Second Time Gifts

Nyima Sangmo receiving the gift.
[All Photos Credits: Dustynep]
“After spending such a time in Dolpo and living among them for half a year, I had developed some sort of connection with the place, the people, culture, and the landscape. I planned my second visit to this faraway land. The last visit ended with a promise to be back and I had to get something for the children there. This time it was a bit different. I was in a dilemma as to what would be a perfect gift. A few days earlier prior to heading to Dolpo, I saw a man who was making word bead bracelets and this was the answer to my dilemma. I reached Dolpo and the children there were excited to see me back but I was nervous at first. Their eyes were looking for the same shaggy hair, long-bearded “gochowchow” teacher(go=head;chowchow= noodles i.e noodlehead)
I could see their innocent smile and I would be a sinner if I had forgotten my promise. They got a bead bracelet with their names carved. Maybe there is nothing as an expensive or a perfect gift. Love is all that matters and the happiness on the innocent faces is what we crave for.”
-Sanjay Bahadur Singh Thakuri, reflects on his second visit to Shree Yanjer Gumba Basic School
Dolma Tsering receiving gift

Second Time Gifts
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