Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Machhapuchhre by the cloud

Machhapuchhre, also known as Fish-Tail mountain is 6,993 metres (22,943 ft) and is unaccented mountain of Nepal. One of the primary attractions of the Pokhara region, its majestic view lures the tourists to this destination, specially when the snow-capped mountain is reflected on the Fewa lake.

I took the shot from a slightly different zone - on my way back from Syangja - which lies towards the west from Pokhara and the two tails of the FishTail are visible. The tails are not visible from Pokhara. On the first Dashain following my wedding, I was in a visit to my in-laws (its our tradition) and it was a nice experience - riding a bike - enjoying my wife's company - amidst the beautiful landscape - bright mountains - on a early morning sun - which I missed since long long ago.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Pebbles underneath

Took the shot when I was on the way to my engagement, approximately 245kms far from Kathmandu. The sun has just risen and we were out for freshening up (after a whole night long drive), while I took the cam and wandered around to the stream.
Opened up the photo bucket, found a snap, did a little PS and this came out.
The water was so clean - transparent - that it barely feels like the pebbles are under water.

See full gallery here : www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=91853&id=651809953&...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dissolution @ Origin of Bagmati

We had one good hike around the Shivapuri hill and finally got to the top. It was an amazing walk - all the way through the lush green vegetation - and mingling with the light and shade as we move uphill and down.
[Details : www.everestuncensored.org/8010/2009/09/18/quest-for-the-o...]

I took this shot at Bagdwar. Bagdwar is known to be the origin of Bagmati - the holy river flowing through the sacred shrine PashupatiNath. Apart from cleansing the bad deeds, Bagmati is also a major contributor in the valley's sewage system - converting herself from a clean river (as seen in the photo) to a sewage (Sad to say - but true).

btw, thanks Dhk for the close-up filter.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sani Maya

Sani Maya studies in grade 3, in a local high-school in Darshing Pauwa (8kms walk from Nagarkot). She is a bit shy but loves to talk when she is with her friends.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ब्याक टु हाइकु

कोठा मिलाउँदै थिएं, पुराना कापीका पानाहरुमा हाईकुहरु भेटिए,
निकै पुराना, सम्झदै रमाईलो लाग्ने गरी भेटिए,
पुराना सम्झनाहरु ताजा भए, केहि क्षणहरु हाईकुमय हुन पुगे,
अनि आफुले लेख्न नसकेपनि, यसो सापटी लिएर केही हाईकुहरु यंहा राखेको छु।

सधै एकै छ
तिम्रो मेरो हिसाब
खै? समाधान।
- प्रकाश 'क्षणिक'

दुई मा दुई
जोडेर हेर्दा पनि
चार भएन।
- रुद्र अंकल

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Change Is Gonna Come

TEARS & RAIN [Originally uploaded by Ciscophotography]
"ended a civil war lasting 25 years ... cost the lives of more than seventy thousand people"

game over [Originally uploaded by *northern star°]

A Change Is Gonna Come [Originally uploaded by Lina-Sydney]

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty. (Quote by Ho Chi Minh) [Originally uploaded by insashi]

The SriLankan government announcement of victory over the liberation rebels has marked an entry in history as the end of 25years old civil war.
The Tigers had been fighting for a separate state for Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka since the 1970s.
About 80,000 people have been killed in the conflict and thousands displaced.

As Sunari Silva from Colombo comments on bbc, 
"The war on terror is over & as a Srilankan who grew up & lived with this war I am happy to see this day! There is a long road ahead & we will all have to work hard to heal the wounds, learn to trust & share with each other. At this point though I am curious to see if the LTTE sympathisizing Tamil diaspora who for 26 years funded a war so that their brethren in the island would fight & die for their "cause", would now be willing to donate generously to help the same Tamils rebuild their lives."

With the end of the war, lets hope peace prevails in this country and the government will address the minorities with equal rights.

[All photos are copyright to the respective owners]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rara : the dreamland

Rara : the dreamland

Last week, I had a dream-come-true journey to the Rara (pronounced RahRah locally) lake situated in Mugu, hilly area of far western Nepal.
Without doubt, the journey was adventurous & composed of several facets of Nepali life. Within a short span of time (10days) I witnessed a series of contrasting moments, events & emotions...
but with the grace of Rara, she lets you forget all the worldliness and engulfs yourself in the nature - pure nature.

I dedicate this snap to my beloved for the wonderful company, and the dreamy honeymoon one could ever imagine. Cheers to you, cheers to my love.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Food for Life

Dabal Bahadur Malla is one of the 14-15 Mugalis who have travelled the distance of 5 days to reach Talcha in Rara VDC from their village Dhaina VDC to fetch rice to feed their family. As a part of the "Food for Work" program run by WFP, they contribute their labor (one person from a family) in road construction in the Mugu-Jumla section, where they get 4 kgs of rice for one day's work. Almost all the VDC is turning up to receive the rice, with a long caravan of goats and mules; some combining as much as 1200 goats. On their trip to Mugu, they bring millet, bean seeds, buckwheat to sell them on the way.

Nepal is an agricultural country and here, in Mugu, people are producing(virtually) by contributing nation in infrastructure development and it will still take ( people make such speculations) next 15-20 yrs to regulate that road properly.

They have 120 goats with them which are used to carry the small packages of rice (seen in the background).

I visited their camp in the evening  to share some medicine as I heard some of the elderly members are sick. They offered us their roti… and it was delicious.

Mugu is approximately at 571kms air distance from Kathmandu. This district is still inaccessible by road network; the closest station to be reached by road is Khalanga of Jumla, which is still 817kms from the capital city, and it takes approximately 3 days walk to Rara from Jumla. Mugu is one of the districts severely affected by food scarcity and hence the livelyhood is very difficult in this region. Mugu can be reached via plane/helicopter from Nepalgunj or Surkhet.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rara - calm, clear, magnificent

The water as calm as you could imagine, as clear as you could imagine...

A journey into the Mugu region and the beautiful Rara Lake, is probably one of the most rewarding and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range given its tranquility and the un-spoilt splendor of nature. Rara, situated at an altitude of 2,990 m, is the biggest lake in Nepal. This sparkling lake with brilliantly clear water is surrounded by a spruce and juniper forest and lies within the Rara National Park. The easiest means to reach Rara is to take a flight from Nepalgunj to Mugu (Talcha) and take a 4 hrs walk to Rara lake, or take a flight to Jumla, from where your destination is 2-3 days walk away. Start this refreshing trek in the hilly village of Mugu where Rhododendron orchards stretch out over the hills. You then enter the Rara National Park, which is the smallest national park in Nepal. Surrounded by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress, Rara Lake is also a popular pilgrimage site for Nepalis. This spectacular scenery and its serenity will bring inner peace to any visitor.

Since few tourists and natives visit the Rara Lake, there are no elaborate tourist facilities either along the trekking route or inside the park except a hotel just beside the shore of the Lake. Camping is also a good option if trekkers are self-sufficient in all their needs.

Update: Besides being the largest lake, Rara is recently found to be the deepest lake of Nepal with 167meters depth (as opposed to the popular belief of being 650 meters, Shey Phoksundo lake was measured to be only 145meters deep)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

new year 2066

pretense, smiles, awkwardness, surrender, orgasm, anger, love, responsibility, cries, departure, honeymoon, katharsis, frustration, kiddish, delusion, re-enactment & 3 pegs of wine.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

tired of this complexity

give me a break.
thought it other way.

its life - a long-long journey,
they say,
the essence lies in the journey itself,
not in end.

ought to be simple,
as simple as 
the marklov theory

give me a break,
tired of this complexity.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


& i loved the recurrence.
i will write one day - one moment;
of this bliss, on the shadow of agony;
the poem - which glistens with my love.
you are everywhere - 
all the time - 
in my mind!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Youth Self Employment Tax Notice : What Is?

i was wondering what is the purpose of this? apart of the monthly tax that we pay to the government, what has this to do and what is the primary motive of this tax?
Is it justifiable? or is it just an another propaganda to feed the lame government?

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Kicking off the year 2009

It was the first day of 2009.
This year started with a lot of surprises... i would rather say changes than surprises. I had a glass of wine when the first moments of new year rolled in. And i stayed in open air, besides a fire, listening some soft music and then gazing the stars up in the sky.
Following hours, was normal, washed few heavy clothes and then read a book, reclined, slept for few hours, and then visited Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the evening. 
Living with the joy and the sadness; beauty and the not-beautiful - at the same time, within adjacent moments, it was a remarkable day, as it gave an insightful experience. 

Here are some snaps of the late 008 and starting of 009
Gazal at Tehjeeb, Durbarmarg.

Just after we exited the restaurant.

The fire started, and the wood burnt well.

Heat from front, cold at the back.

Long exposure towards the east from Basundhara. The light probably is American Embassy or the Teaching hospital or the entire city behind the block.

Adpt, ShooRace and Dez.

Dijup is also a photographer.

This is his shot.

Well, now it is proven why we call her "Bhoot".
No offense Adpt, Happy Birthday to you.

Later next day, I visited Bhaktapur in the evening. The introductory picture follows the following picture.