Locals Continue Ancient Tradition at Domnoen Saduak Floating Market

February 2, 2015

RAJBURI, THAILAND: It’s 9:00 am on Sunday, Feb. 1, and the Domnoen Saduak canal is bustling with activity. Dozens of women paddle wooden long tail boats, heavy with colorful local fruits through the murky water, carefully weaving between oncoming motorboats filled with tourists. Additional boats serve as floating kitchens, a one-man show of paddling, slicing, chopping, and frying. The air is thick with the smell of grilled meat, pad thai,…


Paper Mache Artist Finds Success in the Evolving Craft Market

January 28, 2015
Nagoo displays his collection of paper mache crafts, created by himself, his wife, and sons. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) It is an overcast Saturday morning at the National Crafts Museum in Delhi, India. The tinkering of metal work, the rhythm of drums, and the singing of folk songs set the backdrop for a creative atmosphere, where over a dozen artists in residence demonstrate their crafts. Mohd Shafi Nagoo is...

Fishermen take Chances Fishing in God’s Own Country

Rahim is the youngest in a family of fishermen, and hopes to have enough money to buy his own boat some day. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
January 18, 2015

The morning has just giving way to afternoon in Kochi, a small coastal town in the southwestern India state of Kerala. The sun is already unbearably intense, making the tropical air heavy and muggy. The beach here is a working beach, cluttered with nets, plastic tubs, scraps of wood, and sandbags. The massive, looming structures of Chinese fishing nets faintly creek as they are raised and lowered into the current….


Nepal’s Musician Caste Adapts to Changing Times

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December 25, 2014
Ramchandra Gandharba plays his sarangi at a temple at the foot of the Himalayas (Photo Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) Ramchandra Gandharba is one of a dozen instrument salesmen who can found wandering the streets of Pokhara, a lakeside tourist hotspot in Nepal. They all sell the same instrument: a four-stringed traditional Nepali violin called a sarangi. To the unknowing tourist, this instrument may serve as a simple wall decoration, or to...

Musicians from Eastern Nepal find Growth and Success in Kathmandu

November 23, 2014

Subarna Limbu is a well-known Nepali musician and a bit of a legend, recognized for his 40 years of experience in some of the earliest modern rock bands in India and Nepal. He is said to have introduced the bass guitar to contemporary Nepali music. He has performed with early bands such as Diamond from Darjeeling and Brotherhood. Currently, he plays and sings with Prism at various 5 Star hotels. Thomas Thulung Rai…


Phedi Woman Sews to Secure her Future

Sabita Lamichhane measures out the fabric for a traditional Nepali dress in her tailoring shop. (Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
November 9, 2014

PHEDI, NEPAL (Nov. 3, 2014) Sabita Lamichhane measures out the fabric for a traditional Nepali dress in her tailoring shop. (Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) Sabita Lamichhane is one of the few entrepreneurs in the small village of Phedi, Nepal. She owns a tailoring shop, while also juggling her roles and responsibilities at home and in her family’s fields. Listen to the story above to learn about her journey towards her place as…


Agricultural Cooperative Empowers Nepali Women

October 26, 2014

The United Nations recognizes that, in many regions of the world, women live a life of limited opportunities, inequalities, and oppression. “Gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in…


Local Cuisine Meets Locals’ Needs

“I like cooking…. and I like eating… It makes me happy,” explains Social Tours chef, Sakuntaia Rokka. Photo by Victoria Nechodomu.
October 19, 2014

Over 80% of Nepal’s population live in rural areas, and 70% of the population works in the agricultural field. With hard-working days that often exceed 12 hours of manual work, it seems fitting that that Nepali population rely on a diet of protein rich lentils and beans, filling rice, and vegetables straight off the vine. Sakuntala Rokka is a chef at Social Tours, Nepal, and has a lifetime of cooking experience, as well as…


Eddie: A Rebellious Designer with a Big Heart

August 18, 2014

My son said to me, “Dad, when are you going to start easing off?”

And I said, “Well, it will be time enough when they screw the lid down.”

-Edward McIlwaine It’s a moody summer day in Northern Ireland, oscillating between sunshine and down-pouring rain. A man in his 60s makes his way through the forested hillside of Glenariff. He is wearing patched hiking shorts, has brilliant white hair, wears a pair of small, round eyeglasses,…