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Some people on social media are not not happy to see alcoholic beverage sponsoring the traditional festival, that too with Kumari in display.

The voice was initially raised by Satish Sthapit, singer and guitarist from Newaz Band, through his facebook post, stating:

Felt sad with this branding at Maru. Soon we will see branding in Kumari charriot too. Thukka

The issue escalated quite quickly and now some others too are expressing their dissatisfaction.  However, matter of fact is that locally-prepared alcoholic beverages have significant role in Newa culture, especially in festival like IndraJatra.

What’s your say on this?  Is it right or wrong to get alcoholic beverage as sponsor of traditional event?




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  1. Sunil adhikari

    September 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I think we should always look ground reality of Nepal.When I was a child our local team want to organize program then the organization who is eager to invest are bottlers not other organizations.They know how to channelize their marketing so one class child recognize that is beer bottle.so it is hesitation of other organization to invest as they think it is waste of money

  2. Sudarshan Shrestha

    September 22, 2019 at 7:43 am

    In my opinion, the advertisement could have been done more thoughtfully and professionally.
    Yes, it potentially questions our cultural values and integrity, but on the other hand is promoting local business that I support of.
    However, the issue is the advtertised content which is alcohol, should have indicated “Drink Responsibly or 18+ only”. Instead the message is ‘feel tough; drink strong’ which only demonstrates or encourages the consumption of their brand/alcoholic beverage regardless any age which is defs not sending the right message. Imagine saying that to 16 y/o or youngsters who are vulnerable to such ideas…

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“Made in Heaven” isn’t a myth

A love story that seems like meant to ….

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On February 20, 2016, a girl named Nisha Prasai, inboxed in Kmag page.

 

Fans trying to know the person behind the page was not new to me, and like to every other fan, I was being nice and generous to her.  There was something new to her approach though. She wanted to know my full name.  Reason I learned later that she wanted to make sure I belong to the caste that she would not have problem marrying to.

I mean who would take such long a shot with a stranger!!

She told me that she had waited all day for me to get back to her.

See? She was behind my last name.

She replied back saying, “there is no one name called Lakshya S.”  She actually searched me on Facebook and since my Facebook name was different, she could not find me.

Finally, she somehow found me, not my profile though but a facebook page on my personal name, that I had once created for a while.

And she said something, I said something.  We never really could forget the name ever, because we were destined to meet each other in person.

This crazy fan of Kmag, who even without meeting me had thought of marrying me, making sure I match her caste, I didn’t know what to say to this thing happening in my life at that point in time, when my life was in a mess, in a transition phase.  That was on February.  Until this point, she was just a fan and I didn’t think anything but to respect her innocence and dedication towards my page and my work.  Meanwhile, I had created a Facebook group, bringing together Kmag’s true fans and followers, and I invited her to join the group.  We stayed in touch here and there through Facebook chat, but nothing as such intention from my side, because I was not in a mood or desire to be in any relationship, that too with a fan.  She, however, was quite serious about me, and used to call me her crush.  I was hoping that this infatuation of her would fade away with time.

July 2016, I visited Nepal (I was in India till then).  There was a gathering of the group I had formed.  I tried skipping that gathering because she was coming.  I didn’t want to appear and complicate anything between us, because as i said I had no desire to play with a feeling of a fan, who seemingly infatuating.  First gathering, I managed to skip but in second gathering, I accidentally stumbled up on and there she was.

Damn! I didn’t want to meet her, but then “now here I am…be nice to her.”

I left from there with casual conversation with the group members including her.  I thought after seeing me in my messed up attire, she would change her mind.  But then, she still showed no less interest in me, and I gave up.  I called her to meet me in person next day on July 24, 2016.  That was our first date, which we would celebrate as our anniversary hence.

Until that point, I had not formalized the relationship as such because I was still skeptical about her approach towards me.   I warned her though that being in a relationship with me can be very risky given my social media networks, which might expose her as well, and in case relationship didn’t work, she had to live with scars, facing the world with my name tagged.  Moreover, I had been thinking that it’s all infatuation and after sometimes, everything will be over.

But she was so sure that it was not an infatuation but a love.  I left for India again, asking for sometime for myself to think and prepare.

Meanwhile, we would stay in touch through chats.  She would send me meaningful memes and posts and this one hit me hard.  “I want us to be like this,” she said.


“Oh, girl how could you be this mad about me?” She is damn pretty, damn sweet and she could have any guy in this world and not me, but still she was wanting me.

I came back to Nepal again as my parents were leaving for Norway to visit my sister.  I strictly told her, “See, if you want to be in relationship with me, it must be a serious one, which means you would be introduced to my parents as my future wife; you would be introduced to my friends and circle.  Whatever ups and downs, you would not leave me and vice versa.  You gotta tell your mom as well about it.  I don’t like the typical Nepalese youth love where they should fear and hide from the society and world.  It will be like Westerner’s relationship, that they roam around, go around, tell around without hesitation.”  I also warned her, “break up with me can be very costly with that level of exposure in this small town so if you need time to think…take your time.  Even if you say no to serious relationship, you will not lose me.  I will be still there for you to talk, to listen, to help you in need.”

She still said yes to my proposal for serious relationship.  That’s how the journey begun towards unknown.

Fast forward three and half years, I am married to her on January 18, 2020, without any family drama, complication, or cold feet, as if everything was meant to be.

She made me believe in three things which I thought would exist only in movie.

  1.  Soul mate.
  2.  Unconditional love.
  3.  Couples are made in heaven.

Some love stories are romantic.  Some love stories are inspiring.  I am lucky that I got both.  I am not bragging about her because she is my wife, but truly speaking, she is the kind of girl I wish for every guy.  She is an epitome of Goddesses.  I sometime tell her, “You are an angel.”  I now feel that more real.

I had been waiting to tell this for a long time but before all that, I wanted to be sure and the marriage ensured everything.  Congratulations to us.

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Crowd Review: Syanko

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

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About Syanko

Syanko is one of the famous names in Nepalese market, commonly known for its katti rolls. The katti rolls come with stuffing option ranging from chicken to veg delights. From a humble beginning of a small outlet, it now serves its customers through various outlets within and outside the state with its franchise schemes.

About Crowd Review

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

On 14th July, 2019, we asked our page followers about their views and experiences regarding Syanko Katti Rolls.

We received

TOTAL 42 responses, out of which there were 30 positive responses, 3 negative responses and 9 neutral responses. Given below are few of them:

 

Positive Reviews

Chicken katti rolls are to die for.” –Ankit Dahal

It’s really good. Also the business strategies.” –Prasidha Karki 

“It’s good.. love it.”Manju Adhikary

Its very good. Taste of katti rolls is very consistent.” –Gaurav Kc 

“We don’t have it here in Itahari. But it is delicious man.”Anup Baral

“The taste of the rolls are consistent! Always yummy!”Nipun Shakya

Their katti rolls are the best.” –Samjhana SP

Negative Reviews

The proper supervision of Franchise is what it lacks. There is no consistency of its service when the location varies. I haven’t got the same taste as in Putalisadak outlet in other outlets.” –Abhishek Pandey 

Neutral Reviews

Good but overrated.” –Johnson Shrestha

Pretty good but the taste is different with different outlets.” –Sailesh Dhital

Malai ta purano taste mitho lagtheo. Aajkal ko vanda. Black decor wala theo purano, with small chairs. Teti bela ko best theo.” –Aabishkar Gyawali 

MY VERDICT

Katti Rolls has been famous among Nepali food lovers since many years. However, the authentic taste being delivered by Syanko should be maintained by all outlets under its franchise, as per the public response. If it’s taken care of, this home grown business can definitely reach newer heights in food and service market.

Let us know how your Syanko experience has been so far.

 

 

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Crowd Review: Bhat-bhateni Supermarket

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

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About Bhat-bhateni

Established in 1984 with the motto of “Save time, Save money”, Bhat-bhateni is one of the well-known supermarket and departmental store in Nepal. Since then, it has grown from a “single-shutter” cold store to become a giant in Nepalese retail sector occupying 1,000,000 sq. ft. sales area across its 15 locations.

About Crowd Review

Crowd Review is a collection of public’s reviews on different businesses, products, services or activities.  Such public reviews are collected by taking both online and offline approach, where we ask different individuals, sometimes through direct questioning and sometimes through surveys, to express their experience-based opinion, which we later assemble to generate Crowd Review report, like this one.

On 5th November, 2019, we asked our page followers about their say on Bhat-bhateni in terms of pricing, management, customer service, etc.

We received :

TOTAL of 87 responses, out of which there were 22 positive responses, 35 negative responses and 30 neutral responses. Given below are a few of them:

 

Positive Reviews

Favorite place for grocery shopping till the date ,they have multiple choice and option for the things consumers looking .. pasta from Italy to soy milk from Thailand also organic section is the bonus. I like it may be because I don’t have to bargain and gradually they started to place the genuine and well known international commodities.”          – Karki Kalyan

Every one is there to earn. Some try to earn by selling one item in high price whereas Bhat-bhateni earns by selling huge quantities. So I’m well satisfied with the pricing of Bhat-bhateni. Management is good and the staffs cooperates well. It’s been good experience till date with me. The best thing is you can always use cards to shop. Also with being a member getting free shopping vouchers is a bonus.
Pretty satisfied with their service.”        –Rohan Shrestha

Ma jasto introvert lai ta ekdam sahi, chiryo, mann pare price heryo, price pani mann pare tappa tipyo, ek sabda ni na bolera paisa tiryo, ani sarara escalator ma farkyo.”       –Kuber Rana Magar

Quite satisfied with its branches here in eastern Nepal, Biratnagar and Dharan. The staff here are ok,we People here don’t expect the experience of shopping in UK US and Australia. There is a level of customer service and it’s fine as the level of customer we are..
Yes,wide range of products should be added and the BBSM should focus upon not being specific in the variety they have..
Ahile samma lai thikai bhanna parxa.”    –Subhash Verma

Negative Reviews

Worst customer care ever. The staffs are angry when they have to deal with customers. They would rather sit in a group and talk but aren’t available when we need something. This really needs to change.” –Anee Josephine Sha 

Kapada haru ko quality ramro chaina.” Rekha Nepali 

Footpath pasal brought into a big house.
Overpriced for almost everything and you can’t bargain.
Costumer Care is one of the worst for Maharajgung and Balaju Branch.
Overall out of ⭐” Diwas Adhikari 

“According to government, you can’t charge for carry bags but they do.
40%of the stuffs are cheaper outside
Euta saman mathi arko saman ko sticker tasera bechnu is one of their huge manxe thugne ninja technique”Bhashkar Raj Mishra

Neutral Reviews

“Pricing : normal, Management : I’m inspired by it actually, Quality of Products: great for known brands but very tricky for random brands and customer service : not satisfactory, they act irresponsible most of the times, as if they don’t care about sales and customer. I’m kind of loyal customer anyhow ..without other reliable options. “-Sagun Pant 

 “It’s ok in management and customer service.. In case of pricing in groceries its a bit high.”  –Shrestha Arpan Kumar

 “I only go Bhatbhateni for grocery shopping . Its easy because everything is available under same roof. But i prefer buying my clothes in Indra chowk, New road where its cheaper . Clothes are bit expensive there.”Amisha Dangol

“Sales staff need training on customer relationship. They hire new staff which i think have low in experience. In terms of price it’s ok. It is promoting Nepali brands but most of the Nepali brands are not meeting a quality standards.”Ďû Mönt 

MY VERDICT:

From the above reviews, it appears that customers aren’t very satisfied with their customer care services. Although the shopping experience has been made easier by bringing varieties of goods under single roof, it seems to be a bit over-priced in comparison to local market prices. Let’s hope that Bhat-bhateni will look after all these customer concerns in the upcoming days.

 

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