Odd days in Kathmandu
Busy day in Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Today, I went far afield for the first time, crossing a wide swath of Kathmandu in minibuses.

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First stop:  Sufraj's studio.   Sufraj was out but his wife and daughter were manning the store.  Here his daughter gives me a shy smile.   Sufraj is an artist who chose this profession because he wanted to, rather than having had the profession passed down as the family business.   His wife was watching a YouTube excerpt from a Hindi movie.

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Next, around the corner to Ram Krishna's.   He was in the street and had a big smile when he saw me.   Notice the rather dramatic large portrait of Ram K in his sunglasses above right.   This is the first time I've showed up at his studio and not interrupted a game of chess.

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My favorite moment of the whole day came when Dilip (above with his wife) said that he 'enjoyed painting the Dogs'.   When I first found him, he wanted to sell me the stenciled version that I dislike so much.   Then he insisted on only painting Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds.   While I still give him what I like to call 'Dog's Dogs' rather than more frou frou types, his masculine style of art is one of my favorites.   I once gave him a cat to paint, and when I came back, all the dogs were done and he was slowly starting the cat.   The cat turned out so well that it was chosen by the owner.

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The last few nights round the stupa, I have noticed one house with many butter lamps on their balcony as a part of their personal puja (offering for good wishes).   Very pretty.

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This sporting goods shop is a nighttime meeting place for these dogs.

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Sunrise from the rooftop of the Dragon Guest House in Boudha.


I also got to order from my old friend Hari Timsina today.

Please get your orders in soon if you can.   Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for any questions.  Or visit my website at NepalDog.com.

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