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Where is the bathroom?


While families splurge on furniture and decoration for their bedrooms and living rooms, bathrooms are usually an afterthought, tucked away in a dark dingy corner of the house. But thankfully, things are changing as urban Nepalis realise the importance of hygienic and airy bathrooms.

Bathrooms reflect an owner's lifestyle. And it doesn't make sense to have a luxurious, professionally designed living room, if your guest can follow her nose to the bathroom.

"Architects and home-owners are slowly beginning to give priority to bathrooms," says Yogendra Bajracharya of Nepal Marble Bath House which has been in business for the last 15 years. He adds, "Urban Nepalis are becoming increasingly conscious about design and use of space and are even willing to spend big bucks."

Sanitary ware stores in the capital offer a extensive range of products in contemporary designs with high safety features, catering to the demands of urban homes. While durability is still the most important factor, store owners say customers now think about aesthetics as well.

"Most of our customers still look for mid-range sanitary products and prefer durability over style," says Sanjay Kedia of Rajesh Sanitary Ware. "However, there is a gradual rise in the demand for high-end goods like Jacuzzis, steam cabins, and shower enclosures."

With a diverse range of innovative products, clients don't have to compromise on design and even smaller bathrooms can be cleverly utilised. "Products like shower enclosures have revolutionised bathing and added elegance to bathrooms," says Rajesh Budhiya of Rukmani International.

Slippery tiles and sharp edges make bathrooms accident-prone spaces especially for the elderly. Now new designs can be incorporated to improve safety. "Coarse bathroom tiles made of non-glazed ceramics can be used to minimise slipperiness of bathroom tiles," explains Birbal Dugar of Dugar Iron and Steels.

Even something as trivial as burn accidents caused by hot water can be avoided. "We offer innovative taps which automatically set the water temperature below 40 degrees (C),"says Budhiya.

Hygienic and easy-to-clean features are also widely available. "Rust-proof PVC pipes which do not allow bacteria to breed inside their inner surface are very popular these days," says Bijaya Ray of Mangalam Industries.

Nepal's sanitary ware industry relies heavily on imports from China, India, Spain and Italy. While custom duty on bathroom installations is low, duty on tiles can reach up to 70 per cent.

Prakash Bajracharya of Bajra and Bajracharya says, "Construction business has slowed down recently and this has affected our business. Political instability also increases the risk of our investments."

However, demand is being kept afloat by apartment and hotel construction. Even older houses are looking to renovate their bathrooms to match modern lifestyles. After all, we spend one third of our lives in the bathroom.

1. Saikat Majumdar

I go through this page where everybody the associates with this business talks about bathroom only.Today we need to create awarness for water saving products ,we have to go not for the product cost,but we have to aware a customer how much water they can save after using a water saving product.

I personally think you have to make a edition with water saving awarness to customer.If you need my contact no you can take it from Mr.Rajesh Bhudiya/Birbal Dugar/Mr.Yogendra /from Rajesh Sanitary.

Tks and congratulate you for this good edition.

2. Bhushan Tuladhar
It is not just the modern bathroom, but also the simple toilet that is finally making its way to Nepali households. According to the latest Joint Monitoring Report by UNICEF/WHO, which tracks Nepal's progress towards MDG targets related to water and sanitation, 51% of Nepalese now go to toilets instead of defecating in the open. More than 400 VDCs (that is more than 10% of the total number of VDCs in this country) have declared themselves as Open Defecation Free. Although we still have a long way to go before every Nepali gets to go to a clean and hygienic toilet and the excreta is properly managed, we are at least moving up the ladder.

3. Girlygirl
What about public toilets? There are hardly any around Kathmandu. The ones there are also in appalling state. I can figure out the location of the toilets by my trustworthy nose rather than any other means. I usually go to a cafe, drink a cuppa and do my biz there. Expensive, hell yeah!! Otherwise I come dashing through the thick traffic jam to my home where I can do my biz comfortably. 

It is true though our villages are making progress but Kathmandu feels like is getting worse. Heaps of garbage and heaps of human and other non-human excreta scattered all over. Imagine a BMW passing by with all its snobbery passing by a dirty beggar girl defecating in an open daylight by the road. Honest to god I was a true witness to this scene! 

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)