Friday, January 31, 2014

In Nepal Not for Tourism

In the first week of this year, I was in Nepal chasing a story. The story was tragic in nature. You can read the story by clicking on this link: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/nation/those-hemraj-left-behind. It took 15 hours of drive from Lucknow to reach here. 

Nepal's hinterland is beautiful. The days were bright and sunny, evenings biting cold. 

Here are some of the pictures that will help you visualise my trip, most of the time was spent travelling in a car. 
 
Alcohol is readily sold here in nearly every shop at twice the price. The driver (I don't remember his name) is buying his evening dose.


We stopped here to eat fried chicken. A cup of tea was bonus.

And this smile priceless.

I was face to face with the advantages of polygamy.The man I am talking to is a brave tribal who is a father of three children from three wives. The fourth wife is in the family way.  
This girl thought we were aliens from outer space.

We light upon some breathtaking scenery.

Raul took some great pictures for the story. I took some pictures of him.
Life in a remote village in Nepal is burdensome.

Hemraj's family: mother, wife and son. Loss is a way of life for them.

But never say no to life, for in this world, as someone is rightly said, joys are only the tender shadows that sorrows cast. Mother and son together in grief.
In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
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In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
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The warmth of the fire in the dark, cold night was serene. 
We stayed overnight in a town that looked like a quarry.

Sunshine!

The travel-mates!
 
Soon after we entered India, had the biggest meal of the trip in an urbanised dhaba.

The Highway. The pitch darkness. And hot chai