S. Som, USA
With only a week in Nepal, I had the pleasure of accompanying Mr. Ram Hugamai, a photojournalist with over 20 years of experience in the field and Senior Editor of Gorkhapatra National Daily on a journey through Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu—a bustling city full of history, culture, and scenery, jam-packed with over 3 million people, devout in their spiritually, traditions, and good will, but also eager and ready for political, social, and economical change.
In a span of seven days, I was able to see various sides of the city and the Nepali people that not only reflected the modern style of the urban communities, but also the traditional lifestyle of those on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. In additon, the week brought waves of political activism as the Constiutent Assembly’s deadline quickly approached (10 days at time of print), a massive birthday celebration at the Swayambhunath temple honoring the birth of Buddha, and quiet moments to take in the picturesque landscape surrounding this beautiful city at every turn.
This is my photojournal of my wonderful experience in Kathmandu. Seven days wasn’t nearly enough time to take in all that Nepal has to offer, but it was just enough to make many fond memories that I will keep with me for a lifetime and have me already planning my return trip to see even more.