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NEPAL: Mero Bahinis

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Below are mero bahinis (little sisters) who I absolutely fell in love with. Ishwori is a 12 year old Nepali girl and Tamanna is an 11 year old Indian girl that I met early in my trip. Tamanna approached me to buy a postcard. Being the sourpuss that I am, I declined. But who could resist smiles like theirs? I asked if they had any of the Nepali hacky sacks that were so popular with the kids. They told me that they could make me one. So, I gave them 5 rupees and they came back a few minutes later with a wad of rubberbands which they made into a "chungi" while a large crowd gathered about us. Both girls are the eldest children in their families. Their fathers have both passed away, Ishwori's shortly before I arrived in Nepal. Her mother wears white clothing which is a sign of mourning in Asia. Tamanna is the only breadwinner in her family as her siblings are too young and mother is unable to work. They attend school from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm after which they soon show up at Durbar Square to earn a living for the next three to four hours. They are a couple of the many young children at Durbar Square in Kathmandu trying to support themselves and their families by selling postcards.

Tamanna

Tamanna, mero bahini

Ishwori & Tamanna

Ishwori & Tamanna

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Lioness

Lioness

Phupa

Tibetan friend who owns Swoyambhu Hill Restaurant near the base of the Monkey Temple by a pipal tree in Kathmandu.

NEPAL: MERO BAHINIS