Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aloyana from Ason

I've no idea why people lit these ghee lamps but I enjoy helping them to lit and offer it to Ajima in this Annapurna temple at Ason. May be they feel happy doing so. Today is Saturday, so I get to come here and help my grandmother to look after the temple. My name is Aloyana Dangol. I am 9 years old from Bhrammatol, Kathmandu and dairy milk is my favorite treat.

Survivor from Ason: Rajkumar Pata Magar

My name is Rajkumar Pata Magar and I'm from Sinduli, Pokhari Panchayat 7 ward. I think our life is both smiles and cries. I smile even I cry within. I've lost my wife 15 years ago and a 17 years old son one year ago. Both died because of cancer. Now I'm 51 and live here at Ason with my another son of 19 years who's studying college. Previously my wife and I did run a small hotel at Thainti near Thamel. We used to make profit of Rs. 1000 - 1500 a day. Profit wise hotel business is good but I couldn't handle all alone so I quit. I've started selling these flowers 14-15 years ago now. This business is okay for me and my son to survive. It has been 25 years I came to Kathmandu and I feel Ason as my own birth place. Festive season is a joyous time here, especially Tihar (Deepawali, Hindu festival) and if luck favors I can make one hundred thousand in one festive season by selling just flowers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Story of Laxmi Lama

It was only tourists who take pictures then, now even Nepalese people do take my pictures. Tourists from all around the world do come to see Ason. I guess my pictures are there in America, China, Japan and many other countries that I don't know the names. It was King Mahendra's regime, even this hustling and bustling of Ason remains so deserted. There were only few vegetable vendors like me and we use to sell vegetable the whole day. I don't know how to read and write, thus selling vegetable is the easy choice for me to support my family.

Big chunk of my life evolve around Ason. I was only 15-16 years old when I first came to Ason. Now I don't feel like going other place to live. Even when I have gloomy business I feel happy to meet and see people from Lalitpur, Kritipur, Bhakatapur and Kathmandu here at Ason. When I got married, my husband used to live here in Kathmandu with his family so I never get to visit my husband's native village. I have one son and daughter. I lost my daughter when she was only 14 years old and studying in 7th grade. Both my father-in-law and my husband, were bread and butter earner in the family. My father-in-law was a construction manager and my husband was a health worker, especially on Malaria. He had to travel many places. Now both of them are gone.
Laxmi Lama, 75 years originally from Sindupalchok, now a resident of Sowaymbu, lives with her daughter-in-law and two granddaughters in a fairly good home. Her only son is currently working in Canada.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ashakaji from Ason

I am Ashakaji Jyapu from Nagadesh, Thimi Bhaktapur and selling flower plants, various sort of seeds and vegetables saplings is my family business. My grandfather and father also used to sell the sapling and the seeds. I am 43 years now and I've been doing this business for past 16. There are holidays for me and being here at Ason chowk in the heart of Kathmandu at 7am till 7 in the evening, is my daily routine. I earns anything from Rs. 3,500 to 4,000 a day, which is enough for sustaining my family of four. Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gwaramari from Ason

Mim Das Balami from Tistung Palung, Makawanpur, lives in a rented room at Tangal chok, along with his wife Samjhana Balami and 5 years old son, Manav Balami. Mim’s day start early, at 4:30 by selling a local delicacy 'Gwara mari' at very heart of Kathmandu, Ason Chok. His wife Samjhana Balami helps him to run this small family business which they together started for past 6 and half years. Balami claims he can prepare almost all kind of local sweets and cookies.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pasang Lama: Tea Maker

Home from Home: Pasang Lama has been selling tea in a portable stall at Basantapur, Kathmandu, for the past six years to eke out a living. The 27-years-old woman from Huseni, Kavre sells tea twice a day- from 5:30 in the morning and 4-8 in the evening. Initially, she uses to ply momo business with the support of her husband. After police banned roadside stalls inside the Basantapur area, a move aimed at protecting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, she had to shut up shop. She says selling momo is profitable than selling tea. Despite several ups and downs, she is happy with her present daily earning between Rs. 4m000 and Rs 5,000. The Happy-go-lucky lady is all smiles that she is not a busy bee, as her business allows her to take rest during daytime. She has many cool customers who regularly come to sip tea every morning. Pasang lives in a rented room near Basantapur with her husband and two daughters.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Optimist Thuli Tamang

Thuli Tamang 48yrs from Dashinkali sell Laligurans at Ason, Kathmandu on Sunday morning. 3 February 2013. She earns 400 hundreds, rupees selling a basket of Laligurnas (National flower of Nepal) which she plucks the day before from the forest of Dashainkali. Thuli Tamang is one among so many hardworking women of Nepal who believes in positive change in the country.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Charles River, Waltham

The calmness of the Charles River has become a great attraction for me as a photographer to visit it often. This river known as River Charles or simply the Charles flows in an overall northeasterly direction in eastern Massachusetts. It stretches up to an 80 miles (129 Km) from its source in Hopkinton. Many recreational activities take place in the Charles, like rowing, sculling, dragon-boating, and sailing in different season of the year. And in winter it gets pretty calm.

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