Kathmandu 2013

Kathmandu is a diverse city with all its noise and pollution, its poverty and its culture. The most striking thing about Kathmandu is its abundance of life, people carving out an existence under sometimes difficult circumstances. In Kathmandu for instance there is a load shedding system on the power. Electricity is off for fourteen hours in any one specific area then comes back on for only six on a circulatory system. Also in the winter water because of the frozen reserves in the mountains, is at a scarcity and then tap water not even drinkable when available. Despite this Kathmandu is rich in myriad ways, not rich in the sense that the people have very much (in the way of money or possessions), they have very little. What I find in Kathmandu is that people because they have so little are in fact noticeably happier – there is still a sense of community, everybody shares what they do have and mostly everybody smiles – there is a level of happiness we could only aspire to in the west.

Rider on the road
Rider on the road
Rush hour
Rush hour
Light on the street, Thamel
Light on the street, Thamel
Homeless
Homeless
Local teams battle it out on a Saturday
Local teams battle it out on a Satruday
Saturday afternoon Volleyball
Saturday afternoon Volleyball
Street magician
Street magician
A street vender
A street vender
Wild dogs on the streets of Kathmandu
Wild dogs on the streets of Kathmandu
The Indian slums of Kathamndu
Indian slums
Military zone
Military zone
Tundikhel park, Kathmandu
Tundikhel park, Kathmandu
Tundikhel, Kathmandu
Tundikhel, Kathmandu
Tundikhel Park
Tundikhel Park

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