1987, Central Nepal
Plate 15, 18x27
I stopped at this small oasis on my treks to Gosainkunda. It had a very great attribute in the form of a water pipe that was always open and always flowing, so sleeping there meant water the easy way. Some years ago, a Swiss company built a small cheese factory nearby to help the local economy. I believed that nothing here needed fixing, but the Swiss thought differently. I have sometimes wondered why the Swiss could not have been wise enough to hire some of the Nepalese to come to Switzerland to show them how to enhance their experience in the true richness of life — and leave Nepal as the example. Even after a great fire, started by lightning, the magic remained and the harmony flowed. Here the people did not change course. The cheese factory came and went. The fire came and went. The path of the inhabitants remained intact.