Sharad Raut is a 27-year-old artist from Kanchanpur. He is currently living in Tokha, Kathmandu with his family of seven. He is studying fine arts here and has been involved in paintings for around seven years now and says, “Painting is like a sport to me.”
Krishna Khanal (right) is a 27-year-old painter associated with the East West Engineering Company. He is from Bardiya, and has been working in Kathmandu for 10 years now. Krishna’s wife and two kids live in Bardiya while he lives alone in Gaushala. He says painting walls has been his source of income since as long as he remembers.
Thirty-five-year-old Karuna Sapkota is from Tistung, Makwanpur. She is currently living in Kalanki with her family of six including her husband and four kids. She started selling chatpatey (spicy snacks) for a living some nine years ago. She keeps her stall in Basantapur and pays Rs 1,500 rent per month.
Amardeep Keshari is a 23 year old writer from Kalaiya, Bara. Though he graduated from Wesleyan University in the US as a neuroscientist, he later decided to pursue a writing career. He is currently living in Shantinagar with his brother.
Though Halloween is a western culture, an increasing number of Nepali youngsters are attracted to the festival due to the chance it provides for dressing up as various characters. Halloween is celebrated in many countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows day.
Eight-year-old Sagar KC studies in Grade IV at Annapurna School and is currently living in Bhotahity, Kathmandu. He sells fidget spinners by the road in his small stall to earn some pocket money for himself and his 10 –year-old brother.
Bibhas Parajuli is a 20 year old student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the National College. He is currently involved in social work and loves what he does as it allows him to know and understand various kinds of people that he comes across.
Fifty-six-year old Amrit Lama is a rickshaw puller. Originally from Rammechhap, he currently lives in Ganeshthan, Basantapur. He keeps changing his temporary address as he lives in Kathmandu only for a month or two every year. He spends the rest of the year at his hometown doing agriculture.
As they say “kahi nabhako jaatra hadigaun maa” (there’s no parade like the ones in Handigaun), Hadigaun in Kathmandu is well known for its unique jatras (parades) and cultures. The Narayan Jatra is an age-old tradition carried forward by the locals of Hadigaun to pay homage to Lord Bishnu.
Fourty nine–year- old Lakhpa Dorjee Tamang lives in Indrachowk and works as a porter. He is originally from Rasuwa. Thirty years ago Lakhpa came to the city of his dreams—Kathmandu--with an aim to do business and earn his living.
It is good to have some money in our pockets and if we can earn some extra bucks working part-time, then why not? 17-year-old Ayush Ghimire, who currently is enrolled in Grade XI, can be found working at a mobile store at New Road these days.