Stuck Between The Modern World

It's not a perfect fit (look at that gap on the left), but it's home to someone. The traces of orange powder around the lower portion of the building are most likely a remnant from Tihar festival which took place 10 days prior to me taking this photo, where it's used to encourage a visit from Laxmi - the Hindu Goddess of good fortune.
It's not a perfect fit (look at that gap on the left), but it's home to someone. The traces of orange powder around the lower portion of the building are most likely a remnant from Tihar festival which took place 10 days prior to me taking this photo, where it's used to encourage a visit from Laxmi - the Hindu Goddess of good fortune.

I spied this old simple, but elegant Newa style traditional home in Kathmandu’s Naya Bazaar नयाँ बजार district, sandwiched between the encroaching commercialism, but still hanging on whilst looking totally out of place.

 

It’s almost certainly a holdout – residents unwilling to cede their home over to be developed as retail real-estate, but it’s a refreshing change from the bland, boxy tiled stores that surround it, which only appear cleaner cut at at face value – look towards the top right of the roof of the old house and you’ll see the rough brick and mortar work that hides behind the cladded facade of the right hand premises.

 

The Kathmandu government now seems a little keener to preserve these older structures after many were purged during the city’s push to modernity, but for how long this attitude will last, remains to be seen.

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