Print Edition - 2017-02-04  |  On Saturday

Life in the ‘Kaths’

Feb 4, 2017-

Kavresthali is a beautiful ‘Kath’ or suburb, located in the outskirts of Kathmandu. Just five kilometres away from the polluted and perennially crowded Balaju, this little settlement is scenic and serene. Uncontaminated by frenzy of a life in the city, Kavresthali has its own easy charms. Unlike Kathmandu, the residents here can be seen engrossed in a simpler lifestyle–the kids turning the green fields into playgrounds, chasing the wind under the sky, and the adults either cleaning and collecting manure for fertilisers or milking animals. Some can be seen carrying milk containers to the bazaar for income, while others can be found ploughing their fields.

Kavresthali is so close to Kathmandu and yet so different when it comes to the way of life. But that is the story of Kathmandu’s many ‘Kaths’, close enough for the residents to commute to the city for work or school, but far enough that it feels like a world of its own—at least for now.  

 

Farmers bring fertilisers to the fields. 

 

Inside a ‘Kathe’ household: most kitchens still use woodfire for cooking and ‘Makai ko Dhindo’–granular corn paste–is a staple food.

 

You reap what you sow. 

 

Too lazy to graze.

 

Starting the day with a bath in the communal Dhaara.

 

Healthier the cattles, easier the life. Collecting fodder for livestock.

 

Milking livestock is an integral everyday activity in most households.

 

Time to get ready for school. 

 

Keeping  tradition intact. The old man reads Swasthani Bratakatha to the younger generation in his family. 

 

Text and Photos: Prakash Chandra Timilsena 

Published: 04-02-2017 08:27

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