Like millions of people around the world; I was in shock as I watched tragedy unfold when the massive earthquake shook Kathmandu. I have fond memories of this mountain city; where I spent my first year at work nearly 18 years ago. It was a sleepy little town then, with warm friendly people who made us feel at home instantly. I turned the pages of my album reminiscing the beautiful moments spent in the lap of Himalayas in Kathmandu. I did go back a few years ago but development and modernity had transformed the city beyond my imagination.
Eyes welled up; tears rolled down for people I had never met; nor will I ever get a chance to but there was one thing in common between us, all of us felt that Kathmandu was a slice of heaven; a blessed place lovingly looked after by Boudnath; Pashupatinath; Swayambhunath; Budha Nilkantha and many others !!
In reality it turned out to be otherwise. Was it nature’s way of reminding us not to overburden; or was it a calling of our inner being not to come in the way of nature !! Yes but what about the little ones orphaned; what about the mother who lost her brood; what about the nonagenarian who stares at infinity having lost everything; too many what’s and no answers.
- Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu
- Tale of 2 Flames in Kathmandu