On our Day 2 of our trip in Nepal December 2014, after made a discussion with all members, we decided to go and find a mosque in Kathmandu. Alhamdullilah, we found 2 mosques (Nepali Masjid & Kashmiri Masjid) near Ghandahar, Kathmandu. We soon discover a boarding Islamic School in Nepali Masjid which added a bonus to this visit. Muslim in Nepal is only 4% of its total population. About 97% muslim living in Terai Region, while only 1% living in Kathmandu. According to the history, it was the Kashmiri traders who bring Islam into Kathmandu Valley in the 15th century during the regime of King Ratna Malla. Madrasa Islamiya School was established year 1996 B.S (1940 AD). Located just behind Nepali Masjid in Ghandahar, Kathmandu. The principal, Mr. Subhan Ali, 42, were very happy to bring us around the Madrasa. Unfortunately, there were no classes on Friday so we can’t experience the classrooms and the teachings.
We were introduced by a security guard to the principal of the Madrasa, Mr Subhan Ali, 42. He was very happy to bring us around the Madrasa.
As I explore the Madrasa, I found a kitchen where I met Mr Abdul Kadir preparing Dal Bhat for the student and teachers. I went inside the kitchen and spent some time to get to know them.
It was a good experience to have this opportunity to visit a Madrasa in Kathmandu and surely will make another visit if I ever step in Nepal in future.
While conducting City Tour with our guest from Peninsular Malaysia last week, we made a shopping stop at Handicraft Market. It was our last stop of the day before returning to hotel. After giving a brief guideline to my guest, i let them explore the Handicraft Market. There were tailors just in front of the Handicraft Market, it always runs by men. While approaching our meeting point, i noticed there was a lady tailor are busy working on her customer request. This is unusual to see woman provides tailoring services here at Handicraft Market.
I have been discussed with some of my friend about my photography project for this year, “Strangers Project”. The idea is very simple, to take portrait of people that we just met. Personally, i’m not the guy who talks a lot, but actually i have the interest to get to know people. So this is a good reason for me to get out from my comfort zone & explore. Never think about being rejected, it is worth trying than regret for not to do this 10 years from now. What if, today is my last day in my life? Thats how late Steve Job had his first date with his wife. Anyway, this are couple of portrait of people that i managed to break the bread and gained their trust over my 35mm lens.
This Indian Muslim guy is very talkative & pretty much likes to talk about his family. He is now 52yo, awaiting for another 3 year before he will be able to withdrew his sum of money that reside in his KWSP account. For most of us that working throughout Malaysia. About 11% of our monthly salary being deducted every month & debited to KWSP account. “As soon as i withdrew the money, i’m going to ask my son to get married”. Nothing beats the happiness of a father to see his son to be with a person that he loved.
Azman Rayuh is very interesting person, I just found out his is a muslim when i’m about to leave after about a good 10-15 minutes conversation (in Mandarin)
My project consist of 5 series portrait of Pakistani, hopefully god will give me the strength to complete this by November 2013.