What does it mean? We see it in the markets, on the streets, in the fields, at the temples and stupas, in the shops and stores, on people heads and their clothes. Does that help? What does it mean? Yes you’ve got it! Colourful or multi-coloured. I’d like to take it a stage further and use it for the colourful variety of sights that we are engulfed in. I know some of you are linguists but please don’t mark me down for my latent artist interpretation!
Amidst the dust and exhaust there are multi coloured lorries and tankers. They liven up the ring road, carrying loads of water to the many houses who are not on a mains or spring supply.
We are told by friends that 30 years ago there were green fields between the houses and temples of Kathmandu and Patan (which were separate Kingdoms in years gone-by), and the ring road, but now it is an urban sprawl. The Stupas and temples shine out of the surrounding buildings, usually taking us by surprise as we round a corner. The intricate colours, gold and beautifully ornate carvings are breath taking. We need to learn more.
Street sellers carrying flowers or baskets of fruit on their heads; bicycles adorned with produce, hanging from the sides, handle bars and backs; materials and clothes hanging along the outside and inside of shops and stalls; religious groups in their orange or yellow attire; and perhaps the most amazing to us is the everyday clothing of the women in the city and in the field. Rounding a corner on a walk amongst the paddy's we kept coming across the wonderful sight of ladies’ colourful backs (and posteriors!) as they weeded the fields in groups. Chattering and merry, especially when they saw us coming with our ancient (and drab) umbrellas, which give us some protection from the midday sun. Soon follows a chorus of Namaste to go hand in hand with the “Rangichani”! Let the photos speak for themselves.