It has been two and a half years that we are married. If you ask me if my husband is my first love, I can say without hesitation, he is not. The same goes for him as well. I am not the first woman with whom he has gotten in a relationship. The most interesting part of our relationship is that our relationship is built on friendship more than romance. …


When was the first time I heard the word ‘Empathy’ (समानुभूति)?

I am trying to go back to as far as possible. But I kind of feel stuck in 2013 and can’t go beyond it. 2013 was the year when I had first started my fellowship at Teach For Nepal (TFN). I won’t say that I might not have heard of it before, I might have but my mind might not have registered it because I hadn’t found someone actually embracing it as a value before I was a part of the training at TFN. As I know the value…


When I had first started writing the research paper for my Ph.D., I hadn’t quite thought that I would be presenting it on a global platform. However, I did it this week. I was a part of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) 2021 hosted by the University of Illinois. And now after the completion, I feel accomplished but I do have the thirst to go deeper. Given that my research is on the borderline of autoethnography and action research, both the research paper and the presentation needs me to shed the light on my life and the works…


Hello All,

If you happen to land on this page, let me just share with you my objective for this particular series. Being an introvert, for a very long time, I thought that not being able to be a part of group discussions and meetings was a problem on my part. But then, I slowly realized that it is not a problem but a unique trait and it doesn’t mean that we don’t like to share our perspectives as well or learn from group settings. But we do have our own pace. So, I am trying to make an archive…


Teach For Nepal (TFN) 9th Learning Institute is already over and I guess all the selected fellows are gearing themselves up amid this crisis to move ahead in an adventurous journey.

It already has been a month and a half that I am back from Chitwan after conducting a nine-day-long session ‘Journey to Self’ for them. This session holds particular significance for me as here it was for the first time, I was introduced to the world of critical self-reflection and journaling, which became a part of my life. The session was powerful because it had Swastika didi as our…


On Intersectionality and Dis(Location) as a Woman: Reflections as a Mentor for OWN IT Nepal

For a very long time, I felt dislocated and disassociated as a woman when I shifted to Kathmandu nine years back. It was a cultural shock as well as an emotional shock. I was not used to the feeling of liberation. Anger, guilt, and sadness were my go-to feelings when I was in my hometown in Sunsari. This doesn’t mean that the women at Sunsari did not feel happiness or joy, but I could hardly see them expressing those emotions. …


February was quite a month for me, going back to the normal schedule, resuming the office in-person, and taking in-person sessions and classes. Trying to get back to the normal pace of life and taking things one step at a time was something I was moving ahead with. Then the responsibility of holding a lecture series for February came by and there I was planning for it, involved in the conversation with the participants as well as the lectures.

After the three consecutive sessions that we were able to hold for the ones who were interested in critical and transformative…


For a very long time after the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, I was in surprise as well as anticipation both for how fast the world shut down lingering with the question what’s in it for me?

Was running the classes still possible?

Will my studies go further?

How will the new education setting look like?

How will I evolve?

I was still figuring out the answers when the word ‘empathy’ quickly circulated around the world. The need for empathy was felt by everyone. Research studies started to highlight the importance of being more empathetic as an educator during times…


Are you considering a Ph.D. and wondering what it looks like? Despite completing 21 years of formal education, it took me 12 months more to settle down and be comfortable with the amount of rigor that I need to employ for my Ph.D. Have I settled properly though?

I still need to figure that out. However, what I can definitely share is that it is a continuous learning process, and completing 12 months has become no less than an achievement for me. Here, I have reflected on the first 12 months of my Ph.D. …


2 pm, 12th February; there was a women’s march at Basantapur demanding an end to impunity and the continued violations of our rights. My heart was there but there was a pre-scheduled workshop that I had to facilitate for the producers of a handicraft factory at Mitrapark, Chabahil the very day.

On my way to Mitrapark from Maitighar at around 12.30, I could already see women parading through the streets ready with their placards and slogans against the rape culture. Bhagarathi Bhatta’s recent rape case amid the context where Nirmala Panta’s perpetrators hadn’t been caught since 2019, I was already…

Bhawana Shrestha

Co-Founder, My Emotions Matter

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