It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!


Today is Buddha’s birthday, May 18th, or Baisakh full moon in Nepal’s calendar, together with the anniversary of his enlightenment and of his death. In Kathmandu almost every single person will be visiting temples, monasteries and shrines to celebrate. We have experienced such a day in Nepal as we walked to the top of the … Continue reading It’s Buddha’s birthday ……. 3 times over!

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Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!


The woman in this picture is a Dalit, and many of you reading this post will have no idea what that means, and have no experience of witnessing the treatment of people “labelled” as Dalits. Change the word Dalit to “untouchable” and you might, just might begin to understand, but only slightly. Imagine living in … Continue reading Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!

Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!


My sister in law decided she wanted to make some chilli pickle so asked her husband, Dr Madan, to go out early morning and buy enough to make a few jars. We drove out to the Swayambhu area (Monkey Temple) because apparently this is where two ladies sold their only crop on the side of … Continue reading Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!

Picture behind the story #9 Earthquake Trauma Counselling rebuffed by a corrupt regime.


A personal PhotoChallenge matching a story to a photo every day for 30 days with short tales of travel, mountaineering, Nepal, art, and a few personal ones too! 9. Earthquake Trauma Counselling rebuffed by a corrupt regime! This is a very big story but I will just give a brief summary here, if you want … Continue reading Picture behind the story #9 Earthquake Trauma Counselling rebuffed by a corrupt regime.

Picture behind the story #8 The Earthquake Got My Cheese!


A personal PhotoChallenge matching a story to a photo every day for 30 days with short tales of travel, mountaineering, Nepal, art, and a few personal ones too! 8. The Earthquake Got My Cheese!Samjhana walked past the white Dharara Tower and stopped in shock as it started to sway, then to collapse as the whole … Continue reading Picture behind the story #8 The Earthquake Got My Cheese!