Mourning Lost Lives in Kathmandu Valley

I can’t quite get over videos and photos of the current situation in Swayambhu, Bhaktapur, and Patan (see here). The news hits me harder because I gained lots of professional experience through stints in South Asia, and it is in Nepal where I’ve spent a lot of time as a photographer and researcher. I hope you’ll indulge me in my pic tribute to memories of Kathmandu Valley.

My first view of a durbar is breathtaking, worth risking a possible tumble down to the crowd:

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Down below, and by stroke of luck, a political party rally is about to commence. My heart beats faster as my friend NR and I get closer to the crowd.

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These are the formidable Newar women. Their lineage originates from prehistoric times in the area that is now Kathmandu Valley.

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It is beyond surreal to walk around here, as if we are frozen in time.

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NR knows of my love of food so she takes me to this woman who makes an egg thing wrapped in newspaper. Yum!

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Sometimes this is all I want to do: look out the window, sip chai, and watch humans. Nepal is great for that.

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At Hindu-Buddhist temples, I am told to walk clockwise around the stupa. I proceed and follow these young monks. While I do not experience any sort of spiritual awakening, I skip in delight for having the opportunity to visit Swayambhu.

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“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.” – Rumi

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4 Comments on “Mourning Lost Lives in Kathmandu Valley

  1. I was in Kathmandu until a week ago, and I’ve been there for 3 months. Touching. Great pictures.
    PS: we share the passion to sip tea and watch people passing by

    • I’m glad you’re okay and made it to Dharamsala safely! I was there in 2009 and loved it. Took the train from there to Delhi while sipping chai and watching people of course 😉 Safe travels, ciao!

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