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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! With the festive season on, vacation days are on in Nepal! We hope that you can squeeze in these lovely reads among all of these festivities! 😀


  1. Sachet shared a beautiful mother-daughter tale of appreciation, thankfulness, self-realization and confidence written by Muna Gurung. This story speaks of living a life in pursuit of beautiful things! 🙂
  2. In a world of digital journalism, magazines no longer have a monopoly on the concept that they invented. However, magazine covers seem to play an important role in the sales of magazines. And now the designs of magazine covers have started reaching out for cultural aspirations beyond pop culture! Read this piece that Sakar shared with us to learn more on this!
  3. This read tells us that pirates are “the most sophisticated and successful criminal organizations in history.” As violent and greedy the pirates were, they prospered fascinatingly outside the rule of law. Follow this link shared by Sakar to learn more on this!
  4. Sometime last week, Dikshya brought this book titled Sea Prayers written by Khaled Hosseini and we passed it around. It was a quick five minute read that left a few of us moving. So, if you are looking for something quick to read this holidays, you could pick this book!

Have a happy dashain, everyone!

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भविष्य National STEAM Camp 2075

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For भविष्य National STEAM Camp 2075, we had a total of sixteen teams of students aged 10-15 years from all over Nepal! Last year when we had organized भविष्य, we had aimed to expand this throughout the whole country. Last year, we had participants from the schools in Kathmandu valley and also from the neighboring district of Sindhupalchowk.

This year, Karkhana organized भविष्य National STEAM Camp in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Nepal.  We invited one team (consisting of 3 students and a supervisor) each from all eight American Corners in Nepal. The other eight teams were from BeeCreative’s partner schools inside the valley.

The camp ran for two days through September 27-28, 2018. During the camp, students built a prototype to solve problems based on United Nations Sustainable development goals. And students showcased their prototypes during Karkhana Mela, on September 29th.
During this camp a session “Challenges inside Classroom” related to classroom management was also conducted for supervisors by our BeeCreative teachers!

In the camp, the participating teams from different regions of Nepal made different project within a 4 hour time frame. Teams were given challenge involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects where students work in teams to build a project/working prototype that was focused towards solving the problems existing within their local communities. The problems addressed the Sustainable Development Goals defined by United Nations.

It was a fun two days camp for us and also the participants! 🙂

We will give you more updates in the blog to follow! ^_^

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Seetu Style

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If you guys have been following this blog series, you all must know that Seetu hasn’t put any of her merch on sale till now. But people, times have changed now! Seetu is finally putting her amazing work out for sale this weekend!


Seetu will be at the Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire 2018 being held at Nepal Communitere, Pulchowk on 22nd and 23rd of September. Her stall will feature a few of her designs in the form of cute bookmarks and notebooks! Binita, a BeeCreative teacher, who has won hearts of many here at Karkhana with her crafty skills is also putting up some of her quirky and cute cards on sale at the Maker Faire!

So guys, get ready to mix your weekend with a dash of creativity and go support these ladies in their work!


Besides from that, there are a lot of good things happening at this free-entry Maker Faire! Check the schedule here and go visit the stalls!

See you all at Nepal Communitere, Pulchowk today and tomorrow!
-Mamina Shrestha

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! We are a  few days late for this weeks list of fun reads. But, hey, it’s better late than never, right?


  1. Have you ever wondered why our national flag is of an unusual shape? Hmm.. I have and Hasin seems to have found this piece on the Internet that tells us why.
  2. Sakar shared this article from Edutopia that tells us about the 7 Outstanding K-8 Flexible classrooms! Follow this link to know more!
  3. Jasna, our new member at KIC, did some research and reading for our ongoing KIC class: My City. And she shared one of the articles on an Aurora-like mystery called Steve.
  4. And from 11,845 kms away, Dipesh shared with us one of the shorter readings he had the past week on Cognitive Science and Cognitive Science Education. Find the PDF here!
  5. The Mafia grew in India because of the citrus market there! Roshan shared this essay with us that tells us more on that!
  6. Sakar found us an article from The Wired that tells us about the educational tyranny of neurotypicals.

The current school system is too rigid, and it’s designed for a different world.


Okay guys! That’s the list for this week! We’ll send you more soon! Until then, happy reading!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Karkhana Reads

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Hi all! Are you ready for this week’s supply of good reads?

Let’s go!


  1. What do you think is Earth’s oldest color? Rupesh shared a piece from How Stuff Works that claims to tell us what it is! Check the link to learn more!
  2. Hasin shared with us a few readings from The Wire, The Economist and also from The Indian Express on various topics! Find our more here:
    1. From The Wire, India, Hasin read a piece about what writer and activist Arundhati Roy shared at a press conference. Read more  on that here.
    2. What keeps Singaporean education at the top of it’s game? Find out more on that here.
    3. This another article tells us more about the arrests and raids on India’s prime activists and human right advocates.
  3. Do you think afternoon classes are better than morning classes or the other way  round? Inspired by conversations between fellow teachers: Anu and Sonam, Rupesh looked up this research paper that tells us about some interesting patterns!
  4. Sunoj shared with us this article that tells us why Physics needs Arts to help picture the universe!
  5. This article that Rupesh shared tells us how the kids of today are working more and learning little.
  6. Seems like the Singaporean Government doesn’t want it’s children to just ace in exams. They have the best schools in the world, but they are looking for more! Sunoj shared this piece with us.

Happy Reading, folks! 😀

-Mamina Shrestha

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Seetu Style!

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Hi guys! This week, Seetu has a ton of appreciation to shower for her mentors: Amogh and Rupak! Want to know why? Let’s find out from Seetu herself!


I have been working as a designer for the past one and half years. It’s not easy to start off as a designer when you don’t have a senior designer you can look up to. After my first 3 months of internship as a designer, I joined an IT company where I was the only designer and it was really difficult for me to grow as I had to learn most of the things via Google. Depending totally on the Internet didn’t help me grow much. Yes, I learned many techniques from the internet but it certainly isn’t the same as having a supervisor guiding you in all the steps you take.

 

I joined Karkhana 9 months ago, in December. Here, I was introduced to a senior designer: Amogh Dhakwa. He is a part time designer at Karkhana. I was very happy to have a senior designer working with me. And on top of that, he is one of the most humble person anyone has ever met who is always calm and happy. He is also very humorous and if you ever get chance to work with him you will see him making jokes about his own designs (despite of it being awesome as it is!).

I have noticed people asking him this question very often: “Do you ever get angry?” and he answers with a big smile: “No”. And I know it’s true because, trust me, I nag him a lot!

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you. ”

Amogh dai has always been the mentor that I needed. He is always available online for helping me, guiding me and giving me some feedback on my designs. I feel very happy to have him as my mentor. His feedback have helped me a lot. He has always pushed me to try new things and has always encouraged me to make more illustrations. There were times when I thought I couldn’t do it and at that time, Amogh dai would be always be there to encourage me to try more. Today, I want to thank Amogh dai for all of his suggestions and feedback that have helped me a lot and has guided me to grow as a designer.

Do give a thumbs up for his awesome designs in Behance.

P.S. He has always been telling me to launch my own merch but I haven’t been able to do so (Still trying to collect all my guts :P)

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If  you have been following this blog series, you might have seen me working on a project: “WORKBOOK” for the past few months. For this, I have been working with another senior designer Rupak Raj Sunuwar Thugucheaa. He is also a part time designer at Karkhana. He is also a mural artist.

If you happen to visit Karkhana, you are most likely to see him with his headphones on which are always as loud as our speakers! 😛 At first glance, you might take him for a serious person, but he is also very humorous! But yeah, he is very serious about his work!

We have been working together in the Workbook project. And as print work is very new to me, he has been guiding me about all the small details that matters as a designer when we send it to a printing press. It would have been impossible for me to work on it without him. This is why, I want to thank Rupak dai for all this suggestions and insights!

Do give a thumbs up for his awesome designs and murals on Behance.

Thank you my mentors! 🙂  I will always look up to you guys in the years to come!


I, on the other hand, want to thank Seetu and Amogh dai for giving me the motivation I need in making my designs. I am only taking baby steps- but trust me, I could not have done this without the push you guys give me ^_^ Your feedback and comments have helped me a lot and I can’t thank you guys enough for that! And Rupak dai, thank you for drawing me as a character in the Workbook! That should give me my own little fanbase in the world of print!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Karkhana Reads

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We’re back again for this week of interesting reads! 😀


  1. Sakar read this piece from THE WIRED, that claims humans to be better in Dota than AI. Seems like algorithms still have a long way to go! Check this link to find out more on that.
  2. Sachet stumbled upon this article from THE ATLANTIC which discusses whether the cognitive abilities of animals are getting developed with new environment.
  3. Rupesh shared with us an elaborate list prepared by the World Economic Forum that ranks 11 best school systems of the world!
  4. Amrit found the NAP website to be quite resourceful for teachers. This read here talks about lectures, demonstrations, discussions and collaborative learning and labs.
  5. Prayush read this story in THE WIRED that explores the extent of vulnerability our smartphones have put us into.

Until next time! 😀 Happy Reading!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Seetu Style

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Seetu was working in an illustrated gift for her best friend this past week. Let’s look into her journey this past week as she made a special something for her best friend!


While making digital illustrations, I start by making a rough sketch in a piece of paper. When I am done making the sketch, I scan it. 

Then, I use the sketch as a guideline for my digital drawing.

While converting my sketches into digital illustrations, there are a lot of things that I change from the initial idea. I believe that the final product doesn’t necessarily have to be same as the initial idea.

After a long process of creating the shapes, changing them and matching the colors, I finally came up with a final design for this illustration!

I made this illustration for my best friend, Garima, who was leaving for the UK for her higher studies. It took me a toil of two long nights to come up with this illustration of me and Garima. I am really happy with how the design turned out to be! ^_^

After I was done with the illustration, I thought of printing it on a bottle so that she could carry her personally customized bottle in her university and also remember to drink plenty of water 😉


Here’s a huge shoutout from Karkhana team to Seetu and Garima and a kudos to their friendship! ^_^
Garima, we hope you have been drinking plenty of water in your cute bottle!

– Mamina

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Karkhana Reads

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Like the past weeks, this week too, Karkhanauts shared around some  interesting reads!


Here’s the fourth week of Karkhana Reads:

  • Rupesh stumbled upon this article from the BBC that explores the poetic side of  tyrants who wrote verses – seeking solace, intimacy, or glory.
  • Sakar shared this read on a Thomas Kuhn who wrote a book titled ” The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” that altered the way we look at the philosophy behind Science.
  • Sakar was intrigued by the trusses we have in the 3rd floor at our office space. He went home to research about them and shared this read with us.
  • I was scrolling through the Kathmandu Post when I read this article on educational leadership.
  • Errol Morris is dissatisfied with Thomas Kuhn. Sakar shared this article from Nautilus where the author tells about how Kuhn hit Morris with an ashtray.

We’ll find you next week!

—Mamina Shrestha

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Seetu Style

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Seetu takes us to a colorful world this week with her cute paintings- a blast from the past! Let’s go through what she has to share! 🙂


Looking back at my old sketches, I found some of my paintings.

Before beginning my career as a Designer, I used to make sketches. Making sketches of cartoon characters and painting them were my favourite hobbies to pass time.

There are different techniques of adding shades, but I never had proper training or class so I used to copy ideas from different photos and tried to match them! Top to bottom: Monkey D Luffy, Calvin and Hobbes and Ariel

Ariel painting is my recent work. Recently, I haven’t had enough time to paint as much now… I miss painting.


We’ll follow Seetu again next week!

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