The Nepalese are a very friendly race of people with beautiful smiles.
Their traditional greeting is “Namaste” aconventionalHinduexpressiononmeeting someone and usuallyholding thepalmstogetherverticallyinfront of their chest.
The rest of the world could learn something from this.
The spiritual leader, the Dali Lama fled from Tibet to India in 1959 and a guerilla movement fought the Chinese along the Nepalese border up until the 1970’s. The Dali Lama has been barred from visiting Nepal for fear of offending the Chinese, however, there is a considerable presence of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal. The Dali Lama and the exiled Tibetan government are based in India.
The weaving of Tibetan carpets and handicrafts has become a great source of income for both the Tibetan and Nepalese communities.
When inPokhara, we came upon a lovely Nepalese lady with her sister and child crossing a suspension bridge. We exchanged Namaste and with a natural friendliness, got talking to her. Who would believe that she lived in Ireland, not too far from where I live and worked in city centre, Dublin. She was back home in Nepal visiting her family. What a coincedence!
Nepal is a poor country and the average life span is 65 years. The average literacy rate is 65%
There are some great images and poetry in this book. Check out Page 33 to see my painting, Collision with the poem of published poet Umar Timol.
You might also like to see Page 19 with a poem by the Irish poet Tomás Ó Cárthaigh ” To Walk in Nature is to Say a Prayer”
Here is some background information:
A call for texts and images was launched on June 2, 2014 by the International Movement IMMAGINE & POESIA via Facebook. The results are published in the attached electronic book.
Twenty-two countries are represented in English on one side and in French on the other.
Un appel à textes et images a été lancé le 2 juin 2014 par le mouvement international IMMAGINE & POESIA via Facebook. En voici le résultat sous forme de livre électronique (e-book), Vol 1. Vingt-deux (22) pays y sont représentés en anglais d’une part et d’autre part en français. On peut le télécharger ici: