Revelations that Kathmandu’s air is one of the most polluted in the region no longer raises eyebrows. Combustion of household wastes and vehicular emissions are said to be the major reasons behind the air pollution.
Lakshmi hated the sound of a nearby bronze bell. It clanked even before the early birds chirped. Everyday at 4:30 in the morning, it rang once—tong: a community call for women of each household to fetch water.