Life in a Farm in Nepal

Plowing the farm

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Every morning and afternoon my mother hand milks our water buffaloes. When I’m in the farm I do it for her. I find a kind of pleasure while milking. In the morning at 5, when I open the barn's door and switch on the light, the mother and daughter are spontaneously awakened. They stretch their bodies and moo.

I ruffle the calf’s head. She is tied to a wooden pillar by a plastic rope. I free her; she hastens for her mother's teat. Mother is very obsessed with her daughter. She licks her daughter while the daughter sucks milk. In a short interlude, I strain the calf and tie her to the same pillar. She agitates and strives to reach her mother. Her titanic struggle is gone vain.

The mother tosses and turns her head towards me, she sniffs and looks satiated. I pat her and squat beside her hind legs. I wash her udder and gently rub it with butter. They are warm and thick. I place a bucket under her udder and start pulling the teats with my thumb and index finger. Milk seeps out and drops into the bucket. I milk her three teats, the fourth is for her daughter. After milking, I pat and free the calf. She hastens towards her mother and looks satisfied. Her agony and exasperation has ended. Now she can suckle as long as she likes.

Hand Milking

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Agriculture technique in Nepal has not improved in two thousand years. (It is believed rice has been farmed since 2000 years). The same kind of wooden plow pulled by oxen or water-buffalo and driven by human is used in farming. No surprise, why agrarian economy imports food.

It is not easy to industrialize agriculture in Nepal. Gas is very costly, in fact, there is always a kind of energy crises in Nepal. Tractors and other machinery have to be imported, and people are poor.

People in agrarian Nepal live close to the earth, bound to plants, which is natural, almost predetermined, a reality that has not changed with time. They move with seasons. Rain is planting of rice, autumn is festival time, winter is harvesting. In summer, they sell grains, making money to get going for the entire year.

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Feathers of the same brood: These siblings are transplanting the rice sapling while their mother will be cooking for them and the father running errands.
Feathers of the same brood: These siblings are transplanting the rice sapling while their mother will be cooking for them and the father running errands.
Feathers of the same brood: These siblings are transplanting the rice sapling while their mother will be cooking for them and the father running errands. | Source

Delightful languor

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A moment of respite: A couple enjoys happy lunch after their hard toil.
A moment of respite: A couple enjoys happy lunch after their hard toil.
A moment of respite: A couple enjoys happy lunch after their hard toil. | Source

Photographer’s note

It’s not that I hate being photographed while working. I just make sure that no one touches my camera. More than posing for camera clicks, I love shooting. Everyone is not camera friendly. I let it go when people hid their faces, actually most of the time I don’t want to capture their faces, I want to portray their life and stories. But sometimes they scold me. You don’t have any work, they yell. “This is my work,” I try to assure them. “Your work is bothering us,” they snap.

Usually I don’t ask permission, I don’t even inform them that I’m taking their pictures. When they are in jolly moods they want to see how they look in pictures. Some of the people are quite embarrassed when I catch them working. They ask me to take their photographs when they are in clean clothes. It is not always easy to shoot people. But I love my work, telling stories in pictures.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Sparkle, thanks for stopping by.

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Sparkle Chi 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ

Fantastic portrayal of daily life! Thank you for sharing what you see!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

sgbrown, thanks for your words of appreciation.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Congratulation on Hub of the Day, this hub is well deserving of it. You give such a wonderful insight into your family's life. Your pictures are excellent and each one tells a story itself. Thank you for sharing this part of your life. Voted up and awesome! Have a wonderful day!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Urmila, all my life I have lived in a city, but my family has been in farming since the beginning of out family tree.

Thanks for reading, viewing and leaving a wonderful comment.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

I don`t now how I missed this hub. This has brought back memory when I was young and used to visit at my grand parents village in India, where they have big farm and did milking and plowing etc. You are natural writer and on the top of that your stunning pictures are so priceless. Oh, and Congratulations on hub of the day award! Take care.

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myownlife 4 years ago from london

yes Vinaya, it took me to retrospect,


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Shushil,

I'm glad that this hub made you nostalgic.


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

after going through your publication I found myself in my own place..its an original life of us.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Shalah, thanks for following me. I'm glad that you liked my story.

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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

This is a wonderful story of life in your world. Thank you for writing it and sharing with us.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello lzzy,

HubPages is a niche content site, where every day expert learn, share and earn from their written content.

Thanks for stumbling upon this page. Your wonderful comment made my day.


Izzy 4 years ago

Vinaya, I don't really know what a hubpage is, I just happened upon this- but it is beautiful! The photos and story are so personal and clear. It is unique to have an actual Nepali voice, so many times we hear and see things from an outsiders point of view. It is your position as one of the community which makes this so lovely- and vital. Please keep up the good work! I look forward to reading all of your works. Thank you!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi techygran,

so nice of you to leave a wonderful comment.

Thank you very much.

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techygran 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Vinaya, your lovely hub has the most activity of any hubs I am following! I think that that is some kind of sign-- get these photos and the story into LOTS of contests... keep up the great work!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Cynid, thanks for visiting my hub and leaving appreciative comment. Cheers

@iefox5,city life is compulsion for many people because they do not find jobs in the country side.

Thanks for stopping by.

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iefox5 4 years ago

Beautiful scenery. More and more people are moving to cities especially the youth, but With fresh air,unpolluted water and food, low living cost etc,countryside is a better choice.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Vinaya, A great hub with beautiful pictures. It gives such insight into the farm life in Nepal. Thank you for sharing a little bit of it with us.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Peggy,

you are a wonderful community member, you always reciprocate nicely.

Thanks for your appreciative comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I missed seeing this when it got awarded a Hub of the Day. Well deserved and belated congratulations! It is wonderful how you capture those natural photos showing the farm people going about their business. The photos are wonderful and are capturing a slice of history in Nepal. Thanks! Up votes.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Angel,

You bless me with your love and sincerity.


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Sir , this hub teaches so many values to us.. simplicity , love in a family , cooperation , contentment and being hardworking. This indeed an award winning hub..Pictures are excellent.

Jasmin 4 years ago

My goodness, you are not only a wonderful poet, but also brilliant photographer

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Thanks for following my hubs as well as me. I'm honored and blessed with a hubber friend like you.

@Debby, thanks for tweeting.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Vinaya ~ Time to share with Twitter friends these delightful photographs and story. Have a blessed weekend, Debby

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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

Hi Vinaya. I found you through your 20 interviews with 20women series and am now following you. Enjoyed reading this hub. You are right, most farmers hate to be photographed. To catch them in their natural poses, you just have to take candid shots.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello writeronline,

I feel great because you have managed to visit this page and leave a wonderful comment.


writeronline 4 years ago

I missed this when it was HOTD, Vinaya. (I saw it, but got sidetracked, to be honest, and never made it back.)

Happily, I just did. The whole piece is wonderful, imo. the photographs enhance the story perfectly, and the whole tone is one of calm; serenity even. Congratulations.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

I recommend these wonderful hub authors to the hub community.

Thank you my dear friends for your wonderful comments.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Vinaya. I do miss the calm, quiet and unhurried farm life. Your hub with its excellent photos took me back in time. And what an excellent write up. I really enjoyed.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Farm life is simple yet so much at peace. You could capture that innocence...jai ho to you!

Congrats on winning this contest...well deserved!

onlooker 4 years ago

Well described..loved the descriptions. So adventurous too. Thank you =)

Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Fascinating and enlightening hub, Vinaya. I don't know how I've missed it so long. It's great to get some insight into your life and life in another country. Thanks for sharing!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Outstanding photos, details and storytelling. I enjoyed my visit to Nepal. Thank you!!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@billybuc, we have been farmers since generations. My educated father did not want to continue farming. But when he retired as a journalist there were no other options left, so he went to the farm. Today he cannot think other than his animals and crop. I'm also trying to fit in my father's shoes.

@Christy, internet, and to be precise, hubpages, is so wonderful that you read my writings and I learn from your articles.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

How wonderful is the internet that I can see photos and read descriptions about Nepal from here in Canada. Well done!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful hub sir! I come from a family of farmers and one day I will own my own farm and continue the family tradition. You have done well with this lovely hub!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Debby

Thanks for your appreciative comment. I'm blessed to have a writer friend like you.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Vinaya ~ I'm absolutely sure I posted a lovely comment here on this page, but my computer has been going wacky recently. Well, it's never too late to congratulate you on this marvelous award and to say I'm a devoted follower of your work, writings and photography. Blessings, Debby

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello imaudraleigh, thanks for coming back to congratulate me.

I'm honored and blessed with a supporter like you.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Congratulations on receiving the accolade for hub of the day!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello imaudraleigh, thanks for your compliment.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I love your pictures and your story :)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Katrina, thanks for stopping by.


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katrinasui 4 years ago

What a wonderful hub! very useful and interesting too. It is a beautiful farm life.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Don Simkovich, I'm glad that you have Nepali friends. It is great to know you, thanks for stopping by.

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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I'm glad I came across this hub. I have friends who live in Nepal. They've studied here in the States and then returned. Another friend of mine from Nepal now lives in the Toronto area. It's great to see the pictures. Keep up your good work.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Angle, very nice of you.

I hope all is well with you.


Angel 4 years ago

Life in farm is so simple yet so fulfilling.. This is a good tribute to farmers. Your the best as always.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Rosa, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Even my county men hate working in farm, because they think agriculture is related to poverty and backwardness.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada

What a wonderful stroll through your part of the world! Thank you for sharing it with us. As always, the photos are breath-taking ... It's funny to me that people here often sigh and talk about how simple things were in the "old days" before technology and mechanics took over. Some people talk about how nice it would be if we went back to those days. *snicker* Most of us in North America wouldn't survive a week doing the kind of work you must do there :-D

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Kavita, thanks for leaving appreciative comment. You make me happy with your lovely words.


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Dr Kavita Shaikh 4 years ago from MUSCAT

Hey Vinaya, this is such a wonderful hub. All your photos are so vibrant, capturing life in the beautiful countryside in an effortless manner. I could almost feel the sun on my face and smell the green grass as I browsed though your photos. Charming, enchanting and captivating. Congrats on being selected as HOTD

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author



Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.

Karishma Thapa 4 years ago

You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for telling the world who we are.

Gia 4 years ago

An introduction to rural Nepal. Well done.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello peperuhi, thanks for your comment and following. I'll definitely read your hubs and follow you back.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello techygran, it is good to know you. Thanks for appreciating my work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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techygran 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Fascinating hub and wonderful pictures! I love to read the stories of peoples in other countries who go about their day-to-day life in a way that hasn't changed dramatically in centuries... thank you! Keep up your good work! I wish you much success here on Hubpages! (voted you up)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubbers for reading, commenting and standing by me.

Sorry, I could not thank you individually. However, I will always cherish your words.

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Voronwe 4 years ago

A great article along with the background narratives! And beautiful pictures! I've been to India on vacation and was struck by the farming culture and lifestyle. Your photos captured all and more...congratulations on the hub being selected as 'Hub of the Day'!!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

You have shared such a personal wonderful thing, your real life. Thank you so much and I know the photography is priceless, as you experience in your world. We can only watch in awe and I am so thankful you have given me this insight. It is beautiful.

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vasantha T k 4 years ago from Bangalore

Beautiful farm life and photos. Voted up.

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

The love you have for your work shines through in this amazing and beautiful hub. You are so talented! Congrats on getting the Hub of the Day. You deserve it!

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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Congrats on being elected the HOTD. It deserves to be. I love the way you have captured the spirit and the soul of your country and her people in this hub. Again another beautiful peek into Nepal. Be a blessing! Peace!

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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Wow, Vinaya, you deserve the front headline with this hub. I enjoyed every sentence and all the excellent photographs. If this was a book it would sit on my coffee table for all to see. Great work. Thank You. Jamie

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

These are superb photos that really tell a story. I loved learning about the farming lifestyle in Nepal. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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bindaasraghu 4 years ago from BIDAR

superb hub and congrats on becoming the hub of the day.The photos attched here are well taken and the add rich content to this hub. keep hubbing like one.

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michabelle 4 years ago

What a nice hub and how interesting to see the farming and beautiful country and people in Nepal. Thank you for this and congratulations!

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Vinaya, this is a wonderful hub and certainly deserves the Hub of the Day award! I loved looking at your beautiful photos and reading about life in Nepal. Thank you for sharing the information.

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LoriSoard 4 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

I loved this hub. Great choice for hub of the day. It's such fun to learn about far away places. Keep up the good writing!

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I too, have milked a cow. And aimed it at the cat's mouth. And my head was slapped by the cows tail. I am a country girl. You put a lot of time and effort into this hub. Fantastic pictures and thanks for sharing your life with us. Ann Davis

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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

I enjoyed your hub very much. The photographs are excellent. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know where Nepal is, but I'll be looking it up post haste. Thank you for the education about water buffalo and daily life for many -- in Nepal.

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FishAreFriends 4 years ago from Colorado

Awesome! Love thephotos- they are delightful. Your hub gives great depth into your culture. Wow.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Vinaya, I love your pictures and the way you were honest about farming. A lot of times we hear it one way or the other but I'm glad you gave real perspective to it being a job. Great Hub!

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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

The photos are each a story. I love how you have shown us how the work is done on a farm. Simply amazing. Your writing always is so close to the heart, very beautiful!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is such a beautiful hub Vinaya. I love seeing the diversity of the world and the people in it. I am so glad hub pages is world wide and we can share our cultures and differences. This hub is exceptional. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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Moon Willow Lake 4 years ago

Thank-you for sharing this. I really enjoyed the information you provided and the photos really help tell the story.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Wonderful hub Vinaya! Living this close to the earth has some wonderful advantages--life can be brutal, but it is simpler--choices are simpler--I loved how you help on the farm--

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Vinaya, great hub and the photos are exceptional.



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Dame Scribe 4 years ago from Canada

Thank you for taking me to Nepal and showing me around a farm community. :) I enjoyed the journey and story.

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ahorseback 4 years ago

Vinaya , This is voted awesome and beautiful , interesting and useful! Why? because it is all of the above. I am reminded of the National Geographic of years ago , by your writing ! I believe as well that here in America , we long for the days of a more agrarian society as we once had . Very nice article.....:-} And hub of the day too!

Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

What a terrific job of telling your story. And not just with words. The pictures add such texture and depth. Congrats on getting the Hub of the Day....well deserved

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Congrats on hub of the day. Well deserved. I felt as if I were right there with you when the milking occurred. Thanks for sharing this peek at farming in your land.

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Very well done. I love the photos. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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mpoche4 4 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

Beautiful photos! They really bring this hub to life.

MP50 4 years ago

Hey Vianya, great Hub beautiful pictures, the people of Nepal must be hard working and very happy.

What a way to live, self sufficent I really admire that way of life. Useful, interesting and informative.

VU and SS...Thank You for sharing :)

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Vinaya, Congratulations on Hub of the Day. This is fantastic. I have seen farmers here that work almost as simply as yours do. I also have seen farms that are huge and almost totally mechanized. I value both as they are all necessary.

Farming and farmers are the backbone of any country. Without them, people do not eat.

Your country is beautiful and I have enjoyed seeing your portion of it in your wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing with us.

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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Enjoyed reading and learning on your hub well done !

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dear Vianya

How in the world did I miss this one! What a wonderful beautiful hub! I loved it so much. Sure did deserve to be hub of the day...hub of the year I am thinking!:) You know how I feel about your farm and trying to find a way to fit in the box to come for a

Maybe many still do things as many years past but many that have all the techno gadgets here are trying to move back to simple life of old. Amazing...

Take care my friend,


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Vinaya, Congratulations on 'Hub of the Day'. You deserve it! Regards, snakeslane

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Vinaya! Congrats on the Hub of the Day-it is well deserved! These pictures look like they are from National Geographic Magazine! What an awesome Hub! I look at these photos and they remind me of the way of life in Cambodia. It seems so foreign to me but yet, these are your everyday experiences. Very well done my friend! Voted up and SHARING!


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JamesPoppell 4 years ago

You live in a beautiful part of the world. The pictures are awesome. I find it amazing that agricultural techniques have not improved in 2,000 years. I guess it is no surprise why they import food. Still, what a beautiful place. I can only assume that the people are probably great people to know and be acquainted with. A vote up for a great hub. Thank you so much for sharing.

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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Vinaya, you deserve your hub of the day success. The Harvest picture is stunning as is the rest of the article. Congratulations.

Vote up / beautiful.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats! I loved reading about farm life in your country. I grew up milking the cows and the goats! I look forward to reading more about your country and the life there. Again, beautiful Hub, beautiful photos. I voted this UP, etc.etc.

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


This is an absolutely wonderful hub with great pictures. Hub of the Day material which is why you probably won it, huh?

Excellent job my friend! Congrats!


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

I enjoyed your photos! Interesting. And it reminds me of my home country, pretty much the same and I remember my childhood memories being on the rice fields. :)

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Congratulations on being named Hub of the Day, Vinaya!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great descriptions, both in words and in pictures. What an attractive and interesting hub! Lots of votes here, including UP! Way to go. Congratulations on being hub of the day!

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roc6 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Beautifully written, I could visualise what you were describing, stunning pics as well. Interesting to learn about other cultures, lovely that things are like old, sometimes that is better.

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miss shelia 4 years ago from Ferndale, Wa.

Great hub, voted up and interesting. Great story, congrats on the hub of the day!

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Global-Chica 4 years ago from New York, NY

Another amazing hub, Vinaya! Thanks so much for your beautiful description and wonderful photos of farm life in Nepal. Congratulations on getting the Hub of the Day award - well deserved!

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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Vinaya I love your hub. So very interesting and the pictures are fantastic. It's hard to say which picture is the best.they are all so good and interesting.


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MosLadder 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

I love that you covered this topic, and it was interesting to hear about the problems that sometimes arise when taking shots of people working. Love to see more of this! Voted up and interesting! Cheers.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day accolade with this very worthy, interesting and beautifully photographed article.

I enjoyed it so much, especially the part about milking the water buffalo which seemed so humane and loving compared to the type of machine milkings that are done in America. Your love, respect and reverence for the calf and her mother really shone through.

I also loved what you wrote about your job as photographer and that the subjects you're taking photos of don't see it as a job!

Keep up the terrific work. Your talent for writing and photography is awesome.

Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

What a beautiful documentation of farm life in Nepal! You have a gift with your camera, and your ability to capture the beauty of everyday life in your country is amazing! I really enjoyed your story of milking as it reminded me of the time when I was a child, and I would watch my mother milk the cow. Beautiful hub, voted up across the board!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

So different than what we're used to here in the U.S. The photos really add to the article. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Your photos are wonderful, both of the people and of the crops. (I love the first of the harvest photos.) I grew up on a small farm where methods were fairly old-fashioned too, so your story and photos brought back some memories for me.

Thank you for the hub.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Congrats on a beautiful, well-deserved Hub of the Day! This is a beautiful photo essay - I almost feel like I'm there experiencing this with you, Vinaya. You do some amazing work. Now, will you pardon me while I throw away (er...I mean recycle) my old camera and go get one that takes quality photos like yours? ;)

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mia capretta 4 years ago from North America

Vinaya, What beautiful photos... thank you for sharing them and the stories of your home.

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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful work! I love the story you weave throughout the pictures. This is well deserving of the Hub of the Day! Congrats!

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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

Excellent photos showing agricultural work. There is so much to learn from cultures that have preserved traditional ways of working with the land. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

This is great! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of farm life in Nepal. Congratulations on hub of the day!

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ajayshah2005 4 years ago from Mid Asia

Hi Vinaya,

I am from Nepal too, and I love being a Nepalese. Your hub is excellent, and it deserves to be the Hub of the Day. It clearly shows how hard you have worked for it. You have described all the factors of farming in simple language. Congratulations, dear!

susanm23b 4 years ago

I enjoyed this so much. Your hub is well written and the photos were wonderful. I especially liked the ones with the people working in the fields and you included the distant horizon in your shots. The vastness of the landscape constrasted beautifully with the people--small by comparison and here only briefly. The landscape is the constant. Thanks for interesting reading :)

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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Congrats congrats! Such a well deserved hub of the day Vinaya. Keep them coming. :)

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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Photography that tells a story. Brilliant. I do hope that agricultural ways change in the future. Your accompanying photos are beautiful. Its obvious that you have an aptitude for great shots. That's definitely a gift. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

I believe that you have written a wonderful piece that generations will appreciate since you have added authentic photos. It really is that moment in time captured for recollection. Thanks.

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Melchius 4 years ago from Norfolk, England

Interesting read, Vinaya and some good shots. Really informative. You're doing a good job telling us about life in your country

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learner365 4 years ago

Although i have commented on the Hub before but today i am here to say Congratulations on the Hub of the Day Vinaya. You have indeed done a great job in presenting such an interesting Hub !!!

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asmaiftikhar 4 years ago from Pakistan

congrats vinya a beautiful hub.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Well-written hub! Congrats on the Hub of the day! Your hub gives readers a glimpse of farm life in Nepal. Photos are well-captured. Thank u for Sharing. Way to go. Interesting. Vote up.

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truefaith7 4 years ago from USA

Wow....what an amazing hub. I really loved your description of the Nepali countryside and the pics. You captured life on a Nepali farm very well. In fact, your pictures are so vivid I felt like I was actually standing on a Nepali farm! Thanks for showing us life in rural Nepal in your hub(s). For those of us who live on the other side of the world, this hub is a huge glimpse into the life of a Nepali farmer.

Voted up and all the across!

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congratulations on this Hub of the Day award. It was interesting to learn more about Nepal and to view your photography.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Kokila, what a beautiful name.

Thanks for stopping by. Farm life is beautiful indeed.


kokila 4 years ago

gr8 Hub.Farm life is beautiful

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Radha, I have farmed organically, but only in small scale. In my farm I use green energy derived from bio gas. I have a large compost pit where I produce organic pesticide and manure. Thanks for sharing your story in the US. You are so far, but yet seem very close.

radhapriestess 4 years ago

I just loved this article. My grandparents were organic farmers. They planted vegetables and fruits, had chickens, sold Christmas trees and eggs. I remember my grandmother canning jellies, jams, pickles, beets and selling them to the grocery stores along with eggs and fruits and vegetables. She was a great cook and also a social activist. My grandfather eventually got a part-time bookkeeping job when the Depression ended, but he still hunted deer and fished out of the lake he bought. He was very sad when he had a stroke and had to give up the farm, hunting and fishing. Organic farming is the best way to go. A lot of people eat organically in the US. I go to organic food coop most weeks. Chemicals are expensive and bad for your health. Organic farmers do very well in the US.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

geetbhim, thanks for visiting my world. I appreciate your comment.

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geetbhim 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

Great hub Vinaya, pictures taken are awesome and the information that you have shared about Nepal is nice even I do remember my childhood in village seeing my grand ma and grand pa working in their farm but now as city life develop most of the Indian have left the occupation of agriculture.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

GoldenBird, thanks for seeing the part of the world I belong. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

I had once lived in South India as a student.

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GoldenBird 4 years ago

Delighting pictures Vinaya Ghimire. I really enjoyed them. I actually am not too far away from Nepal- my home is 3 hours bus-journey away from Siliguri.

I have had many Nepali friends, and they all told me about the beauty of their landscapes. Well, words are frail, and I could not know that so much unseen wealth lies there, hadn't I seen these pictures.

Thank you for sharing your world, with the world :)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author


Thanks for your wonderful compliments.

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thirdmillenium 4 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

It was like I was watching a video. A nicely written one

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makusr 4 years ago from India

Vinaya, Excellent photos, I thought I was visiting my own village and farmhouse. That boy and girl photo is really good.

With warm wishes,


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

always exploring, you always explore my hubs and leave wonderful comments. Thank you very much.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Vinaya, I really enjoy reading your stories about your homeland. Your pictures are very good. I feel bad that the people do not have modern equipment to work with, Hopefully soon they will..Thank you for sharing..

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author


Yes of course some of my subjects are now friendly but now they can't give a natural expression, either they look too happy or smug.

Thanks for your compliments, even thought some of the pictures are not technically good. I published here because of stories behind them.

@Radha, technically fine? Wow!

Soul in my pictures...the best compliment I have ever heard about my photographs.

Thanks for suggesting!

radhapriestess 4 years ago

Very surprised that you have not won any contests. You have a lot of soul in your pictures. They are technically fine. Try with a smaller contest with less people entering.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Another gorgeous Hub, Vinaya Ghimire! I love the way you described your morning on the farm. I felt like I was right there with you for a moment.

The photos you've taken are great! Hahaa, even if some of your subjects are a bit camera shy, I bet they're really used to seeing you take photos now!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Suki C, thanks for spotting my mistake, so stupid of me.

I really appreciate your compliments and pointing my mistake.

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Suki C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

I enjoyed your hub very much Vinaya - I am always interested in seeing how life is lived in other cultures and you have conveyed this very well, both in your words and pictures :)

(Just one small point if you don't mind me saying, where you write 'Tractors and other machinery have to be exported and people are poor' do you, in fact, mean 'imported'?)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Hello snakeslane, well actually I have not submitted my photographs apart from the magazines and newspaper in Nepal. I have also submitted my photographs in many contests but unfortunately I have not found any luck. I believe I'm not technically good.

You have been always supportive for my works. My family has been farming for long times, I want to record life on the farm because even in my country farmers and farming are non existent.

@rlaha, thanks for you appreciation.

@claptona, thanks for sharing your story. By the way corn is also cultivated in my country but it is considered poor man's food.

@Cardisa, yes it is a sorry state of children in Nepal. I feel so delighted that my works have evoked your interest for my country. Adopting children? The child would be happy to find a mother like you.

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wanting to make another comment, hope that's alright. It's more of a personal message to you Vinaya Ghimire. I just wanted to congratulate you on your courageous work. It's not so easy to do when people don't understand how important this is. To record life as you see it is serious, but valuable work and at the same time you are giving some of these young children an introduction to new possibilities, who knows where that could lead to a young person who is inspired to do what you are doing. Regards, snakeslane

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Vinaya, the only downside t thus is the children I see working when they should be enjoy their childhood.

You always teach a so much about your country. Maybe someday I'll visit your country. Maybe I'll adopt one of those beautiful kids.

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claptona 4 years ago from Earth

Very nice story Vinaya,

I have been traveling in Central America for over a year now, and the life of the average person is similar to your story. Corn instead of rice, but the cows are milked the same.

Gas and machinery are costly here too.

There are ways to overcome some of the obstacles, but time consuming and much work.

Very good read, voted up.

To your continued success!


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Great photographs! You should consider photography as a profession.

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good morning Vinaya Ghimire, these photographs are fabulous. Are you sure you can't somehow get them in to National Geographic or some other prestigeous publication? I'm sure some of these photos are worthy of further publication. I thought the shots of people carrying the grain harvest on their heads were lovely. The composition and clarity and softness of the golden grass (rice?) is stunning. Regards, snakeslane ps I see you finally got a picture of your mom milking?

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

These are wonderful writers on hubpages. I enjoy following and reading their works. I recommend them to you.

Thank you all for your comments and taking interest on my work.

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emichael 4 years ago from New Orleans

Thanks so much for the wonderful endorsement. I am constantly encouraged by the kindness and support of the writers on HubPages. It's such a blessing.

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Vinaya, I enjoyed this hub so, so much, it was a wonderful insight into yours and your family life in Nepal. I loved the description of the milking and photographing people at work, the best photos are always the natural ones.

Excellent work, thank you and voting up

jenubouka 4 years ago

This hub makes me want the simplicities of farm life in the sense of no electronics or technologies. Your pictures and words are wonderful once again.

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Vinaya-while there are many worthy photo gallery entries in the contest, I must say, your work is one of the finest. It intrigues me how well you capture the cultural aspects of your home and present it for all of us. Well done!

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

I read and and follow these wonderful hub authors. I recommend these writers and commentators. You will be blessed with their humility and generosity.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Vinaya,

It is obvious that you love your work of telling stories with pictures. And you do it exceedingly well.

Delightful languor... sounds nice as a title.

Voted UP & UABI, mar.

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Mom was always the person who took pictures in my family- so unless we had a group picture where there was a timer, Mom wasn't in pictures. She preferred it that way, but it is true that some people just don't want anyone to touch their cameras.

These are great. I've never done any milking - funny, since there are several milk farms here.

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b. Malin 4 years ago

Farming is definitely a lot of work...I guess one needs to be young and strong to do it, in your Country Vinaya. You've taken some Fantastic Pictures and they say a 1,000 words. Sometimes it is better to take "Free Lance" instead of posed, for most people do not like having their pictures taken, especially when doing Manual Labor. Thanks for Sharing.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The photos are gorgeous and the information priceless. Than you Vinaya for all you do to teach us about your incredible country. The people are dedicated, hardworking and beautiful.

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emichael 4 years ago from New Orleans

This was great, Vinaya. I find it interesting how some cultures tend to react so negatively to being in the spotlight. It's especially interesting when you consider how egocentric and celebrity obsessed western cultures like America have become. I appreciate the hard-working, unassuming nature of your culture represented so well in these pictures.

Excellent hub.

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learner365 4 years ago

A vivid presentation of a farm's life.The pictures tell a lot.Nice and interesting.Good work.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Phyllis, thanks for your appreciation.

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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

What a wonderful portrayal of life on a farm. In words as well as photos you give us a vivid image. Thanks.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Martie, I feel delighted that you can relate this. I have seen people carrying loads on their heads in other culture and country. thanks for your engaging comment.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Vinaya, this hub of yours is interesting, as it reminds me of living on one of our farms. I just love the placid atmosphere of a farm. Interesting to see you people, like our natives, also carry stuff on their heads.

Definitely voted up, well-written and interesting. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Eiddwen, I'm blessed with your presence. Thanks for taking interest in the world I belong to.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub ,so very well presented and interesting.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.


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