Mysterious, elusive and fearfully revered. These are my perceptions of shamans – the alternative healers and exorcists in Nepal. But Guru Jeet Bahadur Thing is one shaman who defies being stereotyped.
I grew up in Birgunj, a small city in southeastern Nepal. It is a bustling city, filled with bicycles and rickshaws, always reverberating with ringing bells. My forefathers called Birgunj home.
Every day, thousands of migrant workers flock to Kathmandu to build houses and high-rise apartments for people they will never know.
Half a decade ago, 19-year-old Mr. Sarpudi Bag, left Bihar with his young wife and newborn son to seek his fortunes in Kathmandu. He set up a small electrical repair shop in a narrow street, and worked hard to raise his family.
At the Paropakar crossroad, just by the bridge, there are two barbers, two cobblers and a tailor. Most of these tradesmen have been plying their services here for the past two decades.
Nepal is the world’s second richest country in the world for water resources. But water is a scarce resource in its capital, Kathmandu. Even its ancient free-flowing stone taps have dried up.