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This is a portrait of an inimitable Newari rural farmer I met from the medieval Khokana village in Kathmandu Valley. Probably in her sixties or seventies, she is representing a microcosm of the caste & ethnic diversity of Nepal's 26 million people and more than 100 different ethnic groups speaking 93 different languages and dialects. Not only faces sometimes tell what ethnic or caste group a Nepalese belongs to, it is also their clothes and appearance that give me the hints. But here, it is easy to make out who is who from the apparel, coiffure, ornaments, as well as features. Generally the people of Nepal differ in appearance: Chettri of western Nepal, Newari of Kathmandu Valley, Bhotia of the far northwest, Tamang of the east and Tharu of the southwest Tarai. That is Nepal's diversity.

She caught my attention, I love her generous sweet smile, her face, character and most of all her wrinkles that seem to tell so much different life stories. Life in the village I find here, is open and direct with daily activities taking place in public in a completely non self-conscious way. There’s no need to rush, no need for haste, time takes on a new meaning as the ancient is blended with the modern in ways rarely seen elsewhere, and a walk through the village is truly rewarding with experiences and images that are unique yet common, personal but also public.

Of course this was taken with mutual awareness and respect......

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