Bel Biwaha (Bael Biwaha/Bel Bibaha) or "Ehee" is a ritual that signifies a coming of age for Newar girls. It is an age-old tradition followed devoutly by the Newar community – the predominant resident population in Patan, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur in Nepal.
An advanced point-and-shoot camera (also referred to as a prosumer camera) to top up on my photographic arsenal – a Canon 500D - has been on my wishlist for over a year now. The steep learning curve with the DSLR camera has been a rewarding experience, but work and other commitments has me limited to an amateur photographer who gets to try photographic quips on seldom weekends; the small amazon backpack with the shoulder strap split at the seams a week after purchase is also a reasonable load, and is a rather obtrusive addition to my work backpack on a work day. Additionally, the Canon Powershot G series or the Nikon Coolpix series always did seem like a wonderful backup/substitute for a DSLR kit – less obtrusive and easier to lug around.
Utsav Maden is an envirogeek who tinkers with stuff on the web. With a penchant for the web, blogging and social media tools, he believes technology plays a crucial role in bridging the knowledge divide and helps further development efforts that are efficient and effective in nature.