Candy-Coded in Nepal

There is something about windows and doors that fascinates me. I wonder about the inhabitants, what they see when they open their shutters, what they do as they step out into the open.

Do they and I see the same?

Does anyone really see the same reality?

Realities everywhere blend. There are mosaics, crops, wide-lense views.  Yet in the end, it is the reality the individual wishes to see.

There is a rich variety of homes in Nepal – some more traditional than others. One also can trace degrees of wealth trickling in, as people move out of cow-dung huts (for example, in the Terai) and into their brightly painted,  brick homes. Others still prefer a mix of traditions, having an open veranda on the first floor,  which is used as a living room.

As windows and doors part, there are realities which lay open to interpretation.

Houses and huts line roads. Through the bends and mist, their appearance change.  Dull, simple greys turn into candy-coded homes among vivid green paddies.

Regions and tribes will have their own traditional homes; those who are wealthier, express their increased status with a brick house. Inside is often still divided into the traditional spaces.

Tradition brings comfort in face of a changing world.



Nepal Houses

In my eyes I see beauty. Disregard the unswept outdoors. Observe how life and living is expressed, enjoyed and inhabited.

Throughout villages and towns, stupas and temples keep inhabitants company; their daily heartaches turn into prayers which  may be heard, sacrifices offered. A sanctuary of tradition and identity.

Life is simple. Life may be harsh.

Life is what one makes of it.


2 comments on “Candy-Coded in Nepal

  1. Hi,

    These windows and doors are our traditional windows and doors and represents our culture. You can also find.. beautiful hand made.. things on our.. windows and doors.

    Anupama from Janakpur, Nepal

  2. Hi Anupama,

    Thank you for taking time to read the post; I hope you also saw the short movie I made as I could only include the link and not embed it here on WordPress. Yes, the are so many traditional, beautiful items made in Nepal – much more than tourists go buying actually. I only went West, right to the end of the road; I am going to be returning to Nepal soon, and though I may still be going to Pokara, I shall then be going to the Eastern regions.

    Napal is a fascinating and beautiful country.

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