017 – Indra – Arupokhari

ARTIST – NIRIT OVADIA
PHOTOGRAPHY – ANICA JAMES
INTERVIEW – SAROJ NEUPANE

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Indra Bahadur Baram, 95 (he thinks), has experienced and lived through all of the major earthquakes in Nepal, both the one in 1934, and the two in 2015. Despite his age, he still works in his fields, but very “slowly, carefully”. He walks at least two kilometers a day, mostly to the village bazaar where he socializes with other locals and drinks raksi.

Born and raised in Arupokhari, Nepal, Indra is a former Gurkha soldier who fought in World War 2, and he acted as the chairman of the Arupokhari village development community for over twenty years. After he “retired” from that position, he helped found a small church in Arupokhari-1, which he is “very proud of” and attends on a weekly basis.


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