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Washing clothes in lakes and rivers is still the normal way of doing laundry in many less-developed parts of the world and Phewa Lake is no exception. The general population in the surrounding areas rely on the lake for most life functions and the uses are nearly endless such as agricultural use, as an energy source, transportation, drinking, bathing etc.

As I have observed, the women folks would normally come here twice daily - in the early morning and late afternoon- to do their routine, washing clothes as part of their livelihood chores, because most don't have the luxury of washing machines to wash at home. Their portable scrub boards, plastic tubs and soap - the essential items- can be seen lying around the lake shore are indication of the lively activity while some women can be seen scrubbing their laundry on some rocks.

This is the place I had spent hours of watching women engaged in the rigorous activity while noting down their behaviour and work patterns. I call this a multi-purpose lake, but most times this lake looks so peaceful like this and here I was so grateful witnessing the sole woman washing at late hour of the day, surrounded by beauty of mother nature as the sun began to set.

Being alone as a stranger photographer has an advantage, I was able to immerse myself in the tranquil setting unnoticed and this allowed me to watch the whole proceedings without intruding the privacy and her precious time till the last light dipped beyond the lush mountains when the lake turned to darkness.
And jobs finally well accomplished....

This magical setting will forever be branded in my minds

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