): Conservationist Dr Ghana S Gurung’s love of nature began from his childhood spent in the rugged, arid and haunting wilderness of Upper Mustang. Today, he....
From humble beginnings to the top of the banking world
15 Nov 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Dec, 2016): Govinda Gurung talks about how being pragmatic can help people get rid of their confusions and get on the path to success
No mountain too high
08 Nov 2017 5 min read
From the Archive (Nov, 2016): Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita talks about the challenges she had to overcome to become an adventurer and a social worker
Subima Shrestha bridges differences in society through art
27 Oct 2017 4 min read
Kathak dancer Subima Shrestha shares that only with an open attitude can one continue to evolve as an artist and as a person
Samir Thapa--a pioneer in bringing world-class hospitality services to Nepal
13 Oct 2017 5 min read
Founder and Principal of Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management, Samir Thapa, is extremely optimistic about the hospitality sector’s future in Nepal and is confident that it will soar to....
District Court Judge Tek Narayan Kunwar’s efforts to counter human trafficking
11 Oct 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Jul, 2016): VMAG talks to District Court Judge Tek Narayan Kunwar, who pioneered the implementation of the Nepali anti-trafficking law
Aavaas’s mission to revive the Nepali contemporary music
06 Oct 2017 5 min read
Singer Aavaas believes that he has only gotten to where he is today on account of his hard work and willingness to keep pushing his boundaries
The pioneers of Fine Print
22 Sep 2017 6 min read
Founded in 2005 by Ajit Baral and Niraj Bhari, Fine Print is one of Nepal’s finest publishing houses, constantly seeking new voices and consistently publishing established, critically acclaimed authors
Shweta Upadhyaya’s holistic approach
20 Sep 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Apr, 2016): VMAG talks to Shweta Upadhyaya about her premium ayurvedic skincare product line and the challenges she had to overcome to get to where she is....
Laure's aim is simple: to make music everyone can live with
15 Sep 2017 5 min read
Aasis Rana, also known as Laure, has made a reputation for himself as a multifaceted entertainer. Music, movies, TV—you name it, he has done it all
Kiran Manandhar’s unfettered creations
08 Sep 2017 5 min read
In this interview with VMAG, Manandhar shares that to achieve success, one must be ready to sacrifice
Colonel Madan KC’s legendary aura
01 Sep 2017 6 min read
Colonel Madan KC talks about how he dealt with the challenges of his job as a Search and Rescue pilot, and how the rewards of the job kept him going....
Hemant Rana: the common man’s singer
25 Aug 2017 7 min read
Mature, grounded, and raring to take Nepali music to the next level, Hemant Rana traverses genres, musical styles and even continents with ease
Tackling life, a day at a time
18 Aug 2017 7 min read
Sumana Shrestha, an MBA graduate from the MIT Sloan School of Management, dropped everything in the US to return to Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes, and is known for her....
A bonafide child prodigy, Sirish Gurung is a force to be reckoned with
11 Aug 2017 5 min read
For this week’s Inspire interview, we talked to 18-year-old Gurung, a Kathmandu-based swimmer who has, from a very young age, become the country’s hope in a sport that does not....
Lok Chitrakar--Nepal's premier Paubha artist
09 Aug 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (May, 2016): Lok Chitrakar’s unyielding devotion to paubha and his 40 years of work with the form have garnered him a place in the upper echelons of....
It’s not about being a hero—it’s all about making a difference
04 Aug 2017 5 min read
Dr Rajendra Koju, who looks after the management and academics at Dhulikhel Hospital, is no less than a white-coat messiah to the many people who frequent the hospital—probably the first....
One man’s unwavering self-belief
28 Jul 2017 7 min read
Sameer Mani Dixit, the cofounder of Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), is not only passionate about using biotechnology in healthcare, but also about creating a vibrant research environment for....
The story of how Laxmi Bhusal came to be the “Budhi Aama of Radio Nepal”
21 Jul 2017 8 min read
Bhusal shares that radio for her is all about making memories, and that there’s nothing greater than living a life full of happy memories
Govinda Narsingh KC talks about what it takes to make it big in the culinary world
19 Jul 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Sept, 2016): The first Nepali to earn the title of Executive Chef in the country, KC not only excelled at his job but also became a luminary....
The art of cranking out quality reels
14 Jul 2017 7 min read
Bidur Pandey, a self-taught director, has churned out more than 1,500 music videos
The mastermind of Nepali football’s success
12 Jul 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Dec, 2016): In Nepal, it can be exceedingly difficult to make a living through football. And yet, unfazed by the challenges, Raju Shakya has devoted his life....
A dedicated crusader of strays
07 Jul 2017 5 min read
Sneha Shrestha, founder of Sneha’s Care Foundation, an animal welfare charity, takes care of around 110 stray dogs in Kathmandu
Kamala Shrestha possesses a quality most of us can’t even fathom possessing—that of peace
04 Jul 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Nov, 2016): Despite losing both her hands and a leg at the age of 12, Shrestha has managed to live her life with such autonomy that her....
Kailash K Shrestha's big dreams for Dolakha
30 Jun 2017 7 min read
Kailash K Shrestha, founder of Artudio—a centre for visual arts—is a multifaceted artist who employs a variety of visual languages to create narratives that are both personal and relatable....
Drawing on heritage
28 Jun 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Oct, 2016): Rabindra Puri talks about how he got into restoration, the importance of appreciating our craftsmanship and how we can build our future by studying our....
From the ashes
23 Jun 2017 7 min read
How Sharmila Thapa liberated herself from her haunting past of domestic abuse and went on to help many other single women live a dignified life
Re-Imagining education
21 Jun 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Oct, 2016): Som Paneru talks about his career of opening doors for others through education, and why social enterprises are particularly relevant in Nepal
How Maya conquered mountains
16 Jun 2017 5 min read
"Some of the fiercest mountaineers in our country have been women, but this success is usually overshadowed by the lack of women in this sector," says mountaineer Maya Sherpa
Going the distance
13 Jun 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Sept, 2016): When the going gets tough, the tough get going—this quote perfectly sums up the story of Nepal’s marathon legend, Baikuntha Manandhar
Irrigating dreams
09 Jun 2017 8 min read
"The main problem with our society isn't a lack of education, experience or money—it is narrow-mindedness"
Rewriting the music score
06 Jun 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Jun, 2016): Prabin Shrestha is an award-winning video editor and director who has had to overcome much to get to where he is today
A master of many genres
02 Jun 2017 8 min read
"I had opened the door into the unexpected by stepping out of my comfort zone, and an entire realm of possibilities had opened up to me," says Upendra Subba
Straddling the stage and silver screen
26 May 2017 10 min read
"I might as well struggle in my country, so I packed my bags and never looked back"
Cultural crusader
23 May 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Oct, 2016): Cultural heritage conservation activist Ravi Darshandhari talks about how he has turned his life around and his efforts to turn Patan around
Saving strays
19 May 2017 8 min read
VMAG talks to Romi Lama about how she has adopted saving stray dogs as a way of life
The Midas touch
12 May 2017 12 min read
VMAG talks to Kali Prasad Baskota, the man behind today's many hit film songs
Leading change
04 May 2017 8 min read
"When I raised the issue of human trafficking in Nepal in 1987, everyone thought that I had lost it"
Extreme exposure
03 May 2017 10 min read
From the Archive (Sept, 2016): Jagdish Tiwari talks about how for those who are artistically inclined, there isn’t a better place to be born than the photogenic country of Nepal.....
At home on the range
28 Apr 2017 9 min read
"Golfing is like poetry in motion"
The artist of light
07 Apr 2017 9 min read
Ace photographer Mani Lama shares with VMAG his passion for the art of photography and how it has helped him evolve
Weaving hope
30 Mar 2017 12 min read
Bharat Adhikari shares with VMAG the secrets to Nature Knit’s success
Craft crusader
27 Mar 2017 14 min read
Pravin Chitrakar shares that the increasing interest in the provenance and authenticity of handicrafts in Nepal is bringing about a renaissance of the arts and crafts
An etched love story
23 Mar 2017 12 min read
Uma Shankar Shah and Dr Seema Sharma Shah share a passion for depicting nature, culture and religious figures through their art work
Pedal power
17 Mar 2017 15 min read
In a country where every second person wants to secure a nine-to-five job and lead a safe life, Santosh Rai dared to dream differently
Harnessing the power of music
10 Mar 2017 13 min read
Shreeti Pradhan talks to VMAG about how her experiences—professional and personal—have helped her become a music therapist
Unflinching resolve
02 Mar 2017 14 min read
Sunita Danuwar shares with VMAG her experiences, struggles and her ongoing quest to scotch out human trafficking
Compassion in action
17 Feb 2017 12 min read
Shila Thapa, the founder president of Down Syndrome Society Nepal, talks to VMAG about how no one is born fully formed—that it’s only through our experiences that we become who....
Lens on life
10 Feb 2017 12 min read
Kishor Kayastha talks to VMAG about his early days, what Kathmandu Valley means to him and how his unique vision is sometimes misunderstood
Merciless mountains
03 Feb 2017 15 min read
The mountains teach climbers one important lesson—to never give up
On the cutting edge
27 Jan 2017 10 min read
Karmacharya always wanted to work in wildlife, and later, in genetics and biotechnology
Staying the course
20 Jan 2017 10 min read
VMAG talks to Rosy Pun, one of the most sought-after fitness instructors in town
A curious mind
14 Jan 2017 10 min read
Everyone has a story to tell, and for Prachanda Man Shrestha, films have been a platform through which he tells a variety of incredible stories about ordinary people
Assisting nature
06 Jan 2017 10 min read
Dr Uma Shrivastava, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Infertility Centre Nepal (ICN), derives immense pleasure from giving people hope
The music missionary
30 Dec 2016 10 min read
Lochan Rijal shares with VMAG his love for the simple things in music and talks about why attaining simplicity in life is the toughest puzzle to solve
Building on 2016's breakthroughs
30 Dec 2016 10 min read
VMAG’s Alok Thapa, long a mainstay of the Nepali entertainment sphere, has a long list of developments he hopes to see happen in his fraternity
Weaving dreams
16 Dec 2016 10 min read
Shyam Badan Shrestha talks to VMAG about how she started Nepal Knotcraft Centre and what it takes to be self-sufficient
The king of the squash court
18 Nov 2016 10 min read
Hira Bahadur Thapa talks to VMAG about his life struggles and the hard work he's put to becoming the champion he remains
Uniquely abled
02 Oct 2016 10 min read
Selflessness, consistency and humility are the hallmarks of special teachers who take care of kids with special needs. dayaram maharjan is one of these educators. he has been helping differently....
The royal thump
02 Sep 2016 10 min read
Pramod Shrestha (Goofy) of the Himalayan Enfielders talks to VMAG’s Alok Thapa about all things Enfield
Hospitality 101
26 Aug 2016 10 min read
Khem Raj Lakai is on a mission to bridge the gap between the hospitality industry and hospitality education
Taking charge
19 Aug 2016 8 min read
Lawyer and mediation expert Preeti Thapa’s mission has been to facilitate judicial practice at the community level
Upward Trajectory
12 Aug 2016 8 min read
When Buddha Air was launched two decades ago, Birendra Bahadur Basnet could hardly have imagined that the company would become one of the largest and most popular domestic carriers
Eatery to Empire
05 Aug 2016 8 min read
Laxman Neupane's Siddhartha Business Group of Hospitality grew from a humble eatery in Tikapur to a nationwide empire
Overcoming society’s strictures
29 Jul 2016 8 min read
Lily Thapa strives to empower stigmatised women, especially widows, who are considered unlucky and unwanted in our society
Resurrecting Manjushree
22 Jul 2016 8 min read
VMAG talks to Chandra Shyam Dangol, one of the very few artists in Nepal who crafts huge stone sculptures
Re-Imagining Rainwater
15 Jul 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to serial entrepreneur Suman Shakya, who started Smart Pani after struggling with water-shortage issues at his new home
All in the vision
08 Jul 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to Braindigit's Founder and CEO Nischal Man Pradhan
Relentless pursuit
24 Jun 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to the Managing Director of, Amrit Tuladhar, who has never lost his faith in his venture
Art Connection
10 Jun 2016 10 min read
Dr Dina Bangdel, one of the very few art historians whose specialty is Nepali art, talks about her field
Hamro App For Hamro Needs
03 Jun 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to the founder of Hamro Patro, Shankar Uprety, who takes immense pride in the fact that his app has helped simplify the schedules of over 500,000 Nepalis
Rhitar’s Reel Life
27 May 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, whose critically acclaimed films and documentaries show that he is among the brightest stars in the Nepali film firmament
Music Principle
20 May 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to Iman Shah, one of the key players in developing the music curriculum for technical and vocational schools
The brainstrust for brands
13 May 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to deependra tandon and subu shrestha, who have become big players in Nepal’s advertising and communication sector because they love what they do.
Encouraging Everyone To Tell Their Stories
29 Apr 2016 10 min read
VMAG talks to Ramyata Limbu--journalist, documentary maker and KIMFF's festival director