Lockdown in Nepal (Self-isolation story): Photographs of a Vintage Bicycle!

Lockdown in Nepal

The corona-virus pandemic has spread throughout the world. Nepal along with various other countries in the world are having complete lockdown in order to prevent the infection with wider people. Despite all the negativity it has brought in the world, there are few positives. One of the major ones would certainly be impact on the environment. The air quality has improved to a great extent. Mountain range views from Kathmandu are way clearer than what it used to be a week before. In the evening yesterday, I looked at the sky and to my surprise, what I witnessed was beyond my imagination. I had never seen the sky so clear from this city of Kathmandu. For a moment, I couldn’t believe what my eyes saw. But that was the reality. The moon and the stars were so clearly visible. Maybe I should have even counted the number of the stars the whole night. haha 😉

Today, I called my friends and many of them told me that they’re bored. They’re waiting for the lockdown to end as soon as possible. But for me, that is not the situation. I am actually truly loving this situation. This moment has turned out to be a valuable time for self-reflection and contemplation. Also, I am trying out various stuffs. One of the weirdly surprising things I recently tried was vlogging with 50mm lens in a crop censor camera. Here it is: | LOCKDOWN in Nepal | Coronavirus Pandemic | A Day In The Life |

Self-Isolation Time

It’s the 6th day of lockdown and so far everything is going great. Studying, working, doing household chores have been superficial to me as compared to the restful time that I am having. In a way, I feel the current time is the situation which demands a balance between outer and inside world. I came across a Facebook post which said “If you can’t go outside, go inside.”  It makes so much of sense. As mentioned by the post, I am trying to go deep inside myself and uncover purposes of my life. However, it’s easier said than done, right? And I realized, it’s also important to be an observer; witnessing what’s going on OUTSIDE and trying to internalize the INSIDE. 
 
Yesterday, I was a bit worried when I came to know that the cooking gas was empty. For a moment, I was unsure of what to do. I called some people, went to the shops and inquired more. Nothing turned out to work for me. When I informed my house owner that I was about to leave to Kapan (at my aunt’s place), she asked me to talk to uncle. After realizing that they had spare gas cylinders, I was relieved. Uncle provided me the gas cylinder. Other than this, I don’t have anything to worry about. 
 

Photographing Vintage Bicycle at Home

Since the whole world has been nothing but the HOME, I saw a vintage bicycle resting in the passage. A lot of memories came out in my memory. Roaming around here and there during my childhood days even without knowing how to ride it, traveling to a various destinations, sweet and bitter memories of bicycling; all of them flashed in my mind. I thought of photographing this vintage bicycle. But I only have 50mm lens with me, I thought. Again, I vlogged with the same lens, why not give it a try? Without any further thoughts, I grabbed my camera and started clicking. As always, the shutter sound inspired me to click more and more. And now, I present you this photo collection. Enjoy!

Bicycle BellToleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. – Helen Keller
Bicycle chainThe bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. -Christopher MorleyBicycle HandlebarsWhen I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. -Emo Philips
Bicycle lockThe journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. -William GoldingBicycle rimI have no driver’s license, so I ride a bicycle beside the Han River. That’s what I really love because no one gives a damn about me for that moment. I feel so free. RMBicycle SeatWhen I put a bicycle wheel on a stool, the fork down, there was no idea of a ‘ready-made’ or anything else. It was just a distraction. I didn’t have any special reason to do it, or any intention of showing it or describing anything. -Marcel Duchamp
Bicycle standA healthy body means a healthy mind. You get your heart rate up, and you get the blood flowing through your body to your brain. Look at Albert Einstein. He rode a bicycle. He was also an early student of Jazzercise. You never saw Einstein lift his shirt, but he had a six-pack under there. -Steve Carell
BicycleThroughout human history, in any great endeavour requiring the common effort of many nations and men and women everywhere, we have learned – it is only through seriousness of purpose and persistence that we ultimately carry the day. We might liken it to riding a bicycle. You stay upright and move forward so long as you keep up the momentum. -Ban Ki-moon
CarrierRiding a bicycle is the summit of human endeavour – an almost neutral environmental effect coupled with the ability to travel substantial distances without disturbing anybody. The bike is the perfect marriage of technology and human energy. – Jeremy Corbyn
Chain ringsI do not own a car, and my main form of travel to Westminster and in my constituency is by bicycle. I also take my bike on trains to meetings in other parts of the country, which enables me to see other cities and the other parts of the country. – Jeremy CorbynCycle CranksetI’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things. -Lech Walesa
Cycle pedalPeople always ask me, ‘I don’t know how you could watch that, how that affects you,’ and I just tell them, ‘I went through it in real life, so it’s like pilots watching a ‘Top Gun’ movie or cyclists watching a bicycle movie,’ something like that. -Marcus Luttrell
Cycle standBut 17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars. -Christiane Amanpour
Fork CrownThe bicycle might just be the greatest of all inventions. It empowers the human machine, and with no input beyond perhaps a trendy isotonic health drink in a brightly coloured bottle at an inflated price. – James May
HandlebarsYou can’t be sad while riding a bicycle.HeadsetEvery transportation department at schools thought that there should be a bike buddy program. They thought that bicycle commuters wanted to find another buddy to bike with to campus, which is a nice idea. But the consumer demand for that was about zero. – Logan GreenTyre ValveYou can’t be a perfect environmentalist unless you’re Ed Begley, Jr., whom I once saw on TV using a bicycle to power his toaster. He’s amazing. – Sara Gilbert
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How did you enjoy the photographs? Which picture do you think is the best of all? Let me know! Thank you so much for going through all of these. I’ll come up with more photographs in days to come.

Check out my photo-blog: Day 11 of Nepal Lockdown in Pictures | Photos shot around Kathmandu |

How is your self-isolation time going on? Stay awesome and take care of yourself. Cheers!

About the author

I come from the land of Gurkhas; the brave soldiers who fought tirelessly and didn’t let any countries rule Nepal. Because of those Gorkhalis, the Nepalese are proud to call “Nepal has always been an independent nation so far.” Nepalese Flag is the world’s only non-quadrilateral national flag; red color symbolizing the bravery and blue symbolizes peace and harmony. What a proud thing. Also, Nepal was the Hindu Kingdom in the past and now a secular state welcoming people from all the religions. Nepal is a country of living heritages and Kathmandu a city of temples. All in all, Nepal is a country with Unity in Diversity. Thank you for reading the boring random shits. These things don’t relate to me in any way. And those are not the things that describe me. If I introduce myself with the common voices of any nationality, group or community, it’s nothing but sheer stupidity. A part of it can be a shared introduction but not fully. So who am I? I don’t know who I am. It’s been years of SEARCH but nothing has been excavated yet. And also, I am not the right person to describe who I am. It's you who know me and whatever I say about me makes no sense. You tell me who I am ;)

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